I chose to talk about Fibromyalgia syndrome because it most the one that stuck out to me most of all the others we learnt about this week.  To some, it may not be considered a disease because of its lack of biomedical evidence. But to those experiencing it’s symptoms and living with the effects it has on their life, it is a disease. We can look at this in the three ways experiential approach does. The narrative and experience include the stories the people afflicted with this tell. The blog about the lady with this syndrome goes into detail about that. She talks about waking up with limbs that feel dead, having an irritable bowl soon after eating. She talks about being excited on a pain-free day, something most of us take for granted. The article that talked about the study involving 10 ladies with this disease also had their own stories to tell. The one thing they all mentioned was the feeling of intense, sometimes crippling pain that they could do nothing about because there was no cure for their syndrome that was not even a ‘real’ disease. These ladies shared their stories with each other because it brought them comfort knowing they were not alone. This effect is included in the benefits mentioned in lecture about illness narrative. Talking about their illness and disease helped them make sense of it,which is the last part of the experiential approach. Most of their narratives fall in the category of chaos narrative. This affects how they manage and treat their illness because they feel like their condition is chronic and degenerative. Living with FBS includes social suffering because they can’t do things anymore, they can’t play their roles in society. Like on of the women in the study stated, she could not help around the house anymore with grocery shopping, cooking …etc because of her condition. There is a feeling of helplessness because they don’t have hope of a cure. From the placebo effect video I learnt that the main idea behind the success of the placebo is the belief in being treated. Most of the cases had especially to do with pain. I think that if a placebo was given to patients with FBS and they were told it was a cure we might see an improvement in the management and treatment of the disease.

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