Fibromyalgia has become so misunderstood it has left some patients feeling as though they have nowhere to go for effective treatment. Many patients end up feeling their doctors do not believe their complaints or think their symptoms are “in their heads.”
The misunderstanding comes from the fact that this is a condition in which the anatomy may not correlate with the symptoms. Too often doctors and patients look to X-ray, MRI and other imaging techniques searching for disruption with a patient’s anatomy. When no such disruption is found, the assumption is that there is no problem.
It is simply a message sent by our nerves that is interpreted by our brain as a painful stimulus. It is supposed to indicate tissue injury, but in the case of fibromyalgia our brain interprets pain messages when no tissue injury is present.
So what do we do in this circumstance? How can these patients get the help they need to manage their pain and improve their function? Below are several tips that should help.
Fibromyalgia is a complex condition, but there is hope. You just have to look in the right places.