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Fibromyalgia Nutrition Clinic to open in Dundalk this summer

Fibromyalgia Nutrition Clinic to open in Dundalk this summer

A new Fibromyalgia Nutrition Clinic will open in Dundalk this summer.

The new venture, which will be run by local woman Grainne Fox, will also focus on holistic therapies and gentle exercise.

It will open with a free information morning on Monday July 16th at 10am on the First Floor of the Demesne Building. To book an appointment call 087 1622802.

Grainne, who also runs SWAT50+ a fitness solution for those aged 50 and over, explained what fibromyalgia was.

She said: “It is a long term chronic condition that causes widespread pain in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. This illness effects more women than men, at least 1 in every 25 is afflicted with Fibromyalgia. This condition is not inflammatory, or degenerative, but the pain can be so severe that daily tasks are next to impossible.”

Grainne supplied further details below…

What are the symptoms of FIBROMYALGIA?

“Most of those who have Fibromyalgia have all different symptoms, which makes it so hard to diagnose and treat, but the common symptoms in everyone would be: Tiredness, Widespread pain in the muscles, Sleep Disturbance.

“There are no visible signs of Fibromyalgia, those who have this condition, say that their friends would say, ‘How well you look Mary’ and all the while Mary would be in severe pain on the inside. The severity of pain is different for everyone and a certain times pain can be really unbearable.

“Other symptoms can be: Poor circulation, (tingling of the hands and feet), IBS, Irritability, Headaches, Forgetfulness.”

How it is DIAGNOSED?

“In the past, doctors would check 18 specific points on a person’s body to see how many of them were painful when pressed firmly. Newer guidelines don’t require a tender point exam. Instead, a fibromyalgia diagnosis can be made if a person has had widespread pain for more than three months — with no underlying medical condition that could cause the pain (

“Guidelines in 2010 recommend that health-care professionals should also consider fatigue, waking up feeling un-refreshed and cognitive symptoms when making a diagnosis, as well as a history of pain lasting there months or more.”


“There is no exact known cause of this condition, but it can be a physical, traumatic, mental and psychological factors. Some people would say that the symptoms started after a bad accident, viral infections, stress, anxiety, a sudden loss of a family member. It can strike at any age, as young as 12 years of age, and even younger.”

Nutrition and FIBROMYALGIA

“There is no diet that has been proven to aid with Fibromyalgia, but following a healthy diet and lifestyle can make a huge difference.

“Complementary Therapies help with the symptoms of Fibromyalgia, i.e. Holistic Massage, Reiki, Gentle Exercise. Just bare in mind what works for one, does not necessarily work for the other, it’s a case of trial and error. It is always advisable to consult with your Doctor before trying any therapies, as some are know to interact with medication.”

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