The director and executive producer did a Facebook livestream to answer some questions
Although treatments are available, such as the medications Lyrica and Cymbalta, no one drug seems to be the answer for everyone, and it may take significant time and trial and error to discover what medications work for patients and which dosages they require. Self-care is an important part of dealing with the symptoms of Fibromyalgia, such as getting enough rest, eating nutritious foods, and avoiding circumstances that cause undue stress or emotional energy. This can be a challenge for many people due to life obligations and the symptoms surrounding the disorder itself.
Many people who have the disorder feel isolated and misunderstood because the syndrome is invisible to others and not well understood by anyone, including many doctors. Demos hopes his film may educate people and bring awareness to this debilitating syndrome.
It’s estimated that 100 million Americans will deal with some degree of chronic pain. By the year 2020, the number of people living with chronic conditions is expected to rise to 157 million, and many of these conditions are invisible.
INVISIBLE was born from a desire to highlight and empower those living with illnesses having symptoms that can’t be visually seen or easily understood. We begin with a short film about those living with fibromyalgia, but with your continued support, we hope to highlight all invisible illnesses.
These illnesses include, but are not limited to, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Lyme’s Disease, Crohn’s Disease, Hashimoto’s, and more.
This movie isn’t just for those with these conditions, but for all of us…their loved ones, caretakers,
and communities that wish to support them.
Invisible traces how the illness affects their careers, dreams, and relationships. It also exposes their fight with insurance and drug companies for proper treatment and how their access to holistic health and education is determined by class and money. Will Nick be able to find answers or is his mother already a best case scenario in a broken healthcare system?
It is my belief through supporting the creation of this documentary; the stigma of “looking fine” but still being ill can be reduced. It will show that those with chronic pain and invisible illness accomplish incredible feats in spite of their disorders. Megan is obvious proof of this. It is my hope that through Invisible: The Film, a greater discussion on the topic will be sparked and more stories of those living with invisible illness will be a little more heard. I have no doubt that when passions combine, things that were once invisible can be brought out into the light.
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Visit the Website of Invisible to read more about the Film http://www.invisible-film.com/
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