Women’s Disclosure of Fibromyalgia Symptoms at Work Explored in New Study

Women’s Disclosure of Fibromyalgia Symptoms at Work Explored in New Study
For women with fibromyalgia, disclosing illness and impairments at work may entail risks to their jobs and workplace relationships. According to a recent study published in the journal Disability and Rehabilitation, women with fibromyalgia often improvise ways to disclose their disease symptoms at work. Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes aches and pain all over the body, highlighted by generalized "tender points." The prevalence of fibromyalgia in the U.S. population is as high as 5 million Americans ages 18 and older, with about 80-90% being women, according to the Office of Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Many people with fibromyalgia continue to work full or part time. But the chronic pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia often make working very difficult. For patients with the condition it is important to learn about managing fibromyalgia symptoms while coping with pain and fatigue, and learn which is the best way to communicate fibromyalgia impairments at workplace. In the study titled “Impromptu everyday disclosure dances: how women with fibromyalgia respond to disclosure risks at work,” M. Oldfield from the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada and colleagues, used a Critical-discourse-analysis (CDA) methodology, a type of discourse analytical research that studies the way social power
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