Fibromyalgia - part 1: introduction

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Over the next series of videos I would like to share a few things about fibromyalgia, or specifically, common mistakes in regards to the management of fibromyalgia both by health professionals and patients. 

The goal of these videos is to help you to see some different perspectives in regards to fibromyalgia which is a multi-dimensional conundrum, and even discover certain notions, beliefs or behaviours that might have been contributing to the perpetuation of the condition. Such discovery can be absolutely crucial for a successful recovery.

 

Because fibromyalgia is NOT like your normal “injury”; if you’ve *sprained a joint or broken a bone what do you do? You rest while the injury heals. If you’ve got a bad case of flu or other illness, what do you do? You rest and recover.

But it is a mistake to categorise fibromyalgia like that – in most cases if you sat on your backside and waited for fibromyalgia to improve, it won’t; in fact it will get worse.

You might be thinking that the reason for the persisting nature of fibromyalgia, the fact that the pain just seems to hang around and doesn’t leave you alone, is simply because you have fibromyalgia (which sounds pretty obvious).

However I would like you to think slightly differently: that the most common reason for the persistence of symptoms with fibromyalgia is not the condition itself but mismanagement of the condition.

What I mean by mismanagement is how the condition is HANDLED by both health professionals and patients. And it is such poor handlings that directly result in the active perpetuation of the condition.

In other words, and I’d like to say this with the kindest intention, what stops the successful resolution of fibromyalgia is, you. It all comes down to how YOU handle or mishandle the condition.

And whether you are aware of it or not there are MANY ways one can develop the very subtle and not-so-useful art of mismanagement.

 

So, over the next few videos, I would like to discuss most common and significant types of mismanagement that occurs to variable extents for ALMOST ALL fibromyalgia cases.

But for now, the most important thing is that you have to be OPEN to possibilities. If you are not, I hope that that viewpoint can be changed in near future with my help. Because yes fibromyalgia is complicated but WE have made it a lot more difficult than it should be, and turned it into a bit of a monster.