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Suicide in the Fibromyalgia/ Chronic Pain Community

Fibro Daily January 30, 2014

First: If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts in regards to your pain or for any other reason, it’s important to reach out for help. Speak to your doctor right away, without delay. Or, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, just click here: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website contains contact information for you to reach out for help and a hotline number that operates 24/7:  1-800-273-8255.

Also, it offers resources for how to deal with people in your life—including your social media circle—who might be expressing suicidal thoughts.

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Today, we obviously have a delicate subject, one that definitely needs to be broached throughout the chronic pain community: suicide. I am not writing about the subject, but rather sharing a story and a study.

To watch a video by Victor Gelsomino, click here: Fibromyalgia Suicide

To read a 2010 study about suicide in the pain community, click here: Fibromyalgia comes with a suicide risk: study

Please feel free to share this post on your Twitter and Facebook pages to help spread awareness and these resources.

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  1. I am in the midst of one of the worst flair ups I have had since diagnosed 7 years ago. I work 40 to 60hrs a week very physical job. I am at my end I cant stop working my family depends on me to provide. Being a male I sometimes wonder if it is harder for we are supposed to be strong. I have been always known as superman to my friends and family. Now I am feeling isolated as I can barely make it thru the day. I went thru all the Dr’s who didnt believe me or in the disease and still I am here breathing but feeling barely alive. The pain has been so bad for so long I honestly dont know how much longer I can deal with it. I am grateful for the dr I have now she really tries to give me at least some quality of life but I am tired of the pills and the way they make me feel but what is there to do? If I don’t take them well I have tried and let me tell you it makes crazy pain and doubles or triples it. So here I am searching for answers to why I went from being a man who was always regarded as smart, funny, and energetic to isolated and depleted energy supply from the constant pain and stress it brings. So for a man that is tired of being in pain what options is there. Atleast if I decide its not worth the fight anymore atleast I know financially my family will be taken care of I have made sure of that. I am not saying that is what I want I just want this all to go away and have my life back!! Btw some think that I/we are just whining and need to just suck it up well I will let you have this disease, condition, syndrome, or what ever you want to call it any day!

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    • Todd, I hope you are feeling somewhat better today, at least mentally.

      I urge you to talk to your doctor—as much as needed—to explain how you feel. It may be that you need a different type of medication or that you’ve got something else going on in addition to Fibro that needs to be examined. You just never know.

      Don’t consider suicide the only option. I am not a doctor and cannot give you any medical advice other than to say that you need to talk to your doctor ASAP about these feelings and you should call the hotline listed in the article if you find yourself having suicidal thoughts: 1-800-273-8255.

      Also, I want to apologize for taking a while to respond. That sucks on my part, but sometimes I am unable to check in on the site when traveling (which I have been doing, plus dealing with family stuff) because honestly, I forget my password.

      If you haven’t already, please join us on the page. You might find some comfort in sharing with other Fibro patients. There’s also a lot of advice about managing pain on our Facebook page. Our page features both men and women.

      I hope you will join us. ~JC

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  2. My comment is late, but I just saw Todd’s comments today. I felt compelled to write something.
    I was working 40 hours plus per week when I was dealing with the chronic pain. I hadn’t been diagnosed with fibromyalgia yet, and had severe depression. I believed I couldn’t leave my job, until my doctor asked me a question: “Is this job worth your life?” It changed my perspective. I believe your family, when they understand the stress and pain and depression you are suffering, would do anything to lessen your load. No job is worth your life. Money means nothing if your father and spouse is dead. There are more options for you if you choose to live. Begin to think of other ways of existing. Whether that means looking into disability, or finding a less burdensome job. Ask someone you trust to help you in this pursuit. It is hard to think outside the box when you’re inside it.

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