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FMA UK November FaMily magazine section

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Rob Wilson MP Visits Reading by Sue Tait
Rob has been busy raising awareness of fibromyalgia in the House of Commons and has recently written to the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Department of Health to enquire about funding and research into the illness. The Department of Health has identified that, “currently the MRC has no specific research plans for fibromyalgia,” although they state that the, “basic research that the MRC supports in the areas of pain ...

 Look at Me, What Do You See? By Janet McFarlane
As a society, we have a lot of sayings that challenge this such as: “Looks can be deceiving”, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” and “Things are not always what they appear to be”. These descriptions also apply to those of us with fibromyalgia and other chronic invisible illnesses, but in a somewhat different way. We also are judged by the way we LOOK. For the most part, we make a major effort to act and function as “normal” on the outside although there is a lot more going on inside. People look at our bodies and see a reasonably normal appearance: we aren’t deformed or scarred; our body parts are in their proper places; and there is no F-M-S ingrained on our foreheads to alert them.... 

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Pacing Your Way through Christmas by Kathy Longley
Christmas is one of those times of year that you either look forward to with great excitement or simply dread.  More often than not it is a mixture of both emotions: the excitement of giving and receiving gifts; seeing the joy on children's faces and the general atmosphere of bonhomie.  But then there is the long-distance travelling to see friends and family; those relatives who simply don't understand fibromyalgia and all the endless shopping.  Sometimes the preparations can seem overwhelming when you are struggling with constant fatigue and the last thing you need is your pain levels increased by having to traipse around the shops or to sit in a car for hours.  Most of us have come across the concept of pacing and goal setting; no doubt one of your physiotherapist’s favourite subjects.  The concept is drummed into you on pain management courses and appears so simple until you find yourself at home surrounded by innumerable tasks and a demanding family....  

A Stitch in Time May Calm Your Mind by Kathy Longley
Evidence is mounting that taking up cross stitch or knitting could have a huge beneficial effect on the symptoms of anxiety, stress, depression and chronic pain. "It's all about changing behaviour and attitude" explains Betsan Corkhill, the founder of an organisation called Stitchlinks. "Knitting or stitching can stop various thought cycles that people with chronic pain and depression can get stuck into; it stimulates the imagination and people are telling us it helps them to make that crucial switch from backward, negative thinking to forward, more positive thought processes. It gives people a feeling of anticipation, excitement, achievement and self-esteem, so people begin to move forwards in their lives once more and start looking forward to tomorrow." Melanie who is 31 and has both fibromyalgia and M. E. started knitting when she was very down due to her illness; she finds knitting really relaxing and quite calming when she is in a stressful situation, "It can really help you to switch off," she explains,...  

Cross Stitch Give Away
Mouseloft© has very generously donated 25 samples of their general cross stitch kits. These cute kits contain fabric, thread, needle and full charted instructions for a 64mm design. To receive one of these please send your details, including subscriber number from your envelope, to FMA UK...  

Raising AwarenessCoast to Coast Charity Walk
From 1st to 11th August Andy Sexton made the long trek from one side of England to the other along the Coast to Coast Walk, which runs from St Bees Head in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire. He had to cover an average of 16 miles a day to complete the 190 mile trip. His daughter, Emma, was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2004, but despite this ...  

Sleep Loss Affects More Than the Brain

Researchers have known that too little sleep affects mental performance. Now they are finding that sleep loss affects a whole lot more, including the immune system, cardiovascular health, and even hunger regulation….  

Flexible Joints: a Curious Clue to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Children with the condition often have hyper flexible joints, researchers find. Chronic fatigue syndrome has been accepted as a medical condition for almost 20 years. Once passed off as a series of sometimes ambiguous complaints about pain in the joints and a general malaise - primarily by females - the condition was confirmed by medical researchers as bona fide in 1988…  

The Genetics of Fibromyalgia - Closing Osler's Backdoor.
William Osler, arguably the greatest physician in modern times, has been famously quoted as remarking that when he noticed a patient suffering from arthritis coming in the front door he felt like escaping through the back one. Though not the most politically correct clinical conduct, one can imagine the frustration that must have been inherent in treating a patient with rheumatoid arthritis in the second half of the 19th century…  

From Christine’s Cookbook

Sweet potato beginnings, savoury curry and banana split add up to three delicious and easy recipes to ensure you get the protein you need to fight FM.  


HOT TIPS FROM THE FORUM

This month’s hot topic: Working with FMS – tips to make life a bit easier for those who struggle to hold down a job while battling FMS. 

It’s still YOUR life & it’s there to be lived! Life coaching with Pam Wright
Fibromyalgia affects all types of people. It shows no respect for wealth, poverty, age, gender, status, creed or ethnic origin. Change is inevitable and most people find unplanned change frightening and threatening. How each person reacts to living with FM is largely determined by...  

From The Soapbox by Jeanne Hambleton

I cannot believe that Christmas is around the corner. Seasonal cards have been in the shops since August, gifty ideas were glowing on shop shelves in September and now here we are in November, counting the days and thinking about finding our advent calendars...

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