Helping Friend Who Suffers from Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia, Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue, Always Tired, Tired, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, CFS

When a friend is suffering from fibromyalgia, it can be difficult to know how to help. The fact is that your friend probably just appreciates your support and understanding. Instead of finding the perfect thing to say, here are a few simple things to avoid.

Things to Avoid Saying to a Person with Fibromyalgia

“You’re just overreacting.”

A person suffering from a chronic illness actually is sick. It’s not in the person’s head, and making statements that downplay the reality of the condition can be hurtful. Instead, try to acknowledge your friend’s illness by recognizing he or she may not always have the energy to make or keep plans.

“You don’t seem sick.”

The pain of fibromyalgia doesn’t usually leave any visual symptoms unless there is pain on your friend’s face. Unless fibromyalgias sleep symptoms leave a person looking haggard, there may be no other visible signs of illness. A better way to go is to acknowledge you can’t always tell how bad your friend is feeling and ask if he or she feels up to doing something.

“I feel so bad for you.”

Most people don’t want pity, especially from someone who can’t possibly understand what they are going through. This is also a good reason to avoid, “I know how you feel.” Instead, just let your friend know that you are always there with a listening ear if need be.

Real Help for Fibromyalgia Sufferers

You may have to gauge whether your friend is open to receiving advice regarding natural care. If he or she is, then recommending upper cervical chiropractic care may be a great way to show you are interested in your friend’s well-being. The fact is that the top two bones of the neck can play a major role in how a person experiences pain as well as in migraine or headache occurrence. In fact, just about all of the symptoms of fibromyalgia are potentially related the upper cervical spine in some way.

If you or a friend are dealing with fibromyalgia, contact an upper cervical chiropractor near you. A consultation will help you learn more about the benefits of upper cervical chiropractic for those suffering from chronic health conditions.

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