Always tired, always in pain! Here’s how to deal with fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic medical condition that causes general musculoskeletal pain. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic medical condition that causes general musculoskeletal pain. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

It first started 11 years ago with severe fatigue and permanent pain shooting from her hip down her leg.

But some time would pass before Rita Meyer would be diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a condition that’s poorly understood but more common than most people think.

“I found the constant fatigue and pain overwhelming. And then I started having trouble sleeping, headaches and irritable bowel syndrome. Eventually, there were emotional consequences – depression and anxiety,” says Rita, a former welfare worker from Mpumalanga who’s since become a psychotherapist who helps others suffering from fibromyalgia.

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