Mum aims to set up fibromyalgia support group

Shirley Thomson, is hoping to set up a support group, for people suffering with Fibromyalgia, at the Daventry Community Centre.'Pictured L to R - Bev McCreadie ( Treasurer - of the group ) & Shirley Thomson
Shirley Thomson, is hoping to set up a support group, for people suffering with Fibromyalgia, at the Daventry Community Centre.'Pictured L to R - Bev McCreadie ( Treasurer - of the group ) & Shirley Thomson
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A MUM who suffers from a condition which causes chronic and widespread pain is aiming to set up a support group in the town.

Shirley Thomson, 48, from Daventry, was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in January.

Symptoms include chronic fatigue, sleep disturbance and joint stiffness

Ms Thomson said: “It affects muscles and tendons and causes serious pain and suffering.

“It has a very negative impact on people’s lives. It can hit people suddenly and before they know it they can’t get around and are in lots of pain.

“I’m suffering from it myself but the nearest support group is in Rugby and the only other in the county is in Northampton.

“This is difficult for people suffering as travelling these distances can be very draining and in some cases just not possible. For that reason we want to set up a group in Daventry where people can get support.

Ms Thomson has managed to secure a room at Daventry Community Centre and now wants people who are suffering, and anyone who can help with funding, to get in touch.

She added: “I’ve put some flyers around and already people have contacted me so I know there is a need for this.

“We also need to get funding from any charities or organisations who are willing to give donations. I’m just trying to raise awareness and help give support to people.

“I was diagnosed in January and had to take time off work because my energy levels reduced and I was in lots of pain. Daily tasks like walking, cooking and putting the washing out become difficult.

“We would also be happy to hear from people with chronic fatigue syndrome and ME as they are similar conditions.”

If you would like to contact Ms Thomson call her on 01327 310224.