Psychology And Fibromyalgia
Psychology And Fibromyalgia - Is It More Of A Physical Pain Or Mental Pain For The Suffering Patient?
Fibromyalgia is a unique medical condition that is not well understood and has no known tests to detect it. It is diagnosed by sheer effect of elimination of other medical conditions. The word fibromyalgia means pain in the body's fibrous tissues. Millions of people suffer from it and have no known cure for it either. There is no medical instrument made for measuring the level of pain. It is generally asked for patients to describe the level of pain on a scale of 1 to 10. This is certainly a very subjective way of diagnosis and there is certainly room for interpretation. The problem is not just the lack of diagnosis or cure, the bigger problem is how it affects the psychology of the patient suffering from it.
Their psychology first gets affected in the phase where the problem cannot be diagnosed and the patient has to go through several tests and take medicines that don't work, only to be finally told that they are suffering from fibromyalgia. The mental pain of not being able to be diagnosed and not finding the right medicine for the cure is a huge one to accept. This is more of a problem with people who like to understand what is going on and don't just accept what they are told. In some societies, it is considered a sign of weakness to complaint about pain and one is supposed to be strong enough to bear some amount of pain because it is part of life.
Because of such taboo, fibromyalgia may even go unnoticed for a long time. The other reason that hits the patients psychologically is the lack of cure for this condition. Most of the treatments work on the symptoms but no real treatment to address the root cause. When there is no root cause, most people make up their own reasons or causes or have friends take a stab at possible reasons or advice for cure. These stresses add to the mental tension and make things worse for the patient.