The Neuropathy Association and the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association are pleased to announce that they will be co-hosting a Facebook Chat on July 16th that focuses on better understanding the diagnosis, care, and treatment of people dealing with overlapping neuropathy and fibromyalgia.

FACEBOOK CHAT:  “When Neuropathy and Fibromyalgia Overlap”
WHEN:  July 16th, 2014 (7 – 8:30 pm ET)*
GUEST HOST:  Dr. Charles Argoff (Albany Medical Center); Dr. Frank Rice (Integrated Tissue Dynamics LLC)

Fibromyalgia is a common and complex chronic pain disorder that causes widespread pain and tenderness to the touch and may occur body-wide or migrate over the body. Along with other symptoms, the pain and tenderness wax and wane over time. Approximately 10 million Americans have fibromyalgia, with a ratio of about 8 to 2 women over men. It occurs in people of all ages, including children. Fibromyalgia is much more than pain, and presents with many other symptoms that vary from person to person.

For a segment of our community, dealing with co-existing fibromyalgia and neuropathy requires a better understanding of the two disease states, the implications of the potential overlap, as well as the impact on care and treatments.  This Facebook Chat offers participants a unique opportunity to learn about — and discuss — fibromyalgia and neuropathy with our guest host — Dr. Frank Rice of SUNY-Albany, including:

  • The importance of recognizing the symptoms early;
  • How fibromyalgia and neuropathy are diagnosed;
  • The importance of determining the underlying causes of neuropathy, particularly in people with overlapping fibromyalgia and neuropathy;
  • General treatment strategies for fibromyalgia and neuropathy;
  • Resources that are available to individuals living with fibromyalgia and neuropathy;
  • Ways to improve access to care and quality-of-life; and
  • The importance of living your best life.

The Chat also aims to emphasize that living a productive life is possible with early diagnosis, symptom management, and regular follow-ups, but it requires active engagement by the patient in his/her own medical care along with the aid of an array of resources– limited as they are– that do currently exist.

We look forward to having you join us on July 16th for this Facebook Chat, which will be held on The Neuropathy Association’s Facebook page. A special thanks to our guest hosts for giving their time and expertise to speak with our community!

P.S.: If you do not use Facebook: You can still access the Chat “live” by visiting The Neuropathy Association’s Facebook page, but you will not be able to join the conversation by posting comments. View the Neuropathy Association’s Facebook page!