Friday, April 13, 2012
One of the things that bothers me the most about Fibromyalgia and ... the medical community is that so many of them still aren't sure that it's real. They can't look at a patient and see anything wrong with them -- or do a test and find a certain result that explains it all ... so it must be depression, or an addiction to pain medication, or a mental illness ... or whatever.
Thankfully the research is starting to back up what so many of us have been saying for years. Hopefully it will produce more answers and better treatment options.
In the meantime, knowledge is key. Too many people I've talked to have either been so desperate for relief that they've spent hundreds (if not thousands) on special supplements and juices that promised miracles but never delivered. Others went in and were handed anti-depressants as soon as the word Fibromyalgia was mentioned -- even though they didn't feel depressed, at least not yet.
Just for a basic starting point, I'm going to link you to Web MD's page on Fibromyalgia today. If you have never heard of Fibromyalgia, pay close attention to the box near the bottom of the page that lists the symptoms. I can tell you that isn't a comprehensive list - but it still is pretty nasty.
If you have Fibromyalgia, and would be willing to share your story with me (which I may or may not be able to use in the book), contact me by clicking on my name on the top of my profile. There is a link there to contact me via email. Also, if you know any resources you think I should check out or share in the book or on the blog, let me know that too.
In the meantime I hope everyone has a great weekend. Gentle hugs all around.