I read this week’s post on Fibromyalgia and it was clear to me right away how difficult this illness must be to live with! I learned a lot about it from the post and quickly realized that it is truly a very much misunderstood illness. Before reading this week’s blog on the subject I always thought that Fibromyalgia was widespread nerve pain. Just like it said in the post, there are many commercials about medications that claim to help ease the pain and control the illness. From reading the blog I now see that each individual has their own unique pain and they don’t even know when and where it will hurt tomorrow or in the next 10 minutes. I think that with today’s medicine doctors are obviously aware and know about this illness but because each person experiences it differently I believe that the easiest thing for them to do is pain relief for every situation. However, as stated in the blog, this is a syndrome and thus that is what medical practitioners should really be focused on. It should be more about treating this whole syndrome and learning more about it since as of now they think there is nothing that actually causes this illness.
The connection between belief and healing as mentioned in the “Placebo: Cracking the Code” video is very much a prominent one. With this meaning that those who actually believe they are being healed, even if they’re taking a placebo, actually do see improvement. It is quite a bizarre thing and in my opinion really helps demonstrate how important and powerful our minds can actually be. Although there is no guarantee and this doesn’t always happen there are clearly cases where patients suffering from something who are given medication, and patients suffering from the same condition who are given a placebo both end up with a positive outcome.