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    Where can I find support in dealing with fibromyalgia?

    I suffer from fibromyalgia (along with depression and insomnia… which are probably side effects of fibromyalgia). Where can I find support and interact with others who are undergoing the same thing?
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    Jo Charge

    Exercise Physiologist, Yoga Teacher

    Jo is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) and qualified Yoga teacher who specialises in working with individuals living with chronic musculoskeletal conditions, including Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, … View Profile

    Connecting with others living with fibromyalgia is a wonderful way to access support and advice. A good place to start is by contacting your local state arthritis office. For instance Arthritis Victoria or Arthritis NSW. If you are unable to find a local self-help or peer support group some support groups also have web based communities in which you can connect with others online as well as at face to face monthly meetings.

    Although many people find support groups a great source of practical advice and understanding, there may also be times in which visiting a health professional for one-to-one support may also be useful. Health professionals that may help you to manage your condition and offer support can include a Psychologist to help provide stress or pain management strategies. A Rheumatologist is another important member of your healthcare team and can provide medical management. An Accredited Exercise Physiologist can also help provide you with an exercise and physical activity plan to help you improve your fitness and improve your overall sense of wellbeing.

    Call 1800 011 041 to be connected to your local state arthritis office.

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