Monday, May 12, 2008

The Minnesota Senate recognizes May 12th, 2008 as Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.

S.R. No. 206, as introduced: 85th Legislative Session (2007-2008) Posted on May 12, 2008.
1.1A senate resolution
1.2recognizing May 12, 2008, as National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.
1.3WHEREAS, fibromyalgia is a significant illness affecting more than six million Americans;
1.5WHEREAS, fibromyalgia is six times more prevalent than muscular dystrophy, cystic
1.6fibrosis, leukemia, and multiple sclerosis combined; and
1.7WHEREAS, fibromyalgia is a chronic condition affecting women, men, and children of all
1.8ages and races for which there is no known cause or cure; and
1.9WHEREAS, fibromyalgia patients are sometimes misunderstood by family members,
1.10friends, employers, and physicians as having a mental health disorder due to inadequate
1.11knowledge of fibromyalgia; and
1.12WHEREAS, fibromyalgia is costly to the state: an estimated $1 billion in medical expenses,
1.13lost wages, and associated economic costs can be attributed nationwide to the disease, and the
1.14costs are multiplied because the average fibromyalgia patient sees at least three physicians over
1.15the course of one-and-a-half years prior to being diagnosed with fibromyalgia; and
1.16WHEREAS, studies indicate that the incidences of fibromyalgia may be rapidly increasing;
1.18BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the State of Minnesota that it joins with fibromyalgia
1.19support organizations in promoting awareness; encouraging improved education, diagnosis,
1.20research, and treatment; and recognizing National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day on May 12, 2008.


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