Can fibromyalgia cure itself? Before you read on, I should stress – I don’t know the answer to this question – it’s rhetorical only. Sorry. But if you have any info on this, I’d be glad to hear about it.
I wondered about this after an email from Leti (Twitter: Dreaminloudly) Thanks for bringing up an interesting point Leti.
Leti sent me this article from CNN about the actor David Seidler, who says he cured his own bladder cancer with the power of his mind.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m a strong believer in the power of the mind. That’s why I write about psychology on my blog sometimes. But I think you can take this idea too far – if you’re falling off a cliff, you’re going to hit the bottom no matter what you think.
Some cancers do go into spontaneous remission. It’s not known why or how (if it was known, we’d probably be well on our way to a cure), and we can’t even predict which ones will do this. It is very rare unfortunately.
If you’re one of the lucky ones, whose cancer cures itself, you will naturally assume that whatever you’ve been doing differently is the reason. If this thing was thinking positively, then that’s what you’ll give the credit to.
There are similar examples of people in spontaneous cancer remission feeling sure it was the power of prayer, or some change in diet, homeopathy, slaughtering a donkey at full moon, etc, that cured them, when in fact it was probably none of these things.
Science is pretty boring like that sometimes.
So what about fibromyalgia?
There are reports of fibromyalgia going into remission. Again, if this does happen (and I’m not convinced) then it is rare. Perhaps, a more likely explanation is that these people were misdiagnosed, and never had fibromyalgia in the first place. I’m not sure about this – I’d be happy to be proved wrong – I’ve certainly heard it said that fibromyalgia can resolve, (another thing for me to look into – the list grows ever longer)
It’s possible that people claiming to have “cures” for fibromyalgia are those that had spontaneous remission. They are assuming that whatever they did, before they got better, was the reason they got better. (The post hoc ergo propter hoc logical fallacy). Therefore these people feel they have found the cure to fibromyalgia.
Of course, some are just con artists, who know full well they’re full of crap.