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Fibromyalgia and links with holiday illness

  • Fibromyalgia: a secondary condition to holiday illness or an infection abroad
  • Research suggests as many as 1 in 20 people affected with the condition

Simpson Millar LLP deal with many holidaymakers who have developed Fibromyalgia as a secondary condition to a bout of holiday illness or an infection contracted abroad.

Fibromyalgia is a relatively common condition, but can be difficult to diagnose as the symptoms can be similar to numerous other similar conditions.

Many people do not realise that the symptoms of fibromyalgia can be linked to general bacterial infections or infections such as Salmonella, campylobacter and E-coli.


What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is also known as Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) it is a long-term debilitating condition which causes pain all over the body. People who suffer fibromyalgia may also experience the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Increased sensitivity to pain
  • Fatigue (Extreme tiredness)
  • Headaches
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (a digestive condition which causes stomach pain and bloating)
  • Problems with memory and concentration

Fibromyalgia can affect anyone and research has suggested that as many as 1 in 20 people may be affected with the condition and symptoms to some degree.

1 in 20 people may be affected with the Fibromyalgia condition and symptoms to some degree

– Claire Rabbetts – Holiday Illness Claims Specialist
Holiday Claims Solicitors for complaints and compensation

The Causes of Fibromyalgia

There are potentially many causes for this condition, the exact cause is unknown. It has been suggested that some individuals develop the condition because of genes inherited from their parents.

In a lot of cases the condition can be triggered by a physical or emotional event, for example, an injury or an infection, an operation or the death of a loved one.


If you believe you have Fibromyalgia then it is recommendable to speak with your GP. Whilst treatment is available which could ease some of the symptoms, the treatment is unlikely to clear the symptoms completely. There is no specific cure for the condition but it is believed that a combination of medication, therapies and simple lifestyle changes can assist. Regular exercise has been found to assist the symptoms of this condition.

Help and assistance

If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and have recently suffered an illness following a foreign holiday, then we would be interested to speak with you, as we may be able to assist you in bringing a claim in respect of this debilitating condition. We have successfully secured compensation for holidaymakers who have been left with this condition and other similar symptoms as a result of contracting bacterial infections following their foreign holidays.

Get in touch for a chat about how we can help you by filling in our quick, no obligation enquiry form and we will call you back or you can call us directly on 0808 145 1353.


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