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April FaMily magazine section

Each month articles included in the Fibromyalgia Association section of the FaMily Magazine will be previewed on this site. If you like the look of what you see you can decide to purchase a year's subscription

How Can I Help My Child With Fibromyalgia? By Kathy Longley
Any parent who sees their child suffering wants to help, it is a natural instinct we all have. If a child falls over and cuts their knee you can respond by kissing it better and giving them a hug to assure them that everything is okay and it will heal quickly. But what do you do if you start to see the signs and symptoms of some underlying health problem? How should you react and how do you know if it is fibromyalgia?...

Reuben's Story
Reuben is 12 years old and lives with his parents in Bishops Stortford in Essex. He developed the symptoms of fibromyalgia about a year and a half ago when he was at primary school. Here he tells his story: "It all started when I was at primary school and for the first time I missed the school sports day. After that it simply got worse...

In the Spotlight with Dr Kashikar-Zuck
Dr Kashikar-Zuck is the Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Centre in Cincinnati in Ohio, USA. She has many years experience of treating children and teenagers with chronic pain and is part of the multidisciplinary pain management program at the Cincinnati hospital. Here she shares with us her knowledge and her experience of juvenile fibromyalgia....
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Pregnancy and Beyond-From Preconception Care to Postnatal Success
With Midwife Denyse Moore
Many people with fibromyalgia (FMS) find certain aspects of making love uncomfortable so it is important that you both work on finding out what is most comfortable and enjoyable for you. It is advisable to overheat the room you plan to use for lovemaking so that you can enjoy yourself without the discomfort experienced when exposed to a cooler environment. You may find that having a warm bath will relax you enough to want to spend sometime enjoying your partner sexually although you may feel drowsy to start with. Take as much time as you want to pamper and prepare yourself...

"Don't Jump In At the Deep End!" How INPUT worked for me by Sharon Lawson
After many frustrating months and hospital visits, I eventually had an appointment with a more understanding pain management consultant at St Thomas' Hospital, London.  He suggested I attend the four week long INPUT Pain Management course. At first I was pessimistic due to the years of difficulties with the medical world but I decided I had nothing to lose by trying it....

Gaining and Retaining a Job
(Extracts taken from "Gaining and Retaining a Job" issued by the Department for Work and Pensions.)
There are 6.7 million disabled people of working age, of whom around 50% are in employment. Barriers preventing many disabled people from taking up a job include: employer attitudes and misconceptions, lack of awareness of the support that is available, health conditions, local labour market conditions and a lack of adjustments to work premises. In addition, disabled people may need additional support to overcome a lack of confidence and self-belief from having been out of work....

ACCESS TO WORK - PRACTICAL HELP AT WORK by Margaret Robson
Margaret Robson, from the Medway Fibromyalgia Support Group, was able to stay at work for an extra two years with the help of Access to Work. She received help with transport costs so she could go to work by taxi as travelling by bus proved painful and difficult. They also helped her employer pay for a special chair that made it more comfortable for her to sit at her desk to do her work. Here, Margaret explains how Access to Work operates and how it may enable you to gain or retain a job....

Sacred Space
Sacred space is written by Reiki healer and reflexologist, Elizabeth Bailey. In 2003 Elizabeth and her son were diagnosed with ME. Since then she has been using her skills as a therapist to help her cope and move towards recovery. In her book she shares her experiences and the valuable lessons she has learned....

The FM T-shirt wearer's guide to equipment
Actually it occurred to me as I typed the title that I could do with a real T- shirt saying ‘I have Fibromyalgia and I hurt all over' but I am a metaphorical T- shirt wearer in the sense of ‘been there, done that and got the T-shirt'. Actually it wouldn't take Sherlock Holmes to realise that I have problems as I have ‘useful' gadgets and equipment all round the house. Something we can not escape with FM is the constant pain and the constant desire to try and alleviate the pain even though we know that there is not a cure. We try different methods and equipment and some strategies are more successful than others on different people. Inevitably something will work really well for one person and not another.....

An internet survey of 2,596 people with FM
A survey questionnaire was developed by the National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) in conjunction with a task force of "experts in the field". The questionnaire underwent several rounds of testing to improve its face validity, content validity, clarity and readability before it was mounted on the internet. The questionnaire consisted of 121 items and is available online at the website of the National Fibromyalgia Foundation....

Latest legal reports from Brian Barr solicitors
Shirley Jones v Crawley College Case CV201705 Coventry County Court:

Shirley Jones had given up her own thriving hairdressing practice in Coventry to take up a lecturing post in hairdressing at Crawley College. However, a fall which resulted from tripping over some equipment left Shirley unable to work.....

Take time to be financially fit with life coach Pam Wright
Money can be a huge emotional issue at any time of life. Psychologists now recognise that the way we handle money as adults can be directly linked to our money-oriented experience as children and young people. I believe that this is an area of great equal opportunity, as good or bad money management is not restricted to just one gender.....
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