Support offers relief for chronic pain

Michelle Shelley has learnt to manage chronic pain issues.
Michelle Shelley has learnt to manage chronic pain issues.

Then Ms Shelley was referred to a chronic pain group and developed new techniques to deal with her fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is a condition that is not only extremely painful, it also causes fatigue, sleep disturbance and joint stiffness.

The Chronic Disease Self Management group does not just deal with fibromyalgia, but people with a variety of conditions including diabetes, osteoarthritis, cardiovascular disease and depression.

Ms Shelley said the group helped her deal with pent-up emotions.

‘I was sad, that was all part of it, they also help people deal with depression, anxiety and mood swings,’ she said.

‘They also teach problem solving, healthy eating and weight management.’

Living Well practitioner Joelle Callaghan said she was delighted to be a part of the Chronic Disease Self Management group.

‘People learn how to self-manage their condition, learning practical strategies and skills to increase activity and decrease pain,’ she said.

‘We also teach people about creating mindfulness.

‘We have had very good feedback from participants, with the group often acting as a support for each other, forming strong friendships and keeping in touch after the group ends.’

Ms Shelley said a benefit of the group was the friendships she has formed.

‘I’m a lot more positive now, I set goals, my life is happier,’ she said.

The next Chronic Condition Self Management group begins on August 28 at Greenfields Family and Community Centre on Murdoch Drive.

The program is free, meets for two hours, weekly, for six weeks and is recommended for people with any ongoing chronic condition.

Patients do not need a GP referral but should register with Lynda Algie from Perth South Coastal Medicare Local on 9439 9509.