I will be working with a Disability Advocacy company, which specializes in getting you the disability benefits you’re entitled to. There is no charge to you! I’ll post more details as we work out the arrangements.
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!