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January FaMily magazine

Image This month, legal adviser Fiona Ashworth, tackles the problems surrounding medical experts in legal cases involving fibromyalgia. She looks at how to choose a credible expert, the importance of instructing them and their role in the case itself. Also, researcher Linda Noble, looks at women's experiences of being diagnosed with FM finding out how they were treated by the medical profession and how they themselves reacted to the news.

FMA UK chair, Pam Stewart, says a sad goodbye to trustee, Sharon Stephenson, while warmly welcoming new trustee, Betty Farron. Three new experts have also joined FMA UK’s prestigious medical advisory board and you can catch up on the latest news regarding the fibromyalgia APPG.

Bianca Embley has also been hard at work raising awareness of the POLKADOTGALS campaign and held a photo shoot outside the Houses of Parliament which made it into the Daily Express. Happy New Year!Kathy Longley (FMA UK Editor)Subscribe to FaMily Magazine to get more of these articles

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Women's Experiences of Being Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia by Linda Noble (BSc Hons, Health Psychology)
Since the psychological impact of a diagnosis of FMS is a subject which has received little attention in the academic literature, I decided to make this the focus of my research. Rather than taking a quantitative approach and designing a questionnaire requiring participants to tick boxes or score their experiences on a scale of 1-10, I decided that I wanted a more in-depth insight into the experiences of women who had been diagnosed with FMS. For this reason, I used a qualitative method known as....

Medical Experts in Fibromyalgia Cases by Fiona Ashworth
In my last article I discussed how fibromyalgia can be caused by an accident or some other insult to the body and some of the difficulties that face a Claimant bringing an action claiming that he/she has developed fibromyalgia due to an accident. In this article I aim to give some general guidance to Claimants as to how to initially prepare for a claim and in particular on the medical evidence required.....

Complications during Pregnancy - Part 2 by midwife Denyse Moore
High blood pressure in pregnancy: Fewer than 10 percent of pregnant women develop a syndrome associated with high blood pressure, also known as Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH) or pre-eclampsia. The exact cause of this potentially serious condition is unknown. When changes of blood pressure are detected early, you and your baby can avoid serious problems. However, with PIH you will often feel quite well except for headaches in the beginning.  As a sufferer of FMS, you will have built up a tolerance to feeling unwell on a more or less, regular basis and this condition is sometimes ignored by women without....

APPG on Fibromyalgia by Jean Turner
Rob then introduced Dr. Ernest Choy to present his EULAR 9-point plan on the treatment of fibromyalgia. Dr. Choy explained that he was Chairman of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) charged with developing guidelines for the management of fibromyalgia.  The group included rheumatologists, neurologists, physiotherapists,....

FMA UK Chair's 2007 Report by Pam Stewart
FMA UK is delighted that Betty Farron has agreed to join the Board of Trustees and we look forward to working with her in the future; Betty will bring a wealth of experience as well as enthusiasm with her.  She has kindly offered to take on the role of Funder for FMA UK.  This will involve identifying suitable.....

Medical Advisory Board (MAB) Report by Jean Turner
Since May, I'm delighted to report that we have been joined by three new members and I extend a very warm welcome to Alice Theadom MSc, Dr Ernest Choy MD, FRCP and Colin Beevor....

Bianca Embley has launched the POLKADOTGALS campaign to raise awareness of fibromyalgia. It is being supported by model Danni Wells; championship 100m hurdler Sara McGreavey; America's Cup sailor, David Carr and Coventry City footballers, who will all be featured in the PolkaDotGals calendar.....

Buffet reception in the Mayor's Parlour by Jean Turner
On Monday 10th September 2007, Reading Fibromyalgia Support Group held a buffet reception in the Mayor's Parlour, hosted by Councillor Chris Maskell, the Right Worshipful Mayor of Reading.  We were delighted to be joined by four leading rheumatologists from the Royal Berkshire Hospital: Dr Bradlow, Dr. McNally, Dr. Young and Dr. Chan.  It was good to have the time to talk to them informally and we are grateful that they took the time out of their busy schedules to attend.  We were also delighted that Rob Wilson,....

Masonic Lodge Donation to FMA UK by Jean Turner
Robert is a Past Master of the Faith and Unanimity No 417 Dorchester, Province of Dorset Masonic Lodge, and during his year as Grand Master, Robert and the lodge raised £1,500 for FMA UK. As Robert's wife Carol is a fibromyalgia sufferer she suggested FMA UK as one of the charities to benefit from the lodge's support. Colin Lucas is the charity steward and he explained to me how the lodge raises funds for charities every year.....

Vitamin D Inadequacy May Exacerbate Chronic Pain
Approximately one in four patients who suffer from chronic pain also have inadequate blood levels of vitamin D, possibly contributing to their ongoing pain, according to a new study...

Soap box: The Disappearing Co-proxamol
Welcome to 2008 but with the welcome comes the official disappearance of an old friend - used painkiller so many of us rely on co-proxamol. Have you managed to get prescriptions for this ‘wonder' drug lately. It seems to it suit fibromites so well. Will you Doctor still prescribe co-proxamol for you even though it is now an "illegal" drug? ...

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