As a therapist I have dealt with a few clients who state that they suffer from fibromyalgia and even some who receive disability or supplemental security payments with which they qualify, partiallly due to this diagnosis.
In working with my folks I have noticed a hyper-emotionality in discussing and describing symptoms which seem to blend with psychological factors like depression and anxiety. I certainly never judge clients but only echo back and help them to understand their own situation. Sometimes Fibromyalgia is a key part of this and sometimes it isn’t.
I am not seeing the defensiveness or emotionality in posts here, so that is really refreshing and informative for me.
Like others have written, I believe that the neurological and psychological interplay evident in what is currently called Fibromyalgia is pretty complicated and about as clear as mud.
Likely, “Fibromyalgia” is a cluster of more or less, or even un-related phenomena which, with research, will be better understood in time. Some manifestations may be more biological, some psychological, and some facticious.
At the same time the somewhat nebulous nature of it and lack of biologically perceptable symptoms do lend to “faking it” or other somatic mental illnesses.
I really appreciate folk’s feedback.