Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Body Awareness at the Center of Recent Study

Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Body Awareness at the Center of Recent Study
Researchers from Belgium have found that increased body awareness could positively impact anxiety, depression and health-related-quality-of-life in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. The study, titled Effectiveness of Body Awareness Interventions in Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis, appeared January 19th in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapy. Fibromyalgia is the most frequently occurring musculoskeletal condition after osteoarthritis. Unfortunately it is often misdiagnosed or even disregarded. Symptoms include muscle pain, joint pain and fatigue. Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition of continued tiredness that does not diminish with rest and is not directly caused by a different specific medication condition.

exerciseBody awareness refers to an understanding of where one's body is in space. It combines the sense of balance (vestibular), feeling of touch (tactile), and sense of position (proprioceptive) sensory systems. These three systems in combination make up what is referred to as body awareness.

The authors, led by Imke Courtois of the Reval Research Center, University Hasselt, conducte
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  1. Denada says:


    My name is Denada Xhafa, I’m 32 years old, from Tirana (Albania).

    Although I have been suffering from fibromyalgia for a decade, more than six years ago my health deteriorated so much I had to leave my job. Then the consequences started: the quality of my life started decreasing and so did my social life.

    I have invested too much, both emotionally and financially in and out of private hospitals and clinics during these long years.

    The Albanian State doesn’t give me any financial aid and it doesn’t reimburse the medications either. All my expenses have been covered in a sacrifical way by my parents who are retirees.

    I have submited requests to the Ministry of health (Nr. of protocol Xh7, date: 19.05.2017) and the Prime Ministry (nr. of protocol:2047, date: 01.06.2017 ) about gaining financial aid and to reimburse the medications. I have only recieved from them indifference and lack of solidarity for my disease.

    Often people say to me: ”This is not a disease, there is not a single line about fibromyalgia in the medical manuals!” Medics in Albania are little or maybe not at all informed about Fibromyalgia.

    I am sure that just like it has happend to me in the past, doctors might have told to other patients too:”You are not really sick, this is all in your mind”. We feel totally unrepresented and destined to remain untreated like patients in the third world.

    I speak a little English, so I am writing this email in the presence of my niece who knows English better.



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