immunological and neurological diseases (CIND) such as myalgic
encephalomyelitis, fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivity are complex
- The international
awareness day for chronic immunological and neurological diseases (CIND)
is observed on 12 May every year.
- The day aims to
raise awareness and educate the public about the seriousness of the
Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases(CIND) is
observed on 12 May every year since 1992.
and Neurological Diseases may include Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), also
known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia (FM), Gulf War Syndrome
(GWS) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS).
‘The International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND) like Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia is observed to raise awareness on these debilitating diseases.’
The day is designated to
spread awareness among people and help the world to understand the seriousness
of certain diseases and conditions.
Awareness Day - History
Awareness Day is designated on 12 May to commemorate the birth anniversary of
Florence Nightingale was
believed to suffer from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
(CFS). Her story, as
the English army nurse has inspired generations across the world.
The idea of creating
awareness on 12 May originated with Tom Hennessy, the founder of RESCIND, Inc.
(Repeal Existing Stereotypes about Chronic Immunological and Neurological
Diseases) who created awareness for the spectrum of CINDs.
The importance of the
International Awareness Day was highlighted on 12 May at a World Medical
Conference on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
The ribbons are used as
a symbol of awareness or support for a cause. The three colors that are used
for the International Awareness Day include
- Blue - Awareness
of Myalgic Encephalitis
- Purple -
Awareness of Fibromyalgia
- Green - Awareness
of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
and Neurological Diseases (CIND)
and neurological diseases are complex illnesses and the symptoms could vary
from one patient to another thus making them difficult to diagnose.
Some of the common
chronic immunological illnesses include
Encephalomyelitis (ME)/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
- Lyme Disease
- Gulf War Syndrome
- Multiple Chemical
Encephalomyelitis (ME)/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
Encephalomyelitis (ME),is a complex
disorder that causes muscle pain due to the inflammation in the brain and the
spinal cord. It is also referred to as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and is
characterized by a number of symptoms and substantial debility that affects the
Around one million
people in America are estimated to have ME/CFS. Although most common among
women, it is capable of affecting people of all ages including children.
- Marked fatigue
- Muscle weakness
- Neck pain
It is a disorder
characterized by musculoskeletal pain involving fatigue, sleep, memory and mood
issues. Symptoms could begin after a trauma, surgery, infection or stress.
Some of the symptoms in
people with fibromyalgia are
- difficulty in
- painful menstrual
- thinking problems
- tingling or
numbness in hands
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
is often linked to multiple symptoms or sensitivity to different pollutants or
chemicals that include solvents, perfumes, petrol, smoke.
Several efforts are
taken up by leading organizations and individual support groups to raise
awareness and educate the public, healthcare professionals, government
officials and legislative bodies about fibromyalgia, myalgic encephalomyelitis
(ME), chronic pain illnesses.
- May 12th International Awareness Day -
CIND - (http://www.may12th.org/)
12th International Awareness Day - (http://www.may12th.org/pdf/May12th-History.pdf)
- ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day
Encephalomyelitis - (http://www.may12th.org/illnesses/me/)
- About Myalgic Encephalomyelitis -
- What is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity -