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FMS eNews 28/06/14

Sometimes I have loads of things to tell you about.  Sometimes I don't!  Commenting on current football, cricket or tennis seems somewhat inappropriate.


WORDz for the WEEK

174.  We do not just see ourselves in others but sometimes we also see the others in ourselves.


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

Getting lots of negative test results is a standard part of having these illnesses, but that doesn't make it any easier to hear.
What's worse, people close to us sometimes echo those words -- "there's nothing wrong with you." A look at the impact that can
have, below.
Also this week, something you may have wondered about in response to a heavily covered 9-1-1 call related to a cat, and the eventual well-publicized diagnosis of something that sounds a lot like fibromyalgia.
Since the recent change that meant you couldn't comment at the end of an article, I've been inviting you into the forum so we don't miss out on the amazing conversations that have gone on here for years. What I'm seeing is that a lot of you are looking, but few are commenting. Down in the third spot this week, I've included a link to the forum so you can look around and get familiar with it. I know change is hard, but I don't want us all to lose those opportunities to share information or just plain vent. I hope you'll come have a look around!
Down in Featured Articles, you'll find some information on drugs and supplements.
Take care of yourself!

From Shereen Lehman, MS, your Guide to Nutrition

5 Common Nutrition Myths

Following a healthy diet and eating right is tough sometimes. There's so much conflicting evidence on foods and nutrition, plus there's so much information from so many different sources.
Add in a few nutrition myths that have grown over time, and it gets even tougher.
  • Natural Ingredients Aren't Always Better Than Artificial Ingredients
  • Can Chocolate Improve Your Mood?
  • 5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Diet Right Now

Chronic Pain

12 Tips to Help Relieve Chronic Pain
Is chronic pain interfering with your daily life? Explore some simple things you can do to feel better.
View Slideshow ›

  • 6,000 Steps Each Day
  • Depression's Links to Pain
  • Tai Chi May Ease Aches


Take Back Summer

Heat and sun can bring both physical and psychological challenges when you have fibromyalgia. How to make summer fun again.
Read Blog ›

  • Tell Us Your Summer Survival Tips
  • Medications That May Cause Sun Sensitivity
  • Boost Your Body Confidence


Alternative Treatments for Fibromyalgia Pain

Most people with fibromyalgia try alternative treatments. Find out which techniques may work best to ease your pain.
Take Quiz ›

  • Can Diet Changes Help With Fibro Pain?
  • How PT May Help Ease Your Symptoms
  • Herbs and Supplements for Fibromyalgia


Fresh Ideas 

From melons and mangos to strawberries and sweet peaches, summer is the season for getting creative with fruit. Check out these 12 easy fruit salad and salsa recipes.
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Heal Heartburn 

Knowing which foods to eat (and which to skip) can help curb painful heartburn. Reach for these 13 foods to stop the suffering from acid reflux.

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What's this Website about?

Well, hi there!
Glad  you found us! Fibro Fighterz is a website dedicated to help patients living with Fibromyalgia syndrome and other chronic illnesses. We aim to empower our community members by equipping them with tools that include positivity, humor, journaling, awareness projects, and more!  On our website you'll find a comprehensive list of Fibromyalgia websites, blogs, groups and more!
Poke around and see what you can find!



Over a decade of medical research has yielded some promising results in terms of finding something to finally ease our pain and suffering with Fibromyalgia. Dr. William “Skip” Pridgen has been researching Fibromyalgia for the past 15 years while simultaneously working in this full-time surgical practice, Tuscaloosa Surgical Associates PC. Through his research, he has developed a new drug and a treatment that may one day actually provide a cure for Fibromyalgia! His research has also led him to create Innovative Med Concepts, which is a biotech company that one day hopes to bring forth the medical discoveries to the marketplace.

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5 Causes of Insomnia You May Not Be Aware Of

Did you get enough sleep last night? If you answered no, you are not alone. For those of us who do not get enough  rest, the obvious solution is to go to bed earlier each night. For others, however, it is not that simple. Insomnia affects approximately 70 million individuals in the U.S. alone and can last a night or two, or, in chronic cases, for months or years.


The 5 Worst Foods To Eat If You Have Arthritis

Most people have no idea that eating the wrong foods can cause arthritis pain flare-ups.
That's why I've prepared this article to walk you through the 5 Worst Foods to eat if you suffer from arthritis.
In just a few minutes from now, you'll know how to steer clear of the 5 biggest “food landmines” that can sabotage your health and make your arthritis pain worse.
What you're about to discover will probably be quite surprising. But more importantly, it will show you how to take control of your arthritis instead of having it take control of you.


Daily Health eAlert - Know The Dangers Of Lyrica For Fibromyalgia 

Lies and deceit 
As is the case with many of Big Pharma's side effect ridden drugs, it turns out fibromyalgia sufferers will be better off without the help of Lyrica — the fibromyalgia drug manufactured by Pfizer. That's because it comes with a list of hair-raising side effects, like "suicidal thoughts or actions".
And if someone in your family has fibromyalgia, you'd probably want to forward this alert to them straight away, because this drug may do far more harm than good.


A personal note from Vicky

It has been a long old haul and we’re not there yet but we’re moving back into the kitchen.  The windows and worktop are yet to come at the time of writing.
 This last week has seen me out and about around the gyms in town covering classes for fellow Pilates teachers.  There are not that many of us in the area trained in Pilates to the advanced instructor level that the industry now demands.  So it’s good to help each other out.  This past week I’ve helped out at Bewbush and K2 Leisure Centres and Nuffield Heath and Fitness and the natives have been more than friendly! I used to teach at most of the major gyms so it’s good to see some familiar faces. . . . .

Also: Want to know why we do Pilates?
Video of the week: The Plank.
Success story: Yvonne Haggis


GMI Daily Edition: 6/22/14

GMI Daily Edition: 6/23/14

GMI Daily Edition: 6/24/14

GMI Daily Edition: 6/26/14

GMI Daily Edition: 6/27/14


So there we have it for this week.  I hope some of the items are of use to you.
Keep smiling!



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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