#backpainblog, #BACKPAINBLOGUK, #fibro, #fibromyalgia, FIBROMYALGIA, Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, fibromylagia, FMA UK


On May 12th and throughout the month of May of each year, people worldwide spread awareness of fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions through live events, online activities, and personal efforts. In the UK our awareness day is 2nd – 9th September but we can still raise awareness in the UK this May.

Join the millions of people who will be participating on this day by holding various events to raise awareness for fibromyalgia, an invisible and debilitating chronic condition.

Awareness and funding are the keys to battling the enigma that is Fibromyalgia, and this day was created for just that.

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia may include heightening skin sensitivity – especially to pain, muscle stiffness, some difficulties sleeping, problems with memory and concentration, extreme tiredness, and headaches.

These symptoms are not uncommon in other diseases – and some sufferers don’t even experience all these symptoms – so it’s easy to see what makes fibromyalgia so tricky to diagnose.

There is no cure for fibromyalgia, so at the moment the only option for sufferers is to have a number of treatments. For example, medication such as painkillers and antidepressants are often prescribed.

Fibromyalgia Association has been involved in producing an online fibromyalgia learning package for professionals and patients.  Fibromyalgia UK have it and It is free and after testing a certificate can be printed off.  While some of it may obviously fit the American system rather than the NHS, it is still a useful resource with much valuable information.

#health, #Spoonie, Back Pain, CHRONIC PAIN, Fibrmyalgia Awareness, FIBROMYALGIA, Flare Magazine, HEALTH, low back pain, M.E.


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.