When you're sick, it often feels as if no one could possibly feel as bad as you do. Truth is, millions of people suffer from fibromyalgia, so you're far from alone. But knowing that doesn't always help when you're in the grips of severe pain and no one around you seems to understand.
In reality, you may become somewhat isolated when you're first dealing with fibromyalgia. Friends who don't know how to help may back away. You may be in too much pain to socialize. Family members may be at loss as to how to help.
Try to accept your isolation as a temporary phase. Then, as you gradually come to terms with having FMS, focus on broadening your social experiences. Look for support groups where you might meet others with fibromyalgia. Ask your physician for information about classes that can help you. Go online to Web sites of fibro organizations that have bulletin boards where you can share with others. Staying in touch with the world will minimize loneliness.
Spouses of people who have fibromyalgia are more vulnerable to loneliness, depression, and stress than those whose partners are well, according to one study. So make sure your partner takes steps to stay well, too. Encourage him or her to exercise, practice relaxation, and remain socially engaged.