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Israel to recognize fibromyalgia, a chronic muscle pain illness, as a disability

Discussion in ''Conditions related to ME/CFS' news and research' started by Wyva, Oct 27, 2021.

  1. Wyva

    Wyva Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    "Israel will recognize fibromyalgia, a once widely dismissed illness that involves chronic muscle pain, as a disability.

    People with the condition will be recognized as disabled within a few weeks, and will be able to claim up to 40 percent of a full disability allowance, Welfare and Social Affairs Minister Meir Cohen announced on Tuesday."​

    There are some interesting claims in the article, like:

    "Patients once sidelined by skeptical doctors now given right to claim state allowance; decision impacts many in south whose illness is thought to be brought on by Hamas rockets"

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    "There has been a particular increase in cases in Israeli communities near the Gaza border, seemingly because the condition can be triggered by trauma."

    Full article: https://www.timesofisrael.com/israe...-chronic-muscle-pain-illness-as-a-disability/
     
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  2. shak8

    shak8 Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    40% of a disability pension is better than nothing, but shouldn't the amount be tailored to the severity of impairment?
     
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    chrisb Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    That sounds like bad news generally if is believed that fibromyalgia can be caused by Hamas rockets.

    Is the condition common in Palestinians in Gaza as a response to Israeli military incursion and aerial bombardment?
     
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  4. Wyva

    Wyva Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Beersheba in southern Israel is a renowned center of Fibromyalgia research because rockets from Gaza have triggered high rates of the condition. Experts there are convinced that Israel’s move will help to effect progress internationally.

     
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  6. shak8

    shak8 Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Wondering if the high incidence of the diagnosis of fibromyalgia at the Beersheba center for fibromyalgia is because of the expertise of diagnosing fibromyalgia at that specialty center---so that cases are more readily diagnosed at the Beersheba center than elsewhere in Israel because it is a specialty practice/research center.
     
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    chrisb Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Possible, but with expertise should come doubts as to aetiology. Perhaps it is just the writers who wish to emphasize the supposed link to Hamas rockets.
     
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  9. shak8

    shak8 Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    That guy in a wheelchair is way too happy-faced to be afflicted with fibro.
     
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  10. Hutan

    Hutan Moderator Staff Member

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    We know there are strong feelings about Israeli-Palestinian issues, but this forum is not set up to usefully explore them.

    Please avoid breaching the 'no politics unrelated to ME/CFS' rule so that everyone feels comfortable here.
     
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