Fibromyalgia symptoms tend to be experienced by the sufferer between the ages of 20 and 60, though the condition is more common with increasing age.
It is a long-term chronic disorder, but its exact cause is unknown.
The condition causes widespread pain in the body, but discomfort can vary depending on the person.
The pain may be worse at some times than others, and can feel like a deep ache in your muscles, like a burning or throbbing, or intense, persistent pain.
Alongside widespread pain, extreme sensitivity, fatigue, and poor sleep quality, someone with fibromyalgia may experience stiffness, particularly when they first wake up in the morning.
The NHS Choices website states: “The stiffness may be most severe when you’ve been in the same position for a long period of time.
“It can also cause your muscles to spasm, which is when they contract (squeeze) tightly and painfully.”
So is fibromyalgia classed as a disability, meaning your eligible for benefits?
According to Fibromyalgia Syndrome, fibromyalgia can be identified as a disability and Personal Independence Payment may apply to you.
Like Disability Living Allowance, the benefit is given to individuals who cannot work and find it difficult to cope by themselves. It is then split into three levels and each level is representative of the nature of the condition.