The Impact of Pain on Persons who have Fibromyalgia

This literary review focuses on the ability to discern how psychotherapy directly affects the quality of life for those who live with the chronic pain of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). It will serve to outline various methods of educating persons with fibromyalgia by teaching coping skills and encouraging group support. Through the use of psycho-education clients learn methods that allow each person to differentiate general pain signals the body is emitting from the more serious physical, emotional, and psychological issues of the syndrome that have become the norm due to long term exposure. The loss of independence and traditional coping skills is also a concern that will be addressed as new problem solving skills are explored that directly relate to the changes in lifestyle due to chronic pain. The person with fibromyalgia is encouraged to seek qualified medical and mental health professionals specifically trained and willing to work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Mary T. Miller
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