Ask for the support of your spouse, parents, siblings, and children, but do it with open eyes.
“Family interaction can be good or bad. It depends on how understanding the family is,” Dr. Baethge says. “A lot of times people get upset because their spouse or family doesn’t understand what they’re going through.”
The cure for this: Direct family members to any of a number of websites that can explain the disease, such as the National Fibromyalgia Association, the Mayo Clinic, and the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center.