Does Fibromyalgia Really Exist?

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Does Fibromyalgia Really Exist?

Sounds like a silly question?

If you have fibro, you know that at times someone, friend, relative or even doctor intimated that there was no such thing as fibro or that it was in your head or even more insulting, that you were just lazy. Many times this comes purely from ignorance as the general public and many doctors, for that matter, haven’t a clue as to what fibro is or what the symptoms are. Some even say that Fibromyalgia is just a combination of symptoms, but not a real illness. This is absolutely and positively wrong.

Fibromyalgia is an illness, the same way Diabetes is an; illness, the same way Multiple Sclerosis is an illness etc. The research is very clear on this topic and it is known for a fact that Fibromyalgia and all its symptoms are caused by an over active nervous system meaning that the central nervous system is firing on overdrive all the time. The constant firing of the nervous system causes all the various symptoms that people with Fibromyalgia deal with constantly. Each symptom can be traced to this.

I can’t tell you how many times a patient came to my office with Fibromyalgia after having gone to a variety of doctors and being told that there is no such thing as Fibromyalgia. I’ve heard patients tell me that they were told by psychologists and psychiatrists that it is purely “in their heads”.  What is even worse to the patient’s is when they are told that they are just “lazy” and don’t want to work. This is the epitome of insult and I usually advise this person to change doctors fast. There is no question that Fibromyalgia does exist, the research is clear and it is estimated that 3 to 6% of the population suffer with it to one degree or another. To say that Fibromyalgia does not exist is the same as saying that refrigerators do not exist. Therefore, make no mistake about it. Fibromyalgia is real.

Susan Reilly, a 48 year old women and mother of 3 was at her wit’s end. We spoke via the telephone and judging by her symptoms, it was very clear that she did have Fibromyalgia. Susan had been told numerous times, that Fibromyalgia did not exist except for one doctor who had told her that Fibro’s only symptom was pain. Her difficulty in thinking clearly had her convinced that she really had Alzheimer’s disease and she was in a state of panic. Susan literally thought that she was losing her mind and would ultimately die. Unfortunately she  was never able to come to my office as she lives in Ireland, but just my telling her that “the fibro fog” is a common symptom of fibromyalgia not only made her feel better, but as she explained it: It felt like a huge weight was lifted from her shoulders. I wonder why a patient would be treated in this way. We look up to our doctors for advice and depend on them to keep us healthy. Was it ignorance, an inflated ego or who knows what else? Suffice it to say, Susan had to not only suffer with fibro, but deal with this misinformation, causing more stress which made her fibromyalgia Symptoms worse. What a vicious cycle!

Fibromyalgia Relief Center of the Bay Area

520 South El Camino Real, Ste 520

San Mateo, Ca. 94402

Dr. Gene Martin

540-558-1010

e-mail fibro@drgenemartin.com

web: http://www.drgenemartin.com

skype: dr.gene.martin

4 thoughts on “Does Fibromyalgia Really Exist?

  1. I must be one of the lucky sufferer’s, of Fibro. I was diagnosed, 14 years ago, by a doctor at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, New Brunswick N.J. I also had cancer, diabetes and achalasia, enough to get my SSI approved. The Fibro was not on the list when I went for my hearing, The lawyer wanted to add it, The judge said NO, only later to find out by his assistant. His reason was, if I was ever turned down in a review, I could add it then add the Fibro and not lose my SSI. The judge totally believed in Fibro as a reason to be approved for SSI or SSD. At that time, it was not, by the court system, he believed in the future, it would be added to the list. I am very fortunate to have a Honorable and Intelligent Judge, he was Amazing, he was blind and read my whole file, 24 inches thick in braille. After all these years, I still thank him in my prayer’s.

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