You’ve probably heard them all before – you may have even believed some of them. Whether you know someone with fibromyalgia or suffer from it yourself, you’ve probably been exposed to myths about the condition. Though awareness is spreading and the medical field is gaining new insights into fibromyalgia – many of these early myths or misconceptions are still being perpetuated.
While some misconceptions may always persist, it is important to separate fact from fiction. Knowing the facts about fibromyalgia can help the sufferer understand his/her condition better and help the outside observer to be more understanding towards friends or loved ones with fibromyalgia.
Lets take a look at five of the most common myths or misconceptions about fibromyalgia:
#1 – It’s All In Your Head
Perhaps the biggest misconception among those who don’t suffer from fibromyalgia is that the condition is all in the head of the sufferer – meaning that they believe the symptoms are imagined. They may think that a simple change in attitude and injection of positive thinking can eliminate the problem.
While they’re wrong that the symptoms are merely a figment of the imagination, there is some truth to fibromyalgia being “all in your head” – though it’s not what you might think. According to Connie A. Luedtke, R.N., nursing supervisor at the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, “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.” Continue…