We as a society are hesitant to take pain medication and the reason is very simple, when you have a chronic illness people automatically look at you with suspicion wondering if you are an addict. No one wants to be that person.
I have fibromyalgia which means I’ll likely be living with this pain the rest of my life. There is no known cure for fibromyalgia, and the only course of action is to treat the pain and relieve the symptoms.
As someone with Fibromyalgia, I constantly fear being judge because we take medication, especially since I need to do so regularly and have more than one pill to take. I don’t want to be written off as needy or argumentative. I don’t want e one to be dismissed as quickly as possible because they think Fibromyalgia isn’t a “real” illness.
Too many of us develop the bad habit we picked up from years of medical stigma to minimize our pain and avoid talking about our more minor symptoms until they get so bad that it’s damaging our quality of life. Only then do we deem them important enough. We are so afraid of being seen as exaggerating or as a hypochondriac that we end up suffering in silence and making things worse for ourselves.
The shaming of people in pain has to stop.
Fibromyalgia is a challenging illness that makes you question your capabilities, your spirit and personal beliefs in managing your own health. Its a daily challenge. This pain consumes us who are suffering. We need to rise above and take the medication.