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Identifying Fibromyalgia

Friday 19 April 2013


From Queensland's Gympie Times:


Luke Hannibal with mum Jacky
Gympie's Brett Dean is offering support
to fellow fibromyalgia sufferers.
(Photo: Tanya Easterby)

Identifying fibromyalgia

13th Apr 2013 5:00 AM

FIBROMYALGIA syndrome sufferer Brett Dean will offer support to fellow sufferers at a Gympie first fibromyalgia syndrome group meeting on April 24.

However the self-employed bee keeper admits some of the people he's looking to help may not even know they're afflicted with the condition.

Brett said with so many different symptoms the illness could present, sufferers may put the feeling of fatigue and general un-wellness down to simply "over-doing it".

Brett said the meeting may let people, who could be suffering fibromyalgia, know "they're not going crazy" when they think their body isn't feeling quite right.

Aches, pains, fatigue, irritable bowels and an increase in pain sensitivity are all symptoms of fibromyalgia, Brett's experienced since his health slowly began to deteriorate in 1993.

Prescription medications are available for sufferers of the illness but Brett, who says he has at times been bed-ridden by the illness, prefers alternate remedies.

He said while he had used medications including anti-depressants and strong painkillers in the past, he had turned to remedies including calcium, devil's claw, gluten-free foods and CoQ10.

He said where he was once able to work only a couple of weeks at a time before feeling too tired to work, sometimes for several months at a time, since taking the CoQ10 he has worked with another bee keeper on the Sunshine Coast for the past month.

He is fortunate to have his own business; however Brett said for others the illness can prevent them from working and earning a living.

"It's a real problem for people to face," Brett said.

A fibromyalgia group meeting will be held at Gympie Community Place, 24 Lawrence St on April 24 from 2-3pm.

The group will assist in connecting sufferers and their family members with information and support.

Contact Diana on 5486 5883.


The above originally appeared here.


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