I’m looking forward to joining colleagues from across Europe in Crete on Saturday 18 May 2019 for the European Network of Fibromyalgia Associations (ENFA) Annual Conference and General Assembly 2019.

The theme for 2019’s conference is ‘A holistic approach to the management of fibromyalgia across the life course’. The aim of the conference is to highlight the complexity of fibromyalgia and chronic pain, due to the diverse symptoms which usually delay diagnosis for several years. In addition, the conference aims to demonstrate how the approach to managing fibromyalgia should be multifaceted, comprising of physical therapy, pharmacological therapy, psychological therapy and social support, made through shared decisions between the individual with fibromyalgia, their family and appropriate professionals.

Through such a holistic approach, we will discuss how management can be effective and thus how individuals with fibromyalgia can remain active, be independent and have a good quality of life. A life course focus is also highlighted in the conference, given that fibromyalgia can affect people of all ages.

There are a range of speakers from across Europe, including a workshop on the role of psychosocial factors in fibromyalgia, and insights about the importance of water exercise for fibromyalgia.

Take a look at the official conference programme below, and don’t forget to engage on social media using the hashtag #ENFA2019!

Written by simonrstones

Simon R. Stones BSc (Hons) is an award-winning patient advocate, consultant and researcher from Manchester in the UK, who was the winner of the international WEGO Health Award for Patient Healthcare Collaborator in 2017. He is a passionate advocate and ambassador for people living with invisible illnesses, inspired and empowered by his own journey with juvenile arthritis, fibromyalgia, and inflammatory bowel disease since childhood. He is currently an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society, a trustee of Fibromyalgia Action UK and RAiISE, and board member of the European Network for Children with Arthritis (ENCA) and the European Network of Fibromyalgia Associations (ENFA).

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