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Fibromyalgia Commercials

Does anyone else get frustrated by the commercials about fibromyalgia?

It seems fibro is constantly described as a “wide, aching pain throughout the body.” First, it does not even touch the surface of the symptoms of fibro. Second, it completely minimizes the condition. When I have a flare, the LAST thing I would describe it as is a DULL, aching pain. A dull aching pain does not leave you incapable of walking or where you need to stay in bed all day. I would be more than happy if fibro was truly that simple.

Also, I have found lists of ALL the fibromyalgia symptoms and some are literally 3-5 pages long. The commercials I’ve seen only assess one of these symptoms. Does anyone else get frustrated by this? I find myself talking out loud about the pathetic description presented about my condition.

I had a professor tell me that when she is with her friends they joke about the commercials. They say things like, “Oh, I think I slept wrong last night…but it might be fibromyalgia.”

On the other hand, some commercials make it seem like we are pathetic people. Yes, I will admit that I have felt discouraged because of my with fibro. I will even admit that I have cried over fibro. However, I never have and never will treat it like I have a horrible, miserable life because I have fibromyalgia. I don’t! My life is beautiful and wonderful even with fibro. Sure, everything isn’t always the easiest and I do not always feel wonderful physically (or anywhere near wonderful), but that does NOT make my life horrible and depressing. I am a very happy person, and I would be with or without fibromyalgia. My life is going to be the best that I can make it, and I am not going to let anything hold me back.

I hope you do the same…