Fibromyalgia a 'modern' condition?

All your fibromyalgia experiences, questions and answers.

Moderators: perseus, *Lisa*, FluppyPuffy

Fibromyalgia a 'modern' condition?

Postby carolad » Sat Aug 23, 2014 9:25 pm

I've been wondering if fibromyalgia is a 'modern' condition - is it something to do with our current lifestyle/diet? Is it as common in developing countries as it is in developed countries? I know of quite a few people who have been diagnosed with fibro....why are so many people getting this diagnosis now?

So do you think it is a 'new' health condition, or has it always existed, and was just known under a different name?
UKFM Member
Posts: 415
Joined: Fri Mar 07, 2014 12:04 am

Re: Fibromyalgia a 'modern' condition?

Postby fatalrazkaz » Sat Aug 23, 2014 9:52 pm

It was known about in the 1970's when our diets were a lot different to what they are now. I was a teen in the early 70's and we didn't have the rubbish food that there is now. Meals were meat and veg every day, no processed stuff. More are diagnosed nowadays simply because more doctors are learning about it. I had it for 20 years before I was diagnosed two years ago. My doc kept fobbing me off with various misdiagnosis. She even tried to insist I was depressed even though I said I wasn't and had me assessed!! It wasn't until I saw another doc and happened to mention my symptoms and he said he was going to send me to Rheumatology to see if I had Fibromyalgia. I had never heard of it. Seems my actual doctor hadn't either, or she was just one of those who thinks its all in the mind!!
UKFM Member
Posts: 66
Joined: Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:04 pm

Re: Fibromyalgia a 'modern' condition?

Postby denys » Sun Aug 24, 2014 8:03 am

There are articles showing it was known as far back as biblical times and its claimed that Florence Nightingale suffered from it so I dont think its a modern thing. It used to be know as fibrositis , which was something I was diagnosed with when I was a teenager (horrible pain in my elbows) :-? :-? :-? :-?

As a Public Moderator of this forum my opinions/views expressed are personal and are no more valid than those of other members and not necessarily those of UKFibromyalgia.
User avatar
UKFM Veteran
Posts: 11901
Joined: Tue Feb 09, 2010 10:05 pm

Re: Fibromyalgia a 'modern' condition?

Postby Theresa34 » Sun Aug 24, 2014 10:21 am

This came up in a similar conversation about coeliacs being diagnosed more now (my daughter is a coeliac). Years ago you wouldn't have heard about it but now its one in a hundred people diagnosed and you see gluten free products in the shops (and they're slowly growing). I think for both its more a case of people or doctors becoming more aware of the conditions rather than it being something to do with diet or lifestyle.
I am a fibro fighter not a fibro sufferer. I will keep fighting from the minute I get up til the minute I go to bed.
UKFM Member
Posts: 776
Joined: Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:44 pm

Re: Fibromyalgia a 'modern' condition?

Postby charlotteerika » Sun Aug 24, 2014 2:03 pm

Fibromyalgia is not a modern condition. The symptoms were documented in the Middle Ages. It was not until the 1800's that it was first named Fibrositis because it was thought the main issue with the condition was in the joints from the latin word for joints. In the 1990's it was renamed Fibromyalgia as it was recognised that it was not the joints but the muscles which were the main issue again from the latin for word for muscles. Yes Florence Nightingale did have the condition and was said to have been bed ridden for 5 years of her life due to the condition. This is why Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is held every year on May 12th, her Birthday. The difference between Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS is simply that Fibromyalgia is chronic pain & fatigue, ME/CFS is chronic fatigue without the chronic pain. Hope this has helped and cleared up some of the questions!
UKFM Member
Posts: 21
Joined: Mon Mar 24, 2014 4:48 pm

Re: Fibromyalgia a 'modern' condition?

Postby dazzleship » Sun Aug 24, 2014 10:30 pm

I've heard or read somewhere on t'internet that fibromyalgia is what used to be called rhumatism, 'back in the day'.

now, I don't know how true that is, but I do know this. my mother suffered from what she called "rhumatism" when I was younger.

she used to be in a lot of pain, especially when it rained. as I got into my teens I used to get very achy legs, moreso when it was damp, rainy weather. mum used to tell me that I had rhumatism too. as she got older her mobility got worse (she used to walk with a stick) and she really struggled with going up and down steps, it used to take her ages to just go up or down one single step. I never really understood why it was so difficult for her.

lately I've been having serious thoughts about whether my mum had what I have now. I'm recognising alarming similarities in myself such as the way I gingerly step down a flight of stairs, sometimes unable to get my leg / foot to just step on the damn step and now I understand what mum was going through.

so to cut a long story short, no I don't think fibro is a new illness. :-|
User avatar
UKFM Member
Posts: 460
Joined: Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:40 pm
Location: scotland

Re: Fibromyalgia a 'modern' condition?

Postby rich44 » Mon Aug 25, 2014 12:50 am

I'll bet it's probably related to what used to be referred to as "malaise"
UKFM Member
Posts: 389
Joined: Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:13 pm

Re: Fibromyalgia a 'modern' condition?

Postby Niccjs65 » Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:01 pm

Hello all this is my first time posting tho i've tried several times before.

I have been suffering the symptoms since i was in my teens after fracturing my lower back but it was only in the last year as things have got decidedly worse and having come across an artical which i read on facebook about Fibro that i realised it was like describing how i was feeling and what ive been experiencing for years. It took several attempts over 6 months to get my DR to give me the tests and send me to the specialist where finally this year i was diagnosed.

its like a weight off my mind knowing that i'm not mad and the pain i gt it not all in my head. Still not getting my hubby to realise its real and not all in my head. My mother recently read an article about it and understands now. Have left it out for hubby to read but he isn't interested. My daughters sort of understand i think.
Since being diagnosed i have lost 3 stone (more to go) and kept up my swimming tho hard some days. And the biggest help has been to cut out Aspartame from my diet.
So id recommend to anyone if you use it in your diet cut it out it helps with reducing the acheing.

i wont let this bet me know i know what i have its easier to take charge.
UKFM Newbie
Posts: 3
Joined: Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:24 pm

Re: Fibromyalgia a 'modern' condition?

Postby lolabolla » Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:24 pm

My grandfather was diagnosed with 'fibrositis' in the 1920's

My late father had the same symptoms that I have although he was never formally diagnosed.

I don't believe that it is a new illness either.

Lola xx
UKFM Member
Posts: 489
Joined: Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:06 am

Re: Fibromyalgia a 'modern' condition?

Postby zappa20 » Wed Aug 27, 2014 1:51 am

I remember when reading the ATOS assessment guide on Fibro it mentioned Fibro wasn't a new condition, but had been recorded under the name of Fibrositis or something back in the 17th century. So it doesn't seem like something new really.

But as. I believe. Fibro starts due to a combination of life circumstances occurring over a prolonged period of time of which stress is a main contributor. I think the incidence has probably increased due to the fast pace , expectations and pressure of modern life, including pressure from media and advertising on what comprises the perfect life, and that we should strive to achieve it. And with the increased pressure on young people from modern social media sites I wouldn't be surprised to hear of an increase in numbers of young people developing it.

I consider Fibro not so much as a condition but a symptom of some sort of complex burn out.
UKFM Member
Posts: 356
Joined: Sun May 27, 2012 6:46 am

Return to Living with Fibromyalgia

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 10 guests