Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield, organised the debate along with constituent and fibromyalgia campaigner Adrienne Lakin.
Suffers with fibromyalgia struggle with the condition on a daily basis, they often do not receive the medical help or support that could be provided. America take the lead with Fibromyalgia research and treatment but the UK are not following suit, by Adrienne Lakin
Adrienne Lakin’s online petition – which urges the Government to recognise fibromyalgia as a disability and also calls for better treatment and support for suffers has been signed by more than 117,000.
Fibromyalgia is a generalized body pain, long term condition, fatigue and
slows mental processes.
Its causes are unknown but are believed to be linked to chemical changes in the brain and wider nervous system, sometimes triggered by a stressful event.
Twenty-six-year-old Adrienne – whose petition is backed by Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins – has suffered with the symptoms of fibromyalgia since she was 16. She said: “I’d like to thank everyone who has signed and supported the petition and I’m so pleased that the issue of fibromyalgia will be discussed in Westminster. “Whatever the outcome is, it will really help to raise awareness about this horrible condition.” Describing how fibromyalgia affects her, Adrienne, of Hall View, Newbold, said: “I’m always hurting – I’m on more than 30 tablets a day.
“It’s completely changed my life. “I always used to be out socialising but I can’t do that anymore. “I absolutely hate fibromyalgia.”