Delnor offers free session on fibromyalgia

By on May 13, 2010

Geneva—Imagine being one of the estimated 7 to 10 million Americans who often suffer from debilitating pain, chronic fatigue and mounting anxiety, and while on the road to diagnosis, often undergo an endless variety of medical tests.

For the disorder of fibromyalsia syndrome, there are no blood tests, x-rays or scans to confirm or deny a diagnosis. And while most of the sufferers are women between the ages of 20 and 50, there is no specific age or ethnic indicators that typify those at risk. To complicate things even further, not everyone experiences the same symptoms or has them all the time. Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS), is called a syndrome because it is not one specific illness or disease, but rather a condition entangling several symptoms that occur coincidentally. The disorder causes widespread and chronic body pain that originates in the muscles.

One of the hardest things to accept may be that there is no cure for fibromyalgia pain; however, there are lifestyle changes and medications that can lessen the severity of fibromyalgia pain or fatigue.

A free informational session, Fibromyalgia and the Diet Connection, on Thursday, May 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Delnor Hospital, 300 Randall Road in Geneva, Medical Office Building 351, Room 4. Please call (630) 208-3999 to register.