Survey: Fibromyalgia Affects Life Decisions, Having Children

Today, the National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) and American Pain Foundation (APF) announced the results of a new survey from citizens living with fibromyalgia –a widespread neurosensory disorder characterized by widespread pain and tenderness– and other chronic pain conditions. Of those surveyed, 92 percent said fibromyalgia affected major life decisions such as having children. For those considering children, 62 percent were concerned about how they would care for the child, 53 percent were concerned about going through child birth and 49 percent were concerned about a further lack of lack of sleep with a child.

Of the more than 650 respondents who already have children under the age of 18 years, 95 percent reported it affects at least one of their parenting duties.In addition, 7 out of 10 people said chronic pain conditions limit their ability to care for their family.

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    I’ve lived with Fibro for three years now and we have found ways to manage. We have a 14 month old and it is impossible to explain why he can’t drag on me all day, but it is good to have a great support system, my husband, who understands that some days when he comes home I just need to go lie down and not be touched. Some days I just want to cry. It’s so hard to feel my son tug at me to pick him up and wish he wouldn’t. I want to enjoy that kind of attention for what it is. I just have to live for the good days and try and make it through the bad.

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