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MAR Shopping carries out (free) awareness-raising action on Fibromyalgia

Prevention and awareness-raising initiatives for better health in MAR Shopping centers

In June, MAR Shopping Matosinhos hosts an awareness-raising action and a lecture on Fibromyalgia, developed by Myos – National Association against Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. MAR Shopping Algarve receives an eye screening. MAR Shopping malls thus continue to provide free health and relaxation screenings every month with the aim of raising awareness of the communities in which they operate to the importance of early detection of health indicators that require medical monitoring, as well as advising for good practices in matters of health and well-being.

The June awareness-raising actions will take place on the last weekend of the month, June 25th and 26th, between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm. At MAR Shopping Algarve, visitors will be able to access the initiative next to the HPA Pharmacy and Clinic (floor 0) and, at MAR Shopping Matosinhos, on floor -1 (next to Re-food). Access will work on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors will be able to access the detailed agenda of the two centers on their official website.

Fibromyalgia will affect 2% to 5% of the adult population

In turn, MAR Shopping Matosinhos welcomes Myos – National Association against Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which will develop an awareness-raising action on Fibromyalgia, as well as a lecture on the disease, guided by the chairman of the board of Myos, Ricardo de Sousa Fonseca, which will take place on the 25th of June, at 15:00.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease characterized by widespread and diffuse musculoskeletal pain, extreme fatigue, with sleep disturbances, cognitive disturbances, among other symptoms. Although Fibromyalgia can be extremely painful and disabling, affecting the patient's quality of life, it does not cause deformation or reduce life expectancy. Fibromyalgia complaints vary from patient to patient and can be mild or severe, thus defining a functional spectrum that goes from mere discomfort to the inability to maintain a paid job, domestic activities or even to enjoy living with family and friends. friends, which makes the disease heterogeneous in its manifestations.

It is a syndrome that generates some misunderstanding, because the causes that are in its origin are still not very well known and there are no detectable changes in laboratory tests, nor in the complementary diagnostic tests to diagnose, being the same done through the clinical history of the patient. and exclusion of other diseases.

This disease affects men, women and children of all ages, ethnicities, statuses. It is estimated to affect around 2% to 5% of the adult population worldwide, depending on the countries, in which 80% to 90% are women between 20 and 50 years of age. In Portugal, according to a study by EpiReuma, it is estimated that it affects 1.7% of the population, with a predominance of women over 40 years of age, and another study estimates a prevalence of 3.6% of fibromyalgia cases. There are still many cases that are not diagnosed, and many patients live with indeterminacy of diagnosis for a long time.


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