One of the most distressing aspects of living with chronic pain is the lack of, and often conflicting, information regarding this condition.
As part of our community engagement, the University of Michigan Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center (CPFRC) holds regular education seminars designed to provide patients and their families with the latest information about fibromyalgia and other pain syndromes, as well as guidance on symptom management strategies.
At each workshop, Dr. Dan Clauw, the director of the CPFRC, presents an overview of what is currently known (and suspected) about FM and chronic pain, and discusses the rationale behind a variety of current research studies into the possible causes and mechanisms of FM. Information is provided regarding ways in which patients can assume an active role in the management of their symptoms, and specific things they can do to supplement prescribed treatments.
Topics addressed during the seminar include the role of cognitive behavioral therapy, exercise, medication, and how to discuss symptoms with treatment providers. The seminar is offered free of charge and friends and family members are welcome to attend. Content is relevant to people suffering from a range of other pain syndromes, such as irritable bowel, pelvic pain, and headaches.
The Chronic Pain Seminar is conducted monthly at Domino Farms, Lobby M. The session will last approximately 2 hours. The content of each session is the same.