While fybromyalgia is a real syndrome, many people with this disorder experience many fears associated with the condition. If you are having fears about your overwhelming fybromyalgia, then this article is for you. Let’s look at ten common fears that patients have concerning this syndrome. Once we look at these issues with common sense, you will see that there is nothing to fear about fybromyalgia and confronting your fears will help relieve them and give you a new outlook for a better quality of life.
FEAR #1 – FEAR OF NOT UNDERSTANDING FYBROMYALGIA
Fybromyalgia is a very complicated, expansive, and confusing illness. Naturally, because you have it, you want to know all there is to know about it. Much still needs to be known about this condition and researchers are still discovering aspects of the illness as I am writing this. So the fear you may have of not understanding the syndrome is normal. It is the fear of the unknown, basically.
This fear demonstrates itself through anxiety. You may feel anxious about not being able to get a handle on this syndrome and manage it properly. It can make you doubt yourself, your health, and your future.
FEAR #2 – FEAR THAT OTHERS WILL NOT UNDERSTAND YOUR CONDITION
Fybromyalgia can be very confusing for other people as well. All they know is that you hurt. What they don’t know is the complexity of your situation. It is understandable that you may fear that your spouse, children, friends, and others will not understand how one day you may be totally debilitated and the next day, feel fine.
FEAR #3 – FEAR THAT YOUR HEALTH WILL GET WORSE
Not only do fybromyalgia symptoms come and go, but new ones come up frequently. This may cause you to fear if these new symptoms are just other manifestations of the illness or if this is another illness that you may have to deal with in addition to your fybromyalgia. Of course, symptoms may worsen with age but many of them worsen because you may not know how to deal with them. Fear and anxiety tend to make symptoms worse.
FEAR #4 – REMAINING VERY SICK
You may be having a hard time dealing with your fybromyalgia right now. Many days you have a hard time with mobility. You tend to stay in bed for long periods of time. You may be starting to wonder is staying sick with this syndrome is your future. This can be a very real fear.
FEAR #5 – LIVING EVERY DAY WITH PAIN
Those who suffer with long-term fybromyalgia pain have a chronic pain condition thought to be caused by overstimulated nerves. The nerves mis-fire or fire too easily causing a ripple effect of pain that can easily get out of control. When one suffers from pain for a long time with no relief, the fear of having to live the rest of your life like this is genuinely understandable.
FEAR #6 – FEELING LOST IN BRAIN FOG
The fear of losing brain concentration and focus can be daunting. After all, there are many other diseases that include similar symptoms and you may feel fearful of losing your ability to think clearly.
FEAR #7 – BECOMING MORE AND MORE DISABLED
Disability is a fear that anyone would experience, especially if they were filled with relentless waves of pain. You may be at the point where you believe that disability is your future. But remember that you may be succumbing to your symptoms right now but there is always hope that you will improve in the future. The key is to never give up, no matter how bad the situation seems to be. If you have thoughts that you just can’t cope anymore, remember that these are depression symptoms that can be addressed by professionals with medications.
FEAR #8 – THAT YOUR SYMPTOMS WILL NEVER RESOLVE AND YOU WILL BE FORCED TO LIFE OUT YOUR DAYS IN EXCRUCIATING PAIN
Many people experience this type of fear. However, this kind of fear can be very damaging to you because it is a negative thinking process. It is called “catastrophe thinking”. This type of thinking will only escalate your symptoms and feed your depression. You must get rid of this thought process. There are many ways to help you feel better with fybromyalgia. Consult with your doctor but also take steps on your own to help yourself. Use the Internet to explore self-help remedies for fybromyalgia. You will be surprised at the wealth of knowledge that is out there for you.
FEAR #9 – LOSING THE LIFE YOU LOVE
Those with fybromyalgia have difficulty keeping the pace they had before the illness came. Many times, you have to give up doing some things that you enjoy and before long, you fear that you will never be able to enjoy a normal life again. For many people, this is the most overwhelming fear of all. Although the physical battle is bad, the mental struggle is constant and can wear a person out.
FEAR #10 – NEVER ACHIEVING THE LIFE THAT COULD HAVE BEEN
The fear that your old good life is gone for good is a very real fear for many people with fybromyalgia. But know this, these feelings are not reality. A good acronym for fear is False Evidence that Appears Real. Although you may think that your life is over, it is not and there are many ways that can really help you overcome these thoughts of doom and gloom. It all starts with your attitude toward your illness. You must think positively and look for the can-do messages. Never give up. Count your blessings and realize that there will be better days ahead. Remember, fears are nothing more than False Evidence that Appears Real. Change your way of thinking about your illness and you will change the acronym. Now it will say Forget it! Everything is All Right.