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Arthritis affects more than 5.0 million adults in California

Fibromyalgia, a specific form of arthritis, affects 5.0 million adults in the US

Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain, multiple tender points, abnormal pain processing, sleep disturbance, fatigue, and often psychological distress. People with fibromyalgia may also have other symptoms, such as:

  •  Morning stiffness
  • tingling or numbness in hands and feet
  • headaches, including migraines
  • irritable bowel symptoms
  • problems with thinking and memory
  • painful menstrual periods and other pain syndromes

There are evidence-based self-management education and physical activity programs that are safe and effective for people with arthritis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides program recommendations for people with arthritis. In California, CAPP is implementing the following self-management and physical activity programs:


Physical Activity Programs

    • Walk with Ease – Group Program
    • Walk with Ease – Self Led Program
    • Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

Self-Management Education Programs

    • Healthier Living - Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)
    • Tomando Control de su Salud Program (Spanish CDSMP)
    • Arthritis Self-Management Program (ASMP)
    • Programa de Manejo Personal de la Artritis (Spanish ASMP)


Last modified on: 10/23/2012 10:13 AM