There are a lot of people who haven’t heard of fibromyalgia and those who have don’t always fully understand it; there are even those who think it isn’t real. A lot of people who are aware and do try to understand it make the mistake of thinking it’s all about pain.
I use numbered scales to describe how I am feeling on a daily basis in regard to my bipolar disorder and fibromyalgia for several reasons. I find it much easier to tell my support system how I am feeling: they have copies of my scales and I am able to just give them two numbers, so they know how I’m doing each day.
It’s been almost two years now since I was officially diagnosed with fibromyalgia, although I was suffering the symptoms long before that. It was somewhat of a relief to receive a diagnosis, but also extremely confusing and frightening.