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Fibromyalgia is all in your head – The top misconception is that people think fibromyalgia isn’t a real medical problem or that it is “all in your head.” Definitely not, just because fibromyalgia is an invisible illness with no discernible cause, it can be easy to dismiss fibromyalgia sufferers and their reports of pain. Many people can’t believe that someone who looks healthy could actually be in debilitating pain.

Only women develop fibromyalgia – no men can have it as well although women have a higher rate of diagnosis.

Diet can heal fibromyalgia – if it was that easy there would be very few people suffering from the condition. While diet and other lifestyle choices may relieve some of the symptoms for those who live with fibromyalgia, there is no one-size-fits-all approach — what may work for one fibro sufferer may have no effect on another. To date, research which shows any one particular diet or treatment is helpful to those living with fibromyalgia is often conflicting and patients often have to try multiple different treatments, diets, and alternative therapies to find out which works best for them.

Fibromyalgia isn’t a real disease – apparently, this misconception has a grain of truth. Diseases have specific and traceable causes. Since fibromyalgia does not have a set of causes that lead to diagnosis, it is not technically a disease. However it is a condition and is also known as a syndrome, fibromyalgia is classified as a disorder because it is a collection of symptoms that occur together.

Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are the same conditions. People with fibromyalgia may also be diagnosed with chronic fatigue, but the connection doesn’t necessarily go both ways. In fact, many of those with CFS may have no pain at all, just unrelenting fatigue. They are completely different disorders that happen to share some symptoms.

People with fibromyalgia should avoid exercise -Joints that ache and muscles that hurt due to fibromyalgia are like rusty gates that need oil. Proper exercise can help fibromyalgia patients slowly and carefully smooth out those pain.

Fibromyalgia is not serious – it may not be a life-threatening condition but it is certainly a life-changing one.

The pain is not real – In people who have fibromyalgia, the brain and spinal cord process pain signals differently. As a result, they react more strongly to touch and pressure, with a heightened sensitivity to pain. It is a real physiological and neurochemical problem. The power of the mind is a real factor in pain perception. For example, studies have shown that anxiety that occurs in anticipation of pain is often more problematic than the pain experience itself. In that sense, the mind has a negative impact on symptoms.

Information source from Pain Doctor, and Fibromyalgia New Today, and the Mayo Clinic.

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Flare Magazine is the ultimate guide to Fibromyalgia, M.E & Chronic Fatigue and to help raise awareness of these conditions. The magazine was brought about through a support group in the North West. It is written by a team of  3 volunteers with contributions from members. I have also joined the team to write on Complementary Therapies. All those involved are volunteers who have FM/ME/CFS.  They currently have 5 Trustees, Beth Urmston (who is one of the editors and created the magazine), Julie Britten, Cath Farrer, Sian Philips and Sara-Louise Williams ( another editor).

You can download the magazine or head to Flare Magazine website for the flip page Flare magazine where you also find all the back issues of the magazines for free download. Each back issue is available as individual pdf files or as bulk zipped files, if you require the zip files please contact the admin by clicking here.

This month’s issue number 37 is also celebrating it’s the fourth year of publication. As with past issues this magazine is full to the brim with information and this month includes, The Apology I owe to my patients with Fibromyalgia from Amanda Shelley who worked in urgent care for many years. How to manage your housework better, my article on Complementary Therapies, Common myths about CBT, all about Magnesium Baths and Epsom Salts. Vanilla is discussed in Nature’s Pharmacy section, and the usual Questions to ask your Doctor and Tummy Ticklers. Labi Sifri on something inside so strong, with Doctors, say the Darndest things (they certainly do) Fibromyalgia Awareness, Looking back at awareness and a recipe for Butterfly Cakes, and we are only halfway through the magazine.

The second half of the magazine covers The Blackpool Raffle, links to their online Shop, an article on Fibromyalgia educators could fill a vital gap in care, and Why we are fundraising for research. All about National Doughnut Week (yum, yum) and an article on Doctors by Kronically Kayt. Being drug-free with help at hand plus A Global Campaign on M.E rights. An article on supplements and Are You a parent with Fibro?Do you know what I know and a reader offer for the N:Rem Sleep System which I have written about on a few occasions.

The last pages of the magazine cover Easy Fundraiser by shopping online, The Fibro Community, Making a complaint to the NHS, a Disabled View and a Warm Home discount. The final two chapters include groups and blogs and important notices.

It’s no wonder this magazine is distributed bi monthly with so much content put together by a voluntary team but one which I think is well worth a read. Well done Flare Magazine for putting together such in-depth information on all things Fibro, M.E and Chronic Fatigue.