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ME/CFS AUSTRALIA (SA) INC

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Mailing address:
PO Box 28,
Hindmarsh,
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Office:
266 Port Road,
Hindmarsh,
South Australia 5007
Ph: 1300 128 339

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FIBROMYALGIA HELP:
Contact
Fibromyalgia SA
at the
Arthritis Foundation of SA
118 Richmond Road,
Marleston 5033
Ph: (08) 8379 5711

ME/CFS Australia (SA) Inc supports the needs of sufferers of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and related illnesses. We do this by providing services and information to members.

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ME/CFS Australia (SA) Inc aims to keep members informed of the various research projects, diets, medications, therapies etc. All communication, both verbal and written, is merely to disseminate information and not to make recommendations or directives.

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Society Seminars for 2015
Saturday 14 February 2015
1:30pm
Speaker: Dr Roger Spizzo, from Prospect Medical Centre
Topic: "The Fatigue Spectrum and the Gut"
Saturday 13 June 2015
1:30pm
Speaker: Skye Cibich, Accredited Exercise Physiologist from Adelaide Exercise Physiology
Saturday 8 August 2015
1:30pm
Speaker: Stelios Soulis, dietitian with Nutrition Health Experts at Mile End
Saturday 14 November 2015
Annual General Meeting
1:30pm
Speaker: Dr Peter Tunbridge
Details for all seminars…

ME/CFS Diagnostic Criteria and Guidelines

www ME: International Consensus Criteria
(Journal of Internal Medicine, Aug 2011)
PDF

For GPs:
ME – Adult & Paediatric:
International Consensus Primer for Medical Practitioners
(2012)
(PDF, 1.49 MB)

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ME/CFS: A Clinical Case Definition and Guidelines for Medical Practitioners
– An Overview of the Canadian Consensus Document
(2005)
(PDF, 1 MB)

  Note: See here for an overview on the Canadian Consensus Criteria for Fibromyalgia (PDF, 1.70 MB)

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ME/CFS Guidelines for GPs
(South Australian Department of Health)
(English) (PDF, 460 KB)

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ME/CFS Guidelines for GPs
(South Australian Department of Health)
(German) (PDF, 186 KB)

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For Psychiatrists (in English):
CFS: Assessment and Treatment of Patients with ME/CFS – Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists
(Eleanor Stein MD FRCP[C], 2005)
(PDF, 460 KB)

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For Psychiatrists (in German):
Chronic Fatigue Syndrom: Diagnose und Behandlung von Patienten mit ME/CFS – Klinische Leitlinien für Psychiater
(Eleanor Stein MD FRCP[C], 2005)
(PDF, 313 KB)

 
Australian ME/CFS Societies
NATIONAL
ME/CFS Australia Ltd
Address: PO Box 7100 Dandenong VIC 3175
Phone: (03) 9793 4500
Fax: (03) 9793 1866
Web: www.mecfs.org.au
Email: ceo@mecfs.org.au
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
ACT ME/CFS Society, Inc
Address: c/o SHOUT, PO Box 717, Mawson ACT 2607
Phone: (02) 6290 1984
Fax: (02) 6290 4475
Web: www.mecfscanberra.org.au
Email: mecfsadmin@shout.org.au
NEW SOUTH WALES
ME/CFS Society of NSW Inc
Postal address: PO Box 5403, West Chatswood NSW 1515
Office address: Suite 204, 10 Help Street, Chatswood NSW 2067
Phone: (02) 8006 7448
Web: www.me-cfs.org.au
Email: admin@me-cfs.org.au
NEW SOUTH WALES
The ME/CFS & FM Association NSW
Web: www.mecfsnsw.org
NORTHERN TERRITORY
ME/CFS Australia (Northern Territory)
Address: PO Box 120, Prahran, VIC 3181
Reception: (03) 9529 1344
Support Line: (03) 9529 1600
Web: www.mecfs-vic.org.au
Email: admin@mecfs-nt.org.au
QUEENSLAND
ME/CFS/FM Support Association Qld Inc
Address: c/o Mission Department, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Toowoomba Qld 4350
Phone: (07) 4632 8173
Web: www.mecfsfmq.org.au
Email: mefmtba@bigpond.com
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SOUTH AUSTRALIA
ME/CFS Australia (SA) Inc
Postal address: PO Box 28, Hindmarsh SA 5007
Address: 266 Port Road, Hindmarsh SA 5007
Phone: (08) 8346 3237 ('834 MECFS')
Support line: (08) 8346 3237 or 1300 128 339 for country callers
Web: www.sacfs.asn.au
Email: sacfs@sacfs.asn.au
TASMANIA
ME/CFS Australia (Tasmania)
Address: PO Box 120, Prahran, VIC 3181
Reception: (03) 9529 1344
Support Line: (03) 9529 1600
Web: www.mecfs-vic.org.au
Email: admin@mecfs-tas.org.au
VICTORIA
ME/CFS Australia (Victoria)
Office address: 2/240 Chapel Street, Prahran, VIC, 3181
Postal address: PO Box 120, Prahran, VIC 3181
Reception: (03) 9529 1344
Support Line: (03) 9529 1600
Web: www.mecfs-vic.org.au
Email: admin@mecfs-vic.org.au
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
The ME/CFS Society of WA (Inc)
Address: The Centre for Neurological Support, The Niche, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands, Perth WA 6009
Phone: (08) 9346 7477
Fax: (08) 9346 7534
Web: www.mecfswa.org.au
Email: info@mecfswa.org.au

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Tramadol/Paracetamol Improves Quality of Life in Chronic Pain Patients

International news

Tuesday 4 August 2015

 

Please Note: Paracetamol is known as acetaminophen in the US and Japan. The following article comes from the US.

From Fibromyalgia News Today:

Capsules
 

Tramadol/Acetaminophen Improves Quality of Life in Chronic Pain Patients


July 31st, 2015

Fibromyalgia patients who were given analgesic in a randomized, double-blind study experienced a reduction in pain and an improvement in health-related quality of life. Before the study, patients experiencing pain had significant impairment of their health-related quality of life, but during the study, the patients’ pain relief directly correlated to an increase in health-related quality of life.

Researchers at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland and collaborators and other institutions were supported by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc., to conduct the study. The study, entitled, “Impact of Fibromyalgia Pain on Health-Related Quality of Life Before and After Treatment With Tramadol/Acetaminophen,” was published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism.

A total of 313 fibromyalgia patients with moderate-to-severe pain were recruited for the study. Patients received tramadol/acetaminophen four times a day, every day, for up to a possible allotment of 91 days. The ratio of tramadol to acetaminophen was 1-to-8. The two medications were selected to be given together because tramadol and acetaminophen work through different mechanisms to achieve the goal of pain relief.

Read more…

 
 
 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Causes Early Menopause, Other Gynecological Problems

International news

Monday 3 August 2015

 

From US news outlet Examiner.com:

Woman Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Women with and without CFS
were of similar age; however
the women with CFS reported
significantly more gynecologic
conditions and surgical
procedures than the controls
 

Chronic fatigue syndrome causes early menopause, other gynecologic problems

Robin Wulffson, M.D.
LA Women's Health Examiner
August 1, 2015 12:50 PM MST

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionchronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is an incapacitating and complex disorder characterized by profound fatigue that is not improved by bed rest; in addition, it may be aggravated by physical or mental activity. Symptoms affect several body systems and may include weakness, muscle pain, impaired memory and/or mental concentration, and insomnia; all of these can impact participation in daily activities.

A new study assessed whether gynecologic conditions are associated with CFS. The findings were published in the August edition of the journal Menopause. The study group comprised 157 women residing in Georgia who were followed from 2004 through 2009. A gynecologic history was taken via a self-administered questionnaire. The data were adjusted for body mass index (BMI) and other factors that could influence the result. Of the 157 women, 84 suffered from CFS and 73 served as healthy controls.

The researchers found that women the women with and without CFS were of similar age; however the women with CFS reported significantly more gynecologic conditions and surgical procedures than the controls: menopause status (61.9% vs. 37.0%); earlier average age at menopause onset (37.6 vs. 48.6 years); excessive menstrual bleeding (73.8% vs. 42.5%); bleeding between periods (48.8% vs. 23.3%); endometriosis (29.8% vs. 12.3%); use of noncontraceptive hormonal preparations (57.1% vs. 26.0%); nonmenstrual pelvic pain (26.2% vs. 2.7%); and gynecologic surgeries (65.5% vs. 31.5%), especially hysterectomy (54.8% vs. 19.2%). Hysterectomy and oophorectomy (ovary removal occurred at a significantly younger average age in the CFS group than in controls; furthermore, it occurred before CFS onset in 71% of women with records of date of surgical operation and date of CFS onset.

Read more…

 
 
 

Ex-Squaddie Given £8,000 Of Free Dentistry So He Can Smile At His Wedding

International news

Sunday 2 August 2015

 

From Scotland's Deadline News:

Neil Raeburn with dentists
Former squaddie Neil Raeburn
will get a new smile in time
for his wedding in October.
 

Ex-squaddie given £8,000 of free dentistry so he can smile at his wedding

By Patrícia Silva, PhD
July 27th, 2015

A BRAVE squaddie who completed three tours during his military service with the Royal Scots is receiving the ultimate wedding gift – having his smile rebuilt by a team of dental experts.

Bosses at cosmetic dental practice Vitaliteeth in Edinburgh stepped in after learning Neil Raeburn, who suffers from Fibromyalgia, would be too embarrassed to smile at his big day on October 17.

Now he will get more than £8000 of state-of-the art treatment for free over the next six months, to ensure he gets photos to remember when he ties the knot with long-term partner, Kathryn, 28.

Neil, 30, had already undergone some basic dental treatment at Ocean Drive NHS dentist in Leith, which is next door to private practice Vitaliteeth. When both practices were taken over by new owners recently, they carried out a review of his case.

Read more…

 
 
 

Aquatic Aerobic Exercise Offers Therapeutic Benefits To Fibromyalgia Patients

International news

Saturday 1 August 2015

 

From Fibromyalgia News Today:

 

Aquatics
 

Aquatic Aerobic Exercise Offers Therapeutic Benefits to Fibromyalgia Patients

By Patricia Silva, PhD
July 27th, 2015

Researchers at Cukurova University, Turkey recently revealed that aquatic aerobic exercise offers clinical benefits to patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). The study was published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science and is entitled “The effects of aquatic, isometric strength-stretching and aerobic exercise on physical and psychological parameters of female patients with fibromyalgia syndrome”.

FMS, or simply fibromyalgia, is a medical disorder characterized by a set of symptoms that includes widespread chronic musculoskeletal pain, incapacitating fatigue, stiffness and numbness in certain parts of the body, painful response to pressure, headaches, unrefreshing sleep (poor sleep quality), anxiety or depression and mood alterations. Fibromyalgia can affect people’s ability to conduct simple daily tasks, compromising their quality of life. It is estimated that 5 to 15 million Americans are affected by this disorder, especially women.

FMS patients have a lower muscular strength, endurance and fitness levels in comparison to healthy individuals. In order to improve these parameters and reduce pain, there are several therapeutic modalities. Studies have shown that low intensity physical activity and exercise, such as walking, jogging, cycling, stretching and swimming have a positive impact in patients with chronic pain and FMS. Exercise increases FMS patient’s fitness levels, reduces the spread of pain and tenderness, reduces depression levels and improves the quality of life.

In the study, researchers analyzed the impact of aquatic, aerobic and isometric strength-stretching exercises in FMS patients’ physical and psychological parameters.

Read more…

 
 
 

The Next Lyrica?

International news

Friday 31 July 2015

 

From Health Rising:

Community
A major Fibromyalgia drug trial is
underway in the U.S. and Canada
 

The Next Lyrica? Thousand Person Fibromyalgia Drug Trial is Underway

By Cort Johnson
July 26, 2015

It’s not often that you see a 1,000-person drug trial for fibromyalgia or any other disease, but one recently begun in the U.S. and Canada. A Japanese drug company, Daiichi Sankyo, is making a huge bet on a new drug called mirogabalin for fibromyalgia and other diseases.

If mirogabalin sounds vaguely familiar it should. Daiichi Sankyo believes mirogabalin is a significant upgrade of pregabalin, e.g. Lyrica. Both drugs bind to calcium channels that have been implicated in the production of neuropathic pain.

Mirogabalin is believed to bind to a calcium channel subunit that has strictly analgesic; i.e. pain-reducing properties. Lyrica, on the other hand, also binds to another subunit that has central nervous system effects that may be responsible for its side effects. Mirogabalin, Daiichi Sankyo believes, will be more potent, have fewer side-effects, and be longer-acting than Lyrica.

That would be a winning combination for the many fibromyalgia sufferers who either didn’t derive benefit from the Lyrica or not enough benefit to stay on it. Lyrica’s reputation for producing side-effects has become so pervasive that the company is working with researchers to try and determine what kinds of ME/CFS patients it works for and which kinds it doesn’t.

Read more…

 
 
 

New HOPE For You And ME

International news

Thursday 30 July 2015

 

From Rich Carson, the founder of ProHealth:

Your illness does not define you...
 

New HOPE for You and ME

By Rich Carson
www.ProHealth.com
July 27, 2015

Living with one of the most devastating, disabling chronic diseases known to man is not easy, but patients like you and I can live happy, rich, vastly rewarding lives if we live with hope and the the self-discipline to take good care of ourselves. To do to this we need to empower ourselves with actionable information that we can use to help us to feel our best. And it's also critically important to acknowledge with every fiber of our being the truth of our situation, that 'this too shall pass.' We will get well; it's just a matter of time.

Breathtaking technological advances are furthering our understanding of medicine and the underlying processes involved in ME/CFS, FM and Lyme Disease—and it's happening at an ever-quickening pace. Exponential improvements in technology will soon make effective treatments and a cure only a matter of time.

Read more…

 
 
 

Reflections On The Institute Of Medicine's Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease

International news

Wednesday 29 July 2015

 

From ProHealth:

Institute of Medicine
 

Reflections on the IOM’s systemic exertion intolerance disease

By Leonard A. Jason et al.
www.ProHealth.com
July 26, 2015

By Leonard A. Jason et al.

Abstract

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) in the US has recently proposed that the term Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID) replace Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). In addition, the IOM proposed a new case definition for SEID, which includes substantial reductions or impairments in the ability to engage in pre-illness activities, unrefreshing sleep, post-exertional malaise, and either cognitive impairment or orthostatic intolerance.

Unfortunately, these recommendations for a name change were not vetted with patient and professional audiences, and the new criteria were not evaluated with data sets of patients and controls.

A recent poll suggests that the majority of patients reject this new name. In addition, studies have found that that prevalence rates will dramatically increase with the new criteria, particularly due to the ambiguity revolving around exclusionary illnesses.

Read more…

 
 
 

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