Healthy Living

A United Front: Finding the Right Support System for Fibromyalgia

Where to reach out

This support comes in many forms, both online and in person. One trend is a group that’s facilitated by a healthcare provider who specializes in treating chronic conditions. The purpose centers on educating patients about self-management and helpful resources.

Another way to reach out to other fibro patients is through community-based programs provided by local health departments, societies, and chapters. For instance, at a YMCA or YWCA, there might be exercise programs that are specifically geared toward individuals who need to remain physically active but without the added fatigue. Often, one’s doctor can serve as a liaison between these community interventions and the patients themselves.

The advantages to becoming a member of an online group are quite similar. They also provide education on how the disease works, how to cope with the symptoms, and even news about any current research.