Maidstone Support Group

Contact: Margaret

Tel: 0300 999 5090

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Maidstone Support Group meetings are normally on the fourth Monday of each month at The Early Bird pub.  When the Monday is a bank holiday, the meetings will be held on the fourth Tuesday.  See below for upcoming meetings in Maidstone and surrounding area.

The Early Bird, Minor Centre, ME14 5TQ

11am - 1pm

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Maidstone - November 2019 meeting

Our next meeting will be:

Date:    Monday 25th November
Time:   11am
Venue:  Early Bird Pub, Minor Centre, Grovewood Drive,
             Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5JT

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Maidstone Meeting notes - October 2019

October 2019 Meeting notes

Old wives tales were discussed. Does wet and cold weather affect us more than sunshine and warmth or is this indeed an old wives tale? Do we really feel better when the sun shines? A recent report has suggested that weather does indeed affect us, both in feeling better mood-wise and aches and pains largely seem to disappear. 
I know from experience that when I was on playground duty and it was windy the children all seemed to be affected. They seemed to rush around like beings possessed. We used to say "they've got the wind up their tails." 
Talk turned to "chronic pain." The meeting was asked what chronic pain really is. The definition is persistent pain that carries on longer than twelve weeks despite medication or treatment. Painkillers can help some pains but not every pain is treatable by a paracetamol.
One group member told the meeting that he has experienced his first "flare." He'd not really grasped the concept until this month. His GP told him to up his dose of steroids and then when that didn't work he was told to increase the steroids yet again. That new level did work but we were asked how long we thought it would take to work down to his previous level again. We told him how each of us deals with this problem and advised him to go on the Health Unlocked forum.
The question then arose if we thought that stress could cause flares. I think everyone believes that it does to some extent.
People present were asked whether they had had their flu jabs this year. Roughly two thirds put up their hand and the others said they will have the jab soon. It is a good idea to have the jab as we are more vulnerable.

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