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September FaMily magazine

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

Pulled, prodded and cracked by Kathy Longley
The words pulled, prodded and cracked certainly used to summarise my idea of osteopathy and chiropractic treatment. I couldn't understand why anyone would actually want to pay to have a therapist stick their thumbs into your tender and bruised muscles or pull you into unheard of positions in order to crack your joints as though you were a rag doll! Surprisingly, when I actually went to see an osteopath for the first time, I discovered they could be quite gentle creatures and not the embodiment of my nightmares. Treatments like osteopathy and chiropractic are in fact popular with people who have fibromyalgia....

In the Spotlight with Dr Paul Whitcomb
Dr Whitcomb is a chiropractor practising in the States who believes that a special form of chiropractic treatment can relieve the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Here he shares his views on fibromyalgia and why he thinks his technique is successful.

What, in your view, is the main cause of fibromyalgia? I believe that the symptoms of fibromyalgia could be caused by a twisting of the meninges, the three membranes that envelop the brain and spinal cord. This is most often the result of a change in alignment between the occipital (the back of skull) and the top neck vertebra (C-1), which can reduce or distort the space through which the spinal cord and meninges must traverse....

Common Changes During Pregnancy-weeks 16-30 (Part 2) With Midwife Denyse Moore
Skin changes: Many women get very upset about changes in the colour of their skin, but these changes are common. Your skin may simply look "flushed," like you are blushing or you may develop brownish markings on your face. Some women get a dark line down the middle of their abdomen, where the skin darkens considerably from the navel to the pubic hair but this will fade or disappear entirely after birth. Some people with FMS complain of acne related flare ups. During pregnancy acne may crop up to plague some, however, in others acne may actually be improved. Changing hormone levels are responsible for these skin changes, but they usually all go away or fade dramatically after your baby is born.....Subscribe to FaMily Magazine to get more of theses articles

European Research by Pam Stewart
The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) hold a congress each year to which medical professionals are invited to submit papers. This year's congress was held in Barcelona and Kathy and I were able to attend thanks to her contributing to a scientific abstract. Fibromyalgia falls under the remit of rheumatologists and it was encouraging to find so many fibromyalgia studies. We tend to think research into fibromyalgia is only happening in the USA, but presentations from across Europe showed there is a lot of more local research....

Further Legitimization of Fibromyalgia As A True Medical Condition
Twenty-five years ago, Muhammad B. Yunus MD and colleagues published the first controlled study of the clinical characteristics of fibromyalgia syndrome. That seminal article, published in Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism, led directly to formal recognition of this disease by the medical community.....

The Effect of Illness Accumulation on Quality of Life
It would seem obvious to most people that the more illnesses one has, the less functional they would be. Scientists, on the other hand, must prove things via empirical studies. In a study entitled: Functioning in individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome: increased impairment with co-occurring multiple chemical sensitivity and fibromyalgia, Brown and Jason (2007) set out to "differentiate these diagnoses by comparing individuals with one or more illnesses on functioning, psychiatric comorbidity, coping style, and in vivo physical measures"......

Fibromyalgia, Genetics and Stressors by Daniel J. Clauw MD
Regarding the underlying mechanisms in this spectrum of illness, we didn't know in 1990 what we know now about pain sensitivity. In 1990, the thought was that there were sort of 2 groups of people in the population: a small group of people who were very tender and thus met criteria for fibromyalgia, and the rest of the population, who had a normal pain threshold. But in the last 15 or so years, there have been a number of different studies of pain sensitivity in the population. And we now know that pain sensitivity in the population occurs over a wide continuum, a classic bell-shaped curve, just like almost any other.....

GOOD THINGS DO HAPPEN by Jackie Booth, Nene Valley Support Group
Like the majority of us I went through a very difficult few years getting diagnosed, especially as I was already diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and osteoarthritis. I had been medically retired from work, lost my home, and most of my independence. Finally, I settled in Northampton in a ground floor flat closer to family. Then I found my first real support, yes folks, my GP! He put me through to physiotherapy as a mobility referral and there I found a special person....

Raising Awareness by Carla Matthews
My name is Carla, I'm 18 and I have been suffering from fibromyalgia for many years. I first started having pain when I was 14, but it was only diagnosed in December last year. Since that time I have done all I can to discover more about this illness and explain it to all those around me....Subscribe to FaMily Magazine to get more of theses articles

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