Saturday, 25 February 2012

FMSSAS eNews 12.02.25

 Hello to you all
I hope the milder weather is making you all feel better.  I was amazed that the temperature in our conservatory hit 30 degrees this week!  Summer weather in February!  Whatever next?  Life is full of surprises.  Now for this week’s gems:--
59.  Keep smiling because it may be the only sunshine someone else will see today.
Kelly’s Kontributions 
Decreased intrinsic brain connectivity is associated with reduced clinical pain in fibromyalgia.
The Role of Antipsychotics in the Management of Fibromyalgia
Descending pain modulation and its interaction with peripheral sensitization following sustained isometric muscle contraction in fibromyalgia
Frequency of fibromyalgia syndrome in breast cancer patients.
Serum vitamin D level and bone mineral density in premenopausal Egyptian women with fibromyalgia
Working Memory Problems in Fibromyalgia& Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Adverse Events Attributable to Nocebo in Randomized Controlled Drug Trials in Fibromyalgia Syndrome and Painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: Systematic Review.
Mitochondrial myopathy presenting as fibromyalgia: a case report
The Concept of Incomplete Fibromyalgia Syndrome: Comparison of Incomplete Fibromyalgia Syndrome With Fibromyalgia Syndrome by 1990 ACR Classification Criteria and Its Implications for Newer Criteria and Clinical Practice.
"Lifting the Fog: Treating Cognitive Problems"
Strategies for controlling brain fog.
"Counting Your Blessings: How Gratitude Improves Your Health"
People who keep a gratitude journal report fewer symptoms and feel better
about their lives.
"Living with Fibromyalgia: What Helps Me"
FM patient Kathy Gamble describes the many strategies she uses to create a
good life with fibromyalgia.
"How Your Doctor Can Help If You Have CFS/ME"
CFS/FM specialist Dr. Charles Lapp explains.
"Adapting to Fibromyalgia"
By focusing on the many practical things she could do to feel better, this
person made a successful adaptation to long-term illness.
Yoga Nidra
A while ago I gave a link to this
A testimonial from one of our members who tried it and found it very beneficial:-
I received your yoga nidra CD Stress & pain relief, slumber time etc. It is absolutely excellent. Especially the one hour track on pain relief, it goes by in a flash, and the pain whilst practicing this is definitely relieved somewhat.
-- Joan Chappell, UK
See Joan’s and other testimonials here
How to Practice Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra is most beneficial as a regular practice done every day or second day. Any time of the day is a good time to do Yoga Nidra except right after a meal. Wait one and a half hours or so to respect the digestive process. A practice time of 15-45 minutes is all that is required. Practice in a quiet place where there will be no interruptions - unplug the phone and turn off cellular phones. A sign on the door "In Practice" or "In Silence" - works well to remind others of our sacred times.
Here is the link for the recordings of the recent teleseminar.
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Thyroid Disease & Fibromyalgia: The Factor That's Nearly Always Overlooked
"Inadequate thyroid hormone regulation may be one of the primary underlying factors in many patients with fibromyalgia," writes nutrition researcher Dr. Joseph Mercola. Whether it's dry skin, hair loss, weight gain, tender points, fatigue, or chronic aching and pain, "most of the symptoms of low thyroid correspond to symptoms of fibromyalgia."
Working Memory Problems in Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Do you walk into a room only to forget why you're there? Do you forget what's on your grocery list as soon as you look away from it, or have trouble following step-by-step instructions?
Those are all symptoms of a working memory impairment, which is a common part of the cognitive dysfunction (brain fog or fibro fog) caused by fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Secret Behind Chang Shan May Lead to New Treatments for Autoimmune Disorders
Feb. 12, 2012 -- A new discovery about a 2,000-year-old Chinese herbal remedy derived from the roots of the blue evergreen hydrangea may pave the way for a new generation of targeted treatments for autoimmune disorders.
12 Ways to Manage Fibromyalgia
There are little things you can do to minimize fibromyalgia's impact on your life.
Tai Chi Classes now in Henfield
Nicola Jones who runs classes in Brighton, Crawley, Horsham & Worthing is starting up in Henfield.  For details see her website.
Some of our members are already benefiting from attending.
Quiz: The ABCs of Vitamins
Getting the right amounts of the right vitamins can boost mood, fight pain, and increase energy.
Are you on track?  Do the quiz.
Fibromyalgia Quiz: Test Your Medical IQ
Chronic pain management service
The Chronic Pain Service provides a comprehensive multi-disciplinary assessment and works closely with the other departments to ensure that patients receive a high quality standard of care and pain management.  (Service available at Bognor Regis but is for all West Sussex patients.  Have any of you tried this?)
East Sussex LINk Survey of Public Opinion on Primary care Provision (Doctor’s Surgeries, NHS Dentists, NHS Opticians and Community Pharmacies) Across East Sussex
East Sussex Local Involvement Network (LINk) is carrying out a survey in order to understand the quality, accessibility, ease of use and levels of satisfaction with primary care services (doctor’s surgeries, NHS Dentists, NHS Opticians and Community Pharmacies) across East Sussex and to help us identify any areas of concern and opportunities for improvement.
If you live in East Susesex, then please complete the survey:-
NHS report warns of health reform risks
Internal reports warn that health reforms risk overspending while at the same time reducing levels of patient care
New Poll shows voters against Health Reforms
52% of respondents think the bill should be dropped
Emerging Health Structures
You are invited to the following event:
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 from 09:30 to 16:00 (GMT) Leatherhead Leisure Centre, Surrey
More details here where you can register if you wish to attend.
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Thank you in anticipation.
Farewell for now fibro friends
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N.B. I would like to point out to you all that the information in my eNewsletters does not necessarily infer endorsement by the charity Fibromyalgia Support for Surrey & Sussex.   Any advice or recommendation of a medical or legal nature must always be discussed with a qualified professional. The charity cannot be held responsible for omissions and/or errors.
Sites I refer you to are for information only.  They might conflict in their opinions, they might not even be medically sound, but I merely offer them for you to peruse and make your own judgements, accept or reject as you will.  Only by reading widely can we get an overall picture of fibromyalgia syndrome and how we can deal with its symptoms, learn to cope with them and still have a life.
I also include various awareness and local issues as well as general health considerations.    Anyone wishing to reproduce any of the above items in printed form should seek permission from the originators.
Wordz for the Week are from ‘Wordz for the Day’ by Donnie Kuhn, Sr.
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