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FMS eNews 22/12/12

A Happy Christmas to all my Fibro Friends

I hope you will have time to read some of this week’s offerings.  Some are seasonal, some are more general. 


98.  He who angers you controls you.


How to Use Fresh Ginger for Pain

Ginger root has been used in herbal medicine for centuries to reduce inflammation and pain. According to The World's Healthiest Foods, powerful antioxidants called gingerols are responsible for ginger's anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. 


What to do when going gluten free doesn’t help you…
Going Gluten Free is Not Always Enough to Heal

The status of the body after being exposed to gluten for years and years prior a medical diagnosis is not ideal.  Typically, a person will have developed 1 or more autoimmune diseases.  The internal chemistry favors inflammation, and the nutritional status of vitamins and minerals is suppressed and deficient.  These factors can work against the body’s ability to heal, and in many cases, the body will not begin to heal until these factors are addressed.


Articles by Adrienne Dellwo, from FM & CFS on

The Last Push to Get Through Christmas with Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The holiday season can wear on just about anyone, and that goes triple for those of us with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
As we enter the last week before Christmas, it's important to take stock of where you are, both in terms of how much you have left to do and in terms of how you're feeling.

Digestive Disorders in Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Food Problems & Resources to Manage Them
Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are often accompanied by food-related problems, both as symptoms and as overlapping conditions. These issues can be difficult to diagnose and manage, but proper treatment can help you feel a lot better.

Flu Shots: Yes or No for Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? 

Fibromyalgia (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) involve dysfunctional immune systems. The flu can be especially hard on us. So we should get flu shots, right?
You didn't expect an easy answer, did you? With FMS & ME/CFS, it's never simple.
The flu shot contains dead flu virus, and while most people's immune systems do just fine with that, many of us do not.

Falls Linked to Poor Sleep in Fibromyalgia

A recent study linked falls in people with fibromyalgia to poor sleep the night before.
This research supported earlier work suggesting that falls were especially common in this illness and sought to find out why. Researchers determined that there's a significant increase in fall risk after a bad night of sleep that leaves you fatigued.

Sleep Disorders in Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

What's Making You Tired?
Sleep problems are among the most common complaints of people with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. In fact, fatigue and waking unrefreshed are part of the diagnostic criteria for both conditions.
In addition to these sleep-related problems, sleep disorders are common in people with fibromyalgia.


An Overview of Insomnia
Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. People with insomnia have one or more of the following symptoms:
Difficulty falling asleep
Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep
Waking up too early in the morning
Feeling tired upon waking

Chronic Back Pain and Sleep

Listen to or read this article
When chronic back pain affects you or a family member, you might despair of ever getting a good night's sleep. Pain can disturb the sleep your family needs, night after night. But experts say that with proper treatment, the chances are very good that you or your loved one can get relief from chronic back pain and enjoy normal sleep. Below, find out about treatments and lifestyle tips for better sleep.

Top 10 Questions About the Flu
Influenza, or flu, is a virus that targets the respiratory system. Find answers to the 10 most common questions about the flu.

10 natural ways to ease the common cold.
When we get a cold, all we can really do is make ourselves a little more comfortable. These tips won't cure the common cold. But they might make you or a loved one feel just a little better while you recover.


Pet Therapy Reduces Fibromyalgia Pain

Animals provide unconditional love without judging you for having a medical condition that most people don’t understand. Depending on the animal, they can also be expensive and time-consuming to care for on a regular basis. But a new study shows you may not need to be a full-time caretaker to reap the benefits of pet therapy.

Handling Gloomy Days

One patient wrote to us asking, “How are we supposed to deal with the cold winter days ahead when the sun doesn’t shine?” Good question. It’s hard to keep an upbeat attitude if it looks gloomy outside, especially when your chronic symptoms are already negatively impacting your mood.
If you find yourself struggling to maintain a positive outlook at any time of the year, consider using some of the self-help tips provided below to stay entertained and help keep your mind off your fibromyalgia symptoms.


9 Ways to HELP Your Friends and Family This Holiday Season … in Health, Love and Life

‘Tis the season to give thanks … thanks for all you do have and thanks for those things you’re grateful you don’t have (like health issues or excessive debt). If you haven’t yet made your own list of what you’re thankful for this year, carpe diem – and this year, add a twist.
Make a list of what your friends or family members may be wishing they could be thankful for … items they may be having trouble acquiring. As always, for virtually every problem there is often a solution, sometimes a simpler solution than they may realize.


Patients Like Me

Some questions answered:
What is it like to have Fibromyalgia?
What do patients take to treat Fibromyalgia and its symptoms?
Who has Fibromyalgia at PatientsLikeMe?


Benefits could be limited to buying bare essentials as Iain Duncan Smith warns of dangers of giving claimants cash

Work and Pensions Secretary is examining how a 'welfare card' to limit how handouts are spent could work in practice
Government launches website to find work for jobless while they sleep
Labour vows to oppose 1% cap on benefits rises.


Oral statement on Personal Independence Payment by Esther McVey MP Minister for Disabled People

The Government is committed to enabling disabled people to fulfil their potential and play a full role in society.
Crucial to this is the reform of Disability Living Allowance – a lifeline for many, but which is simply not working in its current form.
In the last 10 years the number of people claiming rose by over a third, from around 2.4 million to 3.2 million.
And expenditure is now far in excess of initial estimated costs.
This year DWP expects to spend over £13 billion on DLA
As a percentage of GDP, we spend a fifth more than the EU average on disability benefits.
... and expect to spend more in real terms in 2015/16 than we did in 2009/10.


It’s the end of the year and time to begin to reduce your body’s overall toxic burden for the new
year. I use Chlorella daily, not just when I’m on a detox protocol, and you should below to continue reading... 

And there’s much more on the blog


Top 10 Chronic Pain Management Posts of 2012

It is hard to believe that 2012 has nearly come to an end. I wish you all a very happy and healthy new year. I thought this would be a good time to review my blog posts for 2012. Take a look at the most popular posts. What was your favorite?


So enjoy Christmas, however you spend it.   I hope that adverse weather conditions don’t impede your festivities.  It looks like being a wet rather than white Christmas.  Take care, especially if you’re driving.  Until next time, keep good.
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N.B.   I would like to point out to you that the information in my eNews  blog is passed on to you mainly from other sources.   Links are given to the original articles.   I take no responsibility for their accuracy but freely give them publicity if I think they might be of interest to my readership.  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.  Any advice or recommendation of a medical or legal nature should always be discussed with a qualified professional.  
I also include various awareness items, benefits issues, as well as general health considerations.    Anyone wishing to reproduce any of the included items in printed form should seek permission from the originators.
Wordz for the Week are from ‘Wordz for the Day’ by Donnie Kuhn, Sr. who died in May 2011.
This eNews is my personal offering to fibromyalgia sufferers and their carers and is not related to any other organisation or charity.
I previously sent out emails as FMSSAS eNews.  Past issues of FMSSAS eNews can be found at and on a blog at  These ceased at the end of November 2012 when I resigned as a trustee. This blog commenced on 8th December 2012.

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