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FMS eNews 27/09/14

Autumn has begun.  There is a definite chill in the air, leaves are beginning to fall and morning mists persist.

At this time of year I am reminded of "To Autumn" a poem by English Romantic poet John Keats (31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821). The work was composed on 19 September 1819 and published in 1820 in a volume of Keats's poetry that included Lamia and The Eve of St. Agnes

And 2014 is three quarters gone!


WORDz for the WEEK

187.  Life is an ever rotating wheel, the young will continue to surpass the old and the old will continue to teach the young.


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

When you're making decisions about treating fibromyalgia, it can be hard to know which drug is most likely to work for you. 
See what we know about the differences between the four most common medications, below.
Also this week, I've included a lot of information on treatments.
Take care of yourself!


Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) – A Medical Food for Fibromyalgia and (ME/CFS)? 
Pain Reliever, Anti-inflammatory, Microglial Inhibitor
“However, a great body of evidence exists for PEA, comprising at least 40 clini­cal trials in around 6,000 subjects.  This body of evidence shows a positive risk/benefit ratio for PEA, warranting much wider use of this compound by the medical community” Hesselink

PalmitoylethanolamideFirst isolated from soybean lecithin, egg yolk and peanut meal in 1954, palmitoylethanolamide or PEA is a naturally occurring substance produced in our body, apparently in response to inflammation.  A fatty acide amide and nuclear factor, PEA binds to receptors in the nucleus, affecting processes involved in inflammation and chronic pain. PEA is not well known in the U.S., but it’s well-studied with over 350 references in PubMed dating back more than fifty years.


“Gimme Some Loving”: Mindfulness in the Midst of Illness – The Last Best Cure #6 

About ten years after being struck by an autoimmune disorder, science journalist Donna Jackson Nakazawa realized that, while traditional approaches (drugs) had kept her alive, hers was nevertheless a rather joyless, difficult existence.  Recent studies suggested that mindfulness practices might be helpful in several ways, so she turned to them not just to bring back the joy in her life but hopefully to improve her health as well.


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List of latest Fibromyalgia articles


List of latest Sleep Well articles


List of latest Chronic Pain articles


What is Fibromyalgia?

The sensation of pain is an essential part of human experience. Pain functions as a primary method for protection woman-neck-pain from and avoidance of harmful factors. When one feels pain, the body responds physically and emotionally. Physically, pain sensations travel from the source, through peripheral nerves and into the central nervous system (CNS). Once it reaches the brain, the body responds with a reflex, or involuntary response away from the source, and commits the incident to memory. Emotionally, feelings such as discomfort, fear or aversion are associated with the brain’s reflex mechanis ms and contribute to an awareness of pain. Together, these processes are expected to end the offending pain, allow  for healing time and prevent further discomfort.
Chronic pain becomes a problem when the interrelationship between the physical and emotional responses doesn’t function properly. 

Read more:


24 September 2014 newsletter

It’s hard to know which of the numbers in this newsletter is the most appalling.
The fact that 31% of disability living allowance (DLA) claimants get absolutely nothing when they transfer to personal independence payment (PIP).
Or that just 45% of new PIP claims are successful, if you don’t include people with terminal illnesses.
There’s the staggering 92% drop in employment and support allowance (ESA) appeals since the DWP brought in mandatory reconsiderations.
Then there’s the revelation that the PIP waiting list is still getting longer, in spite of promises by ministers to fix it. 
There are now 323,000 people waiting for a medical, meaning an average wait of at least 35 weeks.
Or is it that just 19% of claimants who made a new ESA claim between October and December 2013 have so far had a decision, again largely because of long delays in getting a medical?


A personal  note from Vicky

We have had a great week at a Mark Warner resort in Sardinia.  It was my first holiday with them and I would definitely go again.  I can’t say it was restful as I took part in exercise classes, did sailing, kayaking, beach volleyball, tennis and some really tough bike rides and a bit of Zumba.  I won the female press up challenge to the music Flower by Moby - perhaps that’s something to play with in class this week or we could do it for squats…  We met some lovely people and ate and drank too  much. 

Read the rest:

Education: Do you suffer from back pain?
Video of the week: Multifidus Strengthing
Success Story: Sophia


Nicola's Note

The signs of autumn are here and if you are starting to feel a little chilly, come along to one of our classes for some instant warming. As preparation for the winter, Tai Chi and Qigong can boost your immune system as much as 50% (2007). Start now and learn a new skill that has a positive impact on your health and wellbeing, giving you a seasonal advantage. You can view over the October 2014 calendar and the schedule here. Thanks for reading and happy training, regards, Nicola.

Full message here:


GMI Special Event: 9/2014

Daily Newsletter - Sept. 21st, 2014

Daily Newsletter - Sept. 22nd, 2014

Daily Newsletter - Sept. 23rd, 2014

Daily Newsletter - Sept. 24th, 2014

Daily Newsletter - Sept. 25th, 2014


Note particularly
20+ Natural Fibromyalgia Solutions Including The Gluten Free Diet


I am pleased to say that I have not had any further 'episodes'.  (See last week's endnotes.) One reader reported having HOT flushes, but no others responded as having similar symptoms to mine.  I can only conclude that I am  unique, at least amongst FMS eNews readership.  Or can you prove me wrong?



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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