Fibromyalgia is a complex condition that affects people in different ways. It is a pain syndrome of chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue, but there are a range of symptoms which affect suffers of fibromyalgia and all of these symptoms affect different people in different ways and to different extents.

As well as widespread pain, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, fibro-fog, sleep disturbances, sensitivities to the weather, are all associated to fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is well-known for its difficulty when it comes to diagnosis. There is no specific test which gives a straight diagnosis of fibromyalgia syndrome and therefore it may take some time to get to the final answer. Many fibromyalgia cases develop as a result of an unforeseen accident or trauma, often through no fault of the patient. Symptoms often occur suddenly and spontaneously, from a road or work incident, and leave victims unequipped to handle the journey ahead.

Because there is so much variance of fibromyalgia symptoms, and also because the symptoms of fibromyalgia are very similar to several other conditions, adequate legal representation is of utmost importance for fibromyalgia sufferers seeking compensation. A specialist fibromyalgia lawyer is recommended due to the complexity of the debilitating chronic pain disorder and the legalities involved.

Firstly, for a diagnosis of fibromyalgia syndrome, specific criteria usually have to be met. The most used criteria, as outlined by the NHS, are:

  • a similar level of pain / discomfort / symptoms in general for at least three months
  • you have either severe pain in three to six areas of your body or milder pain in seven+ areas
  • no other explanation for your symptoms has been found.

The next stage of diagnosis is usually assessment of the extent of the pain through the application of pressure to certain ‘tender points’ on the body – this type of assessment isn’t as common as it used to be.

Alongside a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, many people also find themselves with other closely related conditions such as depression, anxiety or irritable bowel syndrome, although this may mean more testing and assessment. The diagnosis process isn’t quick or easy but once an answer is found, treatment can be sought.

Brian Barr Solicitors are the UK’s leading fibromyalgia lawyers. The specialist legal team at Brian Barr encompasses qualified fibromyalgia lawyers that understand the complexities of chronic pain conditions – that is because we deal exclusively with people suffering from chronic pain. We are renowned for developing positive working relationships with sufferers – this approach enables the fibromyalgia lawyers at Brian Barr to fully grasp their client’s situation, so their case is best represented in court.

As an expert fibromyalgia lawyer firm, we’re fully up to speed with the ins and outs of these intricate legal proceedings and confidently organise settlements and lead litigation. With over 40 years combined experience of successfully handling cases within the realm of chronic pain, the specialist lawyers at Brian Barr are able to seamlessly pinpoint, in the legal sense, how someone’s condition was initiated and has caused distress.

We also have access to leading medical specialists and experts whose understanding of disability, chronic pain and serious injury is second to none. We are knowledgeable in the compensation schemes in England and Wales for personal injury and insurance claims. In addition, our roster of exceptional fibromyalgia lawyers are renowned for identifying and pursuing alternative approaches to work around restrictions, such as the statute of limitation for launching a claim, to ultimately ensure victims receive the full compensation they deserve.

If you are suffering from fibromyalgia, CRPS, or any chronic pain condition as a result of an accident that was not your fault, and even if you have an existing claim, get in touch with Brian Barr Solicitors to see if we can assist. It is simple and hassle free to move your claim to Brian Barr Solicitors who are experts in dealing with chronic pain litigation. Call us today on 0161 737 9248 or visit our website ( to find out more.