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Chronic Pain Group Lifeline removed
Suffering from osteoarthritis and recently being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, on the whole my conditions can only be 'managed' not toatlly cured. We attended an excellent 'chronic pain group' amongst other people with similar problems. The help and advice received through attending this group at the local hospital has been a lifeline to the people who attend. We have learnt so much medically, helping us to understand the reasons why we feel the way we do. Also talking to others with similar conditions encourages patients and provides excellent advice etc. The powers that be have decided to close this group, (actually 4 of them), leaving us without help and lost without this vital support. We are simply in 'limbo' so to speak and feel totally let down by the very people who are there to help us! The CCG has not contacted the patients and I genuinely believe this is simply a 'money saving act'. Attending such groups alliviates the need to take as much toxic medication, where the talking is much more affective than suffering from the toxic side effects!