Tips for Talking About Fibromyalgia


When you are dealing with any type of chronic illness, it can be difficult for your family and friends to really understand what you are going through. It can be very frustrating to deal with an ailment that makes you feel so alone. Especially when you have a condition that can’t be seen physically like Fibromyalgia, it can be hard for family members, co-workers, and friends to understand. It is important to have an open dialog with the ones closest to you about this new illness you are dealing with. This will help you connect with your friends and family without your illness getting in the way.

Let family and friends know how you are feeling

Your friends and family members want to help. What might be difficult for them is the confusion of not knowing how you really feel. If you sit down with your loved ones and explain to them the constant pain you are dealing with, it will be easier for them to sympathize with what you are going through. Teaching them about the symptoms you feel on a daily basis will help them understand how difficult Fibromyalgia is to deal with.

Teach them that you aren’t broken

Even though you’re dealing with chronic pain, this doesn’t mean that you’re broken or are a different person than you used to be. Just like someone with a more visible disability, you can still be a fully functioning human being. You need to let your family know that you are just dealing with an added amount of pain. This pain doesn’t stop you from living your life to the fullest, it just makes it a little more difficult to do so. Let your family members know that you are still the same person you have always been – they don’t need to be afraid or scared of your new condition. It is not fatal and you will still be able to live a full life with the proper management of your condition.

Talk with your employer about your symptoms and needs

When you’re working in a fast-paced work environment, you need to make sure that your employer is aware of your new condition. Most employers will be more than happy to work with you around your Fibromyalgia symptoms. Taking more breaks may help you to be more productive overall during your work day. Letting your employer know that you aren’t dropping the ball at work and simply taking a break because of your health can help a great deal. Open communication with your employer and co-workers is key when you are working to continue your career while dealing with Fibromyalgia.

Family therapists can help

Sudden changes in health can really affect any family. The chronic pain that comes along with Fibromyalgia can be devastating to someone’s mood for a period of time. A family therapist can help family members remember that what you’re going through is difficult. Dealing with chronic pain is something that the whole family will have to go through with you, and they can hold you up along the way. It is difficult to see someone in the family deal with so much pain when they used to be completely healthy – a family therapist can help every member of the family talk about their feelings in an environment that is safe and open.

Fibromyalgia is a difficult thing to live with. However, you can still live your life to the fullest with this condition and continue to be a great member of your family and community. Start the healing process today and get your family and friends on your team. You will find that they are very willing to help you in any way possible!

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