Fibromyalgia support group celebrates seven years
by Special to the Eagle
Jan 16, 2014 | 1885 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Fibromyalgia Support Group of Walker County has met for seven consecutive years at the CHS (Community Health Systems) building on 19th Street in Jasper, and the group will host a special guest speaker at its meeting on Thursday to celebrate their anniversary.

“Our regular monthly meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. at the CHS building,” Eleanor Herald, one of the group’s coordinators, said. “We would like to extend an open invitation to anyone who has Fibromyalgia and their family and friends to come to our anniversary celebration this Thursday.”

Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by long-term, widespread pain throughout the body as well as deep, radiating pain in specific areas like one’s neck, elbows or rib cage.

Though the disorder can develop on its own, it’s often associated with conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. Medical researchers are unsure as to the cause of the disorder.

Fibromyalgia is more common in women, but men can also have the condition.

Symptoms include fatigue, memory difficulties and sleep disturbances.

The Fibromyalgia Support Group of Walker County’s anniversary, as well as the group’s monthly meetings, are free to the public.

Each anniversary includes a guest speaker, and this year’s speaker will be a Birmingham doctor, Dr. Mark Daily, who will discuss functional medicine.

Functional medicine addresses the underlying triggers of chronic conditions and engages both patient and practitioner in a partnership.

It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century.

By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.

“We have met so many new friends who have enriched our lives, and we’re looking forward to meeting new ones,” Herald said. “So we hoping to see a lot of new faces at our anniversary celebration on Thursday.”

For more information call 205-387-1833 or 205-275-4984.