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NFA Newsletter | October 2020

When Dealing With Fibromyalgia It’s All About Taking Small Steps To Improvement!

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While one person may find the Three Stooges hilarious, another may think they are silly and childish. You may crack up watching Saturday Night Live, while your neighbor finds it offensive. Do you like physical humor like slapstick, or do you prefer relationship humor like the TV show Friends? Or maybe dry humor tickles your funny bone. Think about what makes you laugh out loud, then set out to incorporate that kind of humor into your daily life.
Yes, Laughter is Strong Medicine!

Yes, Laughter is Strong Medicine!

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Take Time To Laugh! Humor For People With Fibromyalgia…

  • Your little black book contains only names ending in M.D.
  • You get confused playing checkers.
  • You finally have all the answers, but you forgot what the questions were.
  • You look forward to a dull evening.
  • You sit in a rocking chair and can’t get it going.
  • After painting the town red, you have to take a nap before applying the second coat of color.
  • Your back goes out more often than you do.
  • You consider a discussion of bowel problems interesting conversation.
  • You know what’s on TV at 3:00 A.M.
  • Dialing long distance wears, you out.
  • You stop to to think and forget to start again.
  • You find yourself smiling at this list.

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We Understand a lot About the Causes of FM – But There’s Still More to Learn.

We know there are a number of factors involved in the causes of FM. Many people associate the development of fibromyalgia with a physically or emotionally stressful or traumatic event, such as an automobile accident. Some connect it to repetitive injuries. Others link it to a long illness. For others, fibromyalgia seems to occur spontaneously.

Many researchers are examining the causes, including problems with how the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) processes pain.

Some scientists speculate that a person’s genes may regulate the way his or her body processes painful stimuli. According to this theory, people with fibromyalgia may have a gene or genes that cause them to react strongly to stimuli that most people would not perceive as painful. There have already been several genes identified that occur more commonly in fibromyalgia patients, and NIAMS-supported researchers are currently looking at these and other possibilities.

The NFA continues to help facilitate research. Watch the NIH presentation by NFA founder Lynne Matallana, to share with researchers around the world on the patients perspective on pain research.

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Lynne Matallana on Fibromyalgia
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“What is Available to Help with the Pain of Fibromyalgia?”

A reader posted this question on the NFA’s Q&A section of the website. Dozens responded to Melissa Mathison’s question, including followers of the NFA’s Facebook page. To read the responses, and to post your own questions and answers, CLICK HERE!

Living with Fibromyalgia: What is Next?

By: Lynne Matallana,
President and Founder, National Fibromyalgia Association

“When asked, most individuals with chronic pain express their desire to feel “normal” and “to not feel stigmatized by their pain.”

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My Story: Undiagnosed and Unsure

By: David Luecht,

“It is assumed that fibromyalgia affects women only. Men are diagnosed with it also. For over a year and a half, I have had the pain, fatigue, fog, dizziness, numbness in feet and hands, as well as depressive state. I tried to mask it and worked out 4 days a week for 3 years straight hoping whatever was happening to me would go away.

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STATEMENT:

Your Diet can affect your Fibro Symptoms!

ANSWER…TRUE, Here are the Facts:

Your diet plays a large role in how you feel day to day. The diet that seems to work the best for the Fibromyalgia community is a modified version of the Mediterranean diet. Follow this diet but try to eliminate sugar, caffeine, and all processed foods. Many people with FM report that simply removing sugar and artificial ingredients from their diet makes a significant difference in how they feel!

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More About Diet & Health

Dr. David Katz, Voted one of the 100 most influential people in health & fitness by Greatist.com. has made a video for us to share with members of the NFA. This video helps explain how certain foods can be benefical to your health.

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Share Your Story

One of the most popular offerings of the NFA’s website is our “Share your story” program. People with FM often feel alone and wonder how others are dealing with their FM symptoms. Share with them and learn from others in the FM community at: https://fmaware.net/share-your-full-story/

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