Basically, muscle pain. Commonly experienced by every living thing on the planet. When muscle pain doesn't diminish or go away within six weeks or so, you can call it "fibromyalgia."
There are tremendous benefits to acquiring fibromyalgia, and one of the greatest benefits is discovering people who are "just like you."
There seems to be some exclusivity attached to declaring that you have fibromyalgia, or "fibro" when you become a member of the club. Women have claimed an almost 95% ownership of the "disease" and proudly profess, proclaim, and contribute their own horror stories on a multitude of websites that help perpetuate the nightmare of the affliction. Since there are no scientific tests that are able to determine if you have the problem, it is, therefore, a disease of proclamation.
Subjectively, I myself have the disease at times. My "pressure points" are telling me so, conclusively, however subjective they may be.
And my time off from work is granted without much fanfare as my co-workers gladly share the same problems as I.
Thank you for the gift of "fibro." It's changed my life.
"I'm on FMLA for "fibromyalgia" today. See ya' next week."
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