Fibromyalgia Isn’t Just About the Pain

Fibromyalgia Isn’t Just About the Pain
If you believe that fibromyalgia is just about pain, I’m here to tell you that you’re wrong. Yes, pain is a massive part of this illness. But, like the ocean, it ebbs and it flows. For me, at least, there are good days – or even weeks – pain-wise. Other times, my pain is overshadowed by a long list of other symptoms that happen to be more bothersome at that particular moment. When listing their fibromyalgia symptoms, some people fail to mention anxiety or depression. I sometimes wonder whether it’s because they’re not affected by these mood disorders or whether they don’t recognize them as separate symptoms when they appear. It might be one of those chicken-or-egg dilemmas. Which came first? Am I depressed because I’m in pain and exhausted? Or am I in pain and exhausted because I’m depressed? For me, these symptoms often intertwine. Thinking back, it wasn’t so many years ago that fibromyalgia was thought by some to be exclusively a psychological illness. For instance, in 2001, my insurance company suddenly stopped payments on my long-term disability claim that I filed in 1999. Upon protest, I was informed that my policy covered disability due to physical illness until retirement. However, mental illness was only covered for two years. My two years were over. What mental illness? I was stunned! At that time, my pain and exhaustion were so severe that I needed a cane to help me walk – when I could walk at all. And they thought this
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