March 2018 Facebook Blog

The following is a summary of relevant article/research links provided in March by Facebook members.  Links to all the items are included, just click on the article name, word ‘link’ or ‘article’ to open. Articles / Blogs BBC ‘Why do we know so little about ME?’. The Scottish Government is developing an Action Plan for Neurological Conditions.  The Alliance Neurological Programme and Neurological Alliance of Scotland created a survey to obtain patient and carers experiences. The survey closed on 29th March. ME / CFS patient Post exertional malaise avoidance toolkit. Read about Lizzie Mooney who is 12 years old who has been sick for the past three years with ME. Trial

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February 2018 Facebook Blog

The following is a summary of relevant article/research links provided in February by Facebook members.  Links to all the items are included, just click on the article name, word ‘link’ or ‘article’ to open. Articles / Blogs Personal Independence payments: All 1.6 million claims to be reviewed. Oscar-nominated film director in ME plea to MSPs. BBC Radio Scotland: ME – The Invisible Disease. Brainwaves on ME. A story of confusion, misunderstanding, misdirection, misdiagnosis and misery. Lady Gaga halts tour for a second time due to ‘severe pain’. Medically Unexplained Symptoms – A Practical Guide. Trial By Error: Letter to British Journal of Sports Medicine from CPET Experts. Rethinking the treatment

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December 2017 – January 2018 Facebook Blog

I am not sure if you will agree but for me December and January are always the most physically and mentally challenging months to manage my chronic illness due to the additional festive pressures, increase of bugs/viruses to catch and lack of daylight.  To ensure you don’t miss out on all the great links posted, I have therefore combined the two months. The following is a summary of relevant article/research links provided over these two months, provided by Facebook members.  Links to all the items are included, just click on the article name, word ‘link’ or ‘article’ to open. Articles / Blogs Antibiotics Might Be Stopping Immune Cells From Working

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November 2017 Facebook Blog

The following is a summary of relevant article/research links provided this month by Facebook members.  Links to all the items are included, just click on the article name, word ‘link’ or ‘article’ to open. Articles / Blogs How Ketogenic Diets Curb Inflammation in the Brain. New Scientist: Blood cells in chronic fatigue syndrome are drained of energy. Metabolomics Study Points Finger at Energy Production in Fibromyalgia. For those looking for support to help them stay in work: link. Fibromyalgia and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Are Linked. Fibromyalgia Tied to Hysterectomy, Gynecologic Disease. Trial By Error: The Surprising New BMJ Best Practice Guide. Massage technique ‘speeds up’ diagnosis of chronic fatigue illnesses.

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October 2017 Facebook Blog

For those of you looking for advice on diet and nutrition, you may wish to attend the 2nd November Monthly Meeting Our AGM on 5th October was not well attended.  Thank you to the 4 members that Craig (Chairperson) contacted by telephone on the day to agree to their proxy vote being used to allow the AGM to meet quorum of 10 members. The following is a summary of relevant article/research links provided this month by Facebook members. Links to all the items are included, just click on the article name, word ‘link’ or ‘article’ to open. Articles / Blogs The Future Learn course, ‘The role of personal assistants in

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October 2017 – Easyfundraising and donations update

We are very grateful to all of our members who are helping us in one way or another towards meeting our costs.  Gift Day donations and standing orders, plus Easyfundraising and Gift Aid payments in August and September amounted to £624. Figures for October 2017: Easyfundraising raised £6.74 (funds are transferred quarterly) Gift Day one-off donations – £375 Weekly/Monthly donations, direct payments to bank – £12 Sale of KJ jewellery – £26 Gift Aid via mydonate – £5 Gift Aid claim on other eligible donations yet to be submitted This is the link for Easyfundraising and our cause: link Thank you Paul – DGMEFM Network Treasurer

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September 2017 Facebook Blog

The 5th October meeting will start with our Annual General Meeting (AGM).  We need a minimum of 10 members to attend for this please. Articles / Blogs Metabolic switch may bring on chronic fatigue syndrome, article .  ‘The team is now conducting a large trial in Norway of the cancer drug rituximab, which destroys the cells that make antibodies, in people with CFS.  Results are expected next year.’ Lady Gaga was taken to hospital in ‘severe pain’ cancelling her Rock In Rio appearance. Shortly afterwards she confirmed she has Fibromyalgia, forcing her to reschedule her European leg of her tour, BBC article.  For those of you with Netflix, her documentary, Gaga:

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August 2017 Facebook Blog

As we enter September there is a definite nip in the air.  If like me you find your body thermostat is wonky, the start of the cold weather will hit you hard, so try and remember to layer up. Thank you to all the members who completed our survey which will help us focus our own depleted energies on the things that you have shared matter to you.  We really do appreciate the time you put in completing this survey as we understand how difficult completing the simplest of tasks can be. The 7th September meeting has the theme of Medications and Supplements.  Come along and share what works for

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July 2017 Facebook Blog

Welcome to August and for registered members, the receipt of our feedback questionnaire which we would be very grateful for members to complete.  Although this has been provided in paper format, completing this online would really help us out as your record would immediately be saved and stored in a secure location. There were lots of interactions this month with members sharing advice, offering suggestions or empathising where Facebook members were struggling. Articles / Blogs The article ‘Even “Minor” Infections Can Cause Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)’ was shared. The article ‘Biological underpinnings of chronic fatigue syndrome begin to emerge’ was shared. The ME Association article ‘CDC removes CBT and GET

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June 2017 Facebook Blog

Welcome to July and the start of School holidays. If you are interested in helping with the creation of the monthly Facebook blog, please email Kim (Secretary) at: kim@dgmefm.org.uk. 😊 Articles / Blogs One of the biggest myths about chronic fatigue syndrome just got destroyed in this article which suggests a faulty cell receptor. Could there be a biomarker for ME/CFS?, check out this article. The article ‘Brit scientist could be about to CURE multiple sclerosis and provide hope for millions’ was shared as potentially could, in time, cure other conditions.  The article explains how they are not using any drugs but instead simply switching on the body’s own systems of

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