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Fibromyalgia Comfort Group meeting at ALMH

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[JAN. 5, 2004]  The Fibromyalgia Comfort Group formed in November at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital will have its third meeting at noon on Jan. 12 in ALMH basement conference room A. Attendees may bring lunch or come a few minutes early and buy lunch in the ALMH cafeteria.

Helen Feinstein, Pharm.D., the ALMH in-patient pharmacy director, will attend this meeting to answer medication interaction questions. Group members may bring in their current medications and vitamins for review. Health system pharmacists such as Dr. Feinstein are medication-use experts who ensure that patients receive the right dose of the right medication, counsel patients on the correct way to use their medications and make sure that patients respond well to their medications.

The group has identified other topics of interest, and speakers will be scheduled for many of the future meetings as well. The group plans to continue meeting on the second Wednesday of each month at noon. 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, which shows up in people of all ages.

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital is a community-based general hospital. ALMH strives 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, whose vision is to be the leading health care system that people choose over all others. For more information on the services provided, please visit or call (217) 732-2161.

[ALMH news release provided by Krystal Peasley]


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