I chose to write post about Fibromyalgia because I was unfamiliar with the syndrome and as we see through the blog, it is a condition easily misunderstood in the American culture. Fibromyalgia it is not commonly talked about nor a simple topic. According to Mayo Clinic, Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by sleep memory & mood, issues. Fibromyalgia currently has no cure and it is not much known about the syndrome. Something that makes the syndrome difficult to identify is that is it not detectable through testing. One must first claim that they have the symptoms and hopefully others believe you enough to help rid of your symptoms.

I believe that culture and medicine both have an influence on how a person experiences illness. In the case of fibromyalgia, there really isn’t a clear diagnosis on what could cause these symptoms so it is hard find the proper treatment. In America, we depend on biomedicine as our primary source of healing by creating drugs that are targeted to relieve certain symptoms. However, in the film “Placebo: Cracking the code”, some events that were shown proved that your beliefs and outlook on your condition has an effect on the way you heal.  Placebos could help those patients with fibromyalgia heal psychologically through having the proper mindset to overcome an illness.  I believe that placebos are extremely effective because it can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions and it was shown in the film how patients don’t actually need the medicine to feel the positive effects of placebos. American society is so used to using medicine to feel better so the idea of placebos seem absurd to some people and this only steers people away from the idea. If we believe that we can heal ourselves and get better, then we will get better. We have control over our own healing experience, just as we have control over what dose of medicine we take in the biomedicine aspect of healing also.


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