National Fibromyalgia Association
1. ALWAYS believe in yourself emotionally and physically. No one can tell you what you are experiencing is not real! FM is a chronic medical disorder just like diabetes, hypertension, & asthma. While there are still gaps in our complete understanding of FM, the symptoms are real, & patients’ concerns are legitimate.
2. NEVER feel guilt for your illness. FM isn’t something you wished for & it isn’t something you can wish away. FM is not a character flaw, it’s a neurological disorder.
3. FIBROMYALGIA can wax and wane, so on the days that are extra-challenging, remember it will get better. FM is much more than just pain. In fact, surveys of patients have consistently suggested that fatigue may be just as problematic. Other symptoms associated with the disorder include: sleep disturbances, stiffness, & problems with concentration referred to as “Fibro Fog”. Patient self-management techniques can help…
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