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Forward Mid Ailments help and information support

Forward Mid have gathered a list of conditions, informing you of support groups and NHS information pages and if the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency need to be informed.

If you spot an a missing medical condition and know of a support group please let Forward Mid know.

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British Acoustic Neuroma Association LogoAcoustic neuroma A type of tumour that occurs in the brain and develops from the lining of the nerve that connects the ear to the brain (vestibulocochlear nerve.)

logo for addson's self help groupAddison's disease is a rare, chronic condition brought about by the failure of the adrenal glands, also known as primary adrenal insufficiency or hypoadrenalism. Information can be found at Addison's disease or the NHS link.

Logo for Terrance Higgens TrustAIDS or HIV The Terrance Higgans Trust offers information on all stages of HIV or AIDS and support for living with HIV long-term.

Avert is an international HIV and AIDS charity based in the UK, working to AVERT HIV and AIDS worldwide.

  • You do not need to inform the DVLA if you are being treated for HIV or AIDS

Logo for Alzheimer's Scotland Alzheimer's Scotland provide information to help people with dementia and their families and carers. Dementia is the progressive loss of the powers of the brain. There are many kinds of dementia but the most common is Alzheimer's disease other types of dementia include vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementia's, Pick's disease and alcohol-related dementia's.

Logo for Ankylosing SpondylitisAnkylosing Spondylitis provide information to help for this type of chronic arthritis that affects parts of the spine, including bones, muscles and ligaments, it can vary, but most people experience back pain and stiffness. Ankylosing Spondylitis can be severe, with around one in 10 people at risk of long-term disability.

Logo for arthritis care Arthritis, or Reiter's syndrome , provide information to help suffers of Arthritis. Most people with Arthritis will experience pain and difficulty moving around, the Arthritis pain can range from very slight to very severe. There are over 200 kinds of rheumatic diseases. Two of the most common forms of Arthritis are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Arthritis can affect people of all ages, including children.

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Logo for Ataxia UK Ataxia offer advice, information and support to People with Ataxia and their families and carers, to give those with the condition the highest possible quality of life.

Aspergers and Autism Logo Autism syndrome and Asperger provide information to help both families and people who are affected by the autistic spectrum disorders (ASD).

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Bechets Logo white band with Bechets Syndrome Society Behçet's disease Behçet' provide information and support for people with Behçet's disease and for those who care for them, this includes financial aid in hardship.

Logo for Bipolar uk Bipolar disorder provide information and support to help both families and people who are affected Bipolar disorder as it can have a significant impact on someone’s life.

Logo for the brain and spine foundation Brain and Spine Foundation in 1992 to provide information and support to people affected by brain and spine conditions in the UK such as Brain tumours, Hydrocephalus (Water on the Brain), Shunts, spinal muscular atrophy and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

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Logo for Cancer UK Cancers provide information and support to the many different types of cancer. For information on a specific cancer click the NHS link below to get started. Help for families is provided through Cancer Care

 capability Scotland logo Cerebral palsy offer advice, information and support to People by working across Scotland we provide care and support to meet your individual needs at every stage of your life

 charcot-Marie-Tooth disease logoCharcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) can help signpost you to the right consultant, or send you information for a school, or for family, send you guides to claiming benefits and so much more.

 chest, heart and stroke Scotland logoChest, heart and stroke Scotland are Scotland’s health charity supporting people and their families across Scotland with chest, heart and stroke conditions. We want to make sure life living with a chest or heart condition or after a stroke is a life lived to the full.

National Association for Colitis and Crohn's Disease logoCrohn's and Colitis disease offer confidential support services provide practical information and support, We aim to provide clear, accurate and balanced information about Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and other forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Logo for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Association Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Myalgic Encephalitis The ME Association aims to support people with ME/CFS through all stages of their illness. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Association 0ur information centre gives you clear, balanced information about Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Logo for Burning Nights CRPS Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Burning Nights CRPS is a Debilitating painful chronic condition that is poorly understood, formerly know as Reflex Symathy Dystrophy Burning Nights provide information, suggestions and support for people who suffer with CRPS

Logo for Cystic Fibrosis Cystic Fibrosis Living with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) can be challenging, but it doesn't have to stop you from going to school, having a family or getting a job. Cystic Fibrosis Trust provide a full life cycle of information.

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British Deaf Association logoDeafness or Hearing impaired Today, Deaf Action delivers a range of services to the estimated 950,000 people in Scotland with sensory support needs, including those who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing.

Diabetes UK logoDiabetes UK offers information and support, plus much more for people and their families who are living with Type 1 and Type 2, and other types of Diabetes.

Yard Scotland logo Disabled Children The Yard offers disabled children and young people, and their siblings, the chance to experience creative, adventurous indoor and outdoor play in a well supported environment. It is a unique, safe space where children and young people experience truly inclusive play.

The yard is entry by membership only, and there is a fee attached, However one membership can get the child into anyone of the Yard complexes, Edinburgh,(22 Eyre Place Lane,Edinburgh, EH3 5EH,) Dundee (4 Drumlanrig PlaceMid Craigie, Dundee, DD4 8HZ,) and Kirkcaldy(Argos Centre, Appin Crescent, Kirkcaldy, KY2 6EJ,)

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Logo for Epilepsy Scotland Epilepsy Scotland has a free confidential helpline. Epilepsy Scotland helpline provides information, help and emotional support to those affected by epilepsy. Epilepsy Scotland also provide information and support to professionals, for example social workers, GP's, nurses, teachers, care workers and employers.

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Logo for fibromyalgia UKFibromyalgia There is no known cure for Fibromyalgia, which is one of the reasons that FMUK continues to campaign for more awareness and more funding for research. FMAUK is a charity that offers information and support to people with fibromyalgia.

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Logo for National Kidney FederationGlomerulonephritis The NKF is the UK's largest provider of kidney related medical information leaflets. NKF runs the only UK Helpline dedicated to kidney patients with two fully trained, experienced advisers providing a 5 day per week service to kidney patients, carers and healthcare professions and Renal Units.

logo for Guillain-Barré syndromeGuillain-Barré syndrome commitment is to support those touched by GBS | CIDP and variants so that every patient has access to an early and accurate diagnosis, proper treatment, and the opportunity for a full recovery.

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Logo for Hearing Impairmen Hearing Impairment National charity supporting people with hearing loss, deafness and tinnitus. Lots of information about different types of hearing aids (Dalkeith Library run a Hearing aid support service.) Also Managing tinnitus section.

Logo for Sight Scotland Hemianopia Hemianopia is an eye condition related to stroke that effects your field vision. It can cause you to lose one half of your visual field, meaning that you may not be able to see either to the left or right of the centre of your field of vision in both eyes. Please use Search Scotland Search function for more information.

Logo for The Haemophilia SocietyHaemophilia Society is the only UK wide charity for all those affected by bleeding disorders. We help people with bleeding disorders to lead fulfilling lives, make informed choices and to support and inspire others.

Logo for Terrance Higgens TrustHepatitis The Terrance Higgans Trust offers information on all types of Hepatitis, with links to Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.

Logo for Huntington's diseaseHuntington's disease offer help to people living with Huntington’s disease to live a better life. They improve care and support services for people with Huntington’s disease, educate families and professionals, and champion people’s rights.

logo forHydrocephalusHydrocephalus You can find information about different types of hydrocephalus, who is affected and how it is treated.

Logo for Hyperhidrosis ukHyperhidrosisas If you sweat more than average or have hyperhidrosis, this website contains information to help you live with hyperhidrosis and the support for you, if you can't find the answer you are looking for within there pages you can contact them.

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Logo for British sleep societyInsomnia The British Sleep Society (BSS) is a professional organisation for medical, scientific and healthcare workers dealing with sleeping disorders. We are also here to help sleep practitioners in the private field. We are a registered British charity and our ultimate aim is to improve public health by promoting education and research into sleep and its disorders

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Logo for Hypermobility Syndrome AssociationJoint Mobility and Hypermobility is run by qualified professionals and trained volunteers. Alongside offering support to all those affected by any of the hypermobility syndromes, we provide publications and information / education programme's for schools, colleges, and health professionals.

Logo for NHS InformJoint replacement surgery (arthroplasty) and This website offers information and advice about having a Hip Replacement, and what to expect. It also has suggestions for alternitives to a full replacement surgery.

  • You do not need to inform the DVLA if you have a knee replacement, but should wait until doctors say you may drive

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Logo for Cancer UKKaposi's Sarcoma www.cancerresearchuk.orgprovide information and support for this rare type of cancer that can affect both the skin and internal organs.

Logo for NHS InformKidney dialysis This website offers information and advice about Kidney dialysis or failure. The side effects and complications

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limbless association logoLimb Disability believe in an equal world where everyone can participate in their community irrespective of any disabilities. they provide information and support.

Logo for UK LupusLupus UK supporting people with systemic lupus and discoid lupus and assisting those approaching diagnosis. They produce an informative national magazine with lupus articles, letters, reports, and photographs.

Logo for Lymphoedema Support NetworkLymphoedema their aim of promoting professional standards in lymphoedema care and treatment is supported by our objectives: The website has a host of resources and list of events.

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Logo for Marfan syndromeMarfan syndrome provide a supportive community for everyone affected by Marfan syndrome and related conditions. always have the latest and most accurate information.

Logo for Myasthenia gravis AssociationMyasthenia gravis Muscular Dystrophy UK gives support and advice and a listening helpline to people who suffer and their families.

 chest, heart and stroke Scotland logoMyocardial Infarction or Heart attack (TIA) A heart attack is life-threatening. If you think you or anyone else is having a heart attack, call telephone logo 999 for an ambulance immediately. If you’re not sure, it’s still important to seek medical attention to be on the safe side.

Logo for Motor neurone disease ScotlandMotor neurone disease If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with MND, Motor Neurone Disease Scotland are here to help. Motor Neurone Disease Scotland offer advice and information about living with MND, and support to lessen many of the burdens associated with the disease.

Logo for Multiple sclerosis ScotlandMultiple sclerosis Whether you have MS, or care about someone who does, our community is here for you through the highs, lows and everything in between.

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Logo for Narcolepsy Association Narcolepsy Are here to support people with narcolepsy, their families, carers and others interested in improving their quality of life.

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Logo for NMOUK Optic neuritisis It is essential for people with NMO to be treated early in their condition to prevent relapses and disability. there is a clinic in Edinburgh

The Royal Osteoporosis Society LogoOsteoporosis provide support to help you live as active a life as possible. Royal Osteoporosis Society is the only UK wide charity dedicated to improving the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of osteoporosis

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Logo for Paget's AssociationPaget's disease The Paget's Association is the one UK organisation that focuses solely on this ailment. It acts as a resource for those with Paget's disease of bone,offering high quality information and support when necessary.

Logo for Parkinson's UKParkinson's disease Support For You If you're affected by Parkinson's, Parkinson's UK help you find the right support. Parkinson's UK has wide range of publications, including information sheets, booklets and DVD's, answer questions on all aspects of the ailment, helping people with Parkinson's, their families and carers

Mind LogoPost traumatic stress disorder Information & support When you’re living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is, having access to the right information, about a condition, treatment options, or practical issues.

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Logo for Midlothian Council Respite Care is any sort of help and support that enables a person to take a break from the responsibility of caring for somebody else.

Lgo for Restricted Growth Association Restricted Growth (Dwarfism) The Restricted Growth Association endeavours to provide support and information to people who have genetic growth conditions that result in dwarfism.

logo for mygov Scotland web siteRickets is a rare disease that affects bone development in children. Best Start provide help and support also vouchers for fruit, vegetables, milk and vitamins for certain mothers and children under 4 year.

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Logo for Lumie web siteSeasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects people mostly in the winter months. Lumie provides information and equipment for light therapy and its benefits this is for information purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. These are not available on the NHS.

Logo for Scoliosis Association (UK) Scoliosis & Kyphosis information and advice plus treatment and symptoms, diagnosis and causes, where to find a specialist and newsletter.

Logo for Sel Management UKSelf Management UK self management uk is the leading charity in self-management support for people living with long-term health conditions. We work with people with long-term conditions, carers, healthcare professionals, clinicians and commissioners. We create sustainable communities where people have the skills and confidence to live better lives.

Logo for BackCare UKSlipped Disc, also prolapsed or herniated disc Back Care was the brainchild of a local businessman, Stanley Grundy, who established the charity after suffering a back injury caused by a sailing accident. At the time, he was concerned about the lack of information and support for back pain sufferers at the time. For nearly 50 years Back Care has been dedicated to educating the public throughout the UK and wider further afield in ways of preventing and alleviating back pain. The charity aims to significantly reduce the burden of back & neck pain by providing information, guidance and advice to all people and organisations those affected by such pain.

Logo for British Sjögren's Syndrome AssociationSjögren's Syndrome is a self-help organisation, the BSSA is dedicated to providing mutual support and information to individuals affected by this disabling disease. We have regional support groups throughout the UK whose members include sufferers and supporters who work together in helping one another cope with the day-to-day challenges of this debilitating and distressing condition.

logo forHydrocephalusSpina Bifida Hydrocephalus and young people Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland has designed this site for parents and carers of young people with hydrocephalus. The information may also be useful for adults with hydrocephalus, teachers and support workers.

Logo for Spinal injuries associationSpinal Injuries Association Provide help and guidance for those with Spinal injuries. SIA believes that the best support for spinal cord injured people comes from their peers. For this reason, the majority of our services are delivered by spinal cord injured people who share their lived experiences for the benefit of newly injured people.

Logo for Spinal muscular atrophy Jennifer trustSpinal Muscular Atrophy trust offer free confidential information, emotional support, practical advice and guidance to anyone affected by Spinal Muscular Atrophy who is living in the UK.

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Logo for Tourette's Action Tourette Scotland is a registered charity who aim to provide information, advice and support for children and adults with TS and everyone involved in their lives, bring together individuals with TS and associated disorders, in order to share information, produce newsletters, advice sheets and leaflets, raise awareness amongst public and professionals in Scotland

Logo for the Nationl Tremor FoundationTremors Essential hopes that the various information within their website will be helpful to you, your family and friends to make informed choices about how you live your daily lives. They are trying to provide information that will help ease some of the concerns you may have about Tremors.

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Logo for Sight SCotland Visual Impairment in Scotland is the leading charity working with blind and partially sighted people in Scotland.

Exophthalmos it is also called Thyroid eye disease. The British Thyroid Foundation offer suggestions for when TED is active and also when it has burnt out.

Macular degeneration Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) both wet and dry symptoms and help you to live better with this condition.

Lothian Sound is a weekly audio recording of news and events read mainly from the Edinburgh Evening News. Is Scottish based in Edinburgh, Scotland, Lothiansound is run entirely by Volunteers and supplied free of charge to over 550 Listeners. Logo for Lothian SoundTo Listeners who are registered blind or partially sighted, even the postage is free, thanks to the Post Office "Articles for the Blind" arrangement. Apart from news items, there is a Scottish quiz and notices from like-minded organisation's. These can vary from holidays for visually impaired people to audio-description in local theatres or telephone numbers/addresses to contact for useful information.

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Conditions information

Forward Mid Have located some very useful web site links for disabled people, they are from official disabled web sites and voluntary disabled web site. There is included a short note to indicate what you might find. They are laid out alphabetically.

If you know of any Ailment web sites that you think people with disabilities might find useful please contact Iain Tait; please supply the name of the web site and the web site address and a little information about the web site. Once it has been checked that it is useful for disabled people it will be added. If you require conformation on it being added or if it is rejected and you wish to know why leave a contact detail.

Contact Information
Iain Tait
4-6 White Hart Street
Dalkeith EH22 1AE
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