For people with fibromyalgia, the sense of betrayal may have to do with the fact that we seem to have symptoms for no reason. For example, you have pain everywhere but have been told the tests of your muscles, joints and nerves show no abnormalities. If your body is "normal", why is it torturing you with constant pain?
Changes in daily activities forced upon us by chronic illness can also alter self-image. I used to be able to spend 12 hours a day doing yard work and gardening. That would be a stretch for me now. If gardening was central to my self-image, I might find that loss overwhelming.
It was Remembrance Day a few days ago. Images of war, destruction and pain have been everywhere and my pain has increased accordingly, leading me to wonder if the outer images of war trigger an inner war, one between my body and the rest of "me".
Today, I came across a video that got me thinking about the nature of self-image.