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Focus Magazine

May highlights from Fibromyalgia Focus

When you are first told you have fibromyalgia you obviously want to know as much information as possible about the symptoms, possible therapies and how it will affect your day-to-day life. Information on the Internet can be overwhelming, especially if you don't know what sites to focus on. Often, a good book is just what you need.

This month meet the person behind that classic FM book Living with Fibromyalgia. Christine Craggs-Hinton shares her personal story and tells us what inspired her to write one of the first patient's books on FM in the UK. Living with Fibromyalgia is about to be relaunched, fully updated with the latest research and therapies for FM, so now is a great time to purchase a copy and get all the facts about FM presented in an easy to understand format.
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Christine says: At last, Living with Fibromyalgia was published in March 2000, and The Fibromyalgia Healing Diet followed in 2001. My publisher then encouraged me to tackle other health subjects, and consequently I now have books out on chronic fatigue (M.E.), multiple sclerosis, hay fever, gout, anorexia and tinnitus, to name but a few. In the meantime, my health has continued to improve. Exercise, diet, pacing and positive thinking are still a large part of my ‘recovery regime’, but I now also see a qualified herbalist on a regular basis and brew up a tasty (not) concoction of herbs three times a day to keep my bodily systems in good order.

Ever wondered what actually happens on a pain management programme? Many people with FM can be anxious about participating in pain management programs due to fears that the medical staff will not understand their symptoms or limitations. This month, Sandra Lock and Anna Butler share their positive and negative experiences of participating in pain management programmes and let you know what to expect when you sign up.

Anna writes: I went to Bath feeling scared; I was outside my comfort zone, removed from everything I had come to rely on. On the first day we were introduced to the team and assigned a key worker who we would have weekly sessions with to talk through stuff we were learning and any problems. We worked as a group at all times; it was exciting and reassuring to meet other people in the same situation as myself. It was initially hard to talk about what I was going through but as the days went by I become less worried about speaking out and clarifying things in my mind.

Sandra says: What I thought about mostly before I began was would I be able to manage? And what if they asked me to get on the floor like in the brochure photographs? These weren't just odd thoughts, I was really spending time worrying about these things. I spent a lot of my time housebound, so getting to the Walton Centre for 9am four days a week seemed an insurmountable task in itself.

 

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