- Dr. Shurman, I can honestly state that I do dwell on a potential serious illness. I developed Fibro over the past 20 years or more and became seriously ill as a result. The debilitating nature of fibro started with chronic severe migraines. When my kids were young, any viral illness for them was 24 hours..for me 2 weeks. Any illness or injury or new seems to make it worse. Telling medical doctors the pain is not in my imagination but all over my body. Chronic muscle inflammation, chronic fatigue, multiple inflammatory conditions. With all the new science on the insula, pain thresholds, cog memory aka fibro-fog, why do so many medical professionals treat fibro patients as crazy or drug addicts? I was diagnosed by a panel of 20 professional panel within my former HMO. I feel the stigma that some doctors subscribe to fibro patients only makes their condition worse. After my diagnosis it was easier to do research and figure out life style changes; rather than looking at 28 to 40 different symptoms and trying to treat them respectively. (Posted on May 2, 2009, 7:45 pm jacy sonne)
- Dr. Shurman
After reading your article about Fibromyalgia, I must say that you are the first doctor or person to hit all of the symptoms right on the head.
Other articles I have read, just skim over the sufffering you feel from FM. I know, because I have FM, and I suffer from day to day. I have all 18 trigger points plus all the rest. My pain gets so bad at times, that I can't even hug my husband, because of the pain (and this year we will be married 40 years). I am a prisoner in my apartment. When I try to go out, the pain gets so bad, I end up going back to the car and go home.
When I talk to people and try to explain to them, what FM is like, they say you don't look sick, "you look just fine". I now tell people, what FM feels like to me. I start with, have you ever had the flu and you hurt all over. That same pain is what FM feels like. The only difference is, the flu will end and the person feels fine. With FM, the same pain never goes away. The worse thing about my FM, is that I can not do the things, I have done before. Like cleaning our apartment, wash dishes, seeing friends, shopping, etc. These jobs are now left up to my husband (he is also disabled from an accident on the job). I would give anything, for just one day to be, PAIN FREE!
Again, thank you Dr. Shurman (Posted on April 6, 2008, 1:28 pm Mrs. K. McKelvey)