Israel officially recognizes fibromyalgia as a disease

Fibromyalgia is a condition in which you suffer from chronic pain. This pain is often accompanied by stiffness, fatigue and mood swings. Israel is the first country to recognize fibromyalgia as an official disease.

About 340,000 people in the Netherlands have fibromyalgia. However, the condition is not yet recognized as an official disease here. Israel was the first country in the world to do so, it was announced this week.

People with the disease are recognized as disabled within weeks and can claim up to 40% of full disability benefits, Welfare and Social Affairs Minister Meir Cohen said Tuesday.

Fibromyalgia is characterized by chronic, generalized pain and, in some cases, physical exhaustion, cognitive difficulties and a feeling that sleep does not relieve fatigue.” The whole world thinks it’s a mental disability,” the institute said in a report.

“This breakthrough is also important because it makes it clear that what they have is real, because people often doubt it because the symptoms aren’t seen in blood tests and scans.”

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