I believe that fibromyalgia is misunderstood in our culture. Fibromyalgia is more common than one may think. About 5.8 million Americans are affected by fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes musculoskeletal pain, fatigue and mood swings. Professionals believe that fibromyalgia works by amplifying pain signals in the brain. Symptoms can be caused by a single event like neurological stress or surgery, but they can also accumulate over time with no specific cause. Woman are more likely to be affected by fibromyalgia and there is no cure. Symptoms can be controlled and managed. Treatment it often times difficult because it varies from one person to another. People with fibromyalgia appear to be normal, but in reality are living a life of pain.
Biomedicine does not influence this disorder very much because it is not fully understood. Moods can cause the pain to be stronger or weaker and the pain moves to different areas of the body day by day. I don’t think the culture fully understands this disorder and in some cases may take it too lightly. I do not have fibromyalgia, but I cannot even imagine how I would feel if I was in pain every day.
I think that the placebo effect would definitely help patients with fibromyalgia. I think the placebo effect can help patients suffering from not only fibromyalgia, but a variety of other illnesses as well.. I think that the mind plays tricks on itself, and this causes one to think their symptoms are worse than they really are. I also think the mind can convince itself that the body fells okay and nothing is wrong. In the film a lot of the illness deal with pain (similar to fibromyalgia) so this makes me think that the placebo effect may work for this disorder too.
Mayo Clinic. “Fibromyalgia.” Definition. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fibromyalgia/basics/definition/con-20019243 (accessed July 26, 2014).