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How Real is Fibromyalgia?

You are convinced that your doctor thinks you are a hypochondriacally nut job. You feel like you are in his often fairly often to discuss this pain that you are experiencing – this pain that has disrupted your life – and this pain that he or she cannot seem to find a cause for. The truth is that you aren’t crazy, and more often than not, your doctor doesn’t think that you are a nut job. Your doctor probably thinks that you have Fibromyalgia – but just try telling that to other people.

The Reality of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a very real condition. In fact, it is an arthritis related condition, although it is not caused by arthritis. Instead, it acts much like arthritis. With arthritis, there is inflammation and swelling in the joints. With Fibromyalgia, there are tender points – not necessarily joints – where pain appears whether there is swelling in that area or not. More often than not, the entire body hurts – but certain points hurt more than others.

While pain is the most common symptom of Fibromyalgia, there are other symptoms that can disrupt your life as well. These symptoms include anxiety, loss of memory, lack of concentration, sleep issues, headaches, stiffness, fatigue, urinary problems, depression, tingling limbs, and more.

The Difficulty of Diagnosing Fibromyalgia

Unfortunately, due to the wide range of symptoms – which could indicate so many other conditions – and the fact that there are no scientific tests available for Fibromyalgia, it is difficult to diagnose. Most doctors will not make such a diagnosis with just one visit, and will typically schedule a variety of tests to rule out other possibilities first.

Too often, because of the many symptoms, Fibromyalgia is often misdiagnosed as something else altogether. The problem in this case is that usually the doctor is just testing for one condition, such as arthritis, whereas he or she should be performing multiple testing, for multiple conditions, to determine whether your pain and other symptoms are caused by those actual conditions or whether they could be Fibromyalgia.

You Don’t Have to Convince Anyone of Your Fibromyalgia

Once your doctor has diagnosed Fibromyalgia, he or she can treat you for it. It doesn’t go away, but it does become bearable, and you can function again in your old life. Fortunately, because of this, you don’t have to try to convince others of the pain that you feel, but cannot explain.

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