Saturday, 30 June 2012

FMSSAS eNews 12.06.30

Hello again
I am sorry I didn’t manage an eNews last week.  I spent a very enjoyable time with my daughter in Street, Somerset.  One of the things we did was to hunt swans in Wells!  Not live ones, but those decorated ones that represent the Queen’s 60 years’ reign.  I took loads of photos and for those of you who are interested a good selection is available here: 
76.  Life will not start looking up until you stop looking down.
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.
The Right Tool for the Job
Theracane – great for getting to points in your back – as well as getting leverage so you don’t tire out your hands doing trigger point releases. Another advantage – if you can arrange things so you relax into the theracane you can more easily reach deep triggers.   Read more . . .
Common pain and pain relief myths
What you don't know about pain and pain relief can hurt you. Great strides have been made in the understanding of pain and its treatment in the last decade. Pain that was once considered beyond help is now manageable.
Fibro Doctors Chose Pfizer Over You
In my last eNews this item prompted a response from Pam Stewart, Chair of FMA UK   I was concerned about the allegations in the last article that charitable organisations are in league with pharmaceutical companies and pass on information.
Perhaps you could point out in your next newsletter that FMA UK never passes any information out to third parties and has no funding from any drug company.”
Dr Andrew Holman will be talking about Fibromyalgia on 21st July at 2 p.m, in Weston Education Centre, King’s College London, Denmark Hill Campus  SE5 9RJ
Dr Holman has been researching treatment options for fibromyalgia for many years and been instrumental in bringing these for approval in the States.  Unfortunately the drugs have not been approved specifically for fibromyalgia in Europe, but the findings from these studies helps in the understanding of the mechanisms involved in producing the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
We are very fortunate to have Andrew researching into fibromyalgia and for giving freely of his time whilst in the UK to update us on current thinking.  This is an opportunity not to be missed.
Tickets can be purchased through the website shop at £3 each to include tea/coffee and the receipt should be brought as proof of purchase as no actual ticket will be issued.  Places are limited, so please book in advance to avoid any possible disappointment. You can order your tickets here.  More information . . .
Chronic Pain and Cigarette Smoking: Another Reason to Quit
People with chronic pain are significantly  more likely to be cigarette smokers than those without chronic pain. Some smokers with chronic pain report using smoking as a means of coping with their pain. However, smoking is not an effective coping strategy and has been associated with greater pain intensity, more pain interference, and more fear of pain. Smoking (and passive smoke) has been found to be linked to increased headaches.  Smokers with back pain reported more emotional distress, lower activity levels, and greater reliance on pain medication than nonsmokers with back pain.  Smoking will not enhance your ability to cope with your pain and may make your pain worse. Of course, if you smoke, you already know the dangers of smoking with respect to cancer and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks. Quitting would not only reduce your risk of cancer, heart, and other diseases, it may also improve your ability to manage your chronic pain.
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5 Simple Steps to Cure IBS without Drugs - Video
60 million Americans suffer from IBS, and conventional medicine doesn’t have a cure. In fact, many doctors will tell you the condition is “all in your head.” But there are ways you can treat the underlying causes of IBS. This week Dr. Mark Hyman outlines 5 steps you can take to overcome IBS and heal from your digestive problems.
CherryActive: Much-Needed Relief To Gout, Fibromyalgia And Arthritis Sufferers
Ongoing scientific studies are demonstrating how foods naturally rich in melatonin like Montmorency cherries can help sufferers of insomnia gain deep, restful sleep.  Read more:
Relieve Fibromyalgia With These Simple Dietary Tips
Fibromyalgia is notoriously difficult to treat. Medication tends to reduce symptoms only by about 30-50 per cent. Plus it can be extremely confusing sorting through all the conflicting nutritional advice about which foods to eat and which to avoid...
The following tips may help to alleviate your symptoms:
Is Your Thyroid Gland Working Properly? Insights, an At-Home Test, and Natural Help
Terry Lemerond, a well-known author, advisor and educator, shares the wisdom of 40 years spent researching & developing more than 300 nutritional and botanical health support formulations. This article, first published Sep 16, 2011, is reproduced with kind permission from Terry's informative website ©2011-2012, all rights reserved.
Living with Pain: Approach-Avoidance Conflict
Approach-avoidance conflict has a long tradition in psychology, having first been proposed by Dr. Kurt Lewin in the 1930s.  The idea is that some goals have both positive, inviting aspects and negative, repelling aspects.  Conflict arises out of both wanting and not wanting something. As you approach the goal, the unpleasant aspects start to dominate and you want to avoid it. If you avoid the goal, it begins to look attractive again and you approach it. It is easy to feel frustrated, unhappy, and paralyzed by an approach-avoidance conflict.  Here are a few examples as applied to living with chronic pain:
Human cost of welfare reform: 'I'm being punished because of my health' – Video
Ministers have insisted welfare reform will protect the most vulnerable. But the Guardian has seen a memo from senior jobcentre management that acknowledges changes to the benefits system could have 'profound results' for vulnerable claimants. The Guardian spoke to both Julie Carwardine and Richard Sykes about the financial and mental impact of losing their benefits.
Pain management health centre - What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia can make you feel miserable. Fortunately there are treatments that can reduce pain and help you get on with life.
We've brought together the best research about fibromyalgia and weighed up the evidence about how to treat it. You can use our information to talk to your doctor and decide which treatments are best for you.
I find it difficult to believe that 2012 is half over, but time marches on, regardless.  Here’s hoping the second half will be good for us all.
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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