A Journey from Frustration to Self Management
Is Fibromyalgia Real?
What is Fibromyalgia?
You may not know the technical definition; but you know its unrelenting pain! You are seeking answers to:
• Why me?
• How long will this last?
• What can I do to stop this pain?
• What medications will help?
I will address these questions and more later; but I believe we need to discuss the whole scope of fibromyalgia to establish a foundation for complete understanding.
I will begin with how the medical community defines fibromyalgia syndrome. I will take a look backward to show how the history of fibromyalgia has changed with time.
You will see how research has brought fibromyalgia out of the dark ages and given clarity to understanding how to diagnose and treat fibromyalgia.
I will identify “triggers” that seem to cause flare-ups in your pain symptoms. Since each individual case is different, I will encourage you to keep a diary so you can begin to self manage your symptoms.
Then I will conclude this segment with facts about fibromyalgia and put to rest many myths that are frequently attached by those that are uneducated about fibromyalgia.
Please continue to read to learn how the medical community defines Fibromyalgia Syndome!
History of Fibromyalgia
The history of Fibromyalgia reveals that the root word of fibromyalgia was first introduced in
I have listed the chronology of fibromyalgia, its symptoms and treatment. It is only in the last few decades that we have begun to scratch the surface about understanding the “triggers”, diagnosis and treatment of fibromyalgia.
Muhammad B. Yunus, MD, a foremost fibromyalgia researcher and a board-certified rheumatologist, wrote a research paper in 1989 stating “It’s time to get past the idea that any illness for which a physical cause can’t be found must be a psychological problem”. Dr. Yunus is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria, Ill.
Yunus introduced the Dysregulation Spectrum Syndrome (DSS), a concept that provides an umbrella for many common conditions often seen clustered together in the same patient group.
“This is neither a pathology nor a psychiatric model. Unfortunately, some medical practitioners are wedded to the notion that the only true illnesses are those that demonstrate some form of pathology”.
“We must cut the cord with classical pathology if we want to understand DSS,” Dr. Yunus emphasized. “An open mind is a good start,” he added.
There is NO ONE Cause of fibromyalgia. It is actually a collection of symptoms. We know that various “triggers” precede each acute onset. Learning to identify these triggers will assist you in managing your symptoms.
Identifying the fibromyalgia facts is important so we can distinguish them from the “myths” and half-truths about fibromyalgia. Learning how to cope with fibro has only made it more difficult when family members and friends are telling you, “its just in your head”.
Please read further to learn the facts about fibromyalgia as I dispel the myths”.