If you have been a healthy, active person for most of your life and then you develop fibromyalgia, the symptoms can create havoc on your life. Simple things like your inability to engage in activities you once enjoyed can cause you to become frustrated.
Your inability to meet the needs of your children, spouse, or job may contribute to your feeling a sense of inadequacy and worthlessness.
However your not alone, may people with other illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, cancer, diabetes or other chronic illnesses have the same reactions.
Unfortunately though, as fibro patients have no obvious physical or lab abnormalities many are told there is nothing wrong, it is just the stress of every day life.
Research has shown that up to 30% of fibro patients can experience psychological distress. They believe that some of the emotional reactions could be due to the way fibro affects neurotransmitters and other regulatory systems in our bodies.
Hormones, thyroid, adrenal and immune problems can all affect how your feel and just the fact that you cannot get a good night’s sleep is enough to make anyone irritable, anxious and depressed.
It has been proven that stress aggravates fibromyalgia so reducing stress could help fibro sufferers. They say that counselling and or stress management can help you cope with fibromyalgia symptoms and improve your overall stress reactions.
Some fibro patients are reluctant to seek counselling to help them deal with the emotional impact of their illness as they are sick and tired of being told its all in their head.
There are some counsellors out there who persist in the mistaken believe that fibromyalgia is a purely emotional illness. It is therefore essential that you seek help from a knowledgeable therapist who has experience in dealing with the problems of fibromyalgia.