Not What You’d Expect

When you hear the word ‘disease’, what image springs to mind? Whatever it is that you’re currently thinking about, it probably resembles something like the flu in a lot of ways – the influenza virus enters your body and causes a clear set of symptoms, which disappear after your body fights back and/or you receive the proper treatment. You can and should be immunised against the flu, because otherwise it could take you through a series of predictable but intensifying stages that could potentially end in your death. Whatever disease came to mind first, I’m guessing that it ticked most of those boxes.

But now it’s time to leave those assumptions behind as we consider fibromyalgia, because virtually none of that applies. It’s so atypical that it’s easy to get confused. So here are some simple definitions, with the promise of some not-so-simple analysis to follow below.Read More »