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February FaMily Magazine snippets

How did you develop fibromyalgia? Was it due to a physical trauma or an infection? Although everyone with fibromyalgia has their own individual story about what first triggered their symptoms, common factors are emerging. This month we take a look at the five most common triggers and discuss why they can instigate fibromyalgia.

Frustration with medical professionals is all too frequent among people with fibromyalgia. Tamara Liller takes a look at the possible reasons behind some doctor's attitudes and gives advice on what criteria you need in a good fibromyalgia doctor.

With best wishes,
Kathy Longley (FMA UK Editor)

WE DID IT! Written Declaration on FM gets the Signatures Needed.
Thank you to all those of you who helped with this important project and of course thanks also must go to all the UK MEPs who gave their support. We will be canvassing them again I'm sure, as we move to the next stage.

Hope from a Herb by Teresa Emerick.
Recently, I pulled out my old herbal remedies books that I used many years ago when teaching nutrition and health. After reviewing, I came across an herb that I had forgotten about (what, me, forget? Ha!). It has been used for centuries, especially in high altitude villages and is called Rhodiola rosea. After updating my research on it, I decided to give it a try.

Pathway to Fibromyalgia by Kathy Longley
How do you get fibromyalgia? Well, one thing is for certain, the pathway leading you there is rarely a straightforward one. Sometimes it consists of a direct ambush sufficient to initiate all the symptoms in one go. Other times it meanders along various routes strewn with a variety of different obstacles each tipping you further towards your unsuspected destination. 'FM crept up on me' is a common phrase and can leave you bewildered, wondering how you got there.

Fibromyalgia: The Physician's Curse? Compiled by Tamara Liller, M.A.
If you spend any time around persons with fibromyalgia (FM), sooner or later the conversation will turn to doctors. After all, for most FM patients physicians play a critical role, first in making an initial diagnosis and later in prescribing a treatment programme for what is a very complex and usually frustrating medical condition. Not surprisingly, patients' comments about their medical practitioners run the gamut from enthusiastic, grateful, or respectful to defensive, angry, or incredulous.

Brian Barr Solicitors Obtain £419,000 for Fibromyalgia Claimant After Court Battle
Former postal worker Louise Balsom from Daventry has been awarded £419,000 by a Judge following a "minor traffic accident" after a lengthy legal battle.

15 Ways to Treat and Beat Fibromyalgia by Dr. Rodger Murphree
Excerpted from Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Christine’s Cookbook
‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ is an old adage that applies just as much today as it always did. Apples are among the most health-giving foods as they contain a host of nutritious properties, including phosphorous, potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium and iron.

Illness Perception in Fibromyalgia Patients
In recent years it has been recognised that illness perception is important in controlling chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). When patients are faced with the symptoms of FMS they create a model or representation of FMS (illness perception), in order to make sense of or "cope" with the illness…

"Little Things Can Make All the Difference" By Life Coach Pam Wright
Recently I attended a lecture at Guy’s Hospital London, given by Andrew J. Holman MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington. The title of the lecture was "Fibromyalgia in 2009: What it is. What it isn’t. And what to do about it".

A Natural Solution to Pain
Over the centuries civilisations across the world have used plants and plant extracts to alleviate pain and the conditions that cause pain. Every pharmaceutical product started its life as a natural property from a plant, then that property was manipulated, mutated and synthesized to produce your pill or therapy.

News from America - Employed Women with Fibromyalgia Maintain Health
Women with fibromyalgia seem to benefit from being employed, maintaining their health status over time, study findings suggest. However, employment did not appear to protect women from developing the condition.

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