On the 31st of January Mike Gapes MP attended a reception in Parliament to support Fibromyalgia Awareness UK and the Fibromyalgia petition team.
Mike Gapes joined MPs from across the political spectrum in supporting a petition committing to better help and support for those with fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body, fatigue, muscle stiffness, difficulty sleeping, problems with the mental process, headaches and IBS.
It is thought that as many as 1 in every 25 people may suffer from Fibromyalgia.
The fibromyalgia petition has been set up:
- Because many fibromyalgia sufferers are not recognised as having a disability
- To gain better protection under the equality act for all invisible illnesses not just Fibromyalgia
- To push for more funding to improve diagnosis and treatment.
- To raise awareness of ‘invisible illnesses’ for medical professionals, families, friends, carers and the wider community, especially as diagnosis can be low and late
The petition can be found at https://www.change.org/p/uk-parliament-make-fibromyalgia-a-disability