Well, I guess I’ve made it, because I had my first troll this week. I’m glad this person wrote on my FibroConsulting page, because she gave me the idea for this post. So, thank you Ms. Troll.
I often see people commenting on the Facebook groups that Fibro can’t be treated. They also say “there’s nothing that will help,” “there’s nothing you can do about it,” “unfortunately it will progress,” and “you will never feel better.” These comments infuriate me. Now, I am not furious with the brave Fibro Warriors who are posting these comments. I am furious with the healthcare providers who are promulgating these myths. I can’t think of any good reason why someone would tell a patient that they will never get better. Especially since this does not have to be true with Fibro.
I understand that when you are holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail. At least you look for things that resemble nails, because well, you are ready to use your hammer. But if there are no nails, you don’t just put down your hammer and look for something else to use. That’s how medicine approaches Fibro, and that’s where the problem lies. Medicine is limited to the hammer and variety of nails. When doctors say, “it can’t be treated,” what they are actually saying is, “there is nothing in my toolbox that will fix this.” What needs to happen at this point is reach for a different toolbox!
There are many effective treatment options for people with Fibro. These include acupuncture and Chinese medicine, homeopathy, meditation, dietary changes, yoga, and psychotherapy. These might not be in your doctor’s toolbox, but that does not mean your doctor should dismiss or ignore their effectiveness.
I work with a psychiatrist who refers her patients for acupuncture. I have enormous respect for this doctor, because she thinks outside the hammer-nail paradigm. This does not imply that psychiatric medications aren’t appropriate in some cases, it means there is more to consider, and we should be thinking as broadly as possible. Fibro is a complex condition that affects many systems of the mind-body organism. Because it is so complex, it requires a multi-faceted approach to treatment.
I want to remind my readers that I also have Fibro, but I have been living without pain for six years. It took me a while, but I figured out what worked for me. And you can, too. So, next time you hear someone tell you “Fibro can’t be treated,” tell them you prefer to say, “I have not found an appropriate treatment model… YET.”