Sue, I have a distant cousin that I met through genealogy and we have grown close over the years and keep in touch, she lives in norther CA so we don't see much of each other except when she comes to Illinois to visit her mother and son. She knew I had some health problems and that is why I stopped having the big family reunions but I can't remember if I ever told her I had fibro. She called awhile back scared she had bone cancer cause she hurt so bad all over and said they were doing all kinds of testing on her. After she told me all the symptoms she was having I told her it all sounded very familiar to me cause it sounded like the fibro I have so I sent her some info and links to do some research. She has gone back to her doc and the only thing that showed up on all her testing was low B12 and vit D so she asked her doc about fibro and she said she wasn't qualified to give her a dx and set up an app with a rheumy for her in Oct that treats fibro. My point is if I did tell her I have fibro it didn't mean anything to her since she knew nothing about it til she started having all this pain and I got her attention real quick when I started telling her how I feel. I have said many times on here that I would not have comprehended fibro before I got it, I still don't understand it after all the years of living with it. Last night I was watching TV and my index finger and middle finger on my right hand started hurting like they were broken for awhile and it went away as fast as it came, I have no idea why.
I think we all know the attention seekers too, I've got a couple in my family that I wouldn't believe if they were dying unless I had proof from a doc.
My close family know what I have and some understand it better than others. If there are some that think it is all in my head I really don't care and they have not voiced it to me and they can keep there opinions to themselves.
We hurt and we know we hurt and that is all that matters.
luv and hugs
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