Fibromyalgia Awareness Day: 7 Things People Should Understand About Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

May is Fibromyalgia Awareness Month, and today, May 12, is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. In honor of Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, we’ve put together a short video to help explain fibromyalgia to our friends and loved ones who may not still understand just what it is fibro warriors are fighting every day.

There are a lot of things people don’t understand about fibromyalgia. People who don’t get it will say things like, “It’s all in your head,” or, “fibromyalgia is a made-up thing.” Obviously, fibromyalgia is real, and the pain is real, and all of the negativity surrounding it doesn’t do anything to help. What people don’t understand about fibromyalgia is that it is chronic, and it’s not curable, and that no, we’re not just being lazy. What better day than today, Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, to bring these issues to the forefront? Fibromyalgia may be an invisible disease, but that doesn’t mean people with fibromyalgia have to be invisible, too. We’re here, and we’re fighting this affliction every single day, and one of the things that makes fighting it so hard is that a lot of people don’t know what fibromyalgia is.

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So on this Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, our friends from Health put together a quick video with some facts to help get the word out. It’s a short video that can help your loved ones and friends get acquainted with fibromyalgia, and maybe pick up a little compassion. Heaven knows we could use it, and if it help just one person stop saying things like, “If you’d just get out and exercise more you wouldn’t feel so terrible all the time,” or “If you would just stop eating X or stop eating Y then all of this fake disease would go away.” We know that’s not true, it’s not how it works, and it’s exactly why Fibromyalgia Awareness Day exists.

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