Now that Lady Gaga has come out and announced to the world she has been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, im seeing all these “wonder” cures popping up everywhere. Perhaps because of Gaga, the world is starting to pay more attention, but are they really? Or are they just jumping on the fibro bandwagon?
Because of its relatively unknown-ness in the world, is it any wonder people are starting to see Fibromyalgia as a “fake disease”? Because hey, Gaga can perform and even dance on a stage and travel the world, so surely it can’t be that bad, and we are all making it out to be worse than it is. Hypochondriacs.
I read an article on the daily mail (yes I know, I hate it too, but bear with me!) about a singer who has been cured of Fibromyalgia by using a miracle cream costing less that £10. *cue the mad rush to buy*. Now I’m not going to go in to this article in detail, because I literally have no energy or desire to talk about something that’s is absolutely ridiculous, but instead I wanted to talk about the comments that followed this article.
I was angered to see a comment from an individual stating that “it’s a fake disease for hypochondriacs” (see image below!) Clearly I was not the only one perplexed, as there are many replies to this comment all very angry too!
But it also got me thinking. This is exactly the type of comment people diagnosed with Fibromyalgia deal with on a daily basis. And that includes me. It’s exactly how people with no knowledge of the condition react. I mean your just lazy for staying in bed all day right? Your just a hypochondriac because you ache and can’t walk, I mean it’s not that bad surely?
“Lazy, hypochondriac, attention/drug seeker, moaner” these are all “opinions” I deal with every day. These are the ways I’m judged, and how even some of those closest to me, view my health.
But in a way I also feel quite envious of this individual, because, clearly, she has never had to deal with Fibromyalgia, maybe she’s never even had someone close to her diagnosed and watched them try and live their lives as best they can. And that’s fine, because let’s face it, I would NEVER wish Fibromyalgia on anyone, not even my worst enemy.
But this is where awareness comes in. And although in a way I think that Lady Gaga announcing her condition has been a great eye opener for the world, it is also giving people this mis-perception that “if Gaga can do it why can’t you”?
This is never going to be a problem solved over night, heck is taken this long to get people to ask what it is in the first place, but common sense, knowledge and a bit of empathy can go a long way. Find out about the condition before you spout your mouth off. Don’t just presume we are fakers, out for what we can get, because that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Or better yet, keep your mouth shut.
As I was once told “if you’ve got nothing nice to say, say nothing at all”.