I must say, the fact that I feel the need to write this post after having Fibromyalgia for nine years bothers me, A LOT. In 2012, Fibro was recognized as a permanent disability and in 2015, it was recognized by Healthcare providers. Yet, in my ten month journey of writing this blog, I have met hundreds of women and men whose doctors, family, loved ones and employers still don't believe their condition and think they are "lazy, crazy, making it up, or frankly, just full of crap."
So, for those of you that are going through this, first and foremost, I am here for you. Second, I've laid out some things you can do to get proof of your condition and share with those non-believers who are making you feel worse than you already feel. Let's put an end to this once and for all.
- A good rheumatologist is a MUST
Even after all of this, some people just won't accept that Fibro is real. Instead of tiring ourselves out trying to convince them, we need to keep the focus on taking good care of ourselves.
Lucky for us, there's no shortage of Spoonie support groups. Social media is an amazing asset when you need some positive vibes or questions answered. Remember, you are never alone, there's an army of Fibro warriors just waiting for you to reach out!
"Me vs. Fibromyalgia" is a biweekly, one-of-a-kind series designed to give readers and warriors affected by Fibromyalgia a comprehensive look into the facts of the disease and the story of a driven, high-achieving business woman who wouldn't take no for an answer. I've chronicled eight years of experience with Fibro including chronic pain and fatigue, low energy, doctors, relationships and more, and hope to offer answers and support to those who seek them.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. All information presented should be regarded as friendly advice and opinions based on my own experience and research. I am not making an attempt to prescribe any medical treatment and the information contained in this blog is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a doctor or qualified health practitioner.
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