Group will offer help in coping with fibromyalgia |

Group will offer help in coping with fibromyalgia

A Fibromyalgia Support Group is being started at the South Shore. Everyone interested iis encouraged to attend a gathering from 6 to 7 p.m. on March 2 at the Barton Memorial Hospital board room, 2170 South Ave. A second meeting is scheduled April 21.

People who are unable to attend a meeting can have information and materials provided to them by calling Louise Lake, Health Resource Center coordinator, at (530) 543-5537 or by e-mail at

The support group will provide an opportunity for people with the disorder to meet with others to discuss coping techniques and resources.

Fibromyalgia is a common condition that causes pain in the muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons. The pain occurs in certain parts of the body called tender points. Fibromyalgia affects 2 percent to 6 percent of the population, including children. The disorder may be hereditary, so people with the condition may have family members with similar symptoms.

Increased sensitivity to pain is the main symptom of fibromyalgia and most people with the disorder feel tired or out of energy.

People often experience deep feelings of rejection and alienation if their symptoms are disregarded by family, friends or their physicians. Such emotions, however, are situational and temporary, not part of chronic depression. Many other symptoms may come and go.

Topics organizers plan to discuss at future meetings include pain, fatigue, symptoms, denial, family, daily tasks, quality of sleep, social, professional, psychological, emotional, financial, degenerative aspects, legal, alternative care, diet and fluid intake, and transportation.

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