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November FaMily magazine

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Successfully Navigating the Litigation Labyrinth by Fiona Ashworth
Fiona Ashworth was called to the Bar in 1988 and practices at Kings Chambers in Manchester. She specialises exclusively in personal injury work and has developed an interest in fibromyalgia for the last 10 years. She was the trial Counsel in the case of Bennett v Smith and subsequently represented the Claimant on appeal. She is married with two children and her hobbies include ballet, musical theatre, gardening and cats. Here she explains some of the challenges faced when entering the litigation labyrinth.....

The "No Oh No" Cycle by Kathy Longley
Dr Martin Pall, a professor of biochemistry and basic medical sciences at Washington State University in America, is proposing that the illnesses chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivity and post-traumatic stress disorder could all share the same underlying cause. We all know that there is plenty of overlap between these conditions and if you are diagnosed with one you are more than likely to have symptoms of another; just like many people have fibromyalgia with many of the symptoms of multiple chemical sensitivity. Dr Pall's main research interests focus around a chemical called nitric oxide and what are known as free radicals: supercharged chemicals resulting from biological reactions that can cause havoc in the body. He is suggesting that the underlying cause of these multisystem illnesses is elevated levels of nitric oxide and its companion peroxynitrite....

Common Changes During Pregnancy-weeks 16-30 (Part 4) with Midwife Denyse Moore
Emotional changes: many pregnant women may feel downright joyous one minute then break into tears the next. These up and down mood swings are part of the hormonal changes going on in your body. The impending changes in your life can be quite overwhelming without the additional worry of how you will cope with the demands of motherhood when you have a chronic illness, which may already demand too much of your energy. When any woman gets pregnant, she worries about the health of the baby, the pain of labour,.....

LYRICA: A LIFE SAVER!
In fact, I had given up on anything being effective enough to really help me in a significant way. Then my doctor talked to me about this new drug called pregabalin (brand name Lyrica). I agreed to give it a try and report back to my doctor at the end of 4 weeks. He gave me a dose of 600 mgs per day, in two equal doses. I had to start them slowly and build up to a full dose. So what happened?....Subscribe to FaMily Magazine to get more of these articles

Washington Myopain Society International Meeting and Leaders Against Pain 2007 by Pam Stewart
I was privileged to be able to attend this prestigious gathering, thanks to the subsidies arranged by the National Fibromyalgia Association of America (NFA) and their sponsors. Other representatives from the UK were Jo Fisher from Surrey and Sussex, Carla MacClaren from Scotland and Romayne Wright from Northern Ireland. On the afternoon before the official meeting began NFA had arranged a tea so that we could be introduced to their team and meet each other. As well as many group leaders from America (North and South as well as Canada) there were representatives from France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Australia, Taiwan and Sweden....

Regional Fibromyalgia Conference in Liverpool by Sue Strafford-Binks, Regional Co-ordinator Northwest
I welcomed everyone to John Moore's University in Liverpool, City of Culture 2008. We had delegates who had travelled from Scotland, Ireland and all parts of England and Wales, with many of my key groups represented: Merseyside & Wirral, Wrexham, Sale, West Cheshire, South Cheshire, Blackpool, Burnley & Bolton, Southport, and Carlisle. I was honoured to work with the guest speakers, all experts in fibromyalgia and professional people who had given up their time and paid their own expenses....

Relationship between Neurobiological Factors and Psychological, Cognitive, and Behavioural Factors in Fibromyalgia by Dr Daniel J Clauw MD
One of the most controversial questions in this illness is, what is the relationship between physiologic or neurobiologic factors and psychologic and behavioral factors? If you do research in this area, you quickly realize that the old dualist notion of organic versus functional illnesses needs to be abandoned....

My Experience of the Northwest Regional Conference by Emma Levick, South Cheshire FMS Group Leader
The conference venue, a lecture theatre in John Moores University of Liverpool, was absolutely fantastic. It reflected the very professional and important edge that Sue Strafford-Binks always strives for. The seating was extremely comfortable (as comfy as a FMS sufferer can attain anyway!), as it wasn't just plastic low-backed chairs. Sue dealt serenely and proficiently with some last minute changes that the university had to make. Stepping up to welcome delegates, Sue shone like the star that she is. It is noteworthy that this conference took 18 months of organisation,....

Generous Donation to FMA UK
Brian Barr Solicitors celebrated their 5th anniversary with Pam Stewart, Chairman of Fibromyalgia Association UK, as the guest of honour. The occasion was primarily to thank staff and all those associated with the firm for their invaluable help and assistance and to encourage everyone for the future....

Do diseases have a prestige hierarchy?
Surveys have shown that the prestige of medical specialities is ordered hierarchically. We investigate whether similar tacit agreement in the medical community also applies to diseases, since such rankings can affect priority settings in medical practice.....

Do you have fibromyalgia or myofascial pain syndrome?
In their book, Myofascial Pain ad Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual, Drs. Janet Travell and David Simons alert us to be sure that we have differentiated between fibromyalgia and MPS. They state that trigger points (TrPs) are present in the majority of people who suffer with fibromyalgia and that it is easier to distinguish which is the proper diagnosis while the pain is still in its acute phase.....

Sensory-Motor Conflict in Fibromyalgia
Sensory nerves relay information from stimuli to the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system, CNS), whereas motor nerves carry messages from the CNS to other parts of the body, resulting in movement. Researchers from Bath reported a novel method in the September issue of Rheumatology, which permitted the investigation of sensory disturbances occurring among fibromyalgia patients....

Management of Fibromyalgia using Biofeedback
Biofeedback involves the placement of electrodes on the skin to provide information about internal functions of the body, i.e. muscle contractions, in the form of sound and graphical readings. A therapist is then able to help the patient to use this feedback to learn how to control involuntary activities, including muscle tightening in stressful situations....

Qigong Practice Improves Quality of Life for Fibromyalgia Sufferers
The Chinese define Qi as a universal bioelectric energy field, which exists within and around all living things. Qi flows through channels known as meridians in the human body, and poor health is thought to result when this energy becomes blocked or stagnant. The practice of Qigong aims to cultivate Qi energy to promote health and longevity.....

Research
Biological Marker for Symptom Severity found for Fibromyalgia
Serotonin Metabolism Gene Linked To Fibromyalgia
Trace Element Levels in Fibromyalgia Patients
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