National Fibromyalgia Association Monthly News & Resources

Government Benefits, Grants & Financial Aid

Need help? USA.gov, the U.S. government’s official web portal, offers information on grants, loans, financial aid and other benefits from the U.S. government. Among the many categories are Disability Resources, Employment and Training Assistance, Legal Assistance and more.

The Possible Dangers of Buying Medicines Over the Internet

Consumers can buy medications from many websites that offer convenience, privacy, and safeguards for purchasing medicines—and operate legally. But there are also many “rogue websites” that offer to sell potentially dangerous drugs that have not been checked for safety or effectiveness. The Food and Drug Administration offers a free guide on how to recognize a legal Internet pharmacy and how to buy medicines online safely.

Fibromyalgia AWARE Now Available Online

Fibromyalgia AWARE, the first and only consumer magazine that focuses exclusively on fibromyalgia, is now available online.

Fibromyalgia On the Doctors Show

Lynne Matallana, president and founder of the National Fibromyalgia Association, was a featured guest on the April 16 episode of “The Doctors,” a one-hour, daytime TV talk show that launched in September 2008 on CBS.

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day Update

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is quickly approaching. For an update on events or to download the Fibromyalgia Affects Everyone Fact Sheet.

Funding Allocated for Fibromyalgia Research

The Omnibus Appropriations Acts, 2009 (H.R. 1105) has been approved by congress and the president. The appropriations bill, which became public law on March 11, 2009, includes language specific to the funding of scientific research for fibromyalgia.

The Patient’s Role in the Treatment of Fibromyalgia

This presentation, featuring NFA President Lynne Matallana, was given during the OFFER 2007 Patient’s Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Highlights include responses to the five most frequently asked questions, self-management tips, new treatment options, and more.

Promising Future Treatment Option

A low dose of a drug called naltrexone was found to reduce symptoms of pain and fatigue an average of 30 percent over placebo, according a small pilot study by Stanford University School of Medicine. According to the study, the drug is particularly promising because of the few treatment options available for fibromyalgia patients, its low cost of about $40 a month and its limited side effects. Researchers are moving forward with a second study.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Fibromyalgia

The Second Edition of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Fibromyalgia has been released by the Penguin Group. Authored by Lynne Matallana, president of the NFA, the revised and updated book shows readers how to tackle fibromyalgia symptoms on a daily basis— and enhance their quality of life. Survival Skills, Communication and Relationships, a Guide to Finding a Doctor and Treating Overlapping Conditions are just a few of the areas addressed. Click HERE to order the Second Edition of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Fibromyalgia

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