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FMS eNews 08/11/14

I seem to have accumulated a huge amount of information this week. 
I don't expect you will have time to read ALL the articles but pick and choose and find SOMETHING that appeals to you.  You can always come back to it later.  The blogs are archived and are available from the menu on the right.


WORDz for the WEEK

194.  Our world did not make our minds like they are, but our minds did make our world like it is.


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

The medical community (along with law makers and voters) have been paying a lot of attention to medical marijuana. You might be surprised at how much research has been done specifically on marijuana for fibromyalgia. Find out what the benefits could be, below.
Also this week, up top and down in Featured Articles, you can learn all about the medications that are available to us. What's approved? What works? What are the downsides?
On the right, you'll find some articles designed to get you through the holidays.
Happy Halloween, and Take Care of Yourself!


5 Tips For Fighting Brain Fog

When we think of cognitive impairments such as memory loss or inability to focus, we tend to associate them with aging. But age is not always the culprit. For some, these difficulties can come far earlier in life.   In fact, for many fibromyalgia patients – most of who are still younger than the retirement age – these symptoms have become a frustrating reality.
These cognitive difficulties – otherwise referred to as fibro fog among fibromyalgia sufferers – can affect various cognitive functions including memory, attention, speech and more. Though it isn’t always possible to eradicate all the symptoms of fibro fog, there are things we can do to give our brains an extra boost and reduce fibro fog’s negative impact on our quality of life.
Here are five simple tips for boosting your brain and reducing the symptoms of fibro fog:

  1.  Feed The Brain
  2.  Herbal Supplements
  3.  Socialize
  4.  Meditation / Mindfulness
  5.  Low Impact Exercise

Read about them here:


Small Fiber Neuropathy Fibromyalgia Studies Mount : But Does SFN Cause Pain in FM? 

Researchers have quickly jumped on the small nerve fiber neuropathy (SFN) finding in Fibromyalgia. After starting out with smaller studies some bigger ones are starting to show up, and the outlines of SFN prevalence in FM are beginning to emerge.

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Sleep Like a Baby in Nature's Cradle 

Poets who write about sleepless nights use phrases like "sweet elusive sleep." But in reality, there is nothing "sweet" about being unable to get into a deep sleep or sleep through the night, so you can awaken feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. 
People with fibromyalgia, ME/CFS and different forms of arthritis are among the more than 40 million Americans who suffer from a chronic sleep disorder, which contributes to the pain, fatigue and cognitive functioning problems they face every day. If you are one of those people, a Cuddle Ewe™ underquilt may help you find the sweet sleep that has been eluding you, as it cradles you in all-natural comfort.


Chronic Pain Articles (1)

Chronic Pain Articles (2)

Sleep Well Articles

Fibromyalgia Articles


How Fibromyalgia Affects Men
Men With Fibromyalgia Talk About Their Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Dealing With Other People's Reactions

Chronic pain may be its chief symptom, but fibromyalgia sometimes comes with additional complications. Chronic fatigue and difficulty sleeping are common complaints, as are headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, and restless legs syndrome. Memory problems and difficulty concentrating often come with the territory as well.
In general, Yunus says, men have fewer symptoms than women. They tend to have less from fatigue and they have pain in fewer places. "It's much less common for men to hurt all over," Yunus says. "But in many ways, men are more affected, more bothered by fibromyalgia."
The reason for that may be more sociological than biological.

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Focus on Products that can help with heavy metal toxicity and brain fog, candida, Alzheimer's etc.

Did you see the "news" in the UK newspapers last week that scientists have discovered a link between Alzheimer's disease and the build-up of heavy metal toxicity in our bodies from aluminium1. I had to chuckle because this "news" was something I first read about when I was at naturopathic college 20 years ago. And I'm not sure it was especially fresh news even then!. . . . . .
. . . . . . We have a number of products that help remove heavy metals from the body in a safe, non toxic way, and without "side effects".


The M.E, CFS and Fibromyalgia Recovery Association Newsletter
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." ~ Reinhold Niebuhr

Welcome to the fifth issue of THE M.E, CFS and Fibromyalgia Recovery Association Newsletter. We are so excited about what the next 12 months has to offer for the Recovery Association. We have been in many meetings with the NHS to spread the word about Recovery and we held the first ever M.E, CFS and Fibromyalgia Online Recovery Summit, we had hundreds of attendees, and we sold the recordings to raise money for the Association helpline, so far we raised over £1000!

Read the newsletter here:


Is Sleep Eluding You? 

So many clients enter into Depke Wellness with poor sleep habits to to point that I would share that these numbers are staggering. Proper sleep is one of your fundamentals of health that is essential, unfortunately our culture often views sleep as a luxury and not an essential component to health and happiness. I cannot say it enough, proper sleep is essential and insomnia is actually more of a norm!


The Top Ten Ways to Cut Back on Sugar

Tattoo this under your eyelids: Sugar turns to fat.
Not only that, research in the past decade has implicated sugar in cancer, gout, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
Sugar is inflammatory, and inflammation is now believed (correctly) to be at the heart of every degenerative disease we know of.
And it’s no longer even possible to defend the idea that sugar isn’t a drug. It is—and an addictive one at that. (Maybe you’ve noticed.) A number of peer-reviewed studies have demonstrated the addictive nature of sugar—in one study, it was shown to be eight times more addictive than cocaine.
What to do, what to do?
Here’s a list of ten things you can do right now to cut back on sugar. It’s not a complete list, but it’s a good start. (If you’ve got your own favorite ways to cut back or eliminate, please share them with me!)

Find out what they are:


Chronic pain can interfere with sexuality

You and your partner can have a satisfying sexual relationship in spite of your chronic pain. 
People need physical and emotional intimacy almost as much as they need food and shelter. Sexuality helps fulfill the vital need for human connection. It's a natural and healthy part of living, as well as an important aspect of your identity as a person.
However, when chronic pain invades your life, the pleasures of sexuality often disappear. Here's help on how to reconnect with your sexuality in spite of the chronic pain.


My Story: Donna Isnor

What were the steps leading up to your diagnosis?
No one could tell me why I was in pain and exhausted all the time. At one point I was seeing seven doctors! Finally in 1987, I saw a specialist in internal medicine. After taking my history, he performed what I now know to be the trigger point test. I nearly jumped off the table it was so painful! The one thing that tipped him off to my diagnosis was the pain in my feet! I was diagnosed with ‘fibrositis’. In the days before the internet it was very difficult to research such things, and so the only information I could find said this: "Fibrositis: A diagnosis given when no other diagnosis can be found."

Read all of her story:


3 Natural Remedies for Seasonal Affective Disorder

Does your personality change when the seasons change? Do you feel happy in the summer? Sad in the fall? Downright depressed in the winter? Do you feel less energetic after summer ends? If so, you may suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD.

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Mistaken Beliefs about Fibromyalgia  

Over the past three decades people who experienced pain symptoms in multiple areas of the body that did not correlate with X-Ray, MRI or CT-Scan procedures were met with skepticism by the medical establishment. Many were either accused of “faking” their symptoms, or diagnosed with a Somatization Disorder which basically states the pain they are experiencing originates in their mind. Now research is demonstrating that many of these individuals may in fact be living with Fibromyalgia.

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Fibromyalgia Mystery Finally Solved

Researchers have found the main source of pain in Fibromyalgia patients, and contrary to what many believe, it does not stem from the brain. The findings mark the end of a decades-old mystery about the disease, which many doctors believed was conjured in patients’ imaginations. The mystery of Fibromyalgia has left millions of sufferers searching for hope in pain medications. Up until recently, many physicians thought that the disease was “imaginary” or psychological, but scientists have now revealed that the main source of pain stems from a most unlikely place- excess blood vessels in the hand.



A personal  note from Vicky

This was a very nice cream tea (or rather late morning snack) that I allowed myself at the Steyning tea rooms.  I’m gradually working my way along the ‘Down Link’ on my bike.  This time I rode from Hove to Steyning - and back. This seemed a justifiable reward for my Sunday morning effort, that was before I started on the next hill!
It’s been an indulgent week because I also had dinner at Simpsons on the Strand to celebrate my big brother’s birthday.  It hasn’t changed much from the recent scene in Downtown Abbey. It was great that my daughter could join us and she’s written her blog about it.

  • Education: Why I'm Planning a Cleanse This Month.
  • Video of the week: Single and Double Leg Stretch
  • Success Story: Marilyn Crull 

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Newsletter 5 November 2014 

Plan to abolish work-related ESA, DWP changes PIP guidance, payday loan scam targets claimants



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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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