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When People Think You’re Nuts

The most frustrating and depressing thing is when people or doctors don’t believe that you hurt as much as you do. This happens all the time with Fibromyalgia. Know Why? Because there isn’t a test you can do to diagnose Fibromyalgia. Seems like a bummer. But there are tests that can be done. It’s just that they’re not typical blood tests or MRI’s or CAT scans or ultrasounds or any combination of the many medical tests that exist. But I’m getting off track.

When a loved one or a friend doesn’t understand what you’re going through it’s hard not to get angry with them. What’s even more frustrating is when you find a therapy that’s working and they still don’t believe you unless there’s a night and day difference in you that takes five minutes to accomplish and costs less then a buck.

Understand that your Fibromyalgia didn’t develop overnight and it won’t go away overnight either. The symptoms of FM can change quickly, but the underlying problems take a while to work through to really create the long term change you’re looking for. When a spouse or friend gives the impression you’re exaggerating your pain or trying to get out of work or something, that can be really frustrating. If they don’t have FM, they can’t understand it and never will. Stop trying to explain it to them. If they’re constantly criticizing you or beating you down emotionally, that could be part of your troubles. It’s time to get help to resolve the problem or remove yourself from it. I’m not at all saying your problems are in your head. Don’t get me wrong. But being under constant stress destroys your health slowly and contributes to Fibromyalgia.

If you don’t have these types of stresses and still have FM, don’t worry, the true problems are obvious and described on this website. If you still can’t find a friend who can understand what you’re going through, you could always join a support group and connect with people going through similar situations. It really can be a big help. You’re not nuts. Fibromyalgia is real. Most people aren’t going to understand it so don’t try. Stay positive and get help.

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