Saturday, 10 March 2012

FMSSAS eNews 12.03.10

Hi there
Greetings to you all.  This week has seemed to major on the benefits issue which as you probably know is undergoing a great shake-up and reorganisation.  I hope you are not too badly affected by it all.  Perhaps some of the information will help you through the quagmire.
61.  You can hear a song and learn the words, but, if you’re lucky, you can listen to a song and learn the story, 
FMSSAS Message Board
Don’t forget we have a message board where we can post our ideas, ask questions and answer others’ and make friends.  It has been underused of late, so why not visit, register and participate?
Worthing Support Group’s March Newsletter
Benefit Changes for 2012
The attachment referred to in the Worthing Newsletter.
Benefit Changes Timetable
A calendar of the main changes to benefits, tax credits and the benefits system.
Please note that detailed information about many of these changes is limited at present. Although some changes will happen quickly, others may take several years to put into practice. Some may also be subject to further revision at a later date.
Benefits and Work 8 March Newsletter
Update on all the latest happenings.
Personal Independence Payment
From 2013 the Government is proposing to introduce a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment for eligible working age people aged 16 to 64 to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
Back & Neck Pain - March 2012
Back and neck pain are the most common chronic pain conditions. In fact, more than 26 million Americans between the ages of 20 and 64 have frequent back pain. It is leading cause of disability in Americans under 45 years old and the second most common reason why people in the United States seek medical care from their primary care providers. Included in this issue are articles on the basics of back pain and neck and shoulder pain, news, tips for managing back pain or preventing pain, and more!
How to do a Therapeutic Self Massage : Self Massage Techniques for the Neck
Learn self massage techniques for the neck and shoulders with expert self massage tips in this free relaxation video clip.
Massage techniques for other parts of the body available from list on right of the webpage.
Reducing Feelings of Resentment in Your Relationship
Having fibromyalgia in a partnership or marriage can dramatically change the relationship. Simple tasks that you both took for granted—mobility, housework, finances, social activities, and even making plans for the future—may be sidetracked.
Create a Social Life
Supportive social contact is a huge buffer against a chronic illness like fibromyalgia, says Connie O’Reilly, Ph.D., of Beaverton, OR. But couples may have to rethink and recreate a social life based on new realities. On an individual basis, patients may need to consider new pastimes that are fun but don’t drain their energy bank or overwork sore muscles (see the article on New Hobbies).
That’s it for now.   Have a nice weekend and a good week to follow.  See you next week!
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.
Past issues of FMSSAS eNews can be found at and on a blog at

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