Fibromyalgia is an illness that seems to be surrounded by many myths. While this illness has been around for quite a while, there is still a lot that is unknown about it; however, as we learn more about fibromyalgia, the better we are able to debunk many of the myths surrounding it. The following are five common myths I have found that surround fibromyalgia, along with the truths behind them. I hope that learning the truth behind these myths will help you to understand more about your illness, or the illness that affects your loved one.
1) Myth: Fibromyalgia is a purely psychological illness.
Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain, tender points, poor quality of sleep, and fatigue. Fibromyalgia can lead to depression, and depression can lead to fibromyalgia, but it is not a purely psychological illness. Both depression and fibromyalgia are medical conditions, and each condition has its own set of symptoms.
Unfortunately, fibromyalgia was once considered a purely psychological condition that only affected women, and it was even once considered “Women’s Hysteria.” This negatively affected how fibromyalgia has been viewed, which makes it easy for those who don’t know much about the illness to stereotype it. It is important to understand that while fibromyalgia does have psychological aspects, it is a complicated medical illness that needs to be viewed as such.
2) Myth: Fibromyalgia is fatal.
While having certain conditions, such as lupus, can lead to acquiring fibromyalgia, it has not been found that fibromyalgia affects a person’s life expectancy. Having certain conditions in conjunction with fibromyalgia may lead to a lower life expectancy, but a lower life expectancy has not been linked solely to fibromyalgia.
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