Saturday, 11 August 2012

FMSSAS eNews 12.08.11

Hi Fibromites and Friends
GB has crept up the medals chart this week.  The Olympics are over, more or less.  We still have the closing ceremony to look forward to tomorrow night.  Will it surpass the opening ceremony?  We shall just have to wait and see.  It has been an exciting time, creating  national, and international history.  It has been good to be part of it, even if only as distance spectators!  Remember GENTLE exercise is good for us.  Don't even think about training for the next Olympics!
82.  The trouble with experience is that it is always teaching you things you don’t want to know.
The Knitting Project
Many of you may remember that about a year ago I set a challenge to knit some 5 inch squares to make a blanket.  A big Thank You is due to those of you who responded. . . . . I have set up a sweepstake on Guess2Give.  The person who guesses the number nearest to the amount of squares that have been knitted wins a prize.  More information here:
Please do have a go!  Ask your friends to as well.  You could also set up your own sweepstake.
Spend and Raise
See the special offers this week. 
e.g. Secret Escapes - £1.50 donation made when signing up to receive their email newsletter, plus a free £20 credit  If everyone receiving this eNews signed up for this FMSSAS would benefit by £600!  So why don’t you?
Study Shows D-Ribose Increases Energy in Fibromyalgia and CFS Patients
A new multicenter study published in The Open Pain Journal showed that daily consumption of the pentose carbohydrate D-ribose resulted in an average energy boost of 61% among patients diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Improvements were also noted in sleep, pain, mental clarity and overall well-being.
Drug driving law will hit medicine users
Motorists using prescribed painkillers such as morphine and codeine could be charged with "drug driving" under a new law designed to keep dangerous hard drug users off British roads, doctors and campaigners have warned.
Cigarette Smoking & Fibromyalgia -  What Your Habit is Doing to Your Symptoms
Do you smoke cigarettes or chew tobacco? When you have fibromyalgia, tobacco use may have even greater health risks than you thought.
Multiple studies have shown that tobacco use is associated with worse fibromyalgia symptoms. Smoking may also be a risk factor for developing this condition.
Grocery Shopping: Tips From Readers
“A trip to the grocery store can make symptoms of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome ramp way up.
But you can take steps to make your shopping trip less of a problem for you. I offered my tips in the article Grocery Shopping With Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and then asked readers to leave tips of their own.
Dozens of people responded, and the best advice is gathered here for you.”
Best Reader Tips: Doing Laundry - Simple Changes Can Make a Big Difference
“Doing the laundry is one of the things that gets really tough when you have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. I asked readers to leave tips for easing the strain and got dozens of responses. Some highlights are below.”
Pain relief: 8 ways to control fibromyalgia with diet
Even though there is no special magic food, which can cure fibromyalgia completely, a few changes in your dietary routine can improve the rising symptoms of fibromyalgia. . . . Today, we bring you the top 8 ways to control fibromyalgia with diet for pain relief.
Cyclobenzaprine for Fibromyalgia
Get the information you need on a drug with some promising research behind it.
Living With Insomnia: Get a Good Night's Sleep
When Pain Interrupts Your Sleep
Whether it’s from a sore lower back or throbbing tooth, pain is hard enough to deal with in the light of day. But pain at night that robs you of your much-needed sleep can be downright exhausting.
“An individual simply cannot get comfortable to fall asleep due to the discomfort of pain,” says Frank. J. Falco, MD, who specializes in pain management and sleep problems in Newark, Del. Plus, pain causes anxiety, which disrupts sleep even more.
In addition to preventing a person from falling asleep, pain also results in difficulty staying asleep. And once pain keeps you awake one night, it is likely to do the same thing again and again. Pain-related insomnia gets worse over time.
Slideshow: Insomnia Myths and Facts -  A Drink Will Help You Sleep
Myth. Insomnia -- chronic trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep -- can leave you desperate for a good night's rest. Think a cocktail before bed will offer relief? Think again. This myth probably persists because alcohol can help you fall asleep. But as it moves through your body it may lead to disturbed, restless sleep, or it may make you wake earlier.
Understanding Insomnia: An Overview
If you have insomnia, you may have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, waking too early, or getting good quality sleep that leaves you feeling rested. Instead, you don’t feel refreshed when you wake up. During the day, you’re sleepy and tired and have trouble functioning
Insomnia: Questions and Answers for Your Doctor
If you have insomnia, good communication between you and your doctor is crucial to helping you to get a better night’s rest. Your doctor will ask about your sleep problems, sleep habits, and medical history, among other things.
Assist your doctor by keeping a sleep diary. That way, you can provide accurate information on how long it takes you to fall asleep, how often you wake up during the night, how much you nap, and other important details.
To get the most from your visit, be sure to ask your own questions about what may be causing your insomnia, as well as treatment options and lifestyle changes.
Effects of Sleep Deprivation - Diagram
"The 7 Reasons Why Chronic Pain Suffering Makes You Feel Like A Prisoner In Your Own Body"
And How it's Costing You in Happiness, Financially and in Your Relationships!
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7 Foods to Avoid
Diet is important especially when you have a condition, and like any condition Fibromyalgia sufferers have a specific diet which could help them reduce the symptoms they suffer. The link provides a simple list of foods which you should try to avoid in your daily diet.
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Thank you!
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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