Why would I want to join a fibromyalgia support group?

The benefits you can expect from a fibromyalgia support group include a sense of encouragement and new understanding about the condition, as well as learning about positive solutions to common health issues. Many members of fibromyalgia support groups feel less isolated and appreciate the opportunity to share experiences, frustrations and advice.

Benefits can extend to spouses and family members who attend support group meetings. As they begin to understand the issues through discussion and education, family often becomes a foundation of support at home.

Other benefits of a fibromyalgia support group can include the opportunity to hear of new treatments or therapies that your healthcare provider may not yet offer. Local support groups sometimes bring in guest speakers to discuss new treatment options or to present their perspectives on managing fibromyalgia. Talk with your doctor to learn about support groups in your area.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Support is important for anyone with a chronic health problem. Fibro isn't a scarlet letter of shame, and it's not something you can handle with a stiff upper lip and a self-imposed code of silence.

If you have fibromyalgia, you need the support of many people, including your doctor, family, friends and coworkers. You may also benefit from joining a fibromyalgia support group. At a support group, you can talk openly about your symptoms and all the problems dealing with fibromyalgia. You can get support and helpful feedback from others with fibromyalgia who are living with the same symptoms and problems. At a support group, people listen to you. They will respond with helpful, even personal advice. Belonging to such a group can give you a greater understanding of fibromyalgia and what you can do to manage the symptoms each day.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Social support is important for everyone. But when you have a chronic or long-term illness, strong social support is absolutely necessary. While you cannot control the fact that you have fibromyalgia, you can lean on supportive family members and friends for social support. With a fibromyalgia support group, you can have a safe place to vent your frustrations, share your situation, and receive comfort and support from others. You may find out about new types of treatment for fibromyalgia. Or other members may offer lifestyle suggestions that help you to manage the pain and fatigue. Check with the Arthritis Foundation for a fibromyalgia support group in your area. 
Jacob Teitelbaum
Integrative Medicine
For both emotional support when needed as well as to help each other gain information on how to get well. One caution, because of the severity of this illness and the lack of anybody to talk to, some meetings focus on people talking about how ill they are. This can be helpful in some cases, but leave you feeling awful in others. Because of this, only go to these meetings if you feel better after leaving them instead of feeling worse.
Fibromyalgia patients often are frustrated with their illnesses and the treatment options can be varied. Support groups may offer the chance for you to feel that you are not alone and find the support you need to cope with your chronic illness. All of this may help reduce stress which is a trigger for this condition.

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