EDITOR: Sunday was National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. What is fibromyalgia? It's a syndrome affecting thousands in Wisconsin who, like me, suffer from debilitating pain and fatigue. Like others, I have trouble sleeping, cognitive difficulties and various ailments that tend to accompany fibromyalgia.
For many years, doctors scoffed at fibromyalgia as a "wastebasket" diagnosis. They've come to learn it is very real and will attack even the strongest among us: women and men from teens to seniors.
I want those suffering from fibromyalgia in Wisconsin to know that this diagnosis isn't the end of the world. Talk to your doctor and explain how you feel. The pain will never go away, but medicine and other therapies can help. So, too, can support groups like the one I lead in central Wisconsin. Go to the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Support Group page to find the group that is right for you. Go to www.fmcpaware.org and click on "Community" to learn more.
Please don't allow fibromyalgia to define your life when relief is available.
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