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September FaMily magazine

Maddy and SueThis month read about how Madeliana Murthwaite has transformed her life with fibromyalgia through art. She has gone on to reach great heights of success in the art world with her own exhibition and uses every opportunity to raise funds for FMA UK and her local support group.

Also, midwife Denyse Moore, brings her column to a close with good advice on coping with a newborn baby and the after affects of labour. I hope you have enjoyed these columns and benefited from the expert advice. Don’t forget you can still contact Denyse via e-mail or through her website.

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

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Celebrating Living with Fibromyalgia! By Madelainä Murthwaite
The turning point came when my father unearthed the sketch and recognised Greg instantly. I was dumbfounded, in my eyes it was nothing worth shouting about! He went out and bought me a sketch pad and a set of pastels. Never taking art seriously before, as I had only ever painted the bathroom walls, I sketched each day as a method of trying to forget the pain. It felt like an accomplishment at the end of each day, as there was something positive to show for it……

In the Spotlight with Maria Gard
Maria works as a social worker, counsellor and welfare rights advisor. She was diagnosed with fibromyalgia eight years ago and therefore has an in-depth knowledge of the condition and is well aware of the problems that people with FM encounter when applying for benefits or dealing with unsupportive medical professionals. She kindly offers help and advice to people with FM at her place of work, Crosby Community Association at Scunthorpe, and takes calls from FMA UK benefits helpline when trustee, Janet Horton, is not available. Here, she tells her story and the common problem she encounters when dealing with FM and benefits……..

From Preconception Care to Postnatal Success with Midwife Denyse Moore
Welcome to the final article in this series: the must have map to guide you through the postnatal period with your sense of humour intact! Firstly, plan ahead. Most people with FM are skilled in the art of planning and this skill will come in handy when you have a new baby, especially during the first two or three months after you bring your baby home. You know that you're going to be tired, so if possible, plan to have some help during those first two months. But remember……

Will I Be a Good Parent? By Kathy Longley
Good parenting means different things to different people. Each family will have their own approach and their own ideas about what is best for their children. What is important to remember is that being physically limited does not stop you from giving your child what they need and being a superb parent. Parents with physical limitations tend to worry or even feel guilty that they can't take part in the rough and tumble activities but what children tend to value most is your time and attention…….

Better Support for People Suffering From Chronic Pain In Wales
New plans to provide better services for the thousands of people in Wales who suffer from chronically painful conditions such as arthritis and serious back pain were issued on the 19th June by the Welsh Assembly Government Health Minister, Edwina Hart…..

Robert Powell Completes the Blenheim Triathlon
Robert completed the gruelling triathlon of running, swimming and cycling, crossing the finish line in his FMA UK T-shirt. "I survived, and didn't come last, so both goals were accomplished. Even better than that though, I raised £668 for FMA UK as a result of the kind folks who sponsored me," he said…..

Win a Week In Malta
Win a week's stay in Malta with flights for two in this year's FMA UK annual raffle. The week in the villa has been generously donated to us by someone within the fibromyalgia community and we have managed to persuade Air Malta to donate the flights. What could be better than a winter break in Maltese sunshine without the worry of the cost of accommodation and travel?......

Dr Paul Cheney's NMH (Neurally-Mediated Hypotension) Treatment Protocol for Fibromyalgia
Many CFIDS/FM patients suffer from a condition called NMH or Neurally-Mediated Hypotension. (Hypotension means low blood pressure and neurally-mediated means caused by the brain.) Many doctors are not aware that it is often a symptom or side effect of CFIDS/FM. NMH is a miscommunication between the brain and the heart that can cause light-headedness, dizziness, weakness, fatigue, nausea, mental confusion, headaches, muscle aches and profuse sweating…..

Fashion for Fibromyalgia Sufferers-the Autumn season
Women spend £283 million on magazines a year, for advice on what to wear, how to wear it and where to buy it. As an avid follower of fashion but not a victim, I aim to bring you the latest fashions. Researching and weeding out different items of clothing and accessories for suitability, practicality and comfort, now these may not usually go hand in hand with fashion, but why not… 

Latest FM Research

Is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Useful In The Treatment Of Fibromyalgia?
Cognitive behavioural therapy is a form of psychotherapy used to treat psychological distress, which was initially developed by Albert Ellis in the 1950s. It is thought that certain anxious or depressed patients experience specific unhelpful thinking (cognition) patterns of which they are little aware. These unhelpful, negative thoughts may lead to difficulty completing daily activities, the avoidance of specific situations and difficulty with the achievement of personal goals at home and at work……

Imagined Exposure As A Treatment Of Catastrophising In Fibromyalgia Patient
Pain is considered as unwanted or unpleasant by the majority of people, but not as catastrophic. However a minority of people experience pain as a catastrophic event. These individuals fear further pain or re-injury, leading towards a vicious cycle of fear-avoidance, in which a reduction of activities due to fear of pain eventually leads to incapacity, muscle and joint weakness and increased pain. A number of chronic pain disorders, including fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), have been associated with "catastrophising"….

Fibromyalgia Friendly Doctors in the UK
In the June 2008 issue we asked if FaMily readers could help by recommending any Doctors who had been particularly helpful and understanding about their condition. From the many thousands of readers we received just fewer than 40 recommendations. Hopefully this is not a sad indictment of the care and support of the NHS towards fibromyalgia but just because a lot of you have not got round to sending in your recommendations yet….

Be Your Own Best Friend by Life Balance and Health Coach Pam Wright
This skill is essential for anyone in difficulty but is particularly necessary for anyone who has a ‘people pleasing’ tendency and who rarely thinks about their own needs before those of other people. I am not suggesting that you turn into a totally selfish being, but there is a difference between selfishness and self-preservation…

Christine’s Cookbook
It is vital that people with FMS try to eat the right foods. Disease occurs when the body is vulnerable, when it is run down and crying out for help (showing fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, low mood etc.). However, when the cause of the problem is being treated - as when a nutritious diet is being followed - healing is likely to take place.

(Recipe for chicken rolls)

Freedom and the Open Road by Jeanne Hambleton
It was interesting to read on the ukfibromyalgia.com/forums two different motor scooter stories. It is likely many of us will consider buying a scooter at some time to give us independence and freedom from our own ‘four walls’. Mr N.Smaills who was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2005, not to mention undergoing heart surgery, arthritis of the spine and various other ‘nasties’, refused to put up with pressure from salesmen when looking for a motor scooter….

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