Well, this doesn't fit me at all. I had a idyllic childhood with two of the most wonderful parents God created. We had a lot of family time and Mom and Dad made sure there were plenty of activities for us around the house. That's why the neighborhood children hung out at our house. If we were spanked, which happened about two times, we really, really deserved it. Both of my parents told my brother and me how much they loved us and that we could achieve anything, if we put our mind to it.
My great grandparents family had a lot of rheumatoid arthritis in it. They weren't abused, either. There were 10 in the family and they all worked together and loved one another. They all stayed in contact as long as they were alive but five of them had rheumatoid arthritis and ended up in wheelchairs.
I personally think genetics plays a big part. It would have to. I have fibro and a few other goodies for no other apparant reason except for genetics.
Post Edited (puppylover) : 10/10/2009 4:02:18 AM (GMT-6)
I can definitely relate to Sherrine, as I had an idyllic childhood with lots of love from both my parents and large extended family. However, I can agree with Jhemi also in that stress overload can tip the scale. I went through a 14 year marriage that was emotionally shattering. Coming from such a loving family I was totally unprepared to deal with an unreasonable, angry, put down kind of a person on a daily basis. He had come from a broken, angry family. The emotional toll of the marriage, divorce and the toll on my children caused a real crash for me. I also had a serious auto accident during those years and the fibro came on hard and fast. So I think that emotional stress does have a place in fibro, at least for me.
I always love it when you respond to these kind of articles. My stat prof was always very fond of a book he recommended we read. I believe it was called "How To Lie With Statistics".His point being that you CAN lie with stats and that the uninformed can be led to erroneous conclusions by believing everything they read without really being educated and understanding what they are actually reading.