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What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is known as the "Hidden Disability" because no one can see the pain and emotional distress that it causes the sufferer. It is a chronic condition of widespread pain and profound fatigue. Living with Fibromyalgia is an intensely personal issue - physically, mentally and socially. It is not easy to understand or live with. You did not ask for this condition.

There is no easy way to get rid of the syndrome of pain, fatigue and bouts of depression. Most of you will know how difficult it is to keep a good attitude and to do things that help to maintain your best possible health - and remain sane and well-balanced at the same time.

There are days when we have flare-ups and feel so isolated because we can't get more help and information about this illness.

The best way to learn more about Fibromyalgia is to talk to other people who also suffer from it. You can do this by finding out if there is a support group in your area and going along to one of their meetings. Your GP, hospital or library should have leaflets and information about a support group in your area.

You Can Change Your Way of Life

From This To This
Feeling out of sorts Found a local support group
Irritable bowel In touch with friendly help and advice
Backache Being understood at last
Restless legs Reading more information on FMS
Onset of depression Outings to look forward to
Muscular twitching Meeting and making new friends
Your family and friends don't understand Your family understand a bit more
Always feeling tired and in pain Are feeling better about yourself
Lack of self-confidence and energy Learning more about your illness
Getting confused easily (Fibro Fog) Giving help and advice to others
Isolated Interesting monthly meetings
Are constantly looking for a cure Accepting and coping easier

This is where TAP FM your local support group can help