Kitten, in Fibro 101 there is a long article called Doctor's Respond to New York Times Article. Someone had written that fibro wasn't a real illness...kind of like your family. Learned doctors came out of the woodwork explaining what this illness is all about and how foolish it is to think it's all in your head. It's wonderful and you could print this out and have your family members read it. If they still don't believe you, you will have to just ignore their total ignorance.
Don't stress yourself out over it because that will just cause more pain for you. YOU know it's real and so do we and most doctors. Fibro is recognized by the American Medical Association, the American College of Rheumatology, the National Institutes of Health, and the World Health Organization...just to name a few. Nope! This is not all in your head and doctors are realizing this also.
Just live your life. It isn't imperative to your well-being that your family understands. Of course it's nice but not worth feeling worse than you do already. You can come here and vent. We all understand.
Post Edited (almost medfree) : 11/29/2011 2:55:21 PM (GMT-7)