A Sense of Security

So, I was able to offer some information to Australian FM sufferers when applying for the Disability Support Pension. Since then, I found a site which may offer help to those in the States (although it is not FM specific).

This information may help you in filing a claim for either Social Security Disability (SSD or DIB) or SSI, including applying for disability and filing the necessary appeals at various stages of the process. Applying for disability can be a difficult and drawn out process, but the odds of winning can be improved by learning about the process.

  1. How to improve your chances when applying for disability benefits
  2. How to file for disability online
  3. How to get doctors to assist your SSD or SSI claim for benefits
  4. How to assess why you were denied disability benefits
  5. How to start an appeal for Social Security disability
  6. How to request the first appeal for your Social Security Disability or SSI case
  7. How to file a request for a Social Security Disability or SSI hearing before a judge
  8. How to find an attorney representative for your Social Security Disability or SSI disability claim
  9. How to get a disability hearing scheduled faster
  10. How to present yourself before a Social Security Disability judge

I hope this is helpful for some of you.



You’re So Vain


So, when you read about me getting botox in Bali, was your first thought ‘how self-involved?’ Guess again, people…

Most common locations of trigger points in migraine sufferers.

Scientists at the University of Granada have confirmed that injecting botulinum toxin (botox) into certain points named “trigger points” of the pericraneal and neck muscles reduce migraine frequency among migraine sufferers. University of Granada researchers have identified the location of these trigger points – which activation results in migraine – and their relationship with the duration and severity of this condition.

Headache is a universal experience. At present, there are more than 100 different types of headache and one of the most recurring ones is migraine, which affects approximately 10-12% of the population. And once again, women suffer more than men (being three times more common in women than in men). When migraine becomes chronic (occurring more than 15 days a month), it can disrupt patients’ daily life in a great degree.

This research study is one of the three studies that have been conducted by Juan Miguel García Leiva -a researcher at the University of Granada Institute for Neuroscience “Federico Oloriz” — and coordinated by professor Elena Pita Calandre.

Trigger Points in Migraine Sufferers

In the first study, researchers examined a sample of healthy subjects and patients with a diagnosis of migraine (any frequency), and analysed the presence of trigger points and their location, many of the explorations resulting in a migraine crisis. The most interesting findings of this study were: 95% of migraine sufferers have trigger points, while only 25% of healthy subjects have them. The most common locations of trigger points are the anterior temporal and the suboccipital region, both bilateral, of the head. Furthermore, researchers found a positive correlation among the number of trigger points in a patient, the number of monthly crises and the duration in years of the condition.

Subsequently, researchers conducted another study with 52 migraine sufferers. Over three months, patients received a weekly subcutaneous injection of 1mL of a local anesthetic into their trigger points.

After the injection of the anesthetic, 18% of patients experienced a 50% or higher reduction in the frequency of migraine crises, as compared with the basal period. Additionally, an 11-49% reduction of frequency was observed in 38% of patients. Two thirds of the patients treated reported to feel “better or much better.”

Few Side Effects

In the third study, 25 patients with chronic migraine were injected with 12.5 doses of botox into each trigger point twice, during a period of 3 months. Frequency (main variable), intensity and scales of migraine crises were recorded one month before and one month after the treatment to compare the changes experienced. In addition, side effects were also recorded during the experiment, and they were found to be mild and temporary.

After the injections, the most significant decrease in crisis frequency was observed at week 20. Similar results were obtained in those crises labelled as “moderate” and in the frequency of analgesic use by patients.

García Leiva specified that this treatment “is not a first-choice treatment for migraine sufferers,” but it can only be applied in patients with chronic migraine who have tried several treatments with poor results, and who show peripheral sensitization of muscles. Recently, the Foods and Drugs Administration (USA) has approved botulinum toxin as a therapeutical drug for the treatment of chronic migraine.

So when I have established my Bali Fibro Haven Retreat, I’ll be organising trips to my now favourite doctor for all my guests, as well as yoga and meditation sessions. I’m willing to embrace all treatments that may help us.



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$95 000 settlement award against Colorado Children’s Hospital

Cecilia McMurray applied for a staff assistant position with Colorado Children’s Healthcare Access Program in Pediatric Medicine. Three interviews later, McMurray was offered the position of Staff Assistant II, contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment health screen. After a medical exam arranged by Children’s, the hospital withdrew its offer of employment to McMurray.

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora.

Denying a job to an applicant because of a disability violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The EEOC filed suit in US District Court for the District of Colorado (EEOC v. Children’s Hospital Colorado, Case No. 11-cv-02104-REB-CBS) after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

Children’s Hospital Colorado will pay $95,000 to Cecilia McMurray, and furnish other relief, to resolve this case. The hospital entered into a consent decree and agreed to ensure all employees involved in the hiring process are trained on ADA requirements. Children’s Hospital Colorado will also report to the EEOC each time a person is denied hire due to a medical screen during the decree’s duration.

“The ADA is a complicated statute, and an employer’s obligations with respect to post-offer medical exams are particularly complex,” said EEOC Regional Attorney Mary Jo O’Neill. “Employers need to be very careful when they utilise pre-employment health screens. We applaud Children’s Hospital for taking steps to improve its hiring process to ensure that employees with disabilities are not excluded from employment.”

EEOC Denver Field Office Director Nancy Sienko added, “It is important that employers give applicants with disabilities a fair shake and make employment decisions based on facts and not myths, fears or stereotypes. We commend Children’s for ensuring its hiring decisions comply with the ADA.”

It’s a pity the hospital only took these ‘commendable’ steps after being filed with a lawsuit!