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FMS eNews 03/10/15

Fibromyalgia is formally recognised -- in the USA at least.  The rest of the world MUST follow. See the National Pain Report below, or view it here
The Health Care Industry Finally Recognizes Fibromyalgia


WORDz for the WEEK

240. God put us here...on earth, for one very special reason - to accomplish something better than life itself, before we die.


Yoga for FMS; Alternative Treatments 

The past several years have seen an explosion of research on yoga for fibromyalgia. See what it says about how this meditative movement technique may help ease your symptoms.
Also this week, lots of information on other alternative treatments. Some appear to work well for us, others ... not so much.
Next week, we'll look at the research on yoga for ME/CFS. It's a small body of work with some fascinating elements.
Take care of yourself! 
Adrienne Dellwo - Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Expert


The 10 Most Common Signs of Fibromyalgia

Causing widespread pain to an estimated 5.8 million people in the United States, Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal disorder that amplifies the way the brain processes pain, often leaving the body’s pain receptors in hyper drive.
The condition causes widespread pain—and in turn fatigue, sleep deprivation, and depression—and typically begins following some type of severe physical trauma, such as an accident, surgery, or massive psychological stress.
Fibromyalgia patients complain of a myriad of symptoms associated with pain throughout the entire body. Here are the ten most common symptoms of fibromyalgia…
1. Pain
2. Sensitivity to Touch
3. Environmental Sensitivity
4. Muscle & Joint Stiffness
5. Muscle Spasms
6. Exhaustion
7. Trouble Concentrating
8. Chronic Headaches
9. Bowel Troubles
10. Depression


Women are 10 times more likely to get Fibromyalgia

Our A.Vogel Fibromyalgia page offers information and answers for those looking for the relief of pain.
Most popular questions on Fibromyalgia: (click on each one for answers)
What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia? Can my doctor do a test?

Is there any pain relief that helps with the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a health condition which affects up to 5% of people


Quitting Cymbalta? What you need to know before you take that last pill

Note: This is Part 1 in a two-part series on Cymbalta’s withdrawal symptoms. Part 2 will focus on the recent Cymbalta lawsuits, including (hopefully) an interview with one of the attorneys handling the cases.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been sharing links in my weekly news posts on the recent Cymbalta lawsuits. In case you haven’t heard, more than 200 patients are suing Eli Lilly & Company, claiming the drugmaker didn’t fully disclose the severity of Cymbalta’s withdrawal symptoms. The plaintiffs in the cases say they experienced headaches, dizziness, nausea, nightmares, anxiety, mania, suicidal ideation, brain zaps (which feel like a lightning bolt going off inside the head) and other symptoms after they stopped taking Cymbalta.


Fibro Flare Magazine October 2015, Issue 18

PDF Version 

64 pages and over 30 items and articles about fibro; treatments, research, recipes, stories, FibCon news etc.

A message from Beth Urmston, the Editor.
Seems like only last week I was sending out the last issue of the magazine.  Where does the time go?
It's been a very busy month, as you would expect, raising awareness for Invisible Illnesses, especially Fibromyalgia 26th September to 4th October.
If you haven't already seen the awareness video please take time to view.  Whilst watching please give the video a 'thumbs up' to help us get the word out to more people.  And above all please share far and wide.
It's a new look magazine - we have a new arts editor, Sara-Louise, who has worked with us before.
Please e-mail back and let us know what you think of the new look - is it better/worse.  Is it easier to read, or maybe not?  We would like to continue improving and welcome all your comments.
Hope you are all keeping as pain free as possible.
Gentle fibro hugs

Beth has provided a list of 200+ symptoms.  It is doubtful if anyone has ALL of them but many of us have a lot of them!

Beth works tirelessly for the fibro community.

Thunderball - By Purple Law Lady  

007 heads to Malvern East to recover Good Health and Energy stolen by SPECTRE agent nicknamed Fibromyalgia in an international extortion scheme.
I have now been on the Daiichi Sankyo sanctioned medication for 7 days. It would be absolutely fantastic if my medication was the placebo because I’m feeling pretty damn good; and that would mean that my Fibromyalgia was gone.
Today I woke up, took Kimba (my puppy) out for some play, did a load of washing, hung it out in the sun; and folded some dry laundry. A pretty good morning! So, I doubt that I’m on the placebo.  Read on ....


Monday Mindfulness – Week 10

Continuing to be mindful with Ian Peric of Priceless Vitality.

See you next week.


How Vitamin D May Help Take the Edge Off Fibromyalgia Pain

Among the various nutritional deficiencies plaguing our country, vitamin D deficiency appears to be on the rise in the United States. According to data from National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2005 to 2006, the overall prevalence rate of vitamin D deficiency was nearly 42%.[1]
Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to various negative health outcomes and chronic conditions, including elevated blood pressure, increased risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders like MS and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, Type 1 diabetes and more. Researches have also questioned the relationship between vitamin D deficiency and fibromyalgia.


The Best Treatment to Optimize Fibromyalgia Relief

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a baffling and often disabling disorder that affects millions of Americans. Unlike the localized pain of arthritis and tendonitis, fibromyalgia’s chronic and long-lasting pain and stiffness are spread all over your body. This condition of unknown cause results in joint, muscle and spine pain. Applying pressure in certain areas makes tender points sore. You also may experience headaches, poor sleep quality, morning stiffness, fatigue, trouble concentrating and depression. Researchers believe repeated nerve stimulation changes fibromyalgia patients’ brains. An abnormal increase in certain brain chemical, or neurotransmitter, levels causes nerve cells to fire off too many signals. This makes you overly sensitive to things that wouldn’t be painful normally. Your brain’s pain receptors remember severe sensations, so they overreact to pain signals in an ongoing cycle. Luckily, combining medication with exercise provides relief.
  1. Common Medications
  2. Graded Exercise Approach
  3. Hydrotherapy Workouts
  4. Meditative-Based Training
  5. Customize Your Fibromyalgia Therapy

Is Heart Disease in ME/CFS and FM Patients Future?

Coronary heart disease (CHD) occurs when plaque builds up on the arteries that supply blood to the heart. The plaque buildup can reduce blood flows to the heart causing chest pain - particularly during strenuous activity. If the plaque bursts a clot can form which can block blood flows to the heart causing a heart attack.
CHD is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Despite the fact that it typically shows up about ten years later in women than men it is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for women. This is the second Taiwanese study to find an increased risk of coronary heart disease in people with fibromyaliga. The increased risk of CHD (almost 50%) found was not as high as for diabetes or hypertension, and was described as "moderate".
FM patients with diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, congestive heart failure, cerebral vascular diseases, depression or anxiety had more significantly increased risks of CHD. The risk for CHD was higher, interestingly in FM patients with out depression than in people with depression but not FM.


How To Make Turmeric Pain Relief Tea

Turmeric is one of the world’s most revered spices. Its praises are sung from the rooftops by herbalists. Entire books have been writhed extolling its magnificent virtues. Revered in the orient for centuries if not millennia, it has even been called “the world’s most healing spice” and hundreds of scientific papers and other reports have been published attesting to its healing benefits for all manner of conditions including cancers, ulcers, arthritis, alzheimers, cystic fibrosis, hemorrhoids, arteriosclerosis, inflammation and liver diseases.
As you might expect, we have some pages focusing on turmeric and here are some of them: – our full page including herbal uses, history, claimed health benefits and scientific reports.
600 Reasons Turmeric May Be The World’s Most Important Herb
Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory Herbs


The Health Care Industry Finally Recognizes Fibromyalgia
Posted on September 30, 2015 in Fibromyalgia   

Ginevra Liptan, MD
 On October 1, 2015, fibromyalgia will finally be recognized as an official diagnosis in the new ICD-10 list of codes being adopted across the U.S.
This is the final culmination of the advances over the last decade in the medical community’s understanding and acceptance of fibromyalgia as a real disease.
For the past 30 years, every U.S. hospital and doctor’s office has used the ICD-9 list of codes to indicate a diagnosis for all patient encounters. This list does not include a specific diagnosis code for fibromyalgia. Instead doctors have had to use the code “Myalgia and myositis, unspecified (729.1),” which includes any disorder causing muscle pain or inflammation. Muscle pain is definitely a part of fibromyalgia, but there are other important symptoms and unique features that make it a distinct entity, including non-restorative sleep, fatigue, and foggy thinking. In the new system, fibromyalgia finally gets its own diagnostic code: “Fibromyalgia (M79.7).”......
.... And most important of all, it puts the word “fibromyalgia” into the official health care lexicon, and doctors can no longer say, “Fibromyalgia does not exist.”


Fibromyalgia Can No Longer Be Called The “Invisible” Syndrome

Using single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), researchers in France were able to detect functional abnormalities in certain regions in the brains of patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia, reinforcing the idea that symptoms of the disorder are related to a dysfunction in those parts of the brain where pain is processed.
 “Fibromyalgia is frequently considered an ‘invisible syndrome’ since musculoskeletal imaging is negative,” said Eric Guedj, M.D., and lead author of the study. “Past imaging studies of patients with the syndrome, however, have shown above-normal cerebral blood flow (brain perfusion) in some areas of the brain and below-normal in other areas. After performing whole-brain scans on the participants, we used a statistical analysis to study the relationship between functional activity in even the smallest area of the brain and various parameters related to pain, disability and anxiety/depression.”




Even if you don't get better, don't get bitter.  Getting better is becoming more likely as drugs like Low Dose Naltrexone are having favourable results, not to mention the various supplements that are said to ease symptoms.  Keep up-to-date by reading 'all the latest' in this weekly blog.
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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.
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