Fibromyalgia Awareness Day was May 12. What is Fibromyalgia? It is a chronic pain illness characterized by widespread musculoskeletal aches, pain and tissue tenderness, general fatigue and sleep disturbances. The most common sites of pain include the shoulders, pelvic girdle and hands, but any body-part can be affected.

I suffered from depression and pain for years. It was a horrible time for my family, friends and myself. "You don’t look good, what is wrong?" There were many trips to doctors that did not understand or would not understand. After a visit with a local Rheumatologist, he told me after an examination I had Fibromyalgia (FM). I was so relieved to find out my depression and pain was not in my head. All of our members who attend our support group meetings have the same story. The cause or causes of FM still remain a mystery.

The efforts of individuals, support groups and medical professional are improving the quality of life for people with FM. The Northcoast Lupus and Fibromyalgia Support Group, had a Fibromyalgia Awareness Day on May 12. There was a screening of Living with Fibromyalgia, a Journey of Hope and Understanding. There was also a speaker from OHSU, attorney and licensed nutritionist clinical herbalist.

Jeanne Nordmark



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