Neurochemical Elements Linking Fibromyalgia and Hypochondria
The most frequent assumption of the link between fibromyalgia and hypochondria has to do with the neurochemical elements found in the brain, including their levels and how these can affect one’s perception of pain. Another recent theory claimed that high amounts of blood vessels in one’s hand can affect pain.
What Makes the Two Conditions Similar?
The reason why medical professionals mistake fibromyalgia for hypochondria is also partly because the two conditions are similar in many ways:
- The main similarity is that patients suffering from each of the two conditions show a large number of random symptoms.
- The fact that there has not been an actual biological case in these two conditions also makes them very similar to each other.
- Both conditions do not have a cure. Furthermore, the treatments of both conditions mainly focus on treating the symptoms.
- Both conditions are difficult to diagnose. It usually takes several consultations, and clinic hoping, before a proper diagnosis. The fact that there are no tests, scans or other medical technologies that can validate fibromyalgia makes the condition even more similar to hypochondria.
What Makes the Two Conditions Different?
So what makes the two conditions different from each other? In a nutshell, the main difference is that fibromyalgia symptoms are real whereas the symptoms of hypochondriacs are often induced mentally. Having said that, the two conditions therefore differ in diagnosis and treatment.