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WHEREAS, fibromyalgia is a chronic-pain disorder that causes widespread body pain, and affects about four million people in the United States; and
WHEREAS, in addition to chronic pain, fibromyalgia’s symptoms include moderate to severe fatigue, sleep disorders, stiffness and weakness, headaches and migraines, numbness and tingling, impairment of memory and concentration; and
WHEREAS, patients with fibromyalgia often have a number of co-existing conditions, which may include chronic myofascial pain, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), environmental sensitivities, and anxiety and depression; and
WHEREAS, it can take up to five years to receive a diagnosis of fibromyalgia; and
WHEREAS, increased awareness and understanding by the public, healthcare providers, and policymakers of the daily multifaceted management challenges of fibromyalgia and its impact on patients’ function and quality of life may reduce the stigma of this illness; and
WHEREAS, people with fibromyalgia have a right to be treated with dignity and have a right to pain relief; and
WHEREAS, the Richmond Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association, the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association, and members of its Leaders Against Pain Action Network have joined together to advocate for fibromyalgia awareness, support, and a better future through research, diagnosis, education, and treatment;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 12, 2018, as FIBROMYALGIA AWARENESS DAY in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.