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Airing Pain 109: Fibromyalgia

Fibromyal­gia management’s revised rec­om­men­da­tions, walk­ing as self-man­age­ment, and one person’s jour­ney with liv­ing with FM

This edi­tion has been sup­port­ed by the Women’s Fund of Scotland.

Fibromyal­gia (FM) affects around 2% of the UK pop­u­la­tion, with 80–90% of those being women, and being a wide­ly mis­un­der­stood con­di­tion its exact caus­es are unknown.  Wide­spread pain is the major symp­tom; but peo­ple with FM may also expe­ri­ence fatigue, dif­fi­cul­ty sleep­ing, mem­o­ry prob­lems (“fibro-fog”), mus­cle stiff­ness, and many oth­ers. In 2016, EULAR (Euro­pean League Against Rheuma­tism) pub­lished its Revised Rec­om­men­da­tions for the Man­age­ment of Fibromyal­gia. In this edi­tion Paul Evans speaks to Dr Gareth Jones, read­er in epi­demi­ol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Aberdeen who was part of the study group.

Paul also speaks to Dr Kathryn Mar­tin and Fiona Ren­nie about their work with Walk With Ease, a pro­gramme that encour­ages walk­ing as a self-man­age­ment tech­nique for arthri­tis and mus­cu­loskele­tal con­di­tions like FM. He even has a go himself!

We also hear from Diane about her expe­ri­ences being diag­nosed with FM and her jour­ney using swim­ming, yoga, and mind­ful­ness as self-man­age­ment techniques.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Abdom­i­nal pain, arthri­tis, epi­demi­ol­o­gy of pain, exer­cise, fatigue, fibromyal­gia, gen­der, hyper­sen­si­tiv­i­ty, IBS: irri­ta­ble bow­el syn­drome, insom­nia, menopause, mind­ful­ness, stiff­ness, neu­ro­path­ic pain, online course, stom­ach cramps, stretch­ing, swim­ming and Walk with Ease.


  • Diane, Per­son liv­ing with fibromyalgia
  • Dr Gareth Jones, Read­er of Epi­demi­ol­o­gy, Epi­demi­ol­o­gy Group, Uni­ver­si­ty of Aberdeen
  • Dr Kathryn R Mar­tin, Lec­tur­er in Epi­demi­ol­o­gy, Epi­demi­ol­o­gy Group, Uni­ver­si­ty of Aberdeen, Walk With Ease Programme
  • Fiona Ren­nie, Walk With Ease leader.

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