Tullamore to host International ME and Fibromyalgia Conference

THE Midlands Fibromyalgia Support Group, supported by The Academy of Nutritional Medicine, is holding an International Conference on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and Fibromyalgia at the Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore on Sunday October 9.

THE Midlands Fibromyalgia Support Group, supported by The Academy of Nutritional Medicine, is holding an International Conference on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and Fibromyalgia at the Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore on Sunday October 9.

This will be an important opportunity for sufferers of ME/Fibromyalgia as well as carers and health professionals to gain state-of-the-art knowledge of these conditions and the latest treatment options. The conference runs from 9am to pm.

Six top-caliber experts in the field will be giving presentations on the day.

Dr Judy Mikovits MD, PhD, a highly renowned guest from the USA, is research director of the Whittemore Peterson Institute (WPI), an ME research organisation and clinic in Nevada. Dr. Mikovits is one of the authors of the cutting-edge study published in Science magazine in October 2009 that detected XMRV in ME patients.

Dr Peter Julu, MB ChB MSc PhD, is the only GMC-registered specialist in Autonomic Neurophysiology in the UK, and his talk will be on the neurophysiological assessment of autonomic function in patients with ME, as well as fibromyalgia and Lyme Disease), and his spearheading research at the Breakspear Clinic.

Dr Daniel Goyal MB ChB DTM&H will be speaking about the main tests patients should consider having and the related therapy options while Dr Raymond N. Perrin, DO, PhD, will be speaking on neurolymphatic drainage of the brain and its involvement in ME.

Dr. Perrin is Honorary Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health and Clinical Sciences at The University of Central Lancashire, a registered osteopath and specialist in ME and Ms Catherine Norton is a PhD candidate in the School of Psychology, University College Dublin.

Also present will be Greg Crowhurst RNLD PG dip who is a registered Nurse with qualifications in training, experiential learning, counselling, web design and an MA in Moral, Personal and Spiritual Development, and will be giving a talk based on his own experience of caring for his wife, who is suffering from very severe ME and fibromyalgia, entitled ‘Speak your truth’.

The conference will also premiere an online 2011 Autumn Art Exhibition featuring works by Eva Caballé, author of “Missing: A life broken by Multiple Chemical Sensitivity,” and Greg and Linda Crowhurst, to raise awareness of the atrocious hidden suffering of Severe ME and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. It can also be viewed at www.stonebird.co.uk/autumnexhibition.html.

The Midlands Fibromyalgia Support Group (Offaly, Laois, Westmeath & Longford) was formed in Tullamore in 2002, and is supported by the Health Service Executive.

Tickets cost €35, including lunch and light refreshments. To purchase tickets, please send an email to: midlandsfibro@gmail.com, phone 00 353 87-9389751, or write to Midlands Fibromyalgia Support Group, Offaly Centre for Independent Living, Clonminch Rd., Tullamore, Co. Offaly. For further details, please visit the webpage http://www.stonebird.co.uk/irishmeconference.html.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition of widespread pain and profound fatigue. The fatigue ranges from feeling tired to the exhaustion of a flu-like illness.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) is a debilitating neurological disease that has been recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) since 1969 as a distinct organic neurological disorder. Evidence suggests a population prevalence of between 0.2 - 0.4%, (Irish ME Trust).

Patients with ME experience a multitude of difficult symptoms including cognitive dysfunction, prolonged headaches, dizziness, sore throats, post exertional malaise, problems with the autonomic nervous system including sweating and palpitations. Many ME patients live in pain and terrible discomfort.