A painting for Fibromyalgia Awareness day May 12, I call the artwork "The Cumbersome Weight of Fibromyalgia."
I did a painting for Fibromyalgia Awareness day May 12, I call the artwork "The Cumbersome Weight of Fibromyalgia." The painting done on a 16x20 stretch canvas using watercolors, gel pens and glitter.I know first-hand all about fibromyalgia, I been dealing with it for years. I drew a woman because majority who has it are woman (80-90%). It also occurs in men and children of all ethnic backgrounds. Over 12 million Americans have fibromyalgia the most common chronic pain condition. Fibromyalgia can strain marriages and relationships too because of the chronic pain, fatigue, and frustration of the disease. Loneliness, anxiety, and depression are factors in the equation when dealing with this disease. I portray the woman sitting down, alone facing the big cloud of fibromyalgia over her. Fibromyalgia has been around on record since early 1800's. It was termed rheumatism. It was not until 1976, finally called fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia defined as “a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, tenderness and sensitivities.’ Fibromyalgia can make someone look normal on the outside but inside they are a rack of over stimulus nerves and pain. It can be difficult to diagnose because there are no lab tests to really pinpoint the disease. Here are some test done by rheumatologist; tender points (18 tender points), WPI (widespread pain index 19 areas of the body), SS (symptom severity scale), blood test, MRI, CT scans, sleep studies, psychological exams, allergies tests, plus signs and symptoms (lasting more than 3 months) are all ways that helps diagnosis if you have it or not. Only problem it takes time, effort, and money … on the average it takes about 5 years to complete to get a correct diagnosis. Inside the bubble on the painting, I wrote in all the symptoms that fibromyalgia carries. (Example: insomnia, IBS, chronic pain, muscle twitches, RLS, TMJ, stiff muscles, brain fog, fatigue, persistent headaches, mitral valve prolapse, sensitivities to foods, temperature, noise, energy and weather, etc...) I wanted to show pain in the painting, so I did research and technology using special cameras shows pain in different colors bright blues, greens, and reds at the site of the pain. The sharp edges shown in my painting represents the pain that fibromyalgia causes. The webs of glitter I added to the artwork… is to show the nerves and muscles all inflamed. At present, there is no cure for fibromyalgia. Please give a thumb up for all Fibromyalgia sufferers. They so need the support. Thank you for viewing my artwork.
Research: National Fibromyalgia Association, National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association, International Support Fibromyalgia Network, American College of Rheumatology and American Chronic Pain Association.
Author,Artist and Illustrator. Self Published author of eBooks and videos. Plus I do artwork on assignments and teach classes.