How do you explain to others why you can't always do household chores without them thinking you are making excuses, complaining, or are just lazy?
One of the problems I had was when I had a good day I did a lot and then the next day I was in bed with pain. People didn't believe me. I would give them information on fibromyalgia and on any other problems you have then ask them if you have any questions.
People should believe you because of who you are. It did hurt when those close to me who actually saw me in pain would say things like..."If she would only get up and exercise she would fell better.."
I gave out this website awhile ago and here it is:
It talks about how we are different than others.
You shouldn't have to worry about convincing other people, if they don't believe you than that is there problem, not yours.
Yes, no-one truly understands what we are going through unless they have it themselves, also doesn't help that we look fine on the outside but feel awful on the inside ....
I do not think anyone can truly understand except someone who actually has it. It is sad. I have it and sometimes do not understand it myself. I think is this the fibro or is it something other than. I agree with SherylB. Just do what you need to do for you and do not worry about what others think. That is the best advice. Find people here or somewhere (In Hollywood Fla.) they had meetings with others that had it. It helped me a lot.
I don't explain to anybody but I am 58. When I was young 30 that was me. All those people who I felt I had to explain myself to abandon me so guesss what. No more splainen!