Please note that there will be no benefits helpline on Friday 29th April & Monday 2nd May, also the national helpline will be closed on Monday 2nd May.
The Faculty of Pain Medicine has recently launched an easy guide for patients about using opioids in long term pain conditions. It includes good practice in prescribing opioids, its usage, dosing, risks and more.
To read it please visit:
FMA UK will be attending the BSR conference in Glasgow next week. As a result our office will be operating in a reduced capacity with staff and volunteers helping out at the conference. We are looking forward to the conversations that we will be having with medical professionals and spreading the message about fibromyalgia. This is the single biggest event in terms of the distubution of booklets and material targetted at professionals.
With it being on the offices doorstep we dont have boxes of literature being posted around the country which makes organisation a lot simpler :) I am sure we will have some material to share after the conference and will post anything relevant on our facebook page during the event.
Sally Richardson will walk from London to Brighton to raise funds and awareness about fibromyalgia. Sally told us her story: ‘’I've suffered with myofascial pain syndrome for over 13 years as well as fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome too. 13 years ago I got hit by a car and knocked off my bike and suffered damage to my lower back and left leg.
I recovered slowly over few months but was never the same. The doctors believed my brain never recovered from the shock of the accident. My diagnosis was slow and took 3 years. I tried everything possible as well as many different medications. I became so depressed and like a hermit thinking I couldn't stand it any longer. I lost my nan suddenly in 2011 and it made me wake up.
I realised that there was more to life and I was certain there were people with bigger problems than me.
I had good days and bad and decided I needed to work part time as full time was too much and I couldn't stand not working. I went to fibro clinic and pain clinic and got the help and support I needed to understand the condition and to learn to understand it and live with it and get the correct medication and treatments to control it.
‘’I and my partner James Sanderson are doing the Great Manchester Run on Sunday 22nd of May for fibromyalgia for my auntie Dawn who we sadly lost back in October 2015 to this illness...I am doing this for Fibromyalgia Action UK as I feel this is a very close illness that has touched me and my family's hearts an seen my auntie loose her life to it...I have also come to realise that not a lot of people have heard of this illness and there needs to be more information out there, more treatments and medication as there isn't a lot out there for suffers...Anyway, I'd love for you all, family and friends to help me bring this illness to light by helping me raise the money for Fibromyalgia Action UK. Thank you so much for taking your time to read this, love loads Anna xxx’’.
To donate to Anna's JustGiving page please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/anna-baines3
For the first time the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) will be holding a one day event on Tuesday 26 April 2016 for patients. The event runs alongside the BSR rheumatology conference and gives you, the patient, an opportunity to hear from world class experts in sessions tailored to the patient experience at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow.
This event aims to be interactive with question-and-answer sessions with physicians and healthcare professionals, supported by NRAS, NASS and Arthritis Care. You will learn about the latest information on medication and new treatments that can improve the quality of your daily life.
- The future of Biosimiliars
- What patients want from a rheumatology service
- Sleep and fatigue problems in rheumatic disease
- Foot health education
Whether you are recently diagnosed or were diagnosed many years ago, this event is a great way to connect with people with similar diseases and gain confidence from learning how others manage their disease and hear from world class experts in the field of rheumatology. View the programme online
Register online for £10 + vat
To include: Registration is from 10.00. Lunch is provided and access to the BSR charity village stand / patient area and full day event. Delegates also receive a ScotRail Conference Rover ticket which gives 5 days travel by rail within the Conference Zone between the SECC, the hotel district and the city centre and also allows 50% off rail fares throughout Scotland.
- Make a Fibro Mask #fibromask to mark the Fibromyalgia Awareness Day and share it with the world!
- Premiere of ''Sonata for Cello'', a moving fiction film about fibromyalgia, London 14th April at 6 pm - only £5, book now!
- An exciting evening of entertainment in Hastings for FMA UK
- FMA UK - Stamp Appeal for used stamps
- Lincombe Manor Care Centre in Torquay raised £200 for FMA UK
- St Andrew's Parish Centre in Wigan raised £200 for FMA UK