What is fibromyalgia anyway?

Back (from left) ' Jules Jones, Stefanie Harwood, Sarah Fell-Craig; front ' Rebecca Turnbull, Tricia Linger, Christine Johnson. SG 100214-125NG
Back (from left) ' Jules Jones, Stefanie Harwood, Sarah Fell-Craig; front ' Rebecca Turnbull, Tricia Linger, Christine Johnson. SG 100214-125NG
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Fibromyalgia is a painful condition with pain felt predominantly in the muscles, according to the Fibromyalgia Association UK website fmauk.org

It is typically associated with specific tender points, persistent fatigue and generalised stiffness.

It is not life threatening and the waxing and waning of symptoms is typical.

The effects can be mild or severe and a variety of treatments may help, using drugs and other therapies, such as relaxation and physiotherapy, to deal with pain, associated depression, fatigue and sleep disturbance.

The website says symptoms can improve if a patient is taught skills of self-management – and listening to an individual’s experience of pain is part of that.

Visit the Stamford/Spalding Fibromyalgia Support Group on Facebook (facebook.com/groups/428930333859874).

Contact the helpline on 0844 8872604.