When it comes to fibromyalgia and stigma in the medical community I have felt this influence several times in my life. And likely experienced in ways I Wasn't aware of consciously as well. Before I was diagnosed and having issues coping with pain I went to a doctor who then insisted I was 'just depressed'. … Continue reading What are the factors to medical stigma for women with fibromyalgia?
Fibromyagia fatigue is the second rated major symptom of fibromyalgia behind pain and can be more impactful than pain itself at times. Fatigue, like pain, varies day to day, month to month. It is a heavy constant state of weariness and lack of energy as well as a mental fatigue that is immensely hard to … Continue reading Fibromyalgia fatigue: hitting the wall
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia a long time ago. I just turned 44 and I was diagnosed around 20 by a rheumatologist. He said I was 'too young for medication' told me to 'exercise' and sent me on my way. He didn't specify what sort of exercise and exercise for chronic pain isn't the sort … Continue reading What I wish I’d known about Fibromyalgia when I was diagnosed
Many of the Fibro Bloggers are joining in to share our top tips for coping with fibromyalgia this month to raise awareness of fibromyalgia. It is difficult to recommend anything for someone with fibromyalgia since everyone is at a different level. And that is also why I don’t recommend any specific medication or alternative treatment … Continue reading Top recommendations for fibromyalgia from fibromyalgia bloggers
The one thing consistently recommended for fibromyalgia is exercise. The one thing we would rather not do is exercise because of the pain and fatigue it causes and the post exercise malaise as well. And yet, for me, it is a necessary evil regardless of how difficult it is. But it is quite difficult. It … Continue reading My experience with fibromyalgia and mild/moderate exercise
How do you know someone is faking fibromyalgia? Hmm. This is a thing people google. And I can tell you the short answer right now is that statistically speaking if you assume they are not, you'd most likely be right. Because it is so rare that anyone fakes an illness. I know a lot of … Continue reading So you think someone is faking fibromyalgia?