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It is all about the pain... right?

It is all so very ironic. To have chronic pain, which because it is chronic, doctors do not actually want to treat with pain killers. Yet they have all sorts of neuro drugs that potentially may decrease the pain, as well as give you a crap load of side effects that range from problematic to horrific. So if you have chronic pain you are screwed, such is life, suck it up. The whole invisible disability gets in the way of things really. Although, frankly, sometimes not so invisible... as in having trouble getting up and down stairs, walking and so forth... you have no idea how hard it is to not tell people you have FMS while at the same time try and come up with a reason a young woman would have such trouble getting up stairs.

What is worse than that? The fact that doctors seem to think the pain element to FMS is what needs to be treated. As in, that is all. As in, if they somehow managed to treat the pain, even nullify it, you would be all chipper. How can you ignore the fact it is a syndrome? As in a crap load of symptoms and sometimes comorbid conditions. Oh, doctors chance the symptoms pretty good. They will put you on and off drugs and give you whiplash as they diagnose you with one thing after another and treat you. Until you can't tell the difference between side effects and symptoms, and begin to just ignore anything that is not overtly interfering. They chase branch after branch, and never look to the tree roots. If they even bother, at times they simply ignore the symptoms as well. But it is all about the whole package... you treat the pain, and the chronic insomnia, fatigue, neuro issues and so on and so on are still there. Every time I hear of this new drug to help with FMS pain I just cringe, because it is like they think that is all there is to it.

Not that it makes on bit of difference. I have not been actively treated for FMS, but the pain has begun to complicate things. Still, I don't want to get into that med spiral, when I am being treated for migraines, asthma and hypothyroidism... seriously how many drugs do they think they can pump into me before something breaks?
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