Fibromyalgia can be a complicated and difficult condition to deal with, so finding proper support channels is important. When you have fibromyalgia, support for yourself and your loved ones can be a huge part of coping with the condition.
There are several online fibromyalgia support networks:
- National Fibromyalgia Association: The NFA keeps an online directory of registered fibromyalgia support groups, as well as information on how to start your own. (http://www.fmaware.org/site/PageServer?pagename=community_supportGroupInformation)
- MDJunction: This online support group has a very active following with users interacting with each other like a traditional social network site. Users can show support by commenting on notes, sending each other “hugs,” and participating in discussions. (http://www.mdjunction.com/fibromyalgia)
- ProHealth: If the message boards and chat rooms where you can connect with other fibromyalgia patients aren’t enough, there’s also a way to search for in-person fibromyalgia support groups near you. (http://www.prohealth.com/fibromyalgia/community/index.cfm)
- FibroTalk: An online fibromyalgia support community, FibroTalk has chat rooms, support forums, diaries, and blogs filled with information from fellow fibromyalgia patients. (http://www.fibrotalk.com/)
- Daily Strength: Another highly active fibromyalgia support group, Daily Strength offers wellness journals to track your symptoms and progress, as well as advice from experts and other fibromyalgia patients. (http://www.dailystrength.org/c/Fibromyalgia/support-group)
Always use caution when sharing personal information on the Internet. Always consult your doctor when any advice in fibromyalgia support forums involves medication or treatment.