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Fibromyalgia / Chronic Pain Support Group

Statement of Purpose

Support Group with Dr. Rodgers at Schuylkill Rehabilitation CenterThe purpose of this support group is to provide ongoing education and support to those persons suffering from Fibromyalgia ( FMS ), Chronic Pain, and /or Chronic Fatigue or related conditions and their significant others/support system. The meeting provides an opportunity to talk freely about problems, concerns, and frustrations, to share information and encouragement, and to provide education, helpful hints, and support. Through your participation in this group, you can learn more about Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and get ideas about what can be done to ease it's effects on your life.

What Happens at Meetings

Meetings are open to the public and may include lectures given by various medical experts, review of current literature/ research, and general discussions among members. Educational sessions may include films, handouts, seminars, or discussions regarding problems of daily living. Generally the meetings last about 1 to 1 ½ hours. Everyone is encouraged to participate at his or her own comfort level.

Meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Please check the Calendar of Events on this website or contact the Schuylkill Rehabilitation Center at (570) 621-9500.

What is FMS?

Fibromyalgia Syndrome is a Rheumatic disorder which is characterized by a wide spread Musculoskeletal Point Fatigue Disorder for which the cause is still unknown. It most commonly affects the lower back, the neck, the shoulders, the back of the head, the upper chest, and/or the thighs, although any area or areas of the body may be involved. The pain is usually described as burning, throbbing, shooting and stabbing. More women than men are affected with FMS. Studies reveal that the condition is equally severe in both genders and it shows up in people of all ages.

Symptoms & Associated Syndromes

  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disorders
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Chronic headaches
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction syndrome
  • Multiple chemical sensitivity
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  • Other common symptoms

     

    • Premenstrual syndrome
    • Painful periods
    • Chest pain
    • Morning stiffness
    • Cognitive or memory impairment
    • Numbness and tingling sensations
    • Muscle twitching
    • Irritable bladder
    • Feeling of swollen extremities
    • Skin sensitivities
    • Dry eyes and mouth
    • Frequent changes in eye prescription
    • Dizziness

To print a brochure on this support group, please go to the Publications section of this website or click here.

For more information about Fibromyalgia Syndrome visit these websites:

Fibromyalgia Network
National Fibromyalgia Association