8 Celebrities Living With Fibromyalgia

It's so important that celebrities with fibromyalgia come forward to help enlighten the public and promote awareness of the disease. They give a voice to fibromyalgia sufferers and promote awareness in ways that typical patients can't. Here are just a few of the stars that have spoken out about fibromyalgia over the years: Michael James Hastings Also known as Captain Mike on the TV series The West Wing, Hastings was diagnosed with FMS around 30. Not only has he been able to raise awareness but he has helped raise millions of dollars for those organizations that are working towards finding more effective treatments and a cure. Sinead O'Connor The "controversial" Irish singer with the shaved head, Sinead O'Connor took three years off from music in 2003 to deal with her FMS and spend time with her kids. Jo Guest Guest was a successful model in the 1990s and was very popular in England. She continues to stay optimistic even though FMS has taken its toll on her body. She says her husband is her support system and she's hopeful not only that a cure would be found, but that she could resume her modeling career. Morgan Freeman Known for his many roles in Hollywood blockbusters (including The Dark Knight Rises and Shawshank Redemption), Freeman has also been a outspoken spokesperson for fibromyalgia. MORE: Video Guide to Creating a Chronic Illness Survival Pack Mary McDonough Also known as Erin Walton from the popular TV series The Waltons, it took 10 years before McDonough was diagnosed with lupus and fibromyal
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6 comments

  1. Shy says:

    Hello everyone, it’s been awhile. I would like to shed some light. I am a professional researcher and identify those research studies that are evidenced based and show statistical significant. Because I have FMS I weekly look at recent research in peer reviewed journals. Recently found a good research study on females with FMS who had been sexually abused. An astounding number had been sexually abused compared to control group with no FMS. More studies are needed, but think this is significant. In light of the fact that persons sexually abused have what is called “body memories.” I am still a proponent of CBDs, yoga and warm water therapy, as everything else has had little effect. Hope this helps someone. All my best, till next time.

    • Laurie Tyler says:

      Thank you for the continued research for those of us with FMS. I would be a perfect subject for the above study. If this could be a root cause then it might indicate FMS is brought on by Psychological factors. I am just not sure how I think about this because it goes back to the ideology “it is all in your head”. Please continue to reasearch this so misunderstood disease. Looking and ready for a cure.
      Thank You
      Laurie

      • Heidi says:

        I may be in error, I understand that although a widespread chronic physical pain can be the result of physical trauma, that pain is not “in your head”. On the contrary the pain is a result of the traumatic experience causing long-term mishaps in neurotransmitters. Apologize for my non clinical descriptions —

    • Sue says:

      Hello, I totally agree along with sexual abuse being the cause of FMS I believe that emotional and or physical abuse are also causes. I lived with an emotional and physically abusive mom to the point of having nightmares into my fourties about her. The constant walking on egg shells muscles tightening up all the time I believe is a pre curser to this disease. For anyone out there listening please please get help for your anger in lashing out at your children , it just may be a sentence that you would not really want them to bear for the rest of their lives when FMS arises. I had so much more to give to do in life then was sentenced with FMS. Even though I am a fighter there are days that well…. you all know what I mean. Love you all

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