I don’t think any of us can deny that the pain that fibromyalgia sufferers feel is real. Nobody here is going to deny someone else’s pain and experiences.
But the question remains- is fibromyalgia a traditional disease with a clear cause and effect, such as diabetes? Or is it a stress reaction? Or an untreated mental disorder? Or is it a cultural manifestation, a kind of modern hysteria? Are things like cognitive behavior therapy likely to be at all useful, or should we stick with drugs?
To me, there are a few things that raise my eyebrows. One is that sheer number of symptoms. Just like I’m suspicious of any drug that claims to cure a huge variety of symptoms, I’m a little suspicious of a disease that can cause a huge variety of symptoms. All-over pain I can accept. Adding “diarrhea” and 'ringing ears" and “I feel gross when I wake up” and “I forget stuff” seem a bit much. Especially since all of the symptoms are things that healthy people experience on a fairly regular basis.
Another is the quack factor. A lot of fibromyalgia sufferers are dotty in other ways. And the mass of alternative medicines, supplements, doctor conspiracy theories and associations with other questionable disorders doesn’t help. Yes, this could be a result of it’s unknown cause. But I dunno. It seems like a lot of weirdos are latching on to this one.
Let’s keep this civil. Nobody is saying anyone is lying or that anyone’s experiences aren’t valid.