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Fibromyalgia-a disease characterized by generalized whole body muscular and joint pains and easy fatiguability affects millions of people worldwide. It does not have any distinctive features and hence is easily overlooked or gets misdiagnosed.
The diagnosis is reached by an exclusion of other conditions with similar or overlapping complaints. Though common, its cause is unknown. Not only the commoners but many celebrities also suffer from this disease.
1. Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman is a great actor who has openly spoken about his fibromyalgia. He has linked his symptoms to his 2008 car accident. Morgan has dull pains and aches due to the disease but this does not stop him from working which he really enjoys.Speaking about his disease, he has made people aware of the condition and also people affected by the disease would not feel alone.
2. Sinead O’Connor
Sinead O’Connor has a great voice and when diagnosed, Sinead had gone on a hiatus for some time. But she soon made a comeback. She has managed with her therapy and lifestyle changes to control her symptoms and has also realized that though incurable, she can definitely overcome it with her determination.
3. Frances Winfield Bremer
This wife of Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III has silently suffered the pain of fibromyalgia for more than 3 decades, but she is an inspirational model who inspires others to never yield to this painful condition.
4. A.J. Langer
This Ohio native and actress known for her role in the TV series My so-called Life has been reported also to suffer from the disease and in spite of having a wonderful married life with an English Earl, her health condition does derail it at times.
5. Florence Nightingale
This wonderful founder of modern nursing also was a patient of fibromyalgia. Also called as the Lady with the Lamp, Florence had believed that her muscular pain had been triggered by an infection. She worked tirelessly for the ailing patients and died at the ripe old age of 90 in her sleep.