(05/19/2002)
By Melody Swearengin

The Mt. Zion Methodist Church will begin a monthly support group for people suffering with Fibromyalgia. The group is open to anyone who wishes to attend. There will be a meeting Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. at the church.

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread pain and chronic fatigue. The cause is unclear to scientist. Some believe it is caused by physical or emotional trauma while others believe it's caused by a reaction to a virus in susceptible people. Either way the central nervous center and the way it responds to pain is effected. Symptoms of Fibromyalgia can vary in each individual and can come and go, however there is no cure. Potential symptoms are: muscle pain, fatigue, insomnia and sleeping disorders, headaches, morning stiffness, irritable bowl and bladder, depression, numbness, tingling and circulatory problems.

"A year ago I was diagnosed with this confusing condition. Since then I have read all the literature I could and still cannot believe that a healthy body can be in so much pain. It is something I have had to come to terms with, and find ways to try deal with the ups and downs of everyday. Since my diagnoses I have found that several people in Calhoun County have Fibromyalgia. This support group will bring those people together to share information and treatment suggestions."

For more information you may contact Rick or Melody Swearengin at 354-7252.


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