Maidstone Support Group

Contact: Penny

Tel: 0300 999 5090

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Maidstone Support Group is on the fourth Monday of each month at The Early Bird pub

Minor Centre,
Grovewood Drive,
Maidstone, Kent
ME14 5JT

11am - 1pm
Support groups are a really great opportunity to meet and share with others.

It helps us to prepare if we know you are coming - email:

Eastern and South East England What's On

Bedfordshire Meet Up - May 2018

Thu 24 May 2018
Frosts Garden Centre, Conservatory, Sandy Road, Willington, Bedford, MK44 3QP

Chelmsford/Southend Support Group - May 2018

Fri 25 May 2018
Rettendon Memorial Hall, Main Road, Rettendon Common, CM3 8DP

Port Solent Roadshow - June 2018

Sat 2 Jun 2018
Queen Alexandra Hospital, Fracture Clinic, C Level, North Entrance, Southwick Hill Road, Cosham, Portsmouth PO6 3LY

Maidstone Meet Up - June 2018

Mon 4 Jun 2018
Early Bird Pub, Minor Centre, Grovewood Drive, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5JT

Surrey Support Group

Tue 12 Jun 2018
The Function Room, The River Bourne Club, Heriot Road, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 9DR

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Maidstone Meet Up - April 2018 Report

Thank you to everyone who attended our meeting in April.  We had two new ladies who attended, one with PMR and the other with GCA. This brings the number of GCA sufferers in our group to four, which we hope will be helpful to them as they can compare notes since their symptons differ from the PMR symptons.

We discussed steroid reduction and DEXA scans mostly although other topics did enter the conversation. 

We also exchanged various stretching exercises, several ladies lay down on the floor and gave demonstrations of "how to do it." The piriformis muscle, knee and back muscles were stretched and advice on avoiding cramp was also offered. 

There will not be a mtg in May because of the bank holiday - by popular demand, the next meeting will be on 4th June.

Maidstone Meet Up - March 2018 Report

Our very interesting discussion ranged from Soya yogurt and a possible reaction with steroids, foods and drinks which can cause hyper activity, the recommended level of sugar per day, sweeteners, heavy metal fillings in teeth, Dexa scans and osteoporosis, the acidity levels in rhubarb and last but not least the signs and symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency. (Fatigue and tiredness, bone and back pain, depression, impaired wound healing, bone loss, hair loss, muscle pain and getting infections often.)

One of our members has been advised that going into the garden for 10 minutes per day, on a sunny day, with sleeves rolled up and no sunscreen will give enough vitamin D for a day.... (we are now all going to become enthusiastic 10 minute gardeners!)

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