Community Based Therapy for Fibromyalgia

What we are studying

The purpose of this study is to determine if supervised exercise program and talk therapy will help patients cope and manage their painful condition of Fibromyalgia.

Who we are studying

  • Men and Women
  • Races:
    • White
    • African American
    • Asian
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
    • Other
  • Not Hispanic or Latino
  • Ages 21 - 65

Eligibility Criteria

  • Diagnosed with fibromyalgia
  • On stable dose of prescribed pain medication for at least 6 weeks
  • Fibromyalgia patients with less than 5 years of disease duration
  • No known cardiovascular disease
  • No uncontrolled hypertension
  • No severe depression
  • No moderate - severe chronic lung disease
  • Orthopedic conditions that prohibit lower extremity ambulation
  • No schizophrenia
  • Bipolar
  • Or other psychosis
  • Currently applying for disability
  • Has been with Medicaid for less than one year
  • Not pregnant
  • Not planning to move to a new home address over the next 12 weeks

What is involved

  • 1 Prescreen questionnaire (to establish eligibility)
  • 2 visits (initial study visit and week 12 study visit) to the CRU which include a six minute walk and questionnaires
  • Supervised exercise visits to the Williams G. White
  • Jr. Family YMCA 3 times a week for 12 weeks


You will receive $5 for each completed visit to the William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA (775 West End Boulevard, Winston Salem). In addition, you will receive $25 for the initial visit and $25 for the week 12 visit when completed.

Contact Information

Study Coordinator
Lisa L. Williams
Principal Investigator
Dennis C. Ang, MD

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.