Directory: Chronic Musculoskeletal Issues and Fatigue
Arthritis ,Fibromyalgia, ME and CFS, Long Covid, Polymyalgia Rheumatic
Link to the website for exercises you can try in a chair at your own home, which have been designed in collaboration with wellbeing organisation Oomph!, as part of a programme developed to encourage people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions to become more active.
Bath Centre for Fatigue Services
We provide specialist services for adults experiencing longstanding fatigue that is having a significant impact on daily functioning and activities. There are three strands to our Service which provide fatigue and lifestyle management for viral fatigue/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME; cancer related fatigue living with and beyond cancer and long term conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis. For referral advice or for further information, please contact our team or visit our website.
Bath Outpatient Fibromyalgia Self Management Programme (FSMP)
An outpatient hospital-based interactive exercise and education group programme aimed at encouraging self-management of FMS. Please note you must have a clinical diagnosis of fibromyalgia. For referral advice please contact Julie Russell or Sandi Derham. This service accepts only GP referrals. We offer support in following evidence-based self-management strategies to manage fatigue and other symptoms of CFS/ME. We occasionally run support sessions for carers/supporters. Most people who attend this service have noticed that their symptoms and confidence in managing their condition improves.
Escape pain – online programme
The ESCAPE-pain programme aims to increase physical function and improve quality of life.
ESCAPE-pain Online is freely available to anyone but is aimed specifically at people who have knee or hip osteoarthritis. It was designed to support people who have attended the face-to-face ESCAPE-pain programme to continue to exercise after the programme has ended. It is also useful for people who don’t live near a face-to-face class.
ESCAPE-pain Online provide users with a structured education and exercise programme of 12 sessions over six weeks. There are two compulsory sessions per week and they are a combination of education and exercise.
Click through on the link below for registration and to start using the programme.
Frome area M.E and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Group
We are a small, friendly and positive group of people who meet informally once a month for mutual support and to exchange tips for recovery. Please call Carol for meeting times.
Harry’s Hydro is a hydrotherapy pool based in Frome.
Individual led sessions are available. Other people will be in the pool at the same time doing their own exercises. Cost per session is £9 for an initial session then £90 for ten sessions to be paid in advance if wishing to continue.
You can also join hydrotherapy group exercise classes. A taster session costs £10. Future sessions need to be booked in groups of 10 and paid for in advance.
For more information and to book the hydrotherapy pool, please follow the link to the contact page of their website below.
Mendip Fibromyalgia Support Group – Binegar & Street
We meet on the first Wednesday of the month at Binegar Memorial Hall, Binegar, BA3 4UR from 10.30am – 12.30pm, and on the 3rd Monday of the month at Crispin Community Cenre, 4 Leigh Road, Street, BA16 0HA from 3.30-4.30pm.
We also have a group on Facebook- search for Mendip Fibromyalgia Support Group
On Track Support Group- Frome and surrounding area
Facilitated by Health Connections this group provides an opportunity to meet with others who live with long term conditions, eg fibromyalgia etc. A safe environment in which to talk and share experiences. Frome Medical Practice, first Thursday each month 10.30am-12.30pm
Online Support for Rheumatoid Arthritis
NRAS HealthUnlocked is an online community set up for those with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) wanting to learn more about their condition and connect with others who are going through a similar experience. It is a safe community moderated by NRAS, wherein you can ask questions, exchange tips and advice, find support and discuss all things RA.
It is very quick and easy to register-join by clicking on the link below. Alternatively, contact the NRAS by phone or email, details below.
Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis
Offering support, raising awareness and promoting research. For those affected by polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) and giant cell arteritis (GCA)
Somerset Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME Service
If you are suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome and would like help and advice, contact the Somerset team on the number below.
Somerset Community Pain Service
This website has helpful information, leaflets, tools and videos on managing pain. Their service is by referral only. However, the resources on the website are available to the public.
Versus Arthritis- Arthritis Helpline
Free phoneline for people with arthritis and those around them with up-to-date information, advice and support. Lines open Monday-Friday 9am-6pm. Calls are free from UK landline and consumer mobile phones. Online recourse and links to local groups are available through their website. Face to face groups are not currently running.