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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United Reform Church, 21 Bluehouse Lane, Oxted, RH8 0AA

Eastbourne Meet Up - December 2019

Tue 10 Dec 2019
Community Room, Tesco Extra, Lottbridge Road, Eastbourne, BN23 6QD

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Maidstone Support Group

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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