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Saturday 30 June 2018
1:30pm Speaker:Diana Bordean, a physiotherapist who helps people with Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS. Topic: What can your physiotherapist do for you? Plus... ME/CFS Life Hacks. Bring along your favourite disability aid, piece of equipment or device. A Travelscoot and electric wheelchair will be available on the day to try out.
Saturday 11 August 2018
1:30pm Speaker: Dr Mona Kaur Topic: Gut Health & ME/CFS New Venue: SACOSS, 47 King William Rd, Unley
Saturday 24 November 2018 Annual General Meeting
1:30pm Speaker: Dr Michael Musker, Senior Research Fellow, SAHMRI Topic: Examining Chronic Fatigue Syndrome using biological markers: A comparison of controls and sufferers
Mia Anderson knew something was wrong; she just didn’t know what. It was late 2014 and the sophomore pre-med student at the University of Florida was under typical exam stress, she thought.
It was more.
“My brain wasn’t working very well. I was confused,” said Mia, 23, who lives in Maitland. “I was having to put in a lot more effort than my peers. I was napping every other hour. I really didn’t know what was going on.”
It turned out that Mia, like at least 1 million people nationwide and maybe as many as 2.5 million, has myalgic encephalomyelitis, or chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). And very few answers.
It isn’t a rare disease. More people in the United States suffer from it than from multiple sclerosis or muscular dystrophy. There is, however, no type of bio-marker to diagnose the disease and no FDA-approved treatments.
Mia’s mother knew all about ME/CFS. After having children, Nancy Anderson was diagnosed with auto immune thyroid disease and “was never really well for 15 years while trying to raise children.” She finally learned it was ME/CFS after a visit to a specialist at Stanford University. She was put on a potent blend of antiviral and anti-inflammation medicines, which brought her functions from “45 to 85 percent,” said Anderson, a nurse whose husband, Mark Anderson, is a doctor.
Your support in this study will help us to understand your health care needs, determine how responsive your health system is to your needs, and identify areas where health systems could improve to better serve these needs. In appreciation you will be invited to enter a draw to win one of 10 x AU$50 Visa Cards. You will also have the opportunity to receive a copy of the findings.
ME/CFS Australia (SA) Inc Co-Signs International Open Letter
South Australian news
Monday 18 June 2018
ME/CFS Australia (SA) has signed an open letter to the journal Psychological Medicine asking for the 2013 PACE paper to be retracted.
By Deborah Marlin, Committee Member
Originally published on 30 March 2017
No doubt you will remember the PACE trial, a research study conducted in the UK looking at the effectiveness of GET (graded exercise therapy) and CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) in the treatment of ME/CFS.
In 2013 the research team published a paper in the journal Psychological Medicine, in which they stated that each of these treatments led to recovery in 22% of patients, compared with only 7% in a comparison group. The two treatments, they concluded, offered patients “the best chance of recovery.”
There has been much criticism of the research methods used in this study from other researchers and from the ME/CFS community. ME/CFS Australia (SA), also, has serious concerns about methodological design flaws in the PACE trial.
Sam Duluk, MP for Waite, will be talking on ME/CFS during what is called a Private Member's Grievance session, 3:15 – 4pm. It would be lovely to see as many people as possible in Parliament House this Wed, 20th June, to show our support from the public gallery. (Details below).
Sam supported our recent badge day and became more aware of the plight of pwME, leading him to offer to raise our issues in parliament.
Meet in the Parliament House foyer at 2:45pm, ready to be in the Chamber by 3pm.
Wear your #MillionsMissingT-shirt or something red so we stand out in the gallery. If you don't have red then our traditional colour blue. But come, whatever colour you wear!
If you are unable to join us you could send a delegate - family and friends welcome!
“We have formed an expert committee which is made up of people with a particular interest in this sort of issue and with the type of clinical and biomedical skills that are necessary to understand the type of clinical situation,” said Prof Kelso.
When Senator Griff asked if the NHMRC would consider adding members with biomarker and molecular experience, given the importance of biomedical research and the limited experience of the committee, Prof Kelso said she would need to take the question on notice. He noted that on the USA’s equivalent committee, all members have biomedical research expertise.
Senator Griff asked if they sought public expressions of interest for the committees. Prof Kelso said no, but it was possibility and certainly worth considering.
Senator Watt asked, in writing, how the NHMRC planned to include the views of Australia’s leading scientists and clinicians. The NHMRC answered that they had an advisory committee of experts and referred him to the NHMRC’s website.
He asked about making the process more transparent. Again the NHMRC referred him to the same page of their website.
The current process for people suffering from chronic illness and disability to access social services is flawed in Australia. With waiting times exceeding 9 months for people to be assessed for the Disability Support Pension (DSP) it is forcing those living with a disability in some cases to live a lifestyle that puts them below the poverty line and is causing immense emotional hardship.
Welfare Rights Centre SA is a community legal centre which specialises in social security law. The Centre has 30 years of experience and expertise in social security law and Centrelink administration. We provide free legal advice and representation to clients facing Centrelink problems. Our clients are the most vulnerable in our community; including terminally ill clients, systematically abused and significantly mentally ill clients attempting to obtain the Disability Support Payment, young people escaping horrifically violent homes to obtain a payment to afford food and people leaving domestic violence relationships to get payments to start a new life.
In the 2015-2016 financial year, we provided legal advice to well over 2,000 clients facing Centrelink issues and saw over 500 clients through the Housing Legal Clinic.
Late on Friday afternoon, 26 May, we received the surprising and shocking news that the Welfare Rights Centre SA was unsuccessful in retaining their funding beyond the 30 June 2017.
This level of expertise does not exist anywhere else in South Australia. All this experience will be lost if the closure goes ahead. The inability to get timely access to secure income support is often at the root of other legal needs, including housing, credit and debt and family violence. We have assisted domestic violence victims, vulnerable minors, people with significant disabilities and those facing homelessness.
Meet a Doctor Who is a Grandma and a Fighter for Chronic Pain Patients
By Ed Coghlan
June 13, 2018
Copyright 2018 National Pain Report
Let me tell you a little secret. Part of how we have tried to grow the National Pain Report is to continually search for important voices. Sometimes they are patients or loved ones who have a story to tell. And sometimes it’s a doctor.
Let me introduce you to Dr. Debbie Nickels Heck from Muncie, Indiana. She was a woman who went to medical school in her 30’s, is a mother of three, a grandmother to seven and a woman with some very strong opinions about the environment in which chronic pain patients are being treated.
Not sure what you can do to support your ME/CFS community?
Buying an Entertainment Book for yourself or as a gift for others is one way of supporting your Society.
Even if you are unable to dine out, you can save money at selected supermarkets and other retailers. The two for one vouchers come in handy with visitors and children, when using entertainment venues or activity centres.
Let family and friends know they can purchase their new Entertainment Books from us. Not just books covering South Australia; books are available for other states in Australia.
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After 25 Years Battling Illness, Actor Prepares To Showcase New Film
Accompanying the EDS, Tara also suffers with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) which means when she changes from lying to standing it causes an abnormally large increase in heart rate - making her extremely dizzy.
A young friend and woman are now considered heroes after they teamed up to perform the incredible rescue of a boy drowning in a pool. The quick thinking of the two, which ultimately saved the boy's life, was all caught on a surveillance camera.
Evan, 12, was swimming with friends at a pool in Rochester, Minnesota, when he sunk to the bottom, while five fellow swimmers were splashing away.
Luckily, 13-year-old Cody Runyon sensed something was awry.
"I went underwater and all of a sudden I see him just lying on the ground just sitting down on 5 feet, just passed out," Cody told "Good Morning America."
The 4-foot-11, 80-pound teen rushed to the bottom of the pool and pulled an unconscious Evan to the shallow end -- the entire scene was caught on a surveillance video.
"I held him around the waist, put his head over my shoulder and I just carried him like that," said Cody of the Wednesday incident.
Desiree Pasko -- who suffers from a severe case of fibromyalgia and can barely walk -- arose from her wheelchair and ran over to the pool edge to assist.
Forty-three percent of office workers simultaneously experience gastrointestinal distress and chronic fatigue syndrome, a study conducted by the Taiwan Association for Lactic Acid Bacteria showed.
The study, which interviewed 1,068 office workers between the ages of 25 and 49, also showed that the proportion of people with chronic fatigue syndrome was 29.4 percent higher among people with gastrointestinal distress than among those without gastrointestinal distress.
Many people think that fatigue is only associated with stress and physical labor, association honorary chairman Tsai Ying-chieh (蔡英傑) said on Thursday.
However, gut microbiota disturbance and prolonged gut microbiota imbalance could create a negative chain reaction, leading to chronic fatigue syndrome, he said.
Imagine: you slip gently into the Land of Nod as a high-drive, progressive, active, healthy person only to awaken to an unexpected, uninvited invader. Under the cloak of darkness, it has stealthily and rapidly colonised your world, rendering you a useless, frustrated spectator in the brutish annihilation of your hopes, dreams, aspirations and ambitions. Your liberty and life as you knew and planned it, robbed and taken from you against your will. Just imagine!
Welcome to an insight into the life of someone waking up every morning to wage war on the invisible yet omnipotent tyrant otherwise known as chronic fatigue syndrome. You get sick, you don’t get better, as the days bleed into weeks, the weeks seep into months and the months normalise into years, you continue to disimprove.
Let me first articulate the insulting inadequacies of the name itself. It evokes a fluffy suggestion of nothing more than some sliding scale ranging from tiredness to exhaustion. It could be deducted from the name that a bit of sleep would cure all. However, even excess hours of sleeping fail to result in a refreshed awakening or even a sniff of a cure. A name has never failed a medical condition more degradingly.
Ahead of an event in Durham to raise awareness of ME, Hannah Davies spoke to one young sufferer and her family
HOPE Simpson is a 16-year-old with big dreams of becoming a photographer. But despite being clever, talented and dedicated, she’s continually frustrated by the limitations of her body. On a bad day Hope, of Bishop Auckland, can only lie down in bed. Her mother Catherine, 45, has to wash and dress her – and even holding a conversation can exhaust her.
She is one of the estimated 12,000 people in the North-East to suffer from Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME), a devastating neurological disease which can leave sufferers bedbound, unable to perform simple tasks and at times unable to communicate with their loved ones.