Friday, December 9, 2011
MISCONCEPTIONS OF FIBROMYALGIA.
There are many misconceptions of Fibromyalgia, but here are five that tend to come up quite a bit.
Fibromyalgia pain is constant and never goes away. The degree of intensity will change, but it never completely stops. Sometimes the pain will be more of nuisance rather than excruciating pain that affects daily tasks. Other times the pain will be so bad that those with the condition can’t function. Along with changes in intensity there are also different types of pain. The pain of Fibromyalgia can be described as burning, throbbing, stabbing and shooting.
Fibromyalgia sufferers do have the ability to be happy despite the pain. This happiness shouldn’t be mistaken for feeling better or being cured. It simply means that they are happy. They are still feeling pain and probably many other of the Fibromyalgia symptoms, but they’re still able to laugh and have a good time. If relying on a healthy body was the only way to be happy, then those with chronic illnesses would never be happy.
Fibromyalgia affects the entire body. It affects the muscles and soft tissues of the body. Now take a moment to think about how many muscles the body has and where they are located. Fibromyalgia also affects the nervous systems. The nervous systems control everything and when they malfunction so does the body in very big ways sometimes. The pain is only a fraction of this illness. Imagine your entire body itching and not being able to get relief or having muscle spasms in your butt or other unimaginable places.
Many people believe that depression causes the pain of Fibromyalgia. This is one of the biggest misconceptions associated with it. There are a percentage of people who did suffer from depression prior to being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, but for most the depression came way after. Living with a chronic illness is not only hard on the body, but also the mind. It’s hard accepting that you’ll never be the person you used to be not to mention having to deal with the pain every day of your life. It wouldn’t be normal for a person not to suffer from depression when they have to deal with such a heavy burden.
There are two types of Fibromyalgia: Primary Fibromyalgia and Secondary Fibromyalgia. The Causes of Primary Fibromyalgia are unknown. This is the most common type of Fibromyalgia. The causes of Secondary Fibromyalgia are identifiable and are usually the result of a car accident or some other type of trauma.
The best defense against Fibromyalgia is education. This illness is extremely hard to understand, but it’s not impossible. The more you educate yourself, the more things will start falling into place and the more it will make sense.
I have secondary Fibromyalgia, My fibro hit me just after a major accident involving a truck which was very very scary!
I hope this helps some people,
Hugs and Blessings Jayde