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December FaMily magazine

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Golf balls, Pebbles, Sand and Coffee a Christmas message from our chairman, Pam Stewart
When thinking about the preparations for Christmas and New Year I am reminded of the story of the glass filled with golf balls, pebbles, sand and coffee. For those of you not aware of this story let me explain. A glass is filled with golf balls until it can hold no more. It is seen to be full....

Winter fun in Finland with Fibromyalgia by Kathy Longley
When the cold weather arrives the majority of people with fibromyalgia head for the warm sunshine on their winter holidays. But perhaps, like me, you look back with nostalgia at those winter skiing holidays you used to enjoy and suffer a twinge of envy as your friends head off to the snowy slopes of the Alps ........ If you head north to Finnish Lapland on the Arctic Circle you can pay a visit to Father Christmas and may even catch a glimpse of....

Less common changes and complications during pregnancy- part 1 by midwife Denyse Moore
Pregnancy is a natural state for women, but sometimes complications arise that require immediate attention. Almost all complications give some kind of warning sign, so you or your partner are likely to be the first to notice a symptom that needs attention ......... Problems that are caught early have the best chance of being treated and eliminated or controlled. Call your maternity hospital immediately if you experience any of these symptoms:.....Subscribe to FaMily Magazine to get more of these articles

Driving lessons with Motability by Lisa Rochell
Currently, Motability use the AA driving school to teach clients and it was nearly a month before an instructor became available in my area. I was his first Motability student, and I found him to be a very considerate instructor. Motability fund a two hour trial lesson, where your instructor assesses if it is feasible for you to learn how to drive and, if so, what modifications you will need to the vehicle. I don't need any adjustments to drive a manual vehicle, though I wish my legs were a bit longer so I could comfortably use the full clutch! It was an exhilarating, if nerve wracking, two hours and it took about six hours to calm down enough to sleep....

The Power of Sound by Lisa Rochell
One of the times I visited my sister in Cleethorpes, I was invited to attend something called a group sound bath. The theory goes that everything in the universe vibrates, right down to the molecular level. When you're sick, your cells vibrate in disharmony. Sound Therapy works by saturating these cells with the sound they are supposed to make and reconditioning them to sing a happier tune....

Leaders Against Pain Seminars by Pam Stewart
Shelia Hershow, now with Dezenhall Resources, worked as an investigative producer for national TV programmes and a reporter for CNN for many years, making her an expert in knowing what the media require of a news story. She explained that there are three main characters in a good news story: the victim, the villain and the vindicator. The first task is to identify a 'victim' who doesn't mind having their personal story broadcast and is not afraid to show emotion. The 'villain' is not usually a person as far as fibromyalgia is concerned, but might be the NHS, the benefit system or an employer. The 'vindicator' could be a support group that offered help, or just getting the correct information for self help. This would include the message of hope that things can get better.....

Celebrations at Medway
The Medway Support Group celebrated its 5th birthday at their September meeting.  The group's founder, chair and co-ordinator, Margaret Robson, was taken by surprise when the other committee members turned up early and decorated the hall for the occasion and then began to talk about the work that goes on behind the scenes of a successful group such as this one....

Trekking around Talkin Tarn by Lucy Fibrohouse, Cumbria
On a very wet Sunday afternoon on 16th September, myself, my husband, two sons and my parents set out to walk against the wind and rain around Talkin Tarn in Cumbria. All one and a quarter miles were bracing to say the least and we were glad of a sit down and drink hot chocolate....

The Effect of Illness Accumulation on Quality of Life
In a study titled ‘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"....

Q&A Session with Pain & Fatigue Research Leader Daniel J. Clauw, MD
"How do we know that the pain in Fibromyalgia is ‘real'?"....

Fibromyalgia In Young Children
Fibromyalgia (FM) is increasingly being recognised in children, and indeed many adult FM sufferers recall early fibromyalgia symptoms during childhood. Children with FM experience diffuse pain, disturbed sleep, and trigger points that become very painful during growth spurts. Other problems may include discomfort after minimal exercise and difficulty concentrating at school.  In order to investigate the incidence of fibromyalgia among young children, researchers from New Orleans studied 148 children with FM, publishing their findings in the August edition of the Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology journal....

Large Settlement for male FM sufferer
Jonathan Crowley was a fit and active 37 year old Information Technology Consultant until a car drove into the back of his car on 28th December 2000.  He suffered an immediate neck injury, blurred vision and headache.  Neck pain radiating into his shoulders persisted. Mr. Crowley instructed a firm of insurance panel Solicitors.  Liability was not an issue and they obtained medical reports from a Consultant in Accident & Emergency Medicine and an Orthopaedic Surgeon.  The Orthopaedic Surgeon considered that Mr. Crowley would continue to suffer with intermittent neck pain and in 2003 a barrister instructed by the panel solicitors valued his claim at £30,000 to £35,000....

Christine's Cookbook
Eating garlic on a regular basis can help to strengthen the immune system, which is weakened in fibromyalgia. It is recommended that, if possible, people with fibromyalgia eat two raw cloves a day, on toast or stirred into food in the latter stages of cooking. If you really can't bear to eat your garlic raw, or don't like garlic at all, try using it in the following recipes....Subscribe to FaMily Magazine to get more of these articles

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