Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia often go hand in hand, attacking one person with co-viciousness.
But what many people don’t realize is these conditions also affect young people, even children. With CFS, reports show that 40% of children suffer from anxiety problems. When children suffer from fibromyalgia, they often clam up about the pain. Therefore, attention must be given to make sure all the child’s pain and anxiety issues are being dealt with properly.
CFS and fibromyalgia blogger Adrienne Dellwo says that children who have these anxiety and pain issues often don’t speak out about them for fear of feeling different or even weird. They also don’t like to be babied. Social issues and school problems often occur because they withdraw into themselves.
If you have a child with CFS and/or fibromyalgia, encourage him or her not to feel ashamed, but do not do this in an embarrassing way. Never try to do that in front of friends or at school in front of other students. Maybe a counselor can help. Also, talk to a doctor for suggestions about how to help a child be candid about medical issues.
That’s the best way to deal with anxiety and pain for anyone, not just children.
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