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RT @fibrosupportIRL: What amazing weather we are having this weekend. It's great for us to get to meet some of our fibromyalgia support Ire…

July FaMily Magazine

hree little fibro ducksThis month read about all the exciting stuff that people got up to around the UK and in Europe on International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day in May. The bright yellow fibro duck played a prominent role popping up to offer support in all kinds of places! See how many ducks you can spot in the photographs.

Have you ever tried reflexology? The South Gloucestershire FM support group had an excellent talk on reflexology by qualified reflexologist, Buddug Green, who explained some of the history behind the technique and the possible benefits to people with FM.

With best wishes,
Kathy Longley (FMA UK Editor)

FM & Reflexology by Elaine Stott, South Gloucester Support Group
Reflexology originated in Egypt 5,000 years ago and came to Europe 1,000 years ago. It is a complementary therapy, which aims to bring the body into balance by using precise, controlled pressure on specific points on the whole foot and lower leg. Every part and organ of the body is mapped out on the feet as well as the circulation, nervous, lymphatic and endocrine systems. Our speaker, Buddug Green,……..

International FM Awareness Day Events
LONDON: Parliamentary Event, Westminster: Rob Wilson MP welcomed everyone and noted the excellent attendance from MPs and supporters. He had been inundated with emails following the very first debate in Parliament on fibromyalgia in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 5th May, with Ann Keen, Parliamentary under-Secretary of State. There has been progress over the last four years, with a greater uptake from MPs and he is determined to continue the drive to get swifter….

Meeting my MP on Awareness Day by Evelyn Crick, North Suffolk Fibromyalgia Support Group
I put my name down as soon as I received the invite to attend the Awareness Day at the House of Commons on May 12th. I was delighted to get the opportunity to go because I feel so strongly about making the government and everyone else aware of fibromyalgia. When we arrived at the Jubilee room refreshments were awaiting us and we were welcomed by Pam Stewart who introduced MP Rob Wilson who is working on our behalf to make awareness of fibromyalgia to the government. He is…….

Fibro Duck Adventures
Armed with her fibromyalgia duck, Lisa Rochell of the Black Country Group, set about taking shots of the iconic features of London. Lisa's fibro duck has a busy schedule ahead……

FMA UK at the British Society of Rheumatology Conference by Des Quinn
On Monday 27th April we began the process of setting up a stand for the coming four days. It was interesting to see the big empty hall at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) transform into a slick professional medical conference. Our stand, which was of course modest in comparison to the drug companies efforts, still managed to carve out a noticeable corner on one of the main walkways. Over the course of the week we did receive……

Chronic Pain Policy Coalition APPG Launch by Pam Stewart
On May 11th Pam Stewart, chair of FMA UK, attended the launch of the Chronic Pain Policy Coalition (CPPC) All Party Parliamentary Group at Portcullis House Westminster on behalf of FMA UK.  The aims are similar to our own although restricted to pain, but as this is the primary symptom in fibromyalgia we have a lot in common. This meeting clearly laid out the difficulties experienced….

Fallings Park Community Fire Station Car Wash
Thanks to the suggestion and organisation from Ian Poyner, whose wife Donna has fibromyalgia, a fantastic amount of over £1500 was raised for the Fire Service Benevolent Fund and FMA UK. A great team of helpers…..

ENFA's Online Petition Presented to European Health Commissioner
ENFA organised an online petition in support of wider recognition for fibromyalgia within the European Parliament and Commission which now has over 28,000 signatures. In April the 10,000 names then collected were presented to The European Health Commissioner…..

Are Fibromyalgia Patients as Inactive as They Say They Are?
Both fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) sufferers report high levels of disability affecting all aspects of daily life; however FMS sufferers are sometimes perceived as making "heavy weather" of their condition….

Six Weeks of Whole-Body Vibration Improves Pain and Fatigue in Women with Fibromyalgia
Whole-body vibration exercise has recently been shown to improve muscle strength and bone density in healthy adults and aging populations.  Exercises are performed on a vibration platform which generates vibration waves of variable amplitude….

The Feel-Good Factor Link by Life Coach Pam Wright
Part of what holds most people back from dealing openly and swiftly with any change, is fear.  When you are stopped in your tracks by life-changing illness or disability of any kind, fear and anxiety are the most natural reactions in the world….

Fibromyalgia Questionnaire Results
Have you been suffering from unexplainable symptoms for years? Responses to my questionnaire show that on average you may have suffered 12 yrs before correct diagnosis…..

Can’t Sleep? By Christine Craggs-Hinton
Good sleep is essential for survival. When we sleep properly at night, every part of our bodies goes through a vital regeneration process and our muscles and soft tissues are able to thoroughly relax. As a result, we wake up feeling refreshed and ready to face the day…

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