Fibromyalgia not only affects the body–it also affects the mind. Many people with this condition also suffer from mental health challenges like depression and anxiety. Because of this, it’s so important to find fibromyalgia support groups online or in-person for help. Here’s how.
How to find in-person fibromyalgia support groups
The greatest method of support is often fibromyalgia support groups that meet in person. A support group can be a big help to anyone who is living with a health condition or going through a difficult time. By attending a local fibromyalgia support group, you can learn tips and tricks, make friends, and finally feel like you’re not the only one going through this. With a local community, you can help each during rough days, cheer each other’s victories, and grow together while battling this chronic pain syndrome.
To find the best fibromyalgia support groups near you:
- Talk to your doctor or another trusted healthcare professional and ask for recommendations
- Ask other fibromyalgia patients you know to find local groups
- Find a group in your area on the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association website
- Use a website like meetup.com to find local fibromyalgia support groups
- Type fibromyalgia support groups + “your city name” in Google to find more results
Each community is different, which is why we also give advice for finding support online or creating your own group. If you live in a smaller community or you can’t find a local support group, don’t worry. There’s still some great fibromyalgia support groups you can be a part of.
Where to go for digital fibromyalgia support groups
The Internet is a powerful tool, with online help connecting fibromyalgia patients to one another and offering wonderful resources of information, inspiration, and tips for daily living. About five million people in the U.S. have fibromyalgia, and as more people become aware of the condition, an increasing array of online resources becomes available. Here’s a collection of blogs, apps, websites, and social media accounts specially targeted for people with fibromyalgia. Many of these accounts also offer their own fibromyalgia support groups, either on Facebook or in the comments of their blogs.
My Foggy Brain is a blog written by a woman experiencing fibromyalgia, depression, and attention deficit disorder. On this blog, you’ll find links to other online resources, personal tales about life with chronic pain, and inspirational stories about the author’s efforts to maintain a positive outlook on life. My Foggy Brain has won several awards and been named a top online resource for fibromyalgia by Healthline.
On the blog Counting My Spoons, Alabama-based blogger and student Julie Ryan catalogues her journey to healing while inspiring other fibromyalgia warriors to be their own health advocates. Ryan promotes striving for health through nutrition, healthy sleep, and other supportive activities. The title Counting My Spoons is a play on the popular fibromyalgia spoon theory that equates spoons to energy levels. Each day begins with so many spoons, and people with fibromyalgia must ration those spoons to ensure they have enough to make it through the day.
Find even more fibromyalgia blogs on the annual blog awards hosted by Healthline.
Online support groups and forums
Forums provide a safe place to connect and receive online help from others living with fi