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Fibromyalgia - reality or just making up?

Updated on August 2, 2014

Lyrica ad's

The Lyrica Ad's are notoius for trying to get people to think that all a person has to do is take a pill and the pain and stiffness will go away. It doesn't work that way. Anyone who has Fibromyalgia will tell different. If a person who has Fibromyalgia was not taking Lyrica or some other medicine than they could not squeeze their shoulder like the women in the ad campaign. The people they hire are just actors. I would like to see them hire some one who is actually feelling the affects of this awful pain disorder or disease. Fibromyalgia is a form of pain that no one can understand unless they have it themselves. Lyrica has helped a lot of people but there are a lot of other people it did not help. Where do the list of side effects come from, people like you and me who were nice enough to do a clinical trial or some one who took the drug. Fibromyalgia is real and needs more support.

Courtsey of the Fibromyalgia Awareness Facebook page
Courtsey of the Fibromyalgia Awareness Facebook page

Fun Facts about Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is something that is still gaining notarity. It has many symptoms that are the same as other diseases such as Lupus, Arthritis or any other muscleskeletol type of disorder. It is never diagnosed with one visit. It usually takes a batter of test given over days, weeks or months. CAT scans, MRI's and blood work are just to name a few.

The Mayo Clinic on its webpage offers this statement,"In people who have fibromyalgia, the brain and spinal cord process pain signals differently. As a result, they react more strongly to touch and pressure, with a heightened sensitivity to pain. It is a real physiological and neurochemical problem." Most people who have Fibromyalgia do not like to be touched. It is not because they are being stuck up or rude they just know they will feel pain if touched in abrupt manner. Most people with it will deter from hugs because it is going to hurt, even though they would love to have one. Someone bumping into you at the grocery store can cause pain and make a person who has to feel discomfort.

Why we are still looking for answers

The reason that there are people still looking for answers is because no one clinical trial or doctor has come out with one. Most people go to the doctor to find out what it is and then when the diagnoses comes they want a medicine, however, the best way to treat Fibromyalgia is by life style changes and modifications. Some people do it with diet by avoiding certian foods such as refined sugar, diet drinks or even gluten. I do it through exercise and vitamins. Everyone is different. Doctors are accepting it as a disorder more now because more people are coming forward and letting the medical community know that the problem is there.

My personal experience with doctors to date

My experience was not with founded of the earlier evidence. I had no idea why I was in so much pain. I worked at night, in the cold in a meat processing plant. I thought it was related.

My first doctor who diagnosed me after lots of testing informed he did not know much about Fibromyalgia. Which is what most doctors will say, because they do not think it is a real disease or disorder. It is not like Arthritis which is painful but make your joints swell, it is a disease or disorder you can not see.

He proceeded to prove it by giving me two anti-depressants that brought on Bi-polarism behaviors. In a factory setting that does not work. So I had to take time off work to find another doctor who claimed it was all in my head and had to do with hormonal changes.

Ok, so I fired him for a Rheumatologist who thought I had sleep apnea and I no longer see her either.

Two more doctors later (a total of four at this point) and I found Sports Medicine specialists which helped but he went east and I went without a doctor until I found the wonderful doctor I have now. She not only claims it is real; she also will use alternative medicine to make me feel better.

Items compared to real life

This picture explains why most people with Fibromyalgia do not sleep. I have Migraines, and brain fog. It is very hard to remember things. I proved it by trying to memorize an a set of recital pieces. I could recall some of the words but not all, am alway misplacing things. I did the recital with a music stand in front of me to help. The other soloist did it all from memory, which at another time in my life I could have done but not now. I memorized two complete recital while working on my Bachelor degree in Music, but now I lucky if I can remember what I am currently doing. People with Fibromyalgia incompass a huge range of symptoms and everyone is different. Some people are completely debilitated while other like myself work and live normal lives. The range is from highly extreme to low or functionable.

Fibromyalgia is real!!!

Fibromyalgia is real. It is a medical condition that causes nerves to be at there up most highest point. The person does not get to relax which takes a toll on the muscles holding those nerves. Some get relief from medicine like Lyrica and some get relief from other medicines or alternatives methods such as accupuncture, massage and vitamins and herbs. It is a still a great mystery but it must be real because the Mayo Clinic website and WebMD have more than one page devoted to it. The questions begs why is it not a huge deal like Lupus, Alzheimers and Arthritis because in the end they are some what related. Only time will tell.


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