This disease is the bane of my existence. It is sometimes known as the "invisible disease" because there are no tests, studies, or imaging modalities which can either confirm it or rule it out. Because of this, savvy drug-seekers can claim they have it, and there isn't a thing we can do other than treat their "pain". I am not in any way saying fibromyalgia doesn't exist (there is evidence that it is due to altered blood flow in the cerebral pain center). What I'm saying is that fibromyalgia, as a disease, is abused almost as much as the drugs used to treat it.
"But . . ." she started . . . and then stopped. She realised she was busted. The look on Molly's face initially turned to outrage (like she was about to argue with me), but it quickly changed to pure guilt. I could almost see the negotiations for just a few pills forming in her brain, but I stared back with such a steely gaze that the bullshit idea immediately dissipated. Without another word she stood up and started getting dressed without even a hint of the excruciating whole-body pain about which she had been complaining just 2 minutes prior.