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Does what you eat affect your FM symptoms? Jacqui Mayes was intrigued by this question and decided to carry out a pilot study as part of her degree in nutritional therapy at Middlesex University.

She tested 31 different foods and found that some foods had a positive effect while others had a negative impact on the various symptoms of fibromyalgia.  Read about her discoveries and her own journey with fibromyalgia.

With best wishes,
Kathy Longley (FMA UK Editor)

Does What You Eat Affect Your FM? By Jacqui Mayes

Five years ago, I had a very successful career as a production executive overseeing a fifth of Endemol UK's television output. I had great fun working on programmes like Restoration, Animal Park, Ready Steady Cook, Changing Rooms and many others, but I chose to give that all up because I had finally found the answer to my fibromyalgia. Nine years ago, after the birth of my second child, I started developing unexplained pain first in my left wrist, then my right, then my elbows, then my knees, feet, neck and hips. I visited every doctor, rheumatologist and alternative therapist that I could think of to find out why. Finally,…..

In the Spotlight with Sophie Moss

Sophie lives in Bath with her husband David and her little three year old Shetland sheepdog called, Monty. Before developing fibromyalgia, Sophie worked as a cardiac intensive care nurse. Although she has struggled to come to terms with leaving her much loved job she has recently found new avenues for her expertise. She has got involved in an ‘expert patient’ role, assisting and supporting the FM coping skills programme, has taken part in a GP training day on fibromyalgia and addressed a lecture theatre of 120 pharmacy students on what it is like to live with chronic ill-health. Here she tells us about her experiences with fibromyalgia and the new exciting avenues now opening up for her. Despite fibromyalgia, the future is looking up…..

Could Joint Hypermobility be Adding to Your Fibromyalgia Pain? By Helen Pinnock

At the physiotherapy assessment I mentioned that my joints were fairly floppy and that I was poorly co-ordinated. The senior physiotherapy doctor who assessed me said that she thought the issue was hypermobile joints. There is a clear set of tests for this. She referred me to her colleague for treatment. This colleague was clearly a senior member of the team and right from the start took the view that I had serious problems but that they could be helped: the first time any medical professional has given me a constructive opinion. She set up a programme of exercise…..

Good News and Bad News by Pam Stewart

The last week of April was a good news bad news week.  First of all this was the week we learned that there was to be a Westminster Hall Debate on Fibromyalgia. Something we had been working towards with our supportive MPs for some time.  And then we got the bad news.  NICE finally replied after 22 months to our application to have guidelines issued for the treatment of fibromyalgia:…..

Hints & Tips in Manchester by Georgina Jameson

Our HINTS & TIPS day was another success with over 50 people attending.  We were fortunate to obtain a small grant for this event and with a contribution from local supermarkets were able also to offer the refreshments free of charge.   Posters/leaflets were sent out to surrounding hospitals and all the group members delivered leaflets to GP surgeries, clinics etc.  The day dawned, volunteers and committee members all helped to decorate the hall, put out tables and chairs and make preparations in the kitchen……

Fun Run in Frimley

Sam's partner, Chris, took part in a walk called the Frimley Park Hospital Fun Run in Surrey on 5th April. 'People who normally take part do it for the children's ward at the hospital,' said Sam, 'but my partner is a porter at the hospital and they said that he could do it for FMA UK.'….

A Guide to Disability Living Allowance

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a benefit for disabled people under 65. To get DLA, you must have personal care needs or difficulty with walking (also called mobility) because of either a physical or mental disability. DLA has two parts, the care component and the mobility component….

Soya Protein Supplementation Fails To Improve Fibromyalgia Symptoms

It is thought that more than 50% of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) patients use complementary therapies.  These include massage, meditation, acupuncture, hypnotherapy and dietary supplementation.  However, few studies have been conducted in order to test the effectiveness of complementary therapies in the treatment of FMS symptoms…

Christine’s Cookbook

Take the stress out of entertaining with the Easy Breakfast Casserole – a great dish for breakfast or brunch when you have guests. It can be made 1-2 hours ahead or even the night before…

A Question of Love and Communication?  By Pam Wright

In recent months I’ve talked about the skill of being able to pace yourself and how a shift in perception can help you make positive changes so that you feel you are taking back control of your life in spite of what is happening to you physically at this time…..

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