Re: Fibromyalgia is all in your head
I don't think I've posted in this forum before but I had the pleasure of meeting and being diagnosed by one the docs who named and discovered fibro over 25 years ago. I think he was one of 3 who were investigating it. He called it fibrositis as he felt there was an inflammatory component to the disorder but his collegues won out with fibromyalgia to designate it as a pain syndrome. My diagnosis was later changed to my not having fibro but I have been interested it since.
I was recently in my neurologists office and read an article on fibro and the need for more neurologists to get involved with diagnosis and treatment as the first concrete double blind tests have proven that this is a disorder of the brain, specifically of the part that interprets pain signals. It shows up on an MRI.
So the next time someone tells you it's all in your head, you can agree and tell them it's in the brain. Your brain doesn't process pain signals correctly. Just like reflex sympathetic dystrophy(now called complex regional pain syndrome), fibro seems to be another type of pain gone wrong disorder where the pain signals fire off with the slightest stress to parts of the body.
There are all sorts of pain syndromes where we don't feel pain and in varying amounts(complete, partial, the numbness of neuropathy, etc.)and those get serious attention. Seems not feeling pain is important but feeling too much pain when you shouldn't gets laughed at....and it shouldn't. It's a problem just like not feeling pain and deserves the same amount of respect and treatment.
So tell those fuddy-duddies that it is all in your head....it's a brain disorder just like feeling no pain is....and you have the opposite problem.