As anyone who lives with fibromyalgia will attest, there are many misconceptions surrounding the condition. The most common misconception is that it’s all in the patient’s mind, and therefore it’s not a medical problem at all.
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In an interview with mayoclinic.org, a nursing supervisor from the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Clinic at the Mayo Clinic, explains people living with fibromyalgia have central nervous systems that process pain signals in a different way than non-sufferers. Their heightened sensitivity to pain is very real and often debilitating, which has a dramatic effect on their daily lives.
Because treatments for fibromyalgia have been largely ineffective, there is a common a school of thought among those who do not understand the condition that there couldn’t be anything wrong in the first place.
Thankfully, this attitude towards those who suffer from fibromyalgia is dwindling, thanks largely to more research into the condition and the fact that better diagnosis means people are much more aware of its presence, often knowing someone who lives with the illness and seeing the effects firsthand.
Other misconceptions about fibromyalgia include the way that it can be treated. While diet and other lifestyle choices may relieve some of the symptoms for those who live with fibromyalgia, there is no one-size-fits-all approach — what may work for one fibro sufferer may have no effect on another. To date, research which shows that any one particular diet or treatment is helpful to those living with fibromyalgia is often conflicting and patients often have to try multiple different treatments, diets, and alternative therapies to find out which works best for them.
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