Though I'm very excited that there is a way to test Fibromyalgia, I'm not too sure that they have us right just yet. Researchers at the UIC Department of Pathology seem to think that Type A Fibromites have a hard time handling stress due to an abnormality in our immune production patterns. They think this might lead to the pain and other issues we have.
I'm not so convinced. Many people that suffer from other illnesses find themselves dealing with exacerbated symptoms while under stressful situations. This is not uncommon to hear.
And lets not forget that flares can come from other situations. Changes in temperature, laundry detergent, cleaning products, or even the seasons can cause a flare for me, and those situations have nothing to do with the stress in my life.
Let's also add to the mix what happened before I got sick. I was able to work all day (12 hour shift) at my job and then come home, cook a meal, and clean the apartment. That's not strenuous for a healthy person-- that's life, yet, there are days when I can't do that now due to pain or fatigue-- regardless of stress.
I truly do not believe that there is something wrong with how we deal with stress or strain. I think that we were born with a dysfunction and it progresses with age. I believe it's a disease-- not a disorder of the physical or psychological kind-- but a real honest to goodness, bonafide disease. And if this study winds up linking us to not being able to handle stress psychologically, that would be sad. There is nothing wrong with our heads! We are not crazy! We just aren't functioning properly. That is all. Stepping down from the soap box...
Love and friendship,