How can you tell if a person really has fibromalgia or is faking?

you will know if someone is

you will know if someone is faking having fibromlagia when that person get tired of staying home in bed all the time. Also when that person get tired of not being able to do all the things that a person with fibromlagia cant do.

She does stay in bed all the

She does stay in bed all the time.But I think she has her time clock off instead of having Fibro because she claims she can't sleep but she does sleep from 3in the morning until noon and every Thursday night she goes out. Plus she is a hugger. Im curious to know if it is just depression or a cry for attention or if she really has fibro.

I too am a hugger I need the

I too am a hugger I need the contact and to know people care for me. With a hug or a even just a touch it can be in a sense healing for a short period of time. I have trouble sleeping or shall I say staying asleep. There are nights that I feel so tired and just want to sleep but in an hour or two I am awake. Has she been seen by a doctor? Is she taking meds? I work full time and it is hard. But if I did not work I am sure that I would be worse. It waould GIVE me the excuse to stay in bed. Try to understand her and give her reasons to KNOW you care.

This is truly an important

This is truly an important topic. There is a perception held by many who don't suffer from fibromyalgia that fibromyalgia is not a "real" condition and that people who suffer from fibromyalgia are malingerers, or people who enjoy being ill for the attention it brings from others.
There may be a very few who fit into this category, but by and large, this negative perception can be very harmful to those who are truly suffering from fibomyalgia.

It can be difficult emotionally for those who suffer from fibromyalgia because symptoms are not visible to others. No one can tell just by looking at someone that they have fibromyalgia, as opposed to other conditions, such as arthritis, where swollen joints may be easily visible.
Because symptoms are not visible, the condition is very difficult to diagnose.

This is why there are diagnostic criteria, such as widespread pain for a minimum of 3 months and identification of trigger points (specific areas that are tender when pressure is applied). Most of the time, laboratory tests are normal. Even skilled physicians may have trouble making the diagnosis. Symptoms of fibromyalgia often mimic symptoms of other conditions; therefore, it is important to see a doctor if you think you may have fibromyalgia.

Jennifer Bunn, RN


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Fibromyalgia is a prevalent condition that affects many people in the United States. Approximately 3.7 million Americans have Fibromyalgia. That is 1 in every 73 people.

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