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Mike Gapes MP supports constituents with Fibromyalgia

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

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