Recently I have discovered a new skill,
I can put my body in a state of physical distress or discomfort by virtue of concentration. If I think about being in pain hard enough, I can develop general, actual, physical body pain across muscles and joints that can be intolerable. I can similarly turn it off by distracting myself. It is inherently linked to the mental question of “Am I in pain?”, i.e. if I ask myself that, I will be in pain. If I live my life, I won’t be(as opposed to other pain, that I notice regardless if I question it).
Browsing through the bookstore and thumbing through a few books on Fibromyalgia and CFS, it seems that most of the people suffering from these disorders is what I would consider the passive “debilitated” kind. Typically with boring jobs, and unfulfilling lives. One can argue that the lifestyle, personality, etc. are the symptoms of the underlying disease, but it just seems there are no base jumping, rock climbing, high power business executives, etc. that suffer from CFS/Fibromyalgia. I mean sure, the supposed disease would prevent you from doing that, but so does loss of limb, being wheelchair bound, etc. and we hear those “Overcoming Adversity” stories every day, yet I’ve never seen or heard of anybody overcoming (in the psychological sense) those two diseases.
Could it be that CFS/Fibromyalgia (or just one, but I’m leaning towards both) are actually how human body reacts to being a boring person in a boring lifestyle with hypochondria and unfulfilling job and family life? It just seems that unlike every other disease on the planet (short of depression), there are no happy people with those conditions. All the quotes in all the books and websites are about how horrible and unbearable their existence is, and how medical science and doctors dont’ treat them seriously. Along with this goes a giant market of books, treatments, etc. that don’t seem to be founded on any serious scientific research.