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| Erin Ronstadt

Fibromyalgia – Potentially Disabling at Any Age

People suffering from Fibromyalgia experience a life of pain that many will never understand, which is why the story of 17-year old Jenna Rice is so inspiring to read. In the face of her disabling symptoms, Jenna has found ways to raise awareness about chronic illness while also doing her best to pursue her interests, including her love of music. But Jenna’s story also reveals the immense difficulty of living with Fibromyalgia; even now, her mother reports that Jenna’s symptoms keep her from going to the mall with her friends, and that Jenna is unable to perform activities for more than 20 minutes before needing an hour break. Living a “normal” life will remain difficult as she must find ways to live with her chronic illness.

Fibromyalgia is one of the most prevalent musculoskeletal conditions responsible for several disabling symptoms, including widespread joint and muscle pain, ongoing fatigue and depression. The symptoms are often unbearable, but the condition remains a mystery in several aspects, making it difficult for those in the medical field to properly diagnosis and treat it. Insurance companies often downplay Fibromyalgia, discounting the very real, disabling effects of the condition. Many of our clients at Ronstadt Law suffer from Fibromyalgia, and we are familiar with just how disabling the condition can be, preventing you from work. To learn more about Fibromyalgia, visit some of the links below:

U.S. National Library of Medicine – Fibromyalgia

Mayo Clinic – Fibromyalgia

American College of Rheumatology

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