It's this 23% of sufferers that I'm talking about today. The hypochondriacs. So if you actually have Chronic Fatigue and/or Fibromyalgia and you were diagnosed by a doctor and you are living your life in a way that deals with it so that you can live as normally as possible, leave now. You have my respect and sympathy and this post is not about you.
It seems a very high percentage of people prefer to jump on the disorder fad wagon rather than just dealing with their issues or accepting responsibility for their actions. You don't want to go to work? Who does? You call in sick, the rest of us go to work, walk off the discomfort and focus on something other than ourselves and our illnesses, real or imagined.
That both disorders are difficult to diagnose or that doctors are hesitant to put that on a person's health history makes these afflictions easier to exploit. There's no test and no cure besides treating symptoms.
|Sounds like Chronic Fatigue to me|
People who actually have these disorders want you whining hypochondriacs to shut up. You're muddying up the water with your ubiquitous complaints and demeaning those who are actually living with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue. I know the whiners have altered my perspective because there are far more of them than actual sufferers. If you tell me you have either ailment, and this was unsolicited and it was used as a justification for why you miss a lot of work, then yes, I've just labeled you.
When someone tells me they have either Fibromyalgia or CFS I immediately assume their Doctor is tired of dealing with all their imagined illnesses and given them a name for their hypochondria to get rid of them. However the ones who work without complaint because they know their condition is chronic and has no cure, are the ones who have my respect. We all work through pain and fatigue. You aren't special. Shut up and go be tiresome somewhere else.
I have a bottomless supply of sisters to use as examples it seems and one of them is a hypochondriac. She knows this about herself, though. It IS possible to control it. She has accepted that she needs to carefully walk herself through a check list of reasonable symptoms and if something does not fall into reasonable she gets it checked out. She worries too much about everything but she doesn't require us to take her worries seriously. She actually jokes about it. Sometimes she will tell us something that is bothering her and we discuss it and she accepts what we tell her because she trusts us and she knows we are not hypochondriacs.
Also, she takes the basic steps necessary to keep herself healthy in order to ensure she is doing what she needs to do to minimize illness and disease. She is a hard worker and she has a life where she's making a difference in this world. This is the kind of hypochondriac I can respect. The kind I am completely willing to tolerate and who does not drain my reserves.
Here is a link to a self-diagnosing guide for hypochondriacs.