For a long time now, some medical experts consider fibromyalgia as a psychosomatic condition. As such fibromyalgia is often mistaken as hypochondria. However, recent studies have proven that the symptoms of fibromyalgia are real. They are as real as the case of other medical illnesses out there.
Why Are Fibromyalgia Patients Mistaken As Hypochondriacs?
Why do many think that fibromyalgia patients are hypochondriacs? It is because most fibro symptoms are apparently unrelated to each other or to a certain common cause. Fibromyalgia patients often show signs that are classified as symptoms of a totally different disease. Som examples of these symptoms are anxiety, depression, irritable bowel disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, insomnia, lupus and restless leg syndrome etc.
In order to further understand why hypochondria and fibromyalgia are often mistaken with each other, you must first know what the two conditions are and what make them different and similar at the same time.