Hilarious Retorts For Doctors Who Think Fibromyalgia is a Joke, From an Actual MD

As a companion piece to my post about dealing with doctors in the context of a chronic illness, and because I so enjoyed A Body of Hope‘s humorous but realistic take on her experiences with doctors in Warm Milk: Physician Frustration, it seemed like some similar lighter fare was appropriate.

Here is a hilarious rant by Kevin White, MD, with the perfect rebuttal to the many doctors who think that fibro patients are faking it. It’s nice to see someone in a position to make changes so animated about advocacy for the chronically ill. It’s also nice to hear that my occasional feeling of homicidal rage are justified. 😀

Especially, it is awesome that there are doctors out there willing to defend us so bluntly and honestly. Thank you, sir!

The more I look, the more I find doctors giving us good advice. Wish I could find more in real life, but it’s certainly nice to know they’re out there!

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About Jessi Finds Out Fibro

Hi, and thank you for finding your way to my corner of the web! I'm on a journey to empower myself and hopefully others through shared courage and compassion. I write Finding Out Fibro, a chronic illness and chronic pain awareness blog that is not just about fibromyalgia, as well as a new project making jewelry under the Etsy name Hopeful Spoon. Please check out the shop and share if you can! Thank you for your support! My other hobbies include defeating ableism anywhere I find it, upcycling old junk into funky awesomeness, raising my voice to erase stigma against invisible illness and mental illness, baking, collecting vintage kitchen ware, sharing body-positive messages, playing around in photoshop, abstract painting (especially in neons and metallics!), advocating for those living with chronic illnesses and mental health challenges, seeking safety and upholding visibility for LGBTQIA individuals living with physical and mental disabilities, researching and testing plant-based remedies for chronic pain, and spending all my spare spoons in my veggie garden. This is my opportunity to do more than just survive with chronic illness. This is me learning how to live well, even though there is no cure for the war my body is waging on me.

3 responses to “Hilarious Retorts For Doctors Who Think Fibromyalgia is a Joke, From an Actual MD”

  1. abodyofhope says :

    Thank you for including me in your article! ❤ ❤
    I didn't know all of that about Fibro. How interesting about Florence Nightengale, right? If I had a nickel for every nurse I know with chronic pain, I'd probably be able to pay off some of these medical bills 😉 😉 It makes me wonder if empathy and chronic pain are linked. HMMMMMMMmmmmmmm…..
    Thank you again. I hope you are having a restful weekend. Soft hugs.

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  2. Jessi Finds Out Fibro says :

    Hmmmm indeed 🙂 I have thought about it before. The medical assistants, lab techs, patient advocates, every single healthcare worker I have talked to recently besides actual MD’s have had experience with chronic pain. None of them have what I have, but they have a lot more sympathy for me as a result of their RA or UC or Endometriosis. I wish that could translate into better care for chronically ill patients, and hopefully down the line it will, but those people do not make the call about signing disability paperwork or writing the prescriptions we need or referring us to the correct specialists, but at least they understand more than most and some of them do have the ear of the doctor they work for. My primary care is a nurse practitioner and she has depression and that has helped me talk to her far more openly than any PCP I have had in the past. Some stuff is just too much for me to talk to her about still though. And she can’t write most of the prescriptions that actually help me, so I’m stuck with half strength drugs that don’t work, but they do cost a lot. It’s a catch 22. I love her, but I still can’t get the care I need, but I do get the compassion I always wanted in a PCP. .
    You’re welcome! Twice! Haha 😀 I love sharing your blog, and please know I wouldn’t have half the views I do if not for your generous sharing of my posts on your RSD support group. Thank *you*!
    Hope your weekend is full of relaxation, of the mental kind especially, since I know how important that is, and hugs right back at you my dear! ❤

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  3. abodyofhope says :

    Making a friend in you is definitely one of my top favorite things about starting my blog 🙂 ❤
    Glad we can support and also inspire each other.

    That's very interesting, yet also unfortunate that possibly the most compassionate individuals end up having some type of chronic illness or chronic pain. Like you said, nurses, patient advocates, psychologists/counselors, many social workers as well. I haven't done a survey, but after all these years of being in the chronic pain community online and doing support groups, these professions definitely outweigh any others in my groups. It's odd… And also sad.
    Your right about the catch 22. There always is one. I hope at some point in the future, maybe she can have your meds reviewed by her supervising Doctor or something…to get you better medications? It's definitely nice to know she cares though. That's so important.
    I did have a restful weekend because I mostly slept :/ :/ Hopefully you felt more lively.
    Have a good day ((hugs))

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