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Fibromyalgia Comfort Group forming at ALMH

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[OCT. 25, 2004]  A Fibromyalgia Comfort Group is forming at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. The first meeting of this new comfort group is scheduled at noon on Nov. 10 in ALMH Conference Room C, in the basement.

Attendees may bring lunch or come a few minutes early and buy lunch in the hospital cafeteria. Future group meetings are tentatively scheduled for the second Wednesday of each month at noon.

This first meeting will serve to identify members of the community who are looking for a comfort group to help them cope with their diagnosis and find solutions for aspects of their life they may be having trouble with due to the fibromyalgia symptoms. Attendees will be able to share ideas of information topics relevant to them, as well as speakers they are interested in asking to attend a future session.

Community member Tara Hennessy is leading the coordination of the group.

Please call ALMH at (217) 732-2161, ext. 405, with questions.

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Fibromyalgia syndrome is a widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue disorder for which the cause is still unknown. Fibromyalgia means pain in the muscles, ligaments and tendons -- the soft fibrous tissues in the body. More women than men are afflicted with the syndrome. It shows up in people of all ages.

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital is a community-based general hospital. ALMH focuses on the mission to be the "Best Rural Hospital in America" by providing state-of-the-art facilities for the vast majority of health care needs. ALMH is a 10-year affiliate of the Memorial Health System of Springfield. For more information on the services provided, please visit www.ALMH.org or call (217) 732-2161.

[Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital news release]

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