On the 11th May 2016 a Fibromyalgia Awareness event took place in the House of Commons, hosted by Andrea Jenkyns MP, organised by Fibromyalgia Action UK (FMA UK).
The event was well attended by MPs, researchers, healthcare professionals, students and people living with fibromyalgia, their families and carers. There could be some thrilling outcomes of this event resulting in greater collaboration between different stakeholders in the fibromyalgia field: patient organisations, healthcare professionals, researchers and policy makers. During the event Dr Toby Garrood, a consultant from Guy’s Hospital fibromyalgia clinic gave an overview of the award-winning and best-practice fibromyalgia multidisciplinary service, which can act as a role model to be replicated easily and at a low-cost in rheumatology departments of hospitals across the country. FMA UK will look intot how to facilitate the spreading of the knowledge about this service to relevant healthcare providers, Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS England and the NHS in devolved nations.
You will be interested to learn about an early day motion at Westminster on chronic pain. So far 14 MPs from across the UK have signed up – the more that sign up, the more coverage the EDM is likely to get and the more MPs are likely to have Chronic Pain raised to the forefront of their minds.
Some of the points raised by the EDM are that the 20 per cent, or 1 in 5, of the European population has chronic pain and that 1 in 20 of our population live with severe pain with a quarter of these in severe, intense and highly disabling chronic pain. It explains that there are an estimated 4.6 million GP appointments per year for chronic pain in the UK costing £69 million, which equates to 793 full-time GPs because chronic pain sufferers attend their GP five times more frequently than those without.
It notes that the overall quality of life in the presence of chronic pain is shown to very low and all dimensions of health, including physical, psychological and social are shown to be severely reduced with a 10 year mortality, higher among those with severe chronic pain, particularly death from heart of respiratory disease which is twice the rate of those without severe chronic pain.
Click here for the page showing the full text of this EDM http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2016-17/195
And to send an email to your MP, click here http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/ and ask them to sign up to “Early day motion 195”
The project is organised by The University of Manchester and Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust. It is a new public engagement project in collaboration with NIHR Manchester Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit called Design for MSK.
It aims to raise awareness of musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions like fibromyalgia in younger people by inviting those aged 16-26 to share their experiences of living with their condition using the #DesignforMSK hashtag on social media. Contributions will then be used to inspire a group of young patients and product design students in Manchester who will work to create solutions to issues identified by patients. Both the final products/prototypes and the process will be exhibited in Manchester during November 2016.
Tim Daniel from Highbridge is going to face his demons of heights to do a 15,000 ft skydive on Saturday 20th August to raise awareness for the invisible illness FIBROMYALGIA & Myalgic Encepholomyelitis (M .E).
Tim’s Mum, Sally has fibromyalgia and helps run a local support group based in Burnham-On-Sea. Fibromyalgia HEART of Somerset Support Group who meet every Monday at the Somerset Skills and Learning Centre, (the mobile unit at the back), Princess Street, Burnham On Sea from 1.30 – 3.30pm. The group is affiliated with Fibromyalgia Action UK (FMA UK), a national Fibromyalgia charity.
The jump will help raise funds for Fibromyalgia HEART of Somerset and FMA UK. FMA UK not only provide support to sufferers and their families, offer medical information to professionals but they also aim to encourage funding for new research projects, due to little research being carried out in the UK.
If you would like to sponsor Tim then you can do so by visiting http://www.skydiveukltd.com/skydive/charity/sponsor-a-friend/profile/?id=43
You are invited to a gig in Glasgow kinlly organised by Martin Marshall and his friends, with proceedings going to support FMA UK work.
Zoe Anderson, a college student, shares with us her struggle with fibromyalgia and why she will run the Scottish 10K for her mum and for FMA UK. Zoe: ‘’I was diagnosed earlier this year after experiencing the symptoms for 4 years. Fibromyalgia is a horrible illness I have watched my mum suffer from for many years. There is no cure for fibro, just some treatments, which do not always help.
I’m running the 10K not just for me, but for my mum and to raise funds for a good cause. This is a big challenge for me but one I’m excited about.’’
To support Zoe visit her JustGiving page:
- Katie Love will run 100K for FMA UK and for her auntie
- Anna Baines and James Sanderson run the Great Manchester Run for FMA UK
- Family sought for new BBC1 health series
- Fibromyalgia Exercise DVD Reviews
- ‘It’s a Pain’ Public Engagement Lecture Series (Durham)
- Thriving with Fibromyalgia: Dance for Health Seminar (London)