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Invisible – A Film About Fibromyalgia is Closer to the Screen

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.
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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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For Support, Q/A and Discussion about Fibromyalgia Join the Community  “Living With Fibromyalgia and Chronic illness

Visit the Website of Invisible to read more about the Film http://www.invisible-film.com/

Reference: Featured image courtesy of http://www.invisible-film.com/

4 Comments

  1. Yes I’m a ultimate like so many others of fibromyalgia. Also I have musclesleklectical problems pain all over my body and because I have a hole in my spine which was found 15 yes ago but very small the doctors worry was they found ostiopina the onset of osteoporosis. But I’ve been lucky in that . But over this and lack of medical care I had to give up.work. I have now curviture of the spine on my left side so base which has trapped a nerve. Plus 3 protruding dicks. I on lyclear max dose but I’ve had to stop take anti inflammatory drugs. Which I realy need. I’ve 8 months ago I’ve been given oxideshor text which is form.of heroine. Which I’m not happy about. But I cannot now manage just on the pregablin along with Dizipsm. I now use a tens machine . I live alone so you images I have to do everything . And still try put a smile on my face when just travelling to the hospital can cause me to be in so much pain. I’m layer up and my back locks . I’ve been rushed away so many times I’ve lost count. But I can’t move when that happens. Life of he’ll. Your body is weak yet on fire. May God bless all those that have fibeen and I do hope this film will help bring awareness. Has for the brain yes we lack the fluid serotonin in the spinal colour to the brain which is responsible for transmitting brain signals . Plus it’s documented that fibromyalgia suffers there brains shrink 12 times more then the normal non sufferer so what a life time to look forward to. That’s why so many of us do have councillong. Depression comes with it of couse. Ones life is totally altered in e every way. It’s like living in another person’s body. This is just the tip. A few things.

  2. I just had to add.. I have Fibromyalgia but as I have done research and had conversations with many many people another invisible and painful illness called CRPS which I call it the sister to Fibromyalgia. This happens after a traumatic experience like child birth (which I believe I may have both conditions, I almost died after giving birth to my son, I actually believe I did die) a surgery gone wrong, as well as a broken arm,leg,even after a heart attack. I lost count on all of the invisible illnesses that are plaguing people,even IBS is a invisible illness. I am glad a documentary of fibro has been made because we are so poorly treated and not just our families but the medical community calls us “DRUG SEEKERS” along with many many other names, I have seen over 60 doctors in my quest to find help,find answers, I was told to my face, stop faking,you just want attention, a doctor put me on a medication I am highly allergic to (I didn’t know I was at the time) I believe it was called TRAMADOL, very first dose made the pain so intense, I believe I called a dozen times when he finally called back he told me to keep taking it and come see him the next day, I still remember how he talked down to me, he said he treated thousands of patients and I was the only one complaining about it, by the third dose I landed in the er. This man did nothing to help me and made things much worse. About two weeks ago I saw an article saying that tramadol is claiming lives, I started to cry because he made me feel stupid and less of a human being,he could have killed me and even if he did what discipline actions would have happened, the insurance would have paid but he would still have a job. It is not just about being sick but every aspect of being sick plays apart in it as well,even family can be cruel. My friend died two weeks ago, my aunt died,my mom died,my cousin died ….yes…I blame Fibromyalgia. Recently I have been getting severe chest pains but all the tests showed nothing (yes I actually know what is causing it,I can not think of the name off hand) but right now I feel as if I am waiting my turn for fibromyalgia to take my life as well, and I am terrified. I thank you for the work you have done but this is my personal opinion, the world doesn’t care about us and they never will, I have talked so much had a Facebook page, preach and preached about this for 5 years now (been sick for 12 years) because it is not cancer it is not important enough for people to care. I’ve been at this a long time now and people don’t care unless it DIRECTLY EFFECTS THEM. That is the sad part ….

  3. I judt came across this artical and i am a person who has Fibromyalgia and other chronic fatigue as well as other things that go with it.
    Its been 25 years that i have had this disease and it gets worse,just reading this and i started to cry i have been in a flare now for monthes and i am so tired of the pain the tiredness, the ibs and all the rest.I wiuld love to see this film and thank you for doing it to make people aware of it.

  4. I was diagnosed with Fibromyagia in ’92. I have tried diets and drugs but so far NOTHING helps and it seems that just a stimulation of my muscles causes more pain and fatigue. My health care is VA and they don’t have FM specialists even though the VA recognizes FM as an illness in many soldiers. Mine was triggered after back surgery.