I’ve learned a little bit about chronic fatigue in some of my other classes, but about a month ago I listened to a podcast by a woman who used to suffer from chronic fatigue and it sparked my interest in the illness. This prompted me to study the Werner article about chronic pain and fatigue. The woman in the podcast described her condition as the achy tired feeling that typically characterizes the flu, except all the time. Many of the testimonies in the Werner article were similar. The women in the article suffered from a variety of similar illnesses including chronic fatigue, fybromyalgia, and chronic muscle pain. Illnesses such as these have been described as debilitating, and often frustrating to those who have them. Chronic pain can be additionally frustrating when people don’t understand what someone is going through, and do not take their illness seriously. The women in the Werner article told that many doctors and other healthcare providers did not believe they experienced the symptoms they reported. People with chronic pain are often questioned if their condition is really that bad, and that they are “making things up”. This constant judgement and disbelief can cause someone who suffers from chronic pain to struggle with their identity as a patient, and become frustrated with their illness. Though prescription medication can be used to a certain extent for these illnesses, patients who suffer from chronic pain are often prescribed psychiatric therapy, which often is not helpful. I believe that, while certain cases of these illnesses may be exaggerated, many are not and they serve as an almost counterexample to notion of healing through believing, and the placebo effect. As we learned from the “Placebo: Cracking the Code” film, the mind has a very powerful connection to the body. Some physicians believe chronic pain is imagined, when it is often not. This case is nearly opposite of the person in the film who convinced themselves they had terminal cancer. This is similar, but also different to a patient having their symptoms treated from a placebo.