The Arthritis Foundation, Northern California Chapter is holding a free educational seminar for the community to learn about the painful condition known as fibromyalgia. The seminar will be offered on Tuesday, January 25, at 6:30pm at the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, 41 Tunnel Road in Berkeley.
The Arthritis Foundation is presenting this program for individuals who have been living with unexplained chronic, widespread pain for three months or more. Participants will learn about this condition’s symptoms, diagnosis and treatment and the importance of consulting your health care provider.
The featured speaker for this event is rheumatologist Dr. Anthony Padula of the Northern California Arthritis Center in Walnut Creek. His presentation will include information about fibromyalgia, including symptoms and the importance of getting a correct diagnosis. He will also provide tips to help people with fibromyalgia take steps to manage their condition. There will be ample time for questions and answers following his presentation.
In addition, a demonstration of the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program will be led by Arthritis Foundation certified instructor, Gail Nelson-Hom. The AF notes that studies have shown that participants taking this class twice a week for four months reduced their pain by 24% and increased their ability to do daily activities by 22%.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, fibromyalgia affects more than five million people throughout the country. Fibromyalgia is characterized by chronic, widespread muscle pain and tenderness and is usually accompanied by poor sleep, morning stiffness and fatigue.
Diagnosing fibromyalgia can be challenging because there is no simple blood test or x-ray to identify this condition. In fact, the AF reports that it may take an average of five years for a patient to be properly diagnosed.
About the Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation is the leading health organization addressing the needs of the 50 million Americans doctor-diagnosed with arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability, and related pain conditions including fibromyalgia. AF provides public health education; pursues public policy and legislation; supports research and conducts evidence-based programs to improve quality of life for those living with arthritis and other related conditions. For more information, visit the website.
Program Registration Information
Registration in advance is requested. Contact Beth Miller at 1-800-464-6240 or email her at [email protected]
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