5 Lessons a Doctor Learned About Fibromyalgia Only After She was Diagnosed
During her second year of medical school, Ginevra Liptan started having mysterious muscle pain and fatigue. Later on, she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. With a disease marred with judgments and stigmas, Ginevra received her crash course on the disease that would not only affect herself, but also her medical career.
She learned her first lesson during rounds when her senior physician announced that fibromyalgia didn’t even exist. Most doctors and even her closest friends in medical school did not believe that the disease was real. They would mainly dismiss it, referring to the patient as a hypochondriac or even hysterical.
Before being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, Ginevra believed that she was a compassionate and emphatic person, which was why she had chosen to go medical school in the first place. As she experienced more symptoms of fibromyalgia, she realized she would face judgement from her peers because of a lack of knowledge and belief of the chronic disease. Here are the biggest lessons that she learned about fibromyalgia as both a doctor and a patient.