Fibromyalgia: “I am 41 years old and live in the body of an old man” Share Article

He is always tired, and hurts all the time. Patrick Schutz of Neuchâtel have fibromyalgia – an invisible condition is not recognized by disability insurance.
Pain, pain, nothing but pain: Patrick Schuts (41) Neuchatel always have the feeling that you have the flu – no fever, fatigue but with a huge lead. He would like to stay in bed all day and spend time there. “Every part of my body hurts, thankfully not all at the same time , ” he told the magazine “L’illustré”.
Patrick Schutz and his partner have a three year old daughter, Naya.

Even if you play with it only 20 minutes, the power is off for the day. “When I sleep, and then wake up, I’m as tired as I’ve ever slept in.” He’s lost a lot of friends who believe that fakes. At night you can not go with them as before going to bed at 7 pm to relax.

The diagnosis of suffering a year ago revealed: Fibromialgia. An estimated 400,000 people are affected in Switzerland. The problem: Fibromyalgia is not recognized by the disability insurance (IV). There is no scientific evidence: there is no evidence that is in the blood and x-rays. Hundreds of symptoms characterize fibromyalgia. It is determined by the exclusion of other diseases and through test: soft spots usually used.

If eleven or more of the 18 (soft spots) have increased pain, suspicion of fibromyalgia is present. These diagnostic points are near the tendinomotor approach. The cause of the disease is unclear and can only be limited by medical measures.

Patrick protection must take many drugs: analgesics, antidepressants, vitamins, medication to protect the stomach and drops against sensitive and dry eyes. “It’s an invisible suffering,” says Schutz. He wants as many people as possible to know about it, you have created a Facebook site, so that fibromyalgia reaches consciousness of the population.

Patrick has been unemployed for two years and lives on social assistance. If the IV at least partially recognize the suffering, it would have been helped. So expect financial support because of their depression and chronic fatigue. His greatest hope is a popular initiative that has just been launched and requires recognition of fibromyalgia as a disease.

Naya plays with her daughter, but after 20 minutes your energy is depleted.
Patrick is lying on a carpet to relieve pain.

Patrick’s relationship with the partner Sylvie has also become difficult. No common TV songs because he is sleeping early. Naya is surprised that Dad go to bed while her. Patrick Schutz not know how long can support their condition: “I have only 41 years old and live in the body of an old man!”
Patrick suspicion that even traumatic experiences could be triggered in the past. At the age of 17 he was present when his father hit a man with a rock before their eyes.

Patrick no longer has contact with him. The birth of his daughter was also bad: almost the mother and child had died. Patrick: “These events have shaken me deeply.”

He would like to do something with his wife and daughter, but her suffering and the little money he receives no desire realidad.Compartir make this article do

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