Is there a cure for fibromyalgia?
Is there a cure for Fibromyalgia?
When newly diagnosed with FMS it is almost certain that you’ll go to your favourite search engine and begin searching for FMS cures. Surely it’s possible that someone has found a wonder-cure and is hawking it somewhere on the internet!
While it is true that there are people all over the internet hawking “wonder cures” for FMS the sad fact is that most of these are simply people trying to cash in on a disease that doesn’t have a cure. There is no powder, pill or magic berry that you can buy online that will make your FMS go away, so don’t waste your money or your time. The only thing you’ll get is more depressed as “cure” after “cure” doesn’t work for you.
But what about all those people who were cured?
Searching the internet will bring up page after page of people with success stories about how their FMS was cured by some product or another. Rest assured that if someone ever does find a cure for FMS it will be on the cover of Time or Scientific American and it will be thoroughly tested.
So those people are all liars?
The great majority of those people are not real, some of them are liars, and others are experiencing a treatment that worked wonderfully for them. They genuinely just want to help others who have this disease. They are misinformed.
Though there is no cure there are a number of treatments for FMS, many of them have been found to be quite effective. Many are backed up by reliable research and studies. It is, however, very important to remember that there is no blanket treatment for FMS. Because doctors cannot yet pinpoint the exact mechanisms at work in a sufferers body and because we know that we each had a different experience that brought our FMS about there is nothing that will fix all of us.
These treatments (from guaifenesin to acupuncture to special vitamins) are just that, treatments. Not cures by any means. Most treatments require consistent maintenance and do not get rid of your symptoms completely. They simply make your life a little easier to live.
So, it’s never going away?
There are people who experience remission from FMS, however the remission is rarely permanent and it not caused by the same thing. It is not predictable. Someone will find that they go into remission while pregnant, and may even stay in remission for years (on the flip side many women get worse during pregnancy). Others may find that taking a certain medication causes their symptoms to diminish quickly.
Remission is a real possibility but it may not be the most prudent course of action to go chasing after it. It’s a wonderful and lucky thing to have happen to you, and probably more likely that it will occur if you live a healthy lifestyle and take good care of your body and your symptoms. There is, however, no sure fire way to achieve it or to make it stick.
People who were mistakenly diagnosed.
Among people with “success stories” and “wonder cures” there are many people who were mistakenly diagnosed with FMS. They actual cause of their symptoms (there are many conditions that mimic FMS symptoms) was missed during the course of their diagnosis and so they were diagnosed with FMS.
Often you will hear these people saying that they found some bacteria in their intestine or began taking Vitamin D supplements and their FMS is all better. These people are not lying. It’s even possible that these other conditions caused their FMS. Where they go wrong is asserting that everyone’s FMS is caused by the same thing, and everyone’s FMS can be cured by the same thing.
It’s unfortunate that these people are unaware of the truth behind their “miracle cure” and post articles and videos on the internet telling the rest of us that it really is just that easy.
It’s unfortunate because it is frustrating, confusing and defeating for us to try all of these things and find that none of them works for us. We may begin to wonder: What’s wrong with me? Why isn’t the cure working? Am I not trying hard enough?
Take care of yourself
So, no, there is no cure for fibromyalgia but none of this is to say that you should give up trying. New research is being done every year and though there is no cure on the horizon as of yet that doesn’t mean there never will be.
Take care of yourself and your symptoms not because it may one day lead to remission but because it will keep you healthy, and make your life easier and more enjoyable.
And finally, don’t ignore the treatments all together. Many of these “wonder cures” are treatments that worked for somebody. Do your research and maintain a healthy scepticism but if you have the energy and the means to seek out and try new treatments by all means give it a shot. You may just find the treatment that works best for you.
Keep a healthy and realistic attitude about your FMS when you can. Know that, yes, it will mostly likely be a lifelong companion but that doesn’t mean life can’t still be great.
My advice: Don’t suspend living until that cure or remission comes along. Live now.
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