Fibromyalgia is a complex disorder, partly because its severity varies. Patients experience the same thing in some way, but our individual journeys differ. It's hard to describe FM to others when we don't fully understand it ourselves.
Let's take a closer look at myths about FM
The biggest misconception about FM is probably that the symptoms are "all in your head," that it's a psychological issue and not a physical disease. This misconception has been difficult to overcome, but in recent years research
has shown that the brain and spinal cord process pain differently in people with FM. We react stronger to touch and pressure, making us highly sensitized to pain. FM is definitely a physiological and neurochemical issue.
Another misconception is that FM affects only older women. Although around 80 percent of patients are women
, men and children also get it. My youngest daughter was diagnosed at age 16, but some of her earliest symptoms appeared at 4.
Still another misconception is that FM doesn't belong in a category of disease all its own. Doctors used to diagnose fibromyalgia when symptoms failed to fit other conditions. The disease is so multifaceted that I understand why it's hard for them to assign it to its own category. And it doesn't help that the condition has