I was diagnosed with fibro when I was in my early 20’s. Well, then, it was more like, “Yeah, it could be fibromyalgia because all the tests have ruled out anything else, but we’re still unsure that fibro even exists yet.” I suspect I’ve had fibro for much longer than that, possibly even as young as six years old.
It infuriates me when people assume things about fibro or gives me unsolicited ‘advice’ on how to cure it or my favorite, when they tell me to just get over it. Fibromyalgia is not just in my head. It is not a made up illness. It is not because I am depressed, as many doctors try to say and then want to hand out a prescription for antidepressants. I assure you, I am far from being depressed.
Yes, it can be depressing from time to time to battle this illness every single day, but that does not make a person clinically depressed. Life is full of getting down in the dumps occasionally and I’m sure if you had this illness, you would grow tired of it some days, just as a diabetic resents having to check their blood sugar and take insulin injections every day, or how annoying it can be to anyone who has to take meds on a daily schedule.
With that being said, here is a short article about fibro’s myths vs. reality.