21 June 2007—(U.S. Food and Drug Administration press release) (.pdf) – Lyrica (pregabalin) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat fibromyalgia. It's the first drug approved in the United States to treat the condition that affects up to 6 million Americans, the agency said Thursday. People with fibromyalgia usually have chronic pain, muscle stiffness, fatigue, and sleep problems. The disorder affects more women than men, and commonly develops in early-to-middle adulthood. In the absence of a diagnostic test, doctors typically conduct physical examinations, evaluate symptoms, and rule out other possibilities, the FDA said. More about this medication (.pdf) is on the FDA site.
Some disabilities that are often unseen are:
- Chronic pain
- High Blood Pressure
- Head injuries
- Mental illness
- Chronic Fatigue
- Learning disability
- Lyme Disease
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Non-cancerous tumours
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
For a more extensive list, see the Invisible Disabilities: List & Information (.pdf) from the UMatter at UMass initiative at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. New
- "Accommodating Invisible Disabilities in the Workplace" by Greg Thomson, June 16, 2018, from the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act New
- Invisible Disabilities category of the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation & Work (CCRW). New
- Living with an Invisible Disability by Dr. Ralph Jones, January 27, 2017 in Disability Credit Canada, New
- Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) For people living with chronic illness or pain, others often have difficulty understanding, because to them you do not "look" sick or in pain. IDA is a nonprofit organization that helps friends and family discover what to say, what not to say, and how to help someone living with a debilitating illness!
- National Disability ID New
Under the Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) National Disability ID Initiative, the IDA is pursuing legislation in every state that will allow for voluntary disclosure on government IDs for anyone with any disability, illness, or chronic pain. No personal information is stored on the ID to protect the privacy of the individual and their specific disability. The symbol provides DMV recognition of the person's disability and the need for possible accommodations. Alaska is the first state to have passed this much needed legislation (http://doa.alaska.gov/dmv/akol/designator.htm) with the passing of House Bill 16 on May 15, 2017. The IDA is currently working directly with legislators across the nation to advance this initiative.
- Invisible disability – Wikipedia New