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November FaMily Magazine

Ever fancied being a case study for a glossy magazine article on fibromyalgia? Well, last month Rosie Hickson was selected to be interviewed by Prima magazine. She was quite happy with the phone interview but horrified when she was told a photographer would be turning up on her doorstep. Read her amusing account of posing in a field of clover...

Also, this month we put new trustee Des Quinn under the spotlight to find out his favourite hobbies and what his future hopes are for FMA UK.  (Subscribe to FaMily Magazine to get more of these articles)

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Appearing in Prima Magazine by Rosie Hickson

A few months ago I received an email from FMA UK saying that Prima magazine was doing a feature on chronic pain and would like them to supply a case study, a woman in her 40s who has learnt to cope with pain. Well not expecting to be chosen (and only just meeting the criteria at 49) I sent a small profile back. Yes, I did read the part about them needing a photo of me, but as I said I hadn't really expected to be picked! A few days later I had a telephone interview with an independent journalist called Karen. Now having done this a few months ago whilst promoting Fibromyalgia Awareness Day in one of the local papers I knew to be cautious....

A Plant in the Wrong Soil! By Wendy Jones

Professor Maddison, my rheumatologist, described me as a 'classic' case of fibromyalgia. When I look back I try to remember when it all started. Did I have it as a child? My mother died when I was three years old, a fact that psychologists could have had a field day with as a possible cause for all my symptoms! My cousin's daughter also has fibromyalgia, so could there be a genetic factor? Both myself and my cousin's daughter have a history of cystitis and interstitial cystitis, though we are both convinced that fibromyalgia is more to do with the antibiotics than the cystitis. I emigrated to Australia when I was quite young and I remember thinking that the warmth would make my rheumatism better. In fact I don't remember thinking of rheumatism during the few years...

In the Spotlight with Des Quinn

Des lives in Paisley with his partner Fiona and their son Lewis. He is the owner of a small computer consulting company that manages the IT needs of a number of companies in the central belt of Scotland. He has been in charge of the FMA UK website for the past 2 1/2 years and has now become an FMA UK trustee. Here he tells us his story about how he developed fibromyalgia and how he got involved with FMA UK....

The Soothing Properties of Cherries

Sue Strafford-Binks has suffered with fibromyalgia for over 17 years. She waited nearly three years for a diagnosis after the trauma of an ectopic pregnancy, followed closely by a tumour on her thyroid gland, which left her feeling chronically tired all of the time and her body muscles constantly aching like she had the 'flu'. Once diagnosed, Sue was keen to learn as much as she could about the debilitating condition that had altered her busy and hectic lifestyle so cruelly. "I was in the prime of my life, with a young family and had everything to live for," says Sue....

Art in the Park by Madelaina Murthwaite

Well I would have loved to have been having a long lie-in this weekend, but instead I got up at 6.20am to pitch a stall at the Vintage Transport Festival at Birkenhead Park! My aim was to promote awareness for fibromyalgia and raise funds from the sales of my artwork and ribbons! Thank God it didn't rain, for once! Sue Strafford-Binks popped in to support me...

Blackpool Group Adopts their Mascot by Chris Wright

Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde support group adopted their mascot "Fibro Fred" for this year's awareness event. He sings "Singing in the rain", which is what we all have to do sometimes, but the sun shone bright in Blackpool on Thursday 11th September when the group organised an awareness event in the Town Hall Council Chambers which was opened by the Mayor of Blackpool, Councillor Mary Smith and the Mayoress, Julia Massey. We were also supported by Blackpool North M.P. Joan Humble who came along and presented a cheque for £150 to help swell the local group's coffers....

Raising Funds in Weston-Super-Mare by Julia McCouaig

Members Julia McCouaig, Betty Farron and Jenny Brown from the North Somerset Support Group and Julia's online fibro friends Wendy and Buffy (Fibro Fighters Too) attended the Lions fun day held in Weston-super-Mare in September. They worked hard beforehand putting together skills and a variety of goods to sell on the day. Wendy Szymak spent many hours making lots of beautiful jewellery to sell and donate to the cause. Jenny Brown made and decorated exquisite card boxes in all shapes and sizes and they were perfect to sell alongside the jewellery. Betty Farron used her 'green finger' skills...

Medway Fibromyalgia Support Group: a Successful 6th Year

The Fibromyalgia Support Group in Medway has had a very successful year. Much of this success has been around funding. The Sittingbourne Kart Racing Circuit, who has raised funds for us for the last four years, has raised a grand total of £1,578 for us this year. This funding has enabled us to continue to give the high level of support and information that the group gives to members. The group has also been successful in obtaining funding from the Chelsea Building Society Charitable Foundation of £500 towards 10,000 of the group's own leaflets. Barclays Bank donated £500 for books for the library and updated and revised our information booklets. Grassroots Grants have awarded the group £372 for 100 information packs for new members....

Creation of an International Fibromyalgia Research Organization Moves Forward

At a historic meeting, moderated by world-renowned researcher, Robert Bennett MD, prominent fibromyalgia experts voted unanimously to continue discussions on the development of a new international professional organisation during the Fibromyalgia Discovery Meeting. The two-day conference was held August 7-8, 2008 at the Airlie Center in Warrenton, Virginia.

GP Sick Notes to Get Overhaul

An overhaul of the GP sick note system is set to go ahead as early as next year after research from pilot schemes giving family doctors a far greater responsibility for getting people back to work were hailed as a success….

Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) - a problem for many Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia patients, but treatable by Sarah Myhill, MD

It is critically important for the body to maintain blood sugar levels within a narrow range. If the blood sugar level falls too low, energy supply to all tissues, particularly the brain, is impaired. However, if blood sugar levels rise too high this is very damaging to arteries and the long term effect of arterial disease is heart disease and strokes.

Is Sea Water Beneficial For Fibromyalgia Patients?

A substantial amount of research exists that reports the benefits of supervised aerobic exercise for fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) patients. In particular, water exercise, i.e. deep water walking, represents an alternative therapy for FMS patients that have problems performing land-based aerobic exercise. Exercise in warm water has been shown to decrease pain and even improve cognitive function. Furthermore, clinical studies have shown that spa therapies, including thalassotherapy (sea water bathing), are beneficial for a wide variety of conditions, including arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and fibromyalgia….

Is There Any Evidence To Support The Use Of Antidepressants In Painful Rheumatological Conditions?

Although pain is the main symptom of most rheumatological conditions, antidepressant drugs are frequently prescribed for fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylarthritis and lower back pain. A team of ten experts from France have recently published findings in the Rheumatology journal that review the benefits of the use of antidepressants for the treatment of painful rheumatological conditions….

Christine's Cookbook

If you love burgers and chips, but would like to eat healthily, the following recipes are just what you’re looking for….

Toxic & Hazardous Chemicals Found in Top Selling Scented Laundry Products and Air Fresheners

(This American article is of interest to UK readers as the chemicals mentioned also exist in British products. Editor FaMily)

"Five of the six products emitted one or more carcinogenic 'hazardous air pollutants,' which are considered by the Environmental Protection Agency to have no safe exposure level." - Anne C. Steinemann

A University of Washington study of top-selling laundry products and air fresheners found the products emitted dozens of different chemicals. All six products tested gave off at least one chemical regulated as toxic or hazardous under federal laws, but none of those chemicals was listed on the product labels….

Getting into Shape by Jeanne Hambleton

Is it time to start thinking about getting into shape for Christmas before you succumb to the turkey and the delicious trimmings, cream and Chrissy pudding, mince pies galore, shortcakes, chocolates and sweets. I know it is cold, wet and horrible outside but there are ways you can help yourself….

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