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FMS eNews 22/11/14

Did any of you knit the little hats for the AgeUK Big Knit?  I did 300 for this year's project and I have done 35 towards next year!  I find knitting very therapeutic.


WORDz for the WEEK

196. If you learn to respect yourself and understand yourself, then you can push yourself through anything in life and accomplish it all.



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

It's fairly unusual to find someone who "only" has fibromyalgia, or "just" has chronic fatigue syndrome. More often than not, we have multiple related conditions to contend with.
This week, up here and down in Featured Articles, you can learn all about some of the common disorders that we have and get information on how to treat and manage them.

Take care of yourself!


A collection of Articles

  • Why You Should Say "NO" a Lot when Living with Fibromyalgia & ME/CFS
  •  Traveling with Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  •  Brain Differences in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Symptoms Explained?
  •  Could Alzheimer Drug Work for Fibromyalgia?

And more:

See also Adrienne's Facebook Page:


Editor’s Welcome

Welcome back to the Fibro Flare magazine. It has been another hectic month but before I tell you all the exciting things we have for you this month it would be remiss of me if I did not mention the feedback we have received from our previous month’s issue. It was hard to choose from all the positive comments we received. Without all your support, we wouldn’t be able to continue. Thank you again to all our most loyal and supportive readers!


Three Deficiencies That May Be Linked To Fibromyalgia

Dr. Linus Pauling, winner of two Nobel Prizes, once boldly declared, “You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral [a nutrient] deficiency.”
Modern science has explored the link between nutritional deficiencies and chronic pain and found some surprising connections.
That’s not to say that all chronic pain is caused by a nutritional deficiency, but we’d be kidding ourselves if we didn’t acknowledge that nutrition can, and in many cases does, play a part.
We’ve done our research and found three common deficiencies with links to the symptoms of chronic pain:

  1.   Vitamin D
  2.   Magnesium
  3.   Iron

Find out about them:

See also FB page:


7 Foods That Are Making Your Fibromyalgia Worse

Anyone with chronic pain can attest to the fact that there are certain foods and ingredients that can aggravate the pain. Though each person’s triggers may differ, there are certain ingredients that should generally be avoided. Among them are artificial sweeteners such as aspartame. These sweeteners activate the neurons that increase our sensitivity to pain, often resulting in a flare up.
Lets take a look at seven of the most common food sources of aspartame and why you should avoid them:

  1.  Diet Sodas
  2.  Chewing Gum
  3.  Drink Powders
  4.  Sweetened Cereals
  5.  Tabletop Sweeteners
  6.  Flavored Water
  7.  Sugar Free Foods
Read about them:


14 Reasons You're Always Tired
Feeling sluggish? Ditching these bad habits that drain your energy will help.

1. Reasons why you're always tired
Lack of sleep isn't the only thing sapping your energy. Little things you do (and don't do) can exhaust you both mentally and physically, which can make getting through your day a chore. Here, experts reveal common bad habits that can make you feel tired, plus simple lifestyle tweaks that will put the pep back in your step.

Find the rest  here:,,20818045,00.html?xid=healthyliving11192014


A Nation in Pain – A Medical Establishment Without a Clue Pt. 1 
(from Chapter I of A Nation of Pain by Judy Foreman)
“I will argue that lack of adequate pain control is one of the most urgent health problems in America.” Judy Foreman

She didn’t know such pain was even possible.  The slightest mistake – the slightest move in the wrong direction – would leave her gasping with pain.  Simply changing from a sitting position on the bed to lying down was excruciating.
Eventually they found something – that was the good news.  An MRI found real damage – some almost-herniated discs, spondylolisthesis, bone spurs, and arthritis in her neck.  Others who are less fortunate can be in excruciating pain for no reasons doctors can find.  (And, strangely, others with horrific structural damage aren’t in any pain at all.)

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Fibromyalgia: Understand the diagnosis process

Fibromyalgia symptoms often mimic those of other conditions. Determining the true cause of your symptoms is key to receiving proper treatment.

Fibromyalgia symptoms include widespread body pain, fatigue, poor sleep and mood problems. But all of these symptoms are common to many other conditions. And because fibromyalgia symptoms can occur alone or along with other conditions, it can take time to tease out which symptom is caused by what problem. To make things even more confusing, fibromyalgia symptoms can come and go over time.
That's why it can take a long time to go from fibromyalgia symptoms to a fibromyalgia diagnosis.


Magnesium: The Missing Key to Your Health?

One mineral... magic in a bottle? Considering the role magnesium plays as an essential mineral and a cofactor for hundreds of enzyme reactions... the answer is a resounding YES!
Magnesium is found mostly in our bones, but not only is it necessary for healthy bones, but also the proper function of nerves, muscles, stomach acid and bowel function including maintaining healthy electrical balance required for normal heart rhythm.

Read more:
  • What You Need to Know About Folate and B12 
  • A Multivitamin That Makes a Difference 

FM HealthWatch
Sensory Distress: The Other Side of Fibromyalgia 

Fibromyalgia is about more than pain. People with FM report also having increased sensitivity to other types of stimuli, such as light, sounds, smells and touch. Find out what researchers learned about how the FM brain responds to non-painful sensory stimuli.

Fibromyalgia News and Lifestyle

  •  Fibromyalgia-Friendly Turkey Day Recipe Tips and Swaps 
  •  Small Fiber Neuropathy Fibromyalgia Studies Mount: But Does SFN Cause Pain in FM? 
  •  Tame Your Holiday Fibro Frenzy  
  •  Patient Harm: The Facts and the Effects of Fibromyalgia Diagnostic Criteria 
  •  The Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) and Your Disability Insurance Benefits 
and more
All at:


Drug Combo in Pridgen Antiviral Fibromyalgia Trial Identified – Some Results Available

A lengthy article originating on the University of Alabama website and an  abstract presented to the American College of Rheumatology Conference indicates that the two drugs Dr. William “Skip” Pridgen and virologist Carol Duffy PhD used in their Fibromyalgia antiviral trial were Famciclovir, better known as Famvir and Celexicob, best known as Celebrex. The report also indicates that  Duffy found only herpes simplex – 1 viruses (HSV-1) in the gastrointestinal tissues of the FM patients.  Neither of these drugs nor this type of herpes virus have been commonly used or associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.

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DWP’s Secret Death Reviews Spare Atos, 500k Sanctioned Claimants Disappear, Three Labour WCA Changes 

Dear Reader,

Labour claims it will make three ‘crucial’ changes to the work capability assessment (WCA) if they gain power next May. But how ‘crucial’ are the changes in reality and will the promise make you more likely to support Labour at the general election? Give us your views and we’ll make sure they are passed on.
(Also, see below for how the chances of getting into the support group have been increased by the upper tribunal due to cahnges made to the WCA in 2010).
We can probably guess your views on the fact that an average of two benefits related deaths every month are secretly investigated by the DWP, many following a WCA. But the evidence from such reviews may not be being passed on to coroners courts. Moreover, the DWP are refusing to follow an official recommendation that a medically qualified person should always review Atos medical reports in these circumstances.

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Judge brands DWP jobseeker’s agreement ‘unlawful’, after action by disabled claimant

A judge has told the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that part of the agreement signed by out-of-work benefit claimants does not comply with the law, following a legal challenge from a disabled job-seeker.

The comments by Judge Christopher Ward in the upper tribunal could potentially affect millions of disabled and non-disabled people who felt they had to sign DWP’s jobseeker’s agreements in order to continue to receive out-of-work benefits.



NHS facing black hole over Better Care Fund

Virgin bids for deal worth £1.2billion
1 in 3 hospitals needed bailout last year
Labour supports anti-privatisation bill
NHS spends £5.5bn on agency nurses
Hospitals 'sending patients home too early'
Death of babies cared for by private firm probed
Two in five fear NHS will cease to be free
NHS boss defends privatisation


A personal  note from Vicky

One of the things I don’t like about getting older is that I don’t see as much of my children as I once did.  It was lovely to have Emma home this week, albeit briefly.  The eyebrow threading trip, was though, not so nice but it needed doing!
It really gives me pleasure to see the progress people make and I think Barbara - who I’m sure will not mind me saying - is not one of the youngest in my classes - brought that home to me recently. When I think how stiff she was when she started classes.  Seeing her manage a roll up from lying with good form was inspiring and makes it all worthwhile.
Education: The Grid
Video of the week: The Diamond Press
Success Story: Gaynor

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QiGong at Faygate Village Hall, Horsham on 29th November

Each year in November we teach a winter warming workshop combining Qigong movement and stillness. Learn effective techniques to help you truly relax, calm the mind, strengthen the body, release physical tension and increase energy. If you are looking to de-stress and boost your immune system before the Christmas period, this workshop is for you.

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And finally

Here is an idea that might benefit one or more of us FMS folks. There's a website called Contrabutoria, it's basically a way of journalists/wannabe writers to suggest a piece of writing they want to do, members of the site assign 'points', and the ones with the most points get commissioned, the author gets paid, and their work may get bought by magazines etc.
So I wonder if any of us patients/relatives would like to have a go at writing a piece based around experiences of FMS? The rest of us join the site (it's easy and free), assign our free points on voting for the piece to be commissioned. The author gets paid (and maybe gives a donation to FMA UK (?) or other FM charity)
Benefits: publication for the author, payment, publicises our story, maybe one of us even starts an exciting new career.
I would ask anyone interested to check the site out and leave a comment on here (or email me) if you think the idea is a goer.
So you journalists and would-be journalists, get your pens out or get your fingers tapping on the keyboard.

See and

Happy reading - and writing.



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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