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FMS eNews 04/01/14

A New Year has dawned.  Here's hoping it will be a GOOD one, that we will all feel BETTER, and that research will discover a cure which would be BEST for everyone.
I have given the page a slightly new look for the new year.


WORDz for the WEEK

149.  Ignoring your problems only means you are postponing the start of its "solution process".


New Year's Resolutions

Have you made any new year resolutions?  Here's a few you may consider, for your own good and for the benefit of other FM fighters:-

1.  Join a support group. 

These can be found through FMA UK, 
gives regional co-ordinators to contact; UK Fibromyalgia lists some groups, 
Mutual benefit and support is vital.  Give YOUR suport to a group near you.

2.  Help to educate your doctor.

3.  Write to your MP. 
See excerpt from FMSSAS Newsletter.

4.  Raise money for research.  Email for further information on how to donate.

5.  Educate and equip yourself.

Knowledge is power!  FMS eNews guides you to where information can be found. 
See also previous issues from the archive menu on the right.


Thirteen Things NOT To Do In 2014

Dr. Stephen Grinstead
 This will be the year you will transform your health and wellness goals into the reality you long for…so get ready to stop suffering now! 
In order to support you as you embark into 2014, we have an idea that will help keep you focused and on track. 
Just so you know, there was an article in Forbes magazine (check it out) from January 1st, 2013, which stated only 8% of people achieve their resolutions each year. This is a rather alarming figure, because all of us enter the year with the right intent, but somehow lose momentum, forget what we are looking to achieve, and eventually give up. 
We have an idea, and believe this is exactly what we all need to learn in order to be part of the 8%. We’re calling this the STOP DOING LIST. These are time drains, diversions, and distractions that take you off track and leave you feeling  unfulfilled. 
We have assembled a list of 13 things NOT to do in 2014, and are confident this is what will support you and your growth this year. 

(This s a 'LinkedIn' members only page, so you may not get direct access to this. Why not join?)


Adrienne Dellwo
From Adrienne Dellwo

Is your illness as well managed as it could be? For most of us, it isn't. Adding something new to your regimen may help, but it's hard to know where you start. Explore the information on treatments below and find out what's available that could be just what you need.
Also, see the updated 2013 Drug Outlook for what's coming down the pipeline.
Take care of yourself, and Happy New Year!


A Drink to Your Good Health by Purple Lady

'Purple Lady', Simone
I have previously written about the first study to examine the association between alcohol consumption, symptom severity, and quality of life of individuals with FM. 103. drug comboTreatment of FM is challenging because the drug therapies currently available are expensive and associated with numerous undesirable (understatement) side effects and addiction or tolerance issues. Despite undergoing drug treatment, patients are often left with unrelieved pain, restricted mobility, and reduced physical function.


Understanding the Side Effects of Sleeping Pills

Between a third and half of all Americans have insomnia and complain of poor sleep. Perhaps you're one of them. If so, you may be considering taking a sleeping pill.
A sleeping pill may be effective at ending your sleep problems short-term. But it's important to make sure you understand everything you need to know about sleeping pills. That includes knowing about sleeping pill side effects. When you do, you can avoid misusing these sedatives.


Take a Positive Step Towards Better Health in 2014

Welcome to the Earth Balance Tai Chi Newsletter, bringing you up to date info on Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Meditation courses, events and news in Sussex.


Tramadol May Become Controlled Substance; Not as Safe as Once Believed

Are you a tramadol user? Many arthritis patients are prescribed tramadol to help control their pain. Tramadol was first marketed in the U.S. in 1995. It was promoted as the safer, non-narcotic, prescription pain reliever -- and most notably -- with less potential for abuse or addiction.
Well, guess what? An article from MedPageToday and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has disclosed more of the backstory that surrounds tramadol. According to the report, recent research shows that tramadol has much greater abuse potential and potential for overdose than what was thought to be the case when it first came on the market.


Life With Arthritis Can Be Better in the New Year
Small Improvements Yield Big Results

Many people make New Year's resolutions. We often don't hear about the success or failure of the resolutions, but effort is made, at least initially. For people with arthritis, it's a bit more daunting to think of resolutions. Arthritis makes life tough enough, without adding that stressful dimension we call "New Year's Resolutions."


Benefit Sanctions - Independent Inquiry

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Latest News

The latest news on fibromyalgia syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome is posted below in support of Fibromyalgia Network’s mission to educate patients and the media with ad-free reporting.


Fibromyalgia News

The latest Fibromyalgia News articles published daily. Includes news on the chronic condition characterized by widespread muscle, tendon and ligament pain, extreme sensitivity to touch and fatigue. The condition is most prevalent amongst women between 35 and 60 years of age although it also affects men and other age groups.


What You’ll Find…

Here you’ll find a selection of the latest news in the M.E./ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia global community. 
Not only that, but you can also check out what you can do in terms of activism.
This is also the place to come, to find out if there’s anything new going on at Sleepydust – this is where we make all our announcements first.


Looking Back and Looking Forward: Health Rising Begins New Era in 2014 

About a year ago Health Rising rose out of the ashes (:)) and began.  Two hundred and twenty blogs and over 200,000 visitors and 720,000 pageviews later, we can say it’s a pretty darn good year. Traffic has steadily risen over time and we expect that to continue. 2014 ME/CFS Recovery Stories – Early next year we’ll begin a series of blogs on ME/CFS recovery stories as we dive into the over 100 recovery stories we’ve gathered over the past two years. Blogs were our focus last year. This year programs are going to be a focus. Programs The ‘Ask the Experts’ section will debut next year 


Master Newsletter, Dec. 27th, 2013

Daily Newsletter, Dec. 30th, 2013

Daily Newsletter, Jan. 1st, 2013

Become a Member (Jan 2nd)

Daily Newsletter, Jan. 2nd, 2013


I hope this is plenty for you to mark, learn and inwardly digest.  


N.B. I would like to point out to you that the information in my FMS 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.
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