Yes. That is what we call Fibromyalgia around here, “The ‘F word'”. Well, today is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. Here are some extra tidbits about Fibromyalgia and the fibro community to help support and spread awareness.
Fibromyalgia is here to stay folks. Especially since it now has its own ICD 10 code. In the long run, this is good news for all of the people that live with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is real. They may not know the etiology, but the cause may very well become known someday soon. Is it an autoimmune disorder? No, because etiology is unknown, and it is technically a syndrome. It has symptoms that resemble rheumatic autoimmune illnesses, but the evidence just doesn’t support it being autoimmune in causation (at least not yet). So, this syndrome wreaks havoc on millions of people worldwide. Nobody knows what causes it, or how to cure it. See why I prefer to call it the “F word”?
Regardless of diagnosis: chronic pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, central sensitization syndrome (or all of the above); the coping skills that you have in your tool kit will be the same across the board. What’s really cool about this is that all of us will utilize some of the main tools (focusing on sleep, nutrition, exercise), and we can each have our own individualized kit with various tools that work specifically just for us. Also, this is a journey, not a race. I ask myself daily how I can live my life today to exemplify thriving, wellness, and wholeness. What is one tool that you can pick up and use today?
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