I visited the clinic in December 2003 (it’s been awhile, and fortunately I haven’t had to return as a patient). After my diagnosis, I did two days of classes. I’m sure they have changed since then, but I found it extremely helpful in helping me assess my life and set up a plan for the changes I needed to make to feel better. At the time, I wasn’t sure I actually could be better, and the program also provided me the coping skills to deal with the setbacks and the uncertainty and the pain. It also helped me help my primary physician at home treat me and made me a better advocate for my own health (this is really important. I spent two years sick before Mayo found the answer and put me on a path to better health). With their support and guidance, I am much better and was able to keep my job and have a fairly active life. I know this doesn’t happen for everyone. I am fortunate.
Since that time, I have continued to participate in research programs at Mayo and learned more about fibromyalgia and how to live with it. I recommend the clinic and participation in the research. Information is power, and maybe one day they can find a cure.