The question "is fibromyalgia all in my head?" makes me want to cry. Every time it's asked, it means someone who's suffering from possibly dozens of severe symptoms is doubting his or her own illness - and usually because someone else doubted them first.
First of all, the answer is a resounding NO! You can see the research behind that answer here: FAQ - Is Fibromyalgia All In My Head?
This cruel question usually comes early in someone's illness, when they're all ready frightened and confused, trying to find ways to feel better, and struggling to hang on to everything that's important to them. Then comes the question, like a shovel to the side of the head. Then in creeps the self doubt: am I crazy? Should I try to hide my symptoms and pretend I'm okay? Should I be ashamed of myself? Is this all my fault?
If someone in your life is asking that question, show them the FAQ above, and remember that the answer is NO! The question reveals something negative about the person asking it, not about you. Don't accept the doubt, the shame, the blame. You are sick. You didn't cause it, you didn't want it, it's not your fault.
You've got enough to deal with. Keep your focus on doing the things you need to do in order to feel better and don't let toxic people make you worse.
Has someone in your life made you question whether your illness was all in your head? How did it make you feel? How did you get past the self-doubt? Leave your comments below!