Note: I am republishing this, as someone set up a Facebook page linking to this site and implying that I am the author of the Facebook page. I am not on Facebook. People on Facebook will believe anything published on Facebook, sadly.
According to Frederick Wolfe, lead author of the 1990 paper that first defined the ACR fibromyalgia classification criteria, "the large majority of physicians, sociologists, and medical historians" are skeptical about the validity of fibromyalgia as a clinical entity. Some call fibromyalgia a “non-disease” and “an over-inclusive and ultimately meaningless label.” Wolfe now questions the validity of fibromyalgia as a disease. He considers fibromyalgia a physical response to stress, depression, and economic and social anxiety, and believes the associated symptoms are a normal part of everyday life. In 2009, he wrote, "the tendency to respond with distress to physical and mental stressors is part of the human condition." Wolfe notes that, "opponents of the fibromyalgia concept argue that, as it is a non-disease, we are legitimizing patients' sickness behavior by providing a disease label."
UPDATE: Some people claim that there is now a proven blood test (Patented, no less, so that means it's good, right?). However, it seems there are some questions about the blood test, which is being sold directly to patients (self-diagnosing, again) for $744 a pop. There is a lot of money to be made off of other people's discomfort and pain! Fibromyalgia is now an industry.
Actually, it is fascinating to research this further. You may be interested in this article, which states:
If you read the unhinged (and I mean unhinged) comments from people who have self-diagnosed with this disease, you see there is a lot of mental health issues here. And most admit they have been prescribed with anti-depressants and pain killers.Is FMS Really Psychosomatic?As with other diseases whose causes are not understood, some have suggested that FMS may be a psychosomatic illness or even a psychiatric disorder. In the past, FMS patients have been diagnosed as hysterical. It is not hard to understand why: FMS sufferers look well and have normal laboratory test results. Their chief symptom, pain, is quite subjective and is difficult to document. In addition, many FMS symptoms also occur in depression and other psychiatric problems.(13) Chronic pain, for example, can accompany anxiety and depression; clinical depression can cause fatigue, sleep disturbance and pain. Some researchers go so far as to question whether FMS even exists as a physical illness. In one study of childhood experiences, FMS patients were found to be much more likely than others to have experienced maltreatment or victimization.(16)
Though psychiatric problems do not cause tender point sites (the chief distinguishing feature of FMS) and we know that FMS patients who have been cured of depression normally continue to suffer from FMS, there does seem to be a relationship of some kind between FMS and various psychiatric disorders.(14)(15)
Furthermore, studies have found that FMS sufferers, when compared to rheumatoid arthritis patients, are much more likely to have a psychiatric diagnosis at some point in their lives, and are much more likely to experience medically unexplained physical problems.
PLEASE NOTE that any site linking to this article or Facebook page was not authored by me. If you read my blog, you know what I think of Facebook and social media in general. While I respect that author's right to his opinions, it seems he is going out of his way to troll and tweak people, which seems to be working, as the Fibromyalgia faithful have aptly demonstrated on his comments section, well, that they are crazy as bats.
As for knowing anything about pain, I have gout and diverticulitis. I know far more about pain than you do, unless you have been through childbirth or have had kidney stones (the two things more painful than gout and diverticulitis). Oh, by the way, did I mention I am allergic to most pain killers? Yea, you go home now.
But, I refuse to spend my waking hours on gout or diverticulitis discussion groups (and they exist!) as I visited a few and realized, quite quickly, that the people on these sites wanted to obsess about their illnesses, not work through them.
As for feeling tired all the time, having aches and pains and not being able to lift things, etc., Yea, I have that, too. It is not Fibromyalgia, though, it is called getting old. Move on with life. Looking inwardly at your pain is not the answer to anything.
Then again, maybe you just have Vampire Fungus....