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May FaMily Magazine

ImageThis month MAB member, Dr Kim Lawson, gives his comments to the government’s response to the e-petition for better education for doctors on fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome.
In the Spotlight we have Anne Mills, who tells her story about living with FM and what inspired her to publish a set of e-booklets that help others find the help and advice they need.

With best wishes,
Kathy Longley (FMA UK Editor)(Subscribe to FaMily Magazine to get more of these articles)

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Success through the Combination Approach by Jacqueline Turner
I have had fibromyalgia for about 12 years and like the rest of you I was brain washed into thinking it was something I had to come to terms with and that there was no solution to beating this debilitating condition. I had tried my best to keep it under control with exercise until this became extremely difficult. The only exercise I could manage was to go walking. I did manage to keep my job, but had to reduce it to 3 days a week. I read many articles on the internet, in FaMily magazine, and the local Nottingham magazine, a lot of which I noticed pointed to diet having an impact on pain levels. I decided to embark on an eating regime which included not eating….

Comments by MAB member Dr Kim Lawson to the Government's Response to Petition:
“We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to ensure that doctors are educated about fibromyalgia and myofascial pain."
I have read the Government response to the petition related to fibromyalgia and I have a number of concerns for which I would appreciate clarification.
Within the first paragraph there is the statement "Fibromyalgia can be successfully managed within the primary care setting". How is success determined in this setting? If the condition can be managed, is there evidence of whether it is managed and what level of success is achieved?........

In the Spotlight with Anne Mills
Anne used to be a successful businesswoman, creative, capable & confident, until she developed the symptoms of CFS & fibromyalgia at the beginning of 1998. In her struggle to get to grips with the life changing effects of fibromyalgia and her desire to help other people with the condition she has put together a series of booklets dedicated to various aspects of living with fibromyalgia. Here she tells her story and what inspired her to write her series of eBooks…….. You can purchase some of her leaflets from here and part of the purchase price will be donated to FMA UK.

Pain Relief During Labour- Part 1 With Midwife Denyse Moore
Okay, now this is a tricky article to write.  The thing is, we are all so different and therefore all have different reactions to the pain of labour and how we perceive and cope with it. Some women need minimal or no pain relief at all while others want everything going! Both options are absolutely fine, midwives will be guided by your needs and will tell you what your options are at the time, as these will vary according to what stage of labour you are in and what medications you are currently using.  In my experience, women with FM seem to tolerate pain for longer than women without FM.  This is probably due to having built up a certain amount of tolerance to pain through daily living with FM. This month I am going to discuss the drug free methods of pain relief that are available……..

What is ‘EPA' and how can it help me? Advertisement feature
It is important to adopt a proactive approach to managing our health, and a good diet may make all the difference in helping your body cope with the symptoms of fibromyalgia; consider the following advice as a 'nutritional', rather than a 'pharmaceutical' intervention into your condition. There are nutritional 'strategies', which involve adapting what you eat to offer biological reinforcement to different areas of the body. Changing your dietary intake may help to alleviate symptoms, albeit through indirect means, by providing additional support for your immune system, and naturally stimulating the generation of anti-inflammatory prostaglandins within your body, which provide pain-relief to the muscles……

Jury Orders Punitive Damage of $14 Million
While the jury deliberated this week inside the courthouse in El Cajon, plaintiff Darla Johnson lay down on a bench, her head on a pillow and went to sleep. Johnson, 49, who suffers from chronic fatigue, lupus, fibromyalgia and an immune system disorder, spent much of the six-week trial with her head down on the table between her attorneys…

“The Fibromyalgia Coach” by Life Coach Pam Wright is a self-help book with a difference!
When I decided to become a Life Balance and Health Coach, Life Coaching in the UK was a new and unproven profession.  As part of my extensive training, for over a year I worked on my own change and development with a personal coach.  Lying in my bed with all the worst symptoms of fibromyalgia, I recognised that the positive small steps holistic coaching approach was the most empowering way to move forward… 

May 12th International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
The celebrated English nurse and pioneer of the International Red Cross movement, Florence Nightingale, was thought to have suffered from fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome, possibly caused by a chronic bacterial infection.  Her birthday, May 12th, now marks international chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia awareness day, which promotes further research and public knowledge of these syndromes.  But who was Florence Nightingale, did she really suffer from fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome, and how did she cope with the illness she battled for most of her adult life? 

Mycoplasma Infections and Chronic Illness
Mycoplasmas are the smallest form of free-living bacteria.  In humans, mycoplasmas are found in the mucous surfaces, i.e. of the respiratory and urogenital tracts.  While some species of mycoplasma are non-pathogenic, others are able to infect major organs, leading to acute or chronic illness (i.e. Mycoplasma pneumoniae).  They are resistant to many types of antibiotics, including penicillin, and are able to evade the immune response by “hiding” within human cells….

Fibromyalgia myths: The truth about 9 common myths
Get the facts about these nine common fibromyalgia myths. Learning all you can about fibromyalgia is the first step toward gaining control of your symptoms.  Fibromyalgia is a widely misunderstood condition that causes widespread pain and fatigue. If you've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and are trying to learn all you can about the condition, you may come across some of the many common myths and misconceptions about fibromyalgia….

SOAP BOX by Jeanne Hambleton
May 12 is not just the International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day it is shared with the CFS/ME organisations, and is also listed as the International Nurses Day….

Christine’s Cookbook
Have you ever tried cooking with cannelloni beans? Well maybe you should give them a try – they’re high in fibre, low in fat and help keep you feeling fuller for longer…. (Subscribe to FaMily Magazine to get more of these articles)

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