Kim Lawson, a Sheffield Hallam University lecturer and the Chair of the Medical Advisory Board at FMA UK will address the Health Secretary and other MPs on Wednesday 11 May at a parliamentary event that aims to raise awareness of the incurable chronic pain condition, fibromyalgia.
Dr Kim Lawson, a pharmacologist in Sheffield Hallam's Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre will be discussing research into the cause of fibromyalgia and the potential treatments with Jeremy Hunt and Andrea Jenkyns MP of the Health Select Committee as well as other key stakeholders from across the health sector.
The condition causes pain all over the body and effects up to 2.7 million people in the UK. Other symptoms can include fatigue, muscle stiffness, difficulty sleeping, problems with mental processes and headaches.
It is a long-term condition that is thought to be related to abnormal levels of certain chemicals in the brain and changes in the way in which the central nervous system processes pain messages.
Tomorrow's event in the Houses of Parliament will mark International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day and has been organised by Fibromyalgia Action UK (FMAUK). It is hoped it will encourage MPs to become ambassadors for the charity in order to help the public to have a better understanding of the condition.
"Quite often, one of the toughest things for a fibromyalgia patient to deal with is the lack of understanding," said Kim, who chairs the Medical Advisory Board at FMAUK. People don't appreciate the severity of it and it can be quite severe to the point of even the lightest touch can cause excruciating pain. Only 20% of people are diagnosed with the disease in the UK and that is partly down to the complexity of the symptoms, and because there are no simple tests. But I also think it is down to the lack of awareness of the condition and that's what this event is about today."
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To Fibromyalgia Action UK event in the Parliament
Marking the International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
Hosted by Andrea Jenkyns MP
11 May, 3 pm – 5 pm
Portcullis House, Boothroyd Room
Come along to this event to mark with us the International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day and to hear from interesting speakers and experts in the field:
Andrea Jenkyns MP, member of the Health Select Committee,
Dr Kim Lawson, a research pharmacologist with an international reputation in Drug Discovery Research, leading the Fibromyalgia Research Team at the Sheffield Hallam University, Chair of the Medical Advisory Board at Fibromyalgia Action UK
Ella Vine, Executive Officer at Fibromyalgia Action UK
patients, clinicians, MPs and others.
During the event there will be a photo opportunity with ‘’I’m Fibromyalgia Ambassador’’ poster and networking opportunity with the speakers and representatives of Fibromyalgia Action UK.
Please note that to be able to attend this event you must be on the guest list.
You are advised to arrive minimum 30 minutes before the event to clear the security.
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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.
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