What Living with Fibromyalgia is Really Like

Fibromyalgia is a debilitating condition that can cause sufferers mild to excruciating pain. Those recently diagnosed, or loved ones trying to understand what sufferers endure, are likely to turn online for a better understanding of what lies on the journey ahead. However, there are few articles that describe the day-to-day life of an individual with fibromyalgia. There are so many angles of this disease that don’t get talked about, so we’re here to shed some light on some of these things.

Fibromyalgia Does Not Discriminate

There is a common misassumption about fibromyalgia (as well as similar conditions) and who it might affect. Most of us think older generations are likely targets, but this is absolutely untrue. Fibromyalgia can happen to anyone of any age, gender or race. You might be a girl starting your senior year of high school, or a father of four working a blue-collar job – no matter who you are, fibromyalgia can affect you. The only thing you should be worried about is the changes in your body and being proactive about your health.

People Might Not Believe You

Fibromyalgia is not a mainstream medical term – you don’t often hear about it on television, radio or commonly amongst your friends or co-workers. This is in part, due to fibromyalgia’s unapparent symptoms. With fibromyalgia, sufferers don’t show scars, bruises or have hair loss. The lack of “physical proof” leads many people to disbelieve that the condition exists. Living with fibromyalgia might mean having to defend your condition or overcome any naysayers who just don’t understand it. 

It’s Time to Muster Up Your Strength

Even if there are a few individuals who might not believe you, you will have a few others who love and support regardless. These people will be your strength when you are weak, but on the days or nights that fibromyalgia has gotten the best of you, you must be the one to muster up the willpower. Fibromyalgia can affect your happiness, and pull you down a spiral of depression. Sometimes the pain will get trapped inside your head, even if the condition itself isn’t that bad. You have to recognize that there will be bad and goods days, and that there are steps you can take to help you get better and cope better.

No Two Conditions Are the Same

Fibromyalgia is different for everyone. There are different severity levels in pain, different symptoms and different side effects. However, like everyone else going through fibromyalgia, you are in charge of the decisions you make and if you want to be happy. It’s not a light-hearted disorder, and it can bring a lot of ups and downs, but that does not mean that you should let it take over your life.

At MJA Healthcare, we have seen many patients suffering from fibromyalgia. If you are suffering from fibromyalgia, or know of someone who is, give us a call at 570-534-4949 – we may have a solution for you.

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