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FMS eNews 12/06/14

Here we are, early, as promised, but against the odds.  My computer is taking twice as long as it should do to do anything.  

I will have to get it checked out after my weekend away!


WORDz for the WEEK

172.  The greatest man is not the man who makes the most possible dreams but the man who makes the most possible of his dreams.


From Adrienne Dellwo, your Guide to Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Do you worry about how often you call in sick? Do you know what laws protect you and what their limitations are? Find out, below.
Also this week, research sheds some light on the relationship between ME and CFS, and a look at one of the first sites to switch over to the new layout - take a tour so you're prepared when change comes here.
Down in Featured Articles, get a look at some of our overlapping conditions. Don't forget about the good basic information over on the right.
Take care of yourself!


Knackered Nerves: Do Low BDNF Levels Spell Nerve Exhaustion in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Pt. I 
ME/CFS gets 
paired with another
 neuroimmune disorder 
and the results 
are illuminating

Chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple sclerosis don’t get paired in studies very often, and that’s a shame.  Both are neuro-immune disorders and both are associated with enormous fatigue.  The authors of this study suggested MS could provide something of a guide to research possibilities in ME/CFS, and after this study it’s hard to see how it could not.

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Get the Facts About Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia can cause muscle pain, fatigue, and restless nights. Find out what changes you can make to feel better.
View Slideshow ›

  • Medical Marijuana on Rise
  • Lyrica's Possible Benefits
  • Finding the Right Doctor


Fibro-Friendly Workouts

Fibromyalgia can make you feel achy and tired. These gentle exercise tips may help you feel less pain and have more energy.
View Slideshow ›

  • Can Diet Affect Fibromyalgia?
  • Medical Marijuana: Get the Facts
  • Meditation May Improve Your Mood


How doctors are failing to spot the brain injury that could be behind 30,000 cases of 'chronic fatigue'

  • Patients misdiagnosed with CFS when they have brain damage
  • Post-traumatic hypopituitarism (PTHP) is often caused by head injury
  • Symptoms include depression, obesity, fatigue and chronic pain

Thousands of British patients suffering  from chronic pain and fatigue could be misdiagnosed with psychological problems when they unknowingly have a type of brain damage.
Those people who complain of the symptoms are not given a series  of blood tests that can pinpoint the problem, meaning the true cause  is not spotted. Patients are then condemned to years of misery and ineffective therapies.
The major cause of the damage is head injury, which can be relatively mild. However, viruses, tumours and even animal bites can be a trigger.

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Vibration exercise study finds some relief for fibromyalgia

Whole-body vibration exercise may reduce pain symptoms and improve aspects of quality of life in individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia, research shows. Whole-body vibration exercise involves standing, sitting or lying on a machine with a vibrating platform that causes muscles to contract and relax as the machine vibrates. The machines primarily are used by researchers but have begun appearing in fitness centers and are sold commercially.


BrodTeNS - Microcurrent Therapy

The only biologically powered microcurrent bracelet in the world
 Harnesses the power of the body's own electrolytes
 No batteries or mains power required
 Uniquely harmonised with BrodPod® advanced magnetic therapy
Nigel Broderick the award winning British inventor responsible for the popularity of magnetic therapy bracelets has developed the world's first multi therapy microTeNS® (microcurrent) bracelet.


Tha Back Pain Show, Olympia, London, 4-6 jULY 2014

The Back Pain Show is the UK’s only event dedicated to anyone living with back pain and the many related conditions and is returning to London’s Olympia in 2014, with new dates and a brand new, even bigger location!
This means that there is even more for you to see, hear, try and buy:


Take-home Message for Physicians Treating Comorbid Fibromyalgia, Depression with Pregabalin

Lesley Arnold
Lesley Arnold, MD, explains the benefits of pregabalin used in comorbid fibromyalgia and depression at the American Pain Society 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting, held April 30, 2014, to May 3, 2014, in Tampa, FL. The study focused on patients who were receiving a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) or serotonin/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) for their depression in combination with fibromyalgia symptoms. "We also showed that pregabalin improved pain in this group no matter what class of antidepressants they were on, whether it was SSRIs or SNRIs,” Arnold says. Secondary outcomes were also analyzed in the study. The patients’ reports of mo od, anxiety, depression, sleep quality, and global function improved after the introduction of pr pression-with-Pregabalin.

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Gary Oldmeadow's Blog - Broke & Busted, Learning to live again

Gary is a member of the Horsham FMS Support Group.  He has written a blog about his
experiences since April this year focusing on portraying the positives of life despite his pain.


My Guide: Overcome Insomnia by Rebecca Richmond

Insomnia affects an estimated 30–50% of the population in the world and in some cultures it is believed to be even higher!
We spend about one third of our lives asleep and it is essential for survival. During sleep, the body takes the opportunity to cleanse and regenerate, actively producing hormones required for growth, recovery and healing of muscles and tissues.


 Coming soon is our summer gathering. Let's hope the good weather continues.  Join us in celebrating the solstice, when Qi is at the peak of Yang.  You can look forward to an afternoon bonanza of healthy movement, good food and much fun.  This is an international annual event between Earth Balance Tai Chi and our friends at Long Island Tai Chi.   Let's celebrate our school community and enjoy much needed social time.



As requested the softer spiky balls have arrived £6 a pair, if you want some.

  •   A personal note from Vicky
  •   Education: Who was Joseph Pilates?
  •   Video of the week: The Oyster.  
  •   Success Story: Jeni Webb


GMI Daily Edition: 6/07/14

GMI Daily Edition: 6/08/14

GMI Daily Edition: 6/09/14

GMI Special E-Course Announcement: 6/09/14 

GMI Daily Edition: 6/10/14

GMI Daily Edition: 6/11/14


Did you know that it is full moon tomorrow - Friday 13th - (hope you are not supersticious).  This is a rare event.  The next time a full moon will fall on Friday 13th will be 2049!  I don't think I'll still be around then!  But some of you might be.
Best wishes to you all



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.
If you don’t already get reminders when each new FMS eNews is posted, please send an email to and you will be added to the emailing list.

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