How can I contact you?

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What kind of support do you offer?

We offer one to one fibromyalgia support, advice and information, online support and in confidential, informal small groups at the clinic in Barnstaple, North Devon, where you can meet others who share similar challenges.

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia, also known as Fibromyalgia Syndrome, FMS, FM or Fibro, is a chronic condition that sits under the umbrella of other health disorders known as a syndrome, meaning a set of symptoms that correlate with each. Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain, fatigue, cognitive difficulties and a range of symptoms that affect each patient differently, as well in the effect and degree. Studies report that the root cause of fibromyalgia is due to abnormalities in the neuro-endocrine and central nervous system. Fibromyalgia may be diagnosed as a primary condition or it may be secondary to other health conditions.

Who can develop fibromyalgia?

Anyone can develop fibromyalgia, including children. Statistically, there is a higher prevalence in female diagnosis and approximately 14,000 people are diagnosed annually in the UK.

How Do I get a fibromyalgia diagnosis?

The first point of call is to discuss your health concerns with your GP as you may need tests to eliminate other health issues. These tests may be followed up by referrals to relevant consultants for further examination.

Is there a Fibromyalgia Symptoms Checklist?

An accurate diagnosis of fibromyalgia may be given after any necessary tests reveal no abnormalities. Diagnosis is based on medical history, persistent pain and symptoms for three months or more, alongside the presence of 11 tender points associated with fibromyalgia, (18 tender points on both side of the body, up and below waist), which elicit pain under light pressure. Typical symptoms include widespread pain, fatigue and cognitive difficulties such as poor concentration, short memory recall problems, language recall difficulties and general brain fog. Other fibromyalgia symptoms vary so much from person to person and common symptoms include Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Restless Leg Syndrome, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, TMJ, Migraine, Heightened Sensitivities, Insomnia and Sleeping Problems, Intolerance to certain food and chemicals, to name a few.

What are the Signs of Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is an invisible illness, people who suffer may look healthy which often causes misunderstandings with others in their lives. For a sufferer, the most early and apparent signs include general fatigue, disrupted or lack of restorative sleep, persistent widespread pain, anxiety, depression, mood swings, flare-ups and increased pain following light exertion.

What can Help Fibromyalgia?

There is no single treatment that suits all and it really depends on the presence of any co-existing health conditions, current medication and contra-indications. Commonly prescribed medications include anti-depressants, pain-killers, opiates and or anti-seizure drugs. EULAR Fibromyalgia Treatment Guidelines recommend that patients should undertake graded activity / exercise and receive subject education as first line of treatment.

What are Fibromyalgia Treatment Options?

Evidence shows that many patients fare better with a combination of treatment to include both conventional and alternative treatment intervention such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, activities for mind-body connection such as yoga, qigong, tai chi, meditation and mindfulness, relaxation techniques and stress management. Other fibromyalgia treatment options such as acupuncture and massage are also popular and offer relief for many fibromyalgia patients.

Are there any Natural Home Remedies for Fibromyalgia?

At the Fibro Clinic South West, we recommend a range of natural home remedies for fibromyalgia. The most popular include Magnesium, either as a supplement or application as a topical oil.

Our other most popular remedies we recommend are stress management with relaxation techniques and our tailor-made Fibro Tool Kit programme, which are facilitated at our regular workshops.

What’s the Best Diet for Fibromyalgia?

The truth is that there is no single “best diet” for fibromyalgia. We are all so different when it comes down to our food preferences and food tolerance. Whilst some fibromyalgia patients can’t tolerate gluten, others are vegan, vegetarian etc., it’s much simpler to understand what the “worst diet” for fibromyalgia is! You can read more here and

Where can I get Help for Fibromyalgia?

You can get help at the Fibro Clinic South West. We offer a range of self-management workshops and support groups, or drop us an email

If you have any questions about fibromyalgia, we’ll do our best to find the answer.