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I am not lazy, I have fibromyalgia
By February 2, 2011 at 2:04 pm 1,735 18 11
Fogginess, fatigue, and pain are a few of the major symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. All of these symptoms force us to need more rest and to conserve our energy. I have often told people if I rested every time I felt fogginess, fatigue, and pain, I would never get out of bed. Many of us push ourselves because of the fear of being called lazy and when we do rest or do less, that fear can come true.
It is not hard to believe that one of the biggest misunderstandings given to fibromyalgia sufferers is that they use the disease as an excuse to be lazy. This is definitely a touchy topic because many of us are trying to overcome the physical limitations posed by our conditions. Often times, it is those closest to you that give you the hardest time. It is the little criticisms like why your home is not as clean as it used to be or why you need to rest more that can be the most hurtful.
Has this lack of understanding from family and friends been a problem for you? How is it that you would like to respond to such comments even though it can be hard to provide a response because of their lack of understanding and because these things touch an emotional nerve?