Fibromyalgia affects your bones and muscles and it is second most common condition. Yet it’s often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Its classic symptoms are widespread muscle and joint pain and fatigue. There’s no cure. But a combination of medication, exercise, managing your stress, and healthy habits may ease your symptoms enough that you can live a normal, active life.
What causes it is not known by doctors, but some think it’s a problem with how your brain and spinal cord process pain signals from your nerves. Fibromyalgia can feel similar to osteoarthritis, bursitis, and tendinitis. But rather than hurting in a specific area, the pain and stiffness could be throughout your body.
No confirmation test is available that can tell you that you have fibromyalgia. Instead, because the symptoms are so similar to other conditions, your doctor will want to rule out illnesses such as an underactive thyroid, different types of arthritis, and lupus. Your blood tests may be done to check hormone levels and signs of swelling, as well as X-rays.
Fibromyalgia and disability
Fibromyalgia (FM) is one of the harder conditions to get approved for as a disability. Medical documents and a doctor to support your case will be required because the symptoms are often self-reported. But it’s possible to have a successful claim for FM. The SSA is responsible for evaluating all disability applications. When reviewing your case, the SSA will determine if you have a medically determinable impairment (MDI) of FM.
There are extensive requirements for claiming disability due to FM. They consists, symptoms that must be severe and present for at least three months, documented evidence that rules out other conditions and statements from you and others about any restrictions or inabilities on your daily activities.
Blue badge parking
Blue badge parking permits could soon be entitled to people with hidden disabilities under Department for Transport (DfT) plans. The Government said the proposals would make it easier for people with conditions such as dementia and autism to travel to work, socialise and access shops and services in England. Since it was introduced in 1970, It is hoped that this move would be the biggest change to the blue badge scheme and would help create equality in the treatment of physical and mental health.
The DfT said councils have different interpretations of existing rules with only some recognizing hidden disabilities. About 2.4 million disabled people in England have a blue badge. This allows them to park free of charge in pay-and-display bays and for up to three hours on yellow lines, whereas in London they excused holders from having to pay the blocking charge.
Around three out of four blue badge holders say they would go out less often if they did not have one, according to the DfT. Greater variety of healthcare professionals are carrying out Blue badge assessments who can spot whether mental illness is causing mobility problems is also included in changes being put to an eight-week public discussion.
Transport minister Jesse Norman said: “Blue badges give people with disabilities the freedom to get jobs, see friends or go to the shops with as much ease as possible. “We desire to try to broaden this to people with undetectable disabilities, so they can benefit from the liberty to get out and about, where and when they want.”
Sarah Lambert, the head of policy at the National Autistic Society, welcomed the proposal and said amending parking permit access could be “a lifeline” for many autistic people, who often do not qualify under current regulations. If autistic people are not capable to park in an expected place close to their destination they can suffer anxiety, and some can “experience too much information” from the surroundings around them on public transport, Lambert said. “We hope the government will make this important change and we look forward to working with them to make sure that autistic people and their families benefit.”
Here are the people who will be eligible under the changes
- – People who cannot make a journey without ‘a risk of serious harm to their health or safety’ or that of others, including young children with autism.
- – People who suffer ‘very considerable psychological distress’ when they make a journey
- – People with considerable difficulty walking, which covers ‘both the physical act and experience of walking’
- by Neil Lancefield via Independent.co.uk
- ITV Report