Hi there!

The poet S. J. Goldner once wrote:

I’d like to spend April, sitting on a hill,
With a mushroom for a parasol and violets for a frill.

Well, that’s Gabapentin for you. Nonetheless, April is with us, the year is getting better and, with a bit of luck, so are you.

If you missed it, last month we had a terrific talk from Dr Gary Lee who shared with us his plans for Fibromyalgia research and also showed us his impressive dancing mojo. It was a great afternoon and we’re very grateful to Gary for finding the time to join us.


On the Web:

Firstly, I am delighted to welcome Health Matters who are advertising with us on the www.wightfibrogroup.org website. Heath Matters is run by Michelle Callaghan, who says:

“Health Matters  offers specific light touch treatments, beneficial for those suffering fibromyalgia, CFS and ME.


Throughout my career within the massage industry I have developed an interest in neurological and autoimmune disorders.


My work helps those with acute and chronic, pain, with manual therapy work and Spinal touch treatments, which are key in maintaining health.


My Health Matters Clinic I started 1989 is a hub for person centred treatment, aiming to promote health and well being using an holistic and focused personal plan.


My client base is currently built from Island networking clients, some of whom  have monthly treatments, quite often they then recommend me, to their family. friends and neighbours.


I continue my training with Advanced Clinical Massage regularly , up dating my knowledge and training with Jing Advanced Massage .


Treatments include: 

  • Aromatherapy
  • Spinal Touch Treatment
  • Advanced Clinical Massage  (on going training)
  • Bach flower remedies
  • Hopi ear candle therapy 
  • Reflexology
  • TMJ Pain
  • Light Therapy for, SAD


I look forward to helping the fibromyalgia group if you would like to try a treatment with me contact :

Michelle: Mobile 07845 367 838, landline 01983 868 756

Website www.healthmatters.pro


Thank you

Michelle Callaghan F.H.T  I.I.H.H.T B.F.R.P Cert ST”

I know that Karen Smith has tried the Spinal Touch Treatment and found it extremely helpful with her back pain. You can find Health Matters on the home page of our website, so why not get in touch and see if Michelle can help you.

Secondly, we have a couple of new articles on the website, including one on how modern life can leave fibromyalgia sufferers feeling drained, exhausted and struggling with Brainfog. You can find it at http://www.wightfibrogroup.org/pulled-in-all-directions/



A recent article on the Very Well Health website indicated that the amino acid Lysine (or L-Lysine) has been found to be helpful to Fibro and CFS sufferers. Although research hasn’t specifically looked at Fibromyalgia (and I’m always wary of anything which hasn’t been researched) some studies have linked Lysine to:

  • Suppression of herpes viruses
  • Increasing calcium absorption, which may be helpful in osteoporosis
  • Lowering glucose levels
  • Alleviating migraines
  • Lessening anxiety
  • Aiding in wound and fracture healing

all of which seem quite handy. You can get Lysine in your diet from Meat, fish, eggs and dairy products, and you can take a supplement. If you would like to know more I’ve linked the article below.


Ow! It doesn’t hurt!

Last week there was an article on the BBC website about a woman who doesn’t feel pain. Jo Cameron only realises her skin is burning when she smells singed flesh. She often burns her arms on the oven, but feels no pain to warn her. Neither does she suffer with anxiety. All this sounds like the very opposite of some of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a complete wimp when it comes to pain. Mainly because everything REALLY hurts! I simply cannot imagine what it must be like not only to feel no pain, but to not be in pain. At all. To tell the truth, I cannot remember a time in my adult life when I have not been in pain.

Jo Cameron’s condition is apparently down to a genetic mutation which only two people in the world have. Research is going on to find out how this mutation might help others with things like surgery and chronic pain. I can’t wait for that one!

If you want to know more, there’s a link to the BBC article below.


April Meeting

This will be on the 9th of April at All Saint’s Church Hall, 1:30 pm as always. This month we will be joined by Val who is going to give us a very entertaining talk on her travels around the world. I don’t know about you but I loved travelling to different places when I was younger. The different cultures, customs and languages. Even went to Gurnard once. Now that’s foreign!

That’s all for now. Don’t forget to check the website for regular updates and links to our Facebook page. In the mean time, look after yourself.


All the best,





Lysine article:

The woman who doesn’t feel pain:

Stress and modern life article:

Poem extract from ‘April Music’ by S J Goldner (1993)