Living with a chronic condition like Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue can be isolating. This might be because we have had to leave our jobs, adding a financial strain, or we live in a rural location. At times we might just find it too hard to remain part of a social scene surrounded by people who don’t understand what living with chronic symptoms is really like. There’s most likely a whole host of reasons but at worst the experience of isolation can lead to loneliness and at worst, depression. (If you think you are suffering from depression it is best to consult your doctor about this).
The Benefits of Support Groups
Let’s face the facts, few people truly understand what it’s like to have to live with chronic pain or feel exhausted most of the time. If they haven’t experienced it for themselves it’s only human for healthy people to feel uncomfortable to talk about illness and try to understand the frustrations and challenges of such conditions.
Support groups bring like-minded people together who share similar challenges and experience of both the good and the bad, bringing a sense of normality and balance back to interaction with others. We all suffer emotional ups and downs and sometimes it helps to know that you are not alone and that there are others out there who understand what it is to have to self manage their condition on a day to day basis. It’s the fellow sufferers in a support network that may have solutions and resources to make a difference.
Here at The Fibro Clinic South West we recognise the value of support and offer a variety of groups for you to meet others. Whether you want to call in for a cuppa and chat or join a walking or Mindfulness group, even combine the two, feel free to contact us here for further details.