Many readers ask questions about fibromyalgia via email, social media, and comments. Some of these questions are more frequently asked than others, but all of them are great questions! Here are a list of the most common questions about fibromyalgia I receive. This list is actively updated. If you have question that is not on this list, please send me an email and I’ll be sure to get you an answer.Here are some frequently asked questions about #fibromyalgia and the answers to each of them. Got some to add? Tweet them to me! Click To Tweet
Frequently Asked Questions About Fibromyalgia
Are the symptoms I’m experiencing ‘normal’ with fibromyalgia?
This is probably the most frequently asked questions about fibromyalgia and rightly so. There are many symptoms of fibromyalgia, and determining which ones are ‘normal’ isn’t possible. Some people experience a constant upset stomach while others do not. Anxious feelings may be common for some of us, but for others it is not. They are ways to identify fibromyalgia, but the symptoms vary. First lesson I learned – nothing is normal with fibro.
Is fibromyalgia real?
This is another popular questions about fibromyalgia and one of the most important ones. In short: A resounding YES! Despite what some may say, fibromyalgia is real. Even though it cannot be seen, and many of us don’t complain about our daily agonizing symptoms, the illness is real. Read more about this controversial topic in this article.
How do I tell my friends and family about me having fibromyalgia?
With many people not believing the existence of fibromyalgia, those of us living with its daily manifestation is hesitant to tell others about it. But should we tell others? And if we decide to do so, how do we tell others? After being asked this questions about fibromyalgia on a regular basis, I decided to write some articles about relationships with fibromyalgia for the international magazine, The Fibromyalgia Magazine. It was a two part series, and the first part is called, Silencing the What-ifs. You can read it here.
Is fibromyalgia an autoimmune disease?
This is a misconception among the fibromyalgia community about fibro being an autoimmune disease. As of this posting, fibromyalgia is NOT autoimmune disease. Though it mimics an autoimmune disease, and scientists are still contemplating it’s actual immune deficiency properties, it is not. Read more about this in this article.
Are there natural ways to relieve fibromyalgia symptoms?
There are various ways to relieve fibromyalgia symptoms which is another popular questions about fibromyalgia. While some find relief from medications, there are some of us that cannot take medications for various reasons. However, there are ways to naturally relieve symptoms. I have an effective daily natural remedy plan, and you can read about it here.
How can I be the best parent while living with fibromyalgia? I feel so guilty.
Parenting while living with fibromyalgia is what I call Fibro Parenting. It takes parenting to a whole new level. There is the constant burden of guilt, and feelings of letting down our children when we can’t do what they would like us to do. First, talk to them about your illness. Here is an article to help with that talk. Second, visit my resources page and then join our Facebook group, Fibro Parenting. Third, and last, keep the discussion open with your kids about your illness. Don’t hide it because it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
What can I eat without flaring my symptoms?
There are many foods to avoid with fibromyalgia, but there are also foods that can help with the symptoms, too. Read all about it on the Fibro Foods & Recipes page (and there is a FREE Fibro Food Guide when you sign up!)
Can I have healthy relationships?
Yes, you can! There is a guilt and hesitation that we take when engaging in new relationships. It can be a new friendship, meeting a new neighbor, or another parent, but the hesitation is ever present. How can we have a healthy relationship with this constant shadow of fibromyalgia lingering with us?