March 27th, 2002

lung

There's a new term for hypochondria

I just found out today that there's a new medical term for hypochondria. It's called Fibromyalgia. Read all about it here: http://www.fibrohugs.com

"Our friendly and supportive place is where sufferers of Fibromyalgia, their families and friends, can come for tough love, gentle hugs, and lifelong friendships. You will learn about Fibromyalgia, and ways we can help ourselves to fight this horrid disease. You'll find many supportive people on our Message Forums with whom you can ask questions, talk about problems, or just have a friendly shoulder to cry on."

"Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is often called the "invisible disease," because outwardly, we may look perfectly healthy. Inside though, we may have intense pain throughout our bodies, we may be constantly fatigued and weak, we may be dizzy, confused, lacking sleep, suffering digestive disorders, and generally living a poor quality of life."

"The current diagnosis is usually made by a Rheumatologist who will find 11, or more, "tender points" on your body."

"Deep muscle acupuncture along the tender points and tender point meridians can also be used to positively diagnose FMS, even though most countries and insurance agencies will not take an acupuncturists diagnosis unless it is backed by a medical doctor."

Fucking close-minded bastards! How dare they not accept a diagnosis from an acupuncturist?! Jesus.

Read about the sixty-three commonsymptoms:
http://www.fibrohugs.com/html/list_common_symptoms.html

If you have a loved one that suffers like we do and you can not understand how they feel, please read "A Letter To Normal's".


I'm glad all these hypochondriacs fibromites finally have an online resource, I'd hate to think they'd have to imagine their suffering alone.
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