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October FaMily magazine

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In the Spotlight with Dr Ernest Choy
In February 2005 a group of 19 experts from throughout Europe met in Zürich to discuss recommendations for the management of fibromyalgia. The team was headed up by Dr Ernest Choy and Dr Serena Carville from King's College in London on behalf of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR). The aim was to analyse the data from current scientific research studies published about fibromyalgia and to determine the most effective treatments that doctors can use to help patients with fibromyalgia in their own hospitals and surgeries.....

Does Fibromyalgia affect Eyesight? By Kathy Longley
"Everything is slightly blurred, sort of misty, as if you are looking through a mild fog," Rifka told me. "The symptoms started slowly and at first weren't there all the time, it would be blurry one day and then it would go for a few days, but now it is a permanent thing and I simply can't focus clearly. I also have these terrible dry eyes, and wake up in the morning feeling as though my eyes are full of sand, stuck together and gritty." Having never really experienced problems with eyesight myself I listened to Rifka in amazement. It wasn't until I posted a request to talk to people who have struggled with their eyesight since having fibromyalgia that I began to appreciate just how many people experience these types of symptoms..........

The Way Forward for the APPG by Jean Turner, APPG & MAB Co-ordinator
In the past, All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) meetings have been open to anyone with an interest in fibromyalgia. However, following comments from the Group Leaders' Meeting in Portishead on 19th May regarding the 'lack of progress' of the APPG it has become evident that change is needed. In addition, comments received from professionals, who attended the APPG meeting on 10th May, highlighted the fact that they would like more of a discussion group with MPs and Ministers....Subscribe to FaMily Magazine to get more of these articles

Common Changes During Pregnancy-weeks 16-30 (Part 3) with midwife Denyse Moore
Cravings: It's important to keep eating your balanced diet, no matter what your cravings are. If you feel like eating a pot of spinach at 2 o'clock in the morning, wash it well, and eat it raw or cooked. On the other hand, if you feel like eating hot chilli or a half dozen of your favourite candy bars...that's another issue! A desire to eat strange foods or non-food items might mean a nutritional deficiency that needs correcting. I find I often crave weird combinations of food and I am convinced that this is a by product of having FMS, but pregnancy can exacerbate these cravings. The stories about sardines and ice cream are true....

Cycle Ride in Support of the Reading Fibromyalgia Group
Alok Sharma, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Reading West, and local Reading residents, James Cox and Tim Miles, successfully completed a 30 kilometre cycle ride around Reading in support of the Reading Fibromyalgia Support Group on Saturday 14th July....

Accessible Information and Support from the South Gloucestershire Fibromyalgia Support
"We have the technology and we're going mobile." The South Gloucestershire Fibromyalgia Support Group is now going mobile. Looking to be of more support to members who, for various reasons cannot attend meetings, Elaine is willing to take the library of books on fibromyalgia to their homes. She would visit once every two months, accompanied by another member, to lend out books and for a friendly chat.

Phone number exchange
We receive a lot of requests from FaMily readers who do not have access to the internet (or a local support group) to have telephone numbers of fellow FM sufferers, so that people can chat to people who understand what having FM entails. We have launched this FREE service for paid up FaMily subscribers where you can add your details for people to get in contact...

Fibromyalgia Research Review
We have received feedback asking for research articles to be ‘translated' into everyday English so they are more accessible for FaMily readers. Joanna Rawling has volunteered to do the legwork on behalf of the readers. This month she looks at:
Fibromyalgia patients' brain shows an abnormal response to pain.
Severe sleep disturbances as a possible cause of fibromyalgia.
Can fibromyalgia patients be grouped according to their clinical symptoms?
Fibromyalgia doesn't lead to autoimmunity.
Increased trafficking of white blood cells in fibromyalgia patients.
Stretch your way to success.

The Changing Science of Pain
Millions of aging boomers and the latest generation of wounded soldiers hope the secrets of our most enduring medical foe can finally be unlocked....

Co-proxamol Countdown by Jeanne Hambleton
Some of you, like me, will have been called in by your doctor to discuss alternative painkillers following the discontinuance of co-proxamol at the end of December 2007. When I spoke to the GP, he said as far as I was concerned he would still prescribe co-proxamol for me as long as it was available. Already pharmacists were advising the medical profession this painkiller was no longer available....

Christine's cookbook - Spinach soup
Dark green leafy vegetables are good sources of vitamins and minerals which help to protect us from disease. Because they are rich in vitamin C, folates, carotenoids, vitamin K, and calcium, they work well to guard against heart disease and some cancers. They also help to keep our bodies in good working order.Subscribe to FaMily Magazine to get more of these articles

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