Israel to Categorize Fibromyalgia as a Disability

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread muscle pain, which is often accompanied by mood issues, memory problems, sleep disturbances and fatigue. Some patients also experience cognitive difficulties and physical exhaustion.

Now Israel plans to recognize the disorder as a disability, with the country’s Welfare and Social Affairs announcing in October that individuals suffering from the disorder will be recognized as disabled in a couple of weeks, which will allow them to claim disability allowance. This move will make Israel among the first nations around the globe to make provisions for patients with this condition.

Data from the Israeli Fibromyalgia Association and the country’s health ministry suggests that about 240,000 individuals, which make up about 4% of the country’s population, are afflicted with this disorder and its sibling ailment, chronic fatigue syndrome.

An increase in fibromyalgia cases has been observed in communities near the Gaza border, with many believing that the disorder may be triggered by trauma. Individuals with the condition have often complained that because physical symptoms don’t show up in scans and blood tests, authorities don’t financially support them; physicians seldom take their disorders seriously as well. However, over the last 10 years, the condition’s existence has become more widely accepted among medical professionals.

In a statement, the National Insurance Institute of Israel stated that the reason the condition wasn’t widely recognized was the fact that most clinicians believed that fibromyalgia was a mental disability. The institute further asserted that it was against this belief, noting that after a professional examination by doctors in the institute, the Pension Division and the Legal Bureau, it had determined that there was cause to include the condition on the existing list of disorders that are eligible for social security allowances.

In a separate interview with the Times of Israel, the Bar Ilan University’s director of the Disability Rights Clinic, Roni Rothler, stated that patients with fibromyalgia had struggled to have the condition recognized by the relevant authorities, noting that this progress would enable them to take better care of themselves using the disability stipends. This will also improve their quality of life, which will assist people with these conditions, most of whom can’t follow a normal work routine.

In addition to this, Rothler asserted that this recognition was crucial with regard to gender politics, as the condition predominantly affects women. Data from the National Institutes of Health in the United States supports this claim, showing that almost 90% of all cases are diagnosed in women. Men are also known to get milder and fewer symptoms in comparison with women.

In the United States, about 4 million individuals are afflicted by fibromyalgia, and it is good that several companies, such as Tryp Therapeutics Inc. (CSE: TRYP) (OTCQB: TRYPF) are devoting resources to the search for effective treatments for this debilitating condition.

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