The stereotypical images of someone with fibromyalgia (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is usually either an old woman or a burned-out yuppie. That makes it easy for people to miss the fact that anyone, at any age, can get FMS or ME/CFS.
That includes children. When you know how debilitating these illnesses are, it breaks your heart to think about what childhood is like for those who have them.
When both of these conditions are under-researched, it's fairly obvious that the juvenile forms haven't gotten a lot of attention from the medical community. To help further understanding, you can now read:
If you have a child with these illnesses or you developed one of them as a child, I'd love to hear about your experience. Please leave a comment below!
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