Fibromyalgia Self-Management Programme

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    The Fibromyalgia Self-Management Programme

    The Fibromyalgia Self-Management Programme is a 5-week programme delivered by experienced healthcare professionals from different backgrounds, including Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Specialist Nursing and Physiotherapy. It is run from two community venues in Chorley and Preston. The focus of the programme is on improving the quality of life of people living with fibromyalgia.

    What is Fibromyalgia?

    Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body. As well as widespread pain, people with fibromyalgia may also have increased sensitivity to pain, fatigue, muscle stiffness, difficulty sleeping, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome and problems with mental processes (known as ‘brain fog’).

    The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but it's thought to be related to changes in the way the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves) processes pain messages carried around the body. In many cases, the condition appears to be triggered by a physically or emotionally stressful event.

    Although there is currently no cure for fibromyalgia, there are many different self-management skills that can be learnt to help relieve the symptoms. These will allow you to take control of your condition and maintain an active and fulfilling life.

    What to Expect

    Over the course of the programme, we will discuss numerous self-management techniques to support you to maintain and/or return to an active and fulfilling life. The concepts discussed include pain education, goal setting, pacing, sleep hygiene and flare up planning. There are also practical exercises and relaxation sessions each week.

    The primary goal of the programme is to support you to improve your quality of life, but other important goals include returning to regular paced daily activities in a graded way and improving ability to self-manage symptoms. Everybody leaves the group with a completed, personal wellness plan and with information about community based services to support their long-term self-management.

    How to access the programme

    Usually you will have an appointment with a clinician in the community pain service, which is accessed via your GP. If you and your clinician agree that this programme could be helpful for you, you will be invited to attend the group.

    The group is delivered through the NHS so no cost is involved. However, places are in high demand so we ask that you ensure you can attend all the sessions, as regular attendance is important in order to benefit most from the group.

    What our graduates say about the programme…

    “I was apprehensive at first, but the ladies are so welcoming, approachable and helpful’

    “There is no pressure to speak in front of the group if you feel you don’t want to interact”

     “Try to enjoy the group, it’s a really relaxed atmosphere. It’s great to be around people that really understand what we go through”

    “Do try to keep coming – you will feel the benefit!”

    “Don’t let the pain rule you – things can only get better with the help of this programme!”

    “It was great to have different presenters and health professionals to offer different perspectives of the condition”

     “I received great individual advice from several health professionals in the group. So approachable and made me feel valued”

    “Feel free to discuss how you feel, how you cope, your emotions and ask for help”

    “By changing my mind-set I am noticing a change in the severity of my pain – think positive!”

    “Do not feel nervous, everyone is so supportive and we are all going through the same thing! This course has helped me no end!”

    “Very friendly, very informative – make new friends!”

    “The staff are very good and understanding. This is your opportunity to learn to take control and meet other people in the same boat. You don’t deserve to feel like you do, so take this time to be the best version of yourself you can be. You have nothing to lose, a lot to gain and a lot to offer”