I understand where the need to proclaim the validity of this illness comes from. Many people go through an arduous process on their way to a fibromyalgia diagnosis. No one seems to believe how much pain they are in; no one can tell them why they are in pain.
When all the other possibilities have been eliminated, they are told they have fibromyalgia, an incurable condition that causes widespread pain and extraordinary fatigue. The disclosure of the diagnosis doesn’t end the litany of judgment and well intentioned but poorly considered comments that somehow imply that those with the condition are exaggerating malingerers. They are not.
The problem with the posts about how “real” fibromyalgia is, is that they fuel speculation among the poory informed that it is not real, otherwise why go on about it? Yes, we need to build awareness, but let’s allow the scientific evidence to speak for us. It’s more likely to be believed by the dinosaurs who perpetuate the notion fibro is a psychosomatic disorder. We don’t need to beg for understanding. The truth is on our side.