Fibromialgia: “Piangi la tua vita prima”

Nell’ambito del World Fibromyalgia Day, sabato 12 maggio, presso l’ospedale di Blois, si terrà uno stand informativo.

Per quasi quattro anni, Annie Foucher, a capo della sezione Loir-et-Cher dell’Associazione Fibromialgica della Regione Centrale e lei stessa affetta dalla malattia, ha guidato gruppi di discussione e sostegno. Questo momento permette alla parola di liberarsi. “I pazienti vengono con i loro cari. Uomini e giovani osano fare il grande passo. Spesso vengono evocati nuovi aspetti della patologia “, afferma Annie Foucher.
“Non sai mai cosa verrà fatto domani”Riconosciuta dall’Autorità dell’Alta Salute dal 2010, la fibromialgia è caratterizzata da un diffuso stato doloroso muscolare, che richiede uno sblocco del mattino, che si evolve cronicamente, associato a stanchezza permanente e disturbi del sonno. In occasione della giornata mondiale dedicata a questa sindrome, uno stand si terrà nella hall dell’ospedale Simone-Veil a Blois, sabato 12 maggio, dalle 11 alle 18 ore.
“Questa malattia non è mai sviluppata per caso. Succede spesso dopo uno shock fisico o psicologico, molestie, un sentimento di abbandono … Fino al giorno in cui ci viene detto che sei malato e che non ti riprenderò mai,  codardo Annie Foucher. Allora devi piangere la tua vita prima. ” Questi momenti di scambio tra persone con fibromialgia sono anche un’opportunità per condividere consigli per vivere meglio con la malattia: chiedendo al suo medico di andare a vedere un fisioterapista, seguendo un trattamento termale, praticando la sophrology, seguito da un centro per la valutazione e il trattamento del dolore …  “L’inattività non è la soluzione, ma non dovrebbe fare troppo. Tutti devono bilanciare la sua forza e il dolore che continua a muoversi. Non sai mai cosa sarà fatto domani. Sta a noi trovare attività adattate, abbastanza da occupare il nostro cervello in modo che non pensi più al dolore. ” 
Il capo della antenna Loir-et-Chériennes l’associazione vuole portare un messaggio di speranza: “Noi malati possiamo ancora fare un sacco di cose. Il nostro cervello non è raggiunto. Essere ipersensibili, approfittare di tutti i piccoli piaceri che ci vengono. “
Se oggi la diagnosi di fibromialgia è più veloce, cura nello stato a lungo termine non è al rendez-vous.
Contatto: Annie Foucher, tel. 06.08.90.31.33 o Associazione Fibromialgia della Regione Centrale, tel. 02.48.65.81.40. I prossimi gruppi di discussione si terranno il 25 settembre e il 4 dicembre presso il centro ospedaliero di Blois.

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Fibromyalgia Awareness Month 2018

Fibromyalgia is a seriously misunderstood disease, mainly because, as you know, many sufferers may not “look sick.” This is why Fibromyalgia Awareness Month is so important: as a so-called “Invisible Disease,” not a lot of people take it seriously. Also, it can be difficult to explain how fibromyalgia affects us: the constant, chronic pain, the fatigue, the fibro fog. How flare ups are triggered and what that even means for us. Fibromyalgia Awareness Month is an opportunity for us to educate our loved ones about what fibro warriors go through every day.

Below, find a collection of some of our most popular informative articles that you can share with your family and friends during Fibromyalgia Awareness Month.

Let’s start with some basics, because a lot of people may ask, “What even is fibromyalgia?” Well, we’ve got you covered in this section, with articles explaining what the condition is, what causes it,  what some of the major symptoms are, how to tell if you have it, and what to do if you’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

How to know if you have fibromyalgia

“You’re going about your business in peak physical condition and life is good. Suddenly you wake up one day to tingling and numbness in your leg. You head to the ER and they send you home with no news. Your primary care physician is stumped. He sends you to physical therapy, but they boot you out the door because it might be a pinched nerve. You get an MRI, EMG, and a brain scan. They all turn up clean. You try a chiropractor and any holistic practitioner you can find. Then one day you find yourself in front of rheumatologist who is able to immediately identify and diagnose you with fibromyalgia. Finally.”

Read more about how to know if you have fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia Questionnaire

“Fibromyalgia can be a hard disease to get a diagnosis for since so few people understand it. But is there an easy way to find out if you might have fibromyalgia? Well, just by answering these questions, you can find out if you might have fibromyalgia. And if you should go to a doctor to make sure.”

Read more about the fibromyalgia questionnaire.

What to expect when diagnosed with fibromyalgia

If you’ve received a fibromyalgia diagnosis then you have already been dealing with a catalog of symptoms and conditions that have made life difficult or just plain hell. The great news is that a doctor has finally affirmed what you’ve been saying for so long – something is wrong. The bad news is that the diagnosis doesn’t actually change your symptoms. Alternatively, you may be one of those people trying to figure out what on earth is going on with your body and are digging like mad because not one doctor has been able to identify the culprit. If that’s the case, then what is said going forward probably won’t shock you. Either way, even though this won’t be easy, it is doable.

Read more about what to expect when you’re diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia Symptoms in Women

“Why do fibromyalgia symptoms in women seem to be worse than they are for men? And what are some of the basic fibromyalgia symptoms that let you know when it’s time to see a doctor?”

Read more about fibromyalgia symptoms in women.

Fibromyalgia symptoms in men

“A lot of people think of fibromyalgia as a disease that affects women, but the reality is fibromyalgia symptoms in men can be just as severe. And the problem many men face is that they often have a harder time than women in getting diagnosed. That’s because the idea that fibromyalgia is a disorder that affects women is so widespread that doctors don’t always recognize fibromyalgia symptoms in men. So how do the symptoms affect men differently than women? And how do you know if you have fibromyalgia as a man?”

Read more about fibromyalgia symptoms in men.

6 Rare symptoms of fibromyalgia

“Fibromyalgia can be a weird illness. Your doctor may say that fatigue and pain are the only real symptoms of fibro, but you can’t help but wonder if your latest uncomfortable symptoms can be attributed to your illness. Here are some of the rare symptoms of fibromyalgia that you might experience.”

Read more about these rare symptoms of fibromyalgia.

6 Painless symptoms of fibromyalgia

“And because many of these symptoms aren’t things that people typically associate with fibromyalgia, they often go unnoticed, which can delay getting a diagnosis. So, here are some painless symptoms of fibromyalgia that you should watch out for.”

What causes fibromyalgia itching?

“One explanation for fibromyalgia itching is called formication which is a sensation that feels like bugs crawling on or under the skin. Formication is actually a paresthesia which is a sensation like numbness, tingling, or burning that “happens when sustained pressure is placed on a nerve. The feeling quickly goes away once the pressure is relieved. Some individuals may experience chronic paresthesia. This is usually a symptom of severe underlying conditions.””

Read more about fibromyalgia itching.

What causes the fibromyalgia burning sensation?

“It’s the fibromyalgia burning sensation: Do you ever feel like your bones are on fire? What about the top of your leg or your back, maybe even under the skin? Some fibromyalgia patients feel like lava is being pumped through their veins rather than blood. You might even have that burning sensation in your brain, which is interesting in itself since the brain has no pain receptors. Still others feel like their stomach, tendons, or ligaments are burning right inside their body. For many with fibromyalgia, the searing pain is so severe that they cry and scream in pain.”

Read more about the fibromyalgia burning sensation.

Fibromyalgia treatment can be like whack-a-mole with the symptoms, as they are varied as they are plentiful. There are medications that are commonly prescribed (with new medicines developed every day) as well as exercise, therapy, and a whole industry around natural and homeopathic treatments. Also, as we’ve listened to our audience, we’ve come to value your feedback and experience. So we’ve included articles about various treatment options, information on clinical trials, medications, and natural treatment options

Medical Marijuana and Cannabis Treatments

Our most popular posts about treatments are those featuring cannabis, whether it’s marijuana edibles or CBD oil. Please enjoy this collection of our most popular posts about Medical Marijuana.

Marijuana edibles could be the answer for fibromyalgia

Cannabis-derived products are the best available treatment for pain management in my opinion. I have worked with people and animals with chronic pain, and cannabis is the most effective treatment I have found. Nature provided us with a super drug, and it’s a shame more people can’t access it for pain relief.

Read more about Marijuana Edibles.

Marijuana for fibromyalgia

“Using marijuana for fibromyalgia is something that brings many fibromyalgia patients relief. And the benefits of medical marijuana are becoming more and more obvious to scientists and doctors all over the world. But in many places, marijuana is not approved for medical use, leaving patients without access to this treatment option.

But how effective is using marijuana for fibromyalgia, and why is it such a controversial treatment option?”

Read more about marijuana for fibromyalgia.

Best Cannabis Strains for Fibromyalgia

You’ve probably heard about people using medical marijuana to treat their fibromyalgia. According to many people who have done so, it’s actually a pretty effective treatment. Like with nearly any treatment, you’ll hear people talk about how it changed their life for the better and people who say it really wasn’t that effective. When it comes to fibromyalgia, everyone is different.

But we do know that cannabis has at least some benefit for many people with fibromyalgia. So how does cannabis deliver it’s medical benefits to those struggling with fibromyalgia? And what are some of the best cannabis strains for fibromyalgia?

Read more about the Best Cannabis Strains for Fibromyalgia.

THC vs CBD: What Works for Fibro Symptoms

Fibromyalgia is a complicated disease with many symptoms, and it affects each person differently. Cannabis is also a complicated medicine with different strains and cannabinoid compounds that act on the body in different ways. Saying that weed will help with fibro may or may not be true. If you are trying to treat chronic pain and you get a THC dominant strain, then it may not work at all. If you are trying to treat insomnia, then a THC dominant strain may have the opposite effect of making you sleep. For anyone with fibro that has tried weed one time and decided that it did not work for them, what strain did you use? Was it THC or CBD dominant? It is quite likely that the strain that you had was not optimum for the symptom you were trying to treat. So here is a Look at THC vs CBD for fibro symptoms, and a breakdown of the most common fibro symptoms with the best strains to treat them.

Read more about THC vs CBD.

Will Marijuana Help my Fibromyalgia Symptoms?

Many who suffer from fibromyalgia come from a generation or worldview that criticizes and forbids the use of marijuana, even for medicinal purposes. However, cannabis (Latin name for the marijuana) has been used as a medicine for at least 5,000 years of recorded history. Interestingly enough, among a variety of ailments and conditions, cannabis was also used to treat pain, inflammation, poor memory, migraines, fatigue, depression, and rheumatism. Sound familiar, fibro sufferers? It has been smoked, eaten, and made into teas and pastes in the medical life of India and China for thousands of years. It was introduced to the U.S. around the turn of the 20th Century by Mexican immigrants. But racism and classism led to the criminalization of marijuana.

Read more about Will Marijuana Help my Fibromyalgia Symptoms?

Can Marijuana Help Treat Fibromyalgia Itching?

Many people who have fibromyalgia also report that they feel a constant itching sensation. It doesn’t seem to be caused by any irritation of the skin but is rather just a persistent itchiness that can occur all over the body. And for many people, fibromyalgia itching is worse than the pain.

The constant itch is incredibly frustrating and close to impossible to satisfy. And that leads to many people scratching until they break the skin, which leads to infections. Unfortunately, this kind of chronic itching is not understood very well by science. And fibro itching, in particular, is not the target of much research by most medical researchers.

But with marijuana increasingly being accepted as a medication, many wonder if it can help treat fibromyalgia itching. So what exactly is fibro itching? And can marijuana help?

Read more about Can Marijuana help treat my fibromyalgia itching?

Barriers to Legalized Medical Marijuana

What is the hold up with medical marijuana research, legalization, and decriminalization around the country? Why is it okay in some places, but not others? This is actually quite sordid and complicated. We’ll only scratch the surface, but it should give you a general idea of what’s going on with legalized medical Marijuana. (Spoiler alert: mass confusion)

Best new medications for treating fibromyalgia

“Remember, doctors know that fibromyalgia patients are sensitive to medications so they generally start you out on a low dose and closely monitor you for worsening effects. Best case: the medications will work well for you and bring much needed relief so that you function more like you wish to. Worst case: the medications won’t work and may make you feel worse temporarily. But you won’t know till you try and the prospect of finding a reprieve may feel like enough of an incentive to give it a shot. So let’s take a look at some of the best medical treatments for fibromyalgia that Western medicine has to offer at this moment.”

Read more about the best new medications.

Other Treatments and Lifestyle Content

Lady Gaga’s Netflix Documentary puts Fibromyalgia Front and Center

In a lot of ways, Lady Gaga’s new Netflix documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two, is your standard pop star documentary, in the vein of Madonna’s Truth or Dare or Katy Perry’s Part of Me. It follows her around as she’s writing and recording songs and music videos for her album Joanne, and preparing for concert appearances (including her performance at Super Bowl XLI). There are glimpses of her family life, and Lady Gaga, or in this case, regular old Stefani Germanotta, attends a baptism as the godmother to one of her bandmates’ babies. You meet her parents and grandparents. All standard celebrity documentary material.

What sets Gaga: Five Foot Two apart is Lady Gaga’s willingness to put her struggle with chronic pain, specifically her fibromyalgia, front and center in her story.

Read more about Gaga: Five Foot Two.

What medical research has shown about fibromyalgia

“As new scientific evidence is revealed, fibromyalgia is moving from a stigmatized and misunderstood syndrome once dismissed as purely a psychological disorder to a true disease with its own pathology. Studies linking dysfunctional brain processing to fibromyalgia will help erase the stigma from sufferers.”

Read more about medical research into fibromyalgia.

Is fibromyalgia a disability?

“For a condition to be recognized under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), it must cause an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. By that standard it would seem like fibromyalgia is a slam dunk for qualifying, right? I mean, pain so severe that you can’t get out of bed? That’s an impairment by any definition. And fibromyalgia is recognized on the list of disabilities covered by the ADA.”

Read more about fibromyalgia disability.

Fibromyalgia therapy dogs may improve daily life

“What if a cute, cuddly dog is the Rx you need to help reduce fibromyalgia pain even more than your current therapies? It could just very well be! Fibromyalgia therapy dogs are gaining in popularity as a treatment.”

Read more about fibromyalgia therapy dogs.

The benefits of cognitive behavioral therapy for fibromyalgia patients

“Outside of pharmaceuticals, two of the most studied methods of treatment for fibromyalgia patients are exercise and a very specific kind of therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a type of talk therapy that can help you identify and cope with specific challenges, including fibromyalgia symptoms.”

Read more about cognitive behavioral therapy.

How to get a spot in clinical trials for new fibromyalgia treatments

“New clinical trials are underway all around the country and world, studying drugs/devices or other treatments for fibromyalgia pain and other symptoms. This gives men and women more options than what’s traditionally prescribed during a doctor’s visit.”

Read more about clinical trials for fibromyalgia.

Acupuncture and other treatments for fibromyalgia

“Fibromyalgia is an illness that stumps doctors while patients look for relief. The mainstream medical community has only a relatively small group of treatments for fibromyalgia, most of which provide only incomplete relief from chronic pain or have a long list of unpleasant side effects. Consider instead some of these natural alternatives that may provide some comfort without unwanted effects.”

Read more about natural treatments for fibromyalgia.

8 Amazing yoga poses for fibromyalgia relief

“If you have talked to your doctor about fibromyalgia then in all likelihood one of the first things they recommended was that you do your best to stay active and create a regular exercise routine. But as anyone with fibromyalgia knows, exercise sucks! Your muscles are sore, your joints ache, and your just too fatigued to care about anything as miserable as exercising. Well the solution to this dilemma can be fixed by a simple, four letter word: yoga.”

Outside resources

The National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association has a provider directory that can help you find a doctor near you who treats fibromyalgia.

The National Fibromyalgia Association spreads awareness through its education programs throughout the United States.

How do you plan to spend Fibromyalgia Awareness month? Let us know what you have planned in the comments.

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Explosive Synchronization Seen In Fibromyalgia Brain Networks

Explosive Synchronization Seen In Fibromyalgia Brain Networks

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Parte superior 3 deficiencias de nutrientes en la fibromialgia

In recent months, a researcher from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Barcelona, penned a paper regarding the close relation between nutritional deficiency and its direct impact on fibromyalgia. Nutritional deficiencies are very common in fibromyalgia patients and they are speculated to contribute to various symptoms of fibromyalgia. Although there is no cure for this illness, he states that eating a healthy diet and meeting daily nutritional requirements is essential to improving fibromyalgia symptoms.

Here are the top 3 nutrients which most fibromyalgia patients lack…

 

Vitamina B12

Este componente es vital para la eritropoyesis, es decir, la fabricación de células rojas de la sangre, mejorando las vías nerviosas, y aumentar la síntesis de ADN y ácido fólico necesario para el metabolismo. Las personas con fibromialgia generalmente tienen un bajo nivel B-12, que se manifiesta en forma de una frágil sistema inmunológico, entumecimiento y hormigueo, y cansancio excesivo. Usted tiene que tomar suficientes B-12 suplementos nutricionales, sublingual B-12 debajo de la lengua, o inyecciones con B-12 en ellos. Idealmente, las inyecciones insertados directamente en los músculos una vez a la semana en un intervalo de 6 semanas se recomienda.

 

Magnesio

El magnesio es el mineral más abundante en nuestro cuerpo y está implicado en la actividad química 300 cuerpo. Más de veinte por ciento del contenido total de magnesio en nuestro cuerpo se almacena en los tejidos musculares. Por lo tanto, es un mineral vital que apoya nuestra músculos, la producción de energía y la salud general. Cuando el nivel de magnesio intracelular es baja, se produce síntomas similares a la fibromialgia como debilidad cuerpo, los músculos tensos y rígidos, espasmos musculares y el dolor, bajos niveles de energía y fatiga. también El magnesio es necesario para la conversión de 5-HTP en serotonina, un estado de ánimo y la hormona del sueño regular, que los pacientes con fibromialgia carecen también. Para aumentar los niveles de magnesio, suplementos naturales pueden ser administrados, o también podrían tomar glicinato de magnesio que ayuda al músculo para hacer más energía, ya que contiene ácido málico.

 

Vitamina D

La falta de luz solar adecuada conduce a una deficiencia de vitamina D (vitamina D3), lo que empeora las condiciones de los pacientes que sufren de fibromialgia. Esto no sólo causa la fatiga y el dolor, pero a menudo conduce a cambios de humor, ansiedad y depresión. Esta vitamina ayuda a mantener una buena salud de los huesos y los dientes, fortalecer el sistema inmunológico, mantener los niveles de insulina bajo control para la gestión de la diabetes, y promover la salud del sistema cardiovascular, el cerebro y el sistema nervioso. Algunos investigadores dirigido por el Dr. Florian Wepner, del Hospital Ortopédico de Viena Speising, encontraron que las personas que sufren de dolor crónico y fatiga debido a la fibromialgia pueden experimentar alivio del dolor a través de suplementos de vitamina D. Este componente no está presente en grandes cantidades, por lo que se sugiere que se obtiene una buena cantidad de luz solar cada día. Sin embargo,

 

 

 

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Use Natural and Alternative Help for Fibromyalgia

by: Tony Isaacs

(NewsTarget) Fibromyalgia is a misunderstood and frequently misdiagnosed condition. It is characterized by widespread chronic pain involving multiple “tender points” in the upper neck, back, shoulders, and hips. Treatments, such as painkillers, antidepressants, muscle relaxants, and the injections of anesthetics are rarely effective. However, many may find relief from nature and alternatives as opposed to mainstream drugs and treatments.

A natural alternative which may heal fibromyalgia is to take plenty of colloidal silver (start off with 2-4 ounces per day and maintain at least an ounce a day until you achieve satisfactory results) and plenty of proteolytic/digestive enzymes to dissolve the fibrin (take up to 5 or more capsules two to three times daily on an empty stomach).

Here are some additional options:

Curcumin, magnesium, blackseed oil (Nigella sativa) and herbal oleander extract are all powerful immune modulators which may help. Magnesium deficiency has been associated with Fibromyalgia and it is estimated that as many as 80 to 95% of us are deficient in magnesium.

Consume apples and/or apple juice. They contain “malic acid”, a substance that appears to ease pain and inflammation. Consume at least 2 apples, or 2 8-ounce glasses of juice daily.

Other good dietary practices that may help are:

* Eat plenty of essential fatty acids and omega 3’s.
* Cut back on consumption of whole grain foods.
* Avoid sugar, artificial sweeteners and foods containing bleached flour.
* Eat yogurt which contains active yeast cultures.

Try acupuncture. The National Institutes of Health has deemed acupuncture to be an acceptable alternative, or part of a comprehensive treatment program, for several types of pain. Acupuncture is a 2,500 year-old practice, and the Chinese believe it works by affecting the energy pathways called “meridians” that run through the body. The “meridians” are thought to carry “qi” (pronounced chee), an energy force that must be in precise balance for good health. Poor health habits, such as getting too little sleep, eating the wrong foods, etc. cause qi to become unbalanced. Acupuncture rebalances qi by stimulating specific points along these meridians with extremely fine needles.

Fibromyalgia has also been associated with heavy metal contamination. Parsley, chlorella and cilantro are all good for removing heavy metals.

Consider niacin and niacinamide. Niacinamide slows down phase 1 of the body’s naturaldetoxification process while niacin speeds up phase 2. Niacin is also known as inositol hexanicotinate, vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid. The body’s natural liver detoxification process involves two steps: Phase 1 and Phase 2. In Phase 1, toxins are reduced to smaller fragments. These fragments then progress to Phase 2, where they are bound to glutathione, glycine, sulfate and other molecules. In the process, new non-toxic molecules are created that are eliminated via the bile duct, urine or stool. In effect, Phase 1 either directly neutralizes a toxin or modifies it to form intermediates which are then neutralized by one or more of the several Phase 2 enzyme systems.

One or both detoxification phases can be overloaded and/or inefficient. A particularly damaging combination for someone who is ill is an excessive overload of toxins coming into Phase 1 and an inefficient Phase 2. Such a combination is believed in many instances to be the cause of marked environmental sensitivities and drug intolerances and interactions that characterize many fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue sufferers.

Do not give up on exercise. People with fibromyalgia often stop exercising because it is painful. However, inactivity weakens muscles and makes them more sensitive to pain. Low impact aerobics, conditioning exercises, such as swimming, stationary bicycling or stretching, are often helpful for people with fibromyalgia.

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2 Types of Pain with Fibromyalgia & CFS

2 Different Types of PainThere are 2 different types of pain, find out more in this article.

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Did you know there are 2 types of pain with fibromyalgia & CFS that many of us struggle with? They are nociceptive and neuropathic pain.  Find out more about each, including natural treatment options, below.

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Chronic pain can be divided into 2 pain types:

  1. Nociceptive Pain
  2. Neuropathic Pain

Type 1: Nociceptive Pain

What is Nociceptive Pain?

When you have an injury, there are receptors in the nervous system that become activated.  These are called ‘nociceptors’.

If there is an injury that occurs outside the nervous system, then these nociceptors aren’t activated.

Nociceptive pain is caused by either an injury or something, such as a diseased part of the body that doesn’t affect the nerves.

However, in chronic pain, the nociceptors might continue to send pain messages to the brain long after the injury has healed.

Nociceptive pain is broken into two sub-categories:

1.Somatic Pain: The word ‘soma’ means ‘body’, therefore, somatic pain is from outer body injuries, such as:

  • Muscles
  • Skin
  • Ligaments
  • Bones
  • Joints
  • Tendons

The type of pain depends on what part of your body is injured, however it is generally easy to pinpoint where the somatic pain is coming from.

Somatic pain tends to be throbbing, aching, dull or sharp.

Examples of somatic pain:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tension headaches
  • Pelvic pain caused by pelvic joint instability
  • Chronic back pain that is not caused by nerve damage
  • Arthritis



Treatment of Somatic Pain:  Some people find that over-the-counter medications such as anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) and analgesics work.  These can be both oral medications or creams and rubs. Opiods can be prescribed, but generally for shorter-term use.

Heat and cold packs can also help reduce pain and swelling, massage and relaxation may also help to reduce pain.

Ice packs, suck as Koolpaks (amazing -as they keep cold for a long time and freeze fast), and heating pads, such as the PureRelief XXL fast-heating pad

Exercise is a great way to reduce somatic pain due to increasing endorphins, the ‘feel good’ hormone. Endorphins are peptides which activate the body’s opiate receptors, causing an analgesic effect.

2. Visceral Pain: Viscera are your internal organs and blood vessels, which don’t have a lot (or any) nerves.  It is caused by compression in and around the organs or by stretching of the abdominal cavity.

Visceral pain can have referred pain – meaning that your brain can’t figure out where the pain is coming from.  A good example is lower back pain might be a kidney problem.

Examples of visceral pain:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Vulvodynia
  • Bladder pain (such as cystitis)
  • Endometriosis pain
  • Prostate pain
  • Cancer-related pain

People with visceral pain may experience pallor, profuse sweating, nausea, GI disturbances, and changes in body temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate.

Treatment of Visceral Pain:  Visceral pain is generally treated with either opiods or NSAIDS. Exercise can also improve pain due to endorphins being released.

Visceral pain can feel like aching or squeezing.

Type 2: Neuropathic Pain

Otherwise referred to as ‘peripheral neuropathy’, this type of pain is known as ‘nerve pain’ vs an actual injury causing pain signals, the nerves themselves are damaged. It can be a very intense pain – it can be very complex and sometimes hard to treat.

What Causes Neuropathic Pain?

Pain signals that are being sent to the brain that are faulty, which can lead to chronic, neuropathic pain.

Your body is made up of a large network of nerves, which is called the ‘peripheral nerve system’, which is made up from all the spinal column nerves and nerve roots.

Should these nerves begin to malfunction, through either injury or disease, then they can cause chronic neuropathic pain -which can also be referred pain.

A perfect example is numbness and tingling in your arm, which could be related to damage to the nerves in your neck.

Nerve Pain Isn’t Always Understood Pain…

Although what can exactly be the cause of chronic neuropathic pain isn’t always understood, the nerve pain can be brought on by irritation (such as osteoporosis and degeneration), disease and trauma.

Some people can be born with conditions that can cause neuropathic pain, other types are congenital disorders.

Neuropathic pain is common in diseases such as diabetes that attack sensory nerves.

Nerve Damage & Disease

Nerve pain can also be present when nerves have been damaged or severed, such as spinal cord injury or amputation.  Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and sciatica are also conditions where the nerves have been irritated and can cause nerve pain.

Other diseases and disease sources that can cause neuropathic pain can include Guillain-Barre syndrome,(which is thought to have a connection with fibromyalgia), cancer, multiple sclerosis, kidney disorders, alcoholism, and HIV.

More types of neuropathic pain caused by nerve damage include spinal cord injury, post-mastectomy pain (PMPS), postoperative hernia repair pain, and other types of post-surgical pain.

Neuropathic pain can feel sharp, stinging and have burning sensations.

 Fibromyalgia pain and CFS pain  that is nerve related are allodynia (pain due to a stimulus that does not usually provoke pain) and hyperalgesia (increased pain from a stimulus that usually provokes pain)

Root Causes of Pain

This past year has been a real journey for myself, regarding that ‘light bulb moment’ – where I realized that a lot of my health issues – pain included – had to do with root issues (ie the main issue causing the pain).

So many of us have fallen into the situation with conventional medicine that we take medications that not only mask the symptom -but can subtly create a multitude of other health issues aka side effects – requiring, you guessed it…more meds!

Problem is that many of these medications are doing nothing to eradicate the source of the pain to begin with…

One issue that I clued into this past year, (which blew my mind), was toxicity.

Toxins can make our bodies ache (not to mention be the root cause of things like brain fog, sleep issues, fatigue, skin issues and so much more…).  Parasites love to burrow in our joints and muscles, causing pain, as an example.

Toxic Neuropathy is a Real Thing

Toxic neuropathy refers to neuropathy caused by drug ingestion, drug or chemical abuse, or industrial chemical exposure from the workplace or the environment.

It can also be caused by additive toxins in foods and food additives, pesticides, industrial and/or household cleaning solvents, etc. (In other words, you don’t have to be working in a nuclear power plant to be affected by toxins causing toxic neuropathy…)

Take the ‘How Toxic Are You?’ Quiz –> HERE

Treating Pain Naturally

Many people are choosing alternative, natural, pain relief options vs prescription medication that can cause side effects, such as constipation, addiction, itching, sleep issues and withdrawal.

As mentioned above, heat and ice can also help.  You can find out more about heat and ice treatment here.

A product that contains both peperine and curcumin (a known, natural pain and inflammation ingredient) is by a trusted household spice company – Schwartz.  Their curcumin & bioperine pain relief & joint support  is also GMO and gluten-free.

I personally highly recommend Ouch Pain Relief Capsules – as they not only help muscle and joint pain – but also nerve pain (which is so hard to treat).

Mattresses Matters!

Many people don’t connect with the fact that their mattress can also be a prime source of pain, and only figure this out when they get a new mattress.

Nrem Mattress for Pain Relief

NRem mattress designed for people with chronic pain

In fact, a study was done by Oklahoma State University, which found that people with back problems who replaced their mattresses every 5-7 years slept significantly better and reduced their pain.

Consider how much time you spend in bed – and if you struggle to sleep and wake up stiff and aching…could be time to replace your mattress!

For many of us, we spend a lot more time than the average person in our beds, due to pain.

Therefore, replacing a mattress on a regular basis is really something to consider if you are struggling with neck, back and hip pain.

In the UK?

If you are in the UK and are looking for a great mattress, I can personally recommend (because I sleep on it every night), the Nrem mattress designed for people with chronic pain.

Mention FIBROMAPP when you go to check out and get a £30 discount.

Plus…you get 100 night trial, 0% interest, for just £1 a night – no matter what size mattress!. Sleep easy with £0 deposit and no payments until the month after your order. And free delivery, too! Awesome!

Excercise Can Help

Exercise is also an excellent way to get your pain under control – naturally, by releasing endorphins – the ‘feel good’ hormone.

Obviously, it can also increase pain!  Moving to fast, overstretching and twisting can increase pain, however, there are exercises you can do that are much more gentle, such as swimming – a great exercise for people with chronic pain!

Swimming, otherwise known as ‘aquatic therapy’, can help reduce inflammation.  Because of the the buoyancy of your body in the water, it protects you from jarring and jerking movements and is low impact – all of which is great for pain peeps!

Conclusion

In conclusion, most of us with fibromyalgia and CFS are dealing with 2 types of pain affecting muscles, joints and nerves.  What about you?  Do you struggle with both types of pain?  What do you do that helps relieve it (naturally?).

Alyssa Reid

2 Types of Pain with Fibromyalgia & CFS


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Fibromyalgia & CFS: What Big Pharma Doesn’t Want You to Know

Fibromyalgia CFS & Big Pharma ProfitFibromyalgia and CFS are huge cash cows for big pharma.

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With over 10 million people in the US alone having a fibromyalgia diagnosis, we are dealing with a huge epidemic…and a huge cash cow for pharmaceutical companies (aka Big Pharma).  If you are struggling with fibromyalgia &/or CFS, this is what Big Pharma doesn’t want you to know (but I am going to share with you).

Ps. This might change your life…

You Know the Drill…

I know the drill all too well, as I am sure you do, too.

It goes something like this…

You have been sent from pillar to post with doctors and getting tests done -all of which come up as ‘negative’ or ‘normal’.

The average time to get a diagnosis is 5 years for fibromyalgia…By this time, you are pretty much ready to give up all hope.

You feel like sh*t.  You *know* you aren’t well and something is definitely not ‘right’…and then you finally get a diagnosis of fibromyalgia or CFS (or both).

I see it daily on our Facebook page.

Finally – An Answer (or Is It?)

Finally. Your doctor confirms this isn’t all in your head, and at last, you feel vindicated in your fight to get heard (and help).

Finally you have an answer to tell people that you aren’t ‘just lazy’, you are ill. (ps. I am certainly not stating that you aren’t ill…very far from it…).

And as part of that diagnosis, you are so very kindly told by your doctor/consultant,

By the way, there is no cure.  There are a few medications approved for fibromyalgia. Chances are you will never get better and will be on medication for the rest of your life’.

(Or something like that – you get the drift).

And of course, you believe this.  Why wouldn’t you? Your doctor is an authority, aren’t they? After all, fibromyalgia and CFS are real! (Or at least all the symptoms you are experiencing are…).

Then you get that fateful prescription for something like Lyrica (pregabalin) or Neurontin (gabapentin) – which, btw, is proving to be a ‘death sentence for new brain synpapses‘, and some pain killers and you are beyond grateful that finally, finally you are going to get some much-needed relief, and help.

Meanwhile…Does This Sound Familiar?

The medications that you are given may initially help with some symptoms, but wait a second…

All of a sudden you need more prescription medication – for all the side effects the first batch may be causing…which in many cases are side effects your doctor will pass off as ‘part and parcel with fibromyalgia or CFS’.

Side effects like:

  • Insomnia and sleep issues (from opiates)
  • Depression and anxiety (from opiates, and even anti-depressants themselves, gabapentin & pregabalin (to name a few – not to mention from not having a good sleep)
  • Constipation (from opiates)
  • Seizures and blackouts (from Tramadol/Ultram)

And you accept that this is, ‘just the way it is’.

Fast forward a few months (or years) and you might find yourself on a plethora of pills, (I was on a whopping forty pills myself A DAY), but not actually feeling any better.

In fact, there is a good chance you are feeling even worse due to all the side effects (but you think (and are told), that it is ‘your fibromyalgia or CFS’…).

Something You Need to Know

Your conventional medicine doctor is basically being trained these days by Big Pharma.

In fact Big Pharma has been caught out (on many occasions), making up diseases!  Check out this article regarding the 8 Diseases Big Pharma is Banking On.

It is actually rather shocking, Big Pharma are bribing thousands of doctors to prescribe dangerous painkillers.  The corruption is incredible! And most importantly it is your life that is literally at stake!

Question – do you actually know what medications are working for you? Causing you side effects?  Or do you just take them blindly, with the hope that they are ‘doing something?’. (I know I sure did…).

Know this,

Big Pharma does not create cures – they create CUSTOMERS.

Seriously.

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Ohhhh the Corruption of it All…

Earlier this year when the New York Times published a pair of stories tracking Harvard’s Big Pharma industry ties, the results that came out were shocking.

It was found that of 8,900 professors and lecturers, 1,600 admitted (question -what about the ones who didn’t admit…), that either they or a family member have had some kind of business link to drug companies — sometimes worth hundreds of thousands of dollars — that could bias their teaching or research.

Speaking of Research…

Almost 75% of clinical trials are paid for privately…(you can guess who is the biggest funders…).

Question – if you’re a researcher and your mortgage and the food on your table is being paid by Big Pharma to carry out a research study, do you think that the study may possible be, erm…slanted in the pharmaceutical company’s favour?

The six golden rules for pharmaceutical companies

  1. Never cure the ailment! A cured/healthy patient is a lost revenue stream!
  2. Have side-effects that lead to the sales of your other products. Best if there are a wide variety of side-effects that only occur after a long period, otherwise it is tricky to deny liability.
  3. Have monopoly pricing. This is achieved with a secure patent, being available only under pharma company and doctor control, and not having competition from other companies, traditional remedies or pesky natural products. With monopoly pricing, you can extract every dollar each patient is capable of paying.
  4. Rapidly relieve the symptoms of an ailment immediately after taking a pill. Relief continues for only a limited time until the next dose is due.
  5. Lock in the customer. Keep the patient as a customer for the remainder of his or her life. The best drugs are difficult to discontinue and addictive.
  6. Hide, discredit or outlaw every possible alternative to your drug.

Your illness is their profit.

End of story.

Think about it for a moment and I am sure you will agree, other than prescribing medication for you or sending you to physio, prescriptions are all they have in their arsenal for giving you relief.

Scary, really.

If you concur with all of this, and if you have had enough, and you want some answers and you want help…please read on.

I Had Had Enough

I decided that no longer was I going to be a part of Big Pharma’s dirty income stream.

This was me a year ago:

  • 40 pills a day – from opiates to anti-seizure pills, pills for nausea, itching, depression, anxiety and and and…
  • Seizures and blackouts – I couldn’t go out to a movie or anywhere that caused overstimulation
  • Weighing almost 300lbs – no diet or lap band would work
  • Insomnia- I hadn’t slept properly for almost 9 years
  • Brain fog – to the point I thought I had early onset Alzheimer’s
  • Incontinent
  • Itching/rashes
  • Aching and pains everywhere

At the end of the day, I felt my life was over.  And perhaps you are feeling the same way, too, sadly.

The Day My Life Changed

As some of you reading my blogs and are on my Facebook page know, I research.  I want answers.  And I refused to give up, even though I was feeling like hell.

I felt that I was onto something when I came across black mold toxicity and wrote my blog about it.  Then I came across the world of pathogens, (viruses, bacteria, fungus and parasites), and my eyes opened even further.

I had testing done for pathogens, and yep – we stopped counting at 60, from Epstein Barr to cytomegalo viruses, several different types of candida – the list was endless.

No wonder I was feeling like sh*t!  I did have some energy work done regarding clearing these, but still felt that there was something missing.

Missing Something HUGE

I then came across the symptoms for toxic overload.  Holy smokes!

These symptoms pretty much were exactly that of fibromyalgia and CFS.

Ding ding ding!

And the more digging I did…the more my jaw dropped…

We Are Born Toxic & Exposed to 80,000 Unregulated Toxic Chemicals a Day

According to an Environmental Working Group (EWG) study done in 2005, a shocking 287 toxic pollutants were found in the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies – in other words, we are born toxic.  And ps. this study was done before BPA in plastics came onto their radar.

Of the 287 chemicals we detected in umbilical cord blood, we know that 180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests. EWG

We are exposed to 80,000 unregulated toxic chemicals and pollutants in our daily lives.

Of the more than 80,000 chemicals currently used in the United States, most haven’t been adequately tested for their effects on human health. NRDC

These chemicals lurk in everyday items: furniture, cosmetics, household cleaners, toys, even food.

Big Pharma Doesn’t Want You to Know This!

Why?

Because toxic overload is causing hundreds of health symptoms (that are worth billions of dollars), just like the ones you are experiencing with your fibromyalgia and CFS diagnosis.

FACT.

Just a Few Symptoms of Toxic Overload

  • Fatigue
  • Brain fog
  • Weight Issues (struggle to lose or gain)
  • Digestive Problems 
  • Sleep Issues
  • Skin Issues (Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne)
  • Mood Issues including Depression, Anxiety and Mood Swings
  • Fibromyalgia and/or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
  • Aches and pains

Take the How Toxic Are You Quiz –> HERE

Imagine.  Finding out that one of the main root causes (toxic overload) of fibromyalgia and CFS is something that you can treat, reduce or eliminate your symptoms and go on to prevent? (Because you can…).

Examples of Where Toxins Come From

  • Parasites -(there is a connection to Lyme Disease and fibromyalgia/CFS) and the Center for Disease Control states millions of us are infected, there is also a connection to Leaky Gut Syndrome as the parasites eat holes in your gut
  • Heavy metals – from aluminum saucepans, foil, tin cans… to your water supply (ps there is also a connection to Alzheimer’s )
  • Fungus – candida – many of us are dealing with candida overgrowth with fibromyalgia and CFS
  • Toxic Food– from glyphosate sprayed on your fruit, veg and wheat to the thousands of artificial chemicals in your food as well as antibiotics and growth hormones in your dairy and meat
  • Cleaning Supplies – bleach to oven cleaner (that goes nuclear when you heat up your oven, infusing your food with toxic chemicals)
  • Body Care Products – It is estimated that the average woman is subjected to a whopping 515 toxic chemicals A DAY in her body care products alone…
  • Bacteria and Viruses – existing at low lying levels in our bodies for years

As you can see…toxins and toxicity are everywhere.

And as you can hopefully also see, does the above start to make sense regarding fibromyalgia and CFS (and Big Pharma)?

Ready to Get Off the Big Pharma Merry-Go-Round?

If you have had enough of not feeling any better and fully believe that there is something more going on with your health, like I did, please…look into toxic overload syndrome.

Do your research.

Look into detoxing -both your body and your home.  (Yes, there are a lot of scams on the market – be aware of them!  They can be useless, laxatives that can also be very expensive).

Know that no matter how much organic spinach you choose to chomp on, the gluten and sugar you have eradicated from your diet and that you have decided to go paraben and SLS-free with your body care products (a good start), the damage has already been done in your body.

You can get a free 5 Day Detox Your Life Course here.

For me, I chose a detox that not only was a gentle liver and colon cleanse, but had the incredibly powerful ganoderma and chaga mushrooms in it – with over 300 studies done on just these 2 ingredients alone, this particular detox (which I take daily btw and eat normally…), has been life-changing.

You can read my honest review about how detox turned my life around here.

Conclusion

Please know that I am not suggesting you stop your medications (and if you do wish to do so, please discuss this with your doctor to do so safely).

And although a year ago I would be mocking this exact statement, but honestly, you can do a lot regarding helping to heal yourself.  Honestly.

If you are struggling with fibromyalgia and/or CFS, know that Big Pharma doesn’t want you to know about toxicity and toxic overload syndrome. Are you ready to take a stand for your health (and your family’s health, too?) and take back control of your life?

Alyssa Reid
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Fibromyalgia, CFS & Sleep Issues: 4 Things You Should Know

sleep and chronic pain

Tired of tossing and turning in bed? Exhausted and fatigued, yet unable to get to sleep or stay asleep? Fibromyalgia, CFS & sleep problems go hand in hand. Here’s 4 things you should know that may help make a difference in getting to sleep-  and staying asleep.

Ahhh Sleep (Remember It?)…

We all know the importance of sleep, and how sleep helps us to heal, reduces stress and brain fog (and many other great qualities -let’s face it, sleep rocks!).

Did you know that there is a complex relationship between depression, anxiety and sleep, too?

I have SO been there regarding insomnia…for over 9 years, in fact. And I know that I was far from being alone!

study done into sleep issues and fibromyalgia showed a whopping 88% of participants stating that they had some sort of sleep issues.

Other studies show a connection between poor sleep and increased pain – a nasty cycle, indeed.

And then, for many of us, there is the medications that we have tried…some may have worked, others haven’t…and of course there are the side effects (from weight gain to rotting teeth, to horrible metallic tastes and grogginess in the mornings, to name but a few).

‘The upside to insomnia is, there’s only 3 more sleeps til Christmas’ – Joke!

Cracking the (Sleep)Code

However, for me… I cracked it! Finally!

That’s right.  No more wanting to scream in utter frustration (and exhaustion), as my husband’s (and the cat’s) snores infiltrate the night.  I have also been able to reduce injuries and accidents and even brain fog. (Let’s face it, when you are sleep deprived, accidents and brain fog? They happen.  Big time).

And…no more sleep meds!

What I found out (and did something about), was that it wasn’t just one root issue causing my sleep problems – but many. Some of them actually were very easy to resolve, too! And naturally!

Here are the 4 things I found out (and rectified) that may be causing you sleep issues…

1. Your Medications May Be Interfering With Your Sleep

I remember it well, just like it was yesterday…falling off the toilet in the ensuite on a regular basis at night, when I first started taking Tramadol and it kicked in (and my husband sleeping through it all – but that’s another story…).

Never in a million years did I realise that it was actually this same drug that was not only causing my insomnia and sleep disturbances in the end – but also my seizures and blackouts.

I spent NINE YEARS in a zombified, exhausted state, popping sleep meds like they were candy in my desperation to get some shut-eye! (And to no avail…because I was also continuing to take the Tramadol…).  When you look forward to having an operation because you are going to be put under and sleep…out of sheer desperation…that was where I was at…

In fact, many of us struggling with chronic pain issues are on opiate medications such as codeine, morphine and Tramadol…and although initially they can knock us out, once our body gets used to them?  They can be a prime suspect for insomnia and sleep disturbances!  Truth!

Read my about how opiates affect sleep by going here.

Opiate medications also can cause:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Poor concentration
  • Poor performance at work or school
  • Vivid and often disturbing dreams and nightmares
  • Risk of illness
  • Risk of injury
  • Emotional instability

 

Why not try our 3x HealthLine Award Winning 8 in 1 Tracker App, FibroMapp App out? FibroMapp tracks medications, sleep, pain, symptoms, mood, fatigue, a journal and much more – plus creates PDF reports for you and your doctor, too! Available on Google Play, Kindle and iTunes. Find out more HERE!

 

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2. Your Mattress Possibly Needs Replacing

Did you know that you should replace a mattress every 7 years?  So how often should we replace it if we’re practically LIVING IN IT day in and day out?  As replacing it every 7 years is based on using it only at night!  My guess us around every 3 years, if you’re spending most of your time in it…

When is the last time you replaced your mattress?

The number of issues a poor mattress causes regarding not providing proper support goes beyond the inability to get a good sleep.  Hip, back and neck pain, to name just 3 issues!

Buying a mattress in a shop obviously allows you to try it out first – but let’s face it, trying a mattress for 5 minutes is not a huge indicator as to whether or not the mattress is going to be comfortable – let alone help with pain and sleep.  You need to road test it…!

Mattress Matters

Look for a mattress/mattress company/shop that allows you to have at least a month (or more) of a no quibble return policy.  Your mattress is an investment!  Make sure it suits you well.

Everyone is different regarding their requirements and comfort – for example, some people swear by memory foam, others (myself included) find it hot, uncomfortable and doesn’t provide the support needed.

And then there is the issue of ‘the other half’ – what might be comfortable and suitable for you, might not be for them!

However…if you are in the UK there is a solution to this issue! And a mattress designed specifically for chronic pain!

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In the UK?

The N:Rem Sleep System mattress has been designed specifically for chronic pain.

The unique designs allows you to  arrange the foam slabs based on firmness and YOUR comfort zones (not to mention a completely different set up for your partner’s side!).  And you can rearrange it as much (or as little), as is required.

In fact, 94% of chronic pain users found a difference with this mattress.

“I would recommend this system to anyone. I have fibromyalgia and chronic back pain. I have gone from little to no sleep to 6-8 hours sleep.”  P. Tipping

With a 100 night trial, and a £1 a day payment option – no matter what size – this mattress rocks!

And what rocks even better?  If you mention the code FIBROMAPP, you get a £30 discount (so basically another free month!!!). Plus free delivery, too!

And if you don’t like it, no problem – they pick it up for free!

Check out the N:Rem Sleep System website here!

This mattress has made a huge difference in sleep and comfort for myself and my hubby – in fact, it has completely eradicated our hip pain.


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3. Toxicity Affects Sleep

If you have been following my blogs recently, you will know that I have been banging on about toxicity – and for good reason.  Bottom line is we are born toxic, we are subjected to over 80,000 toxic chemicals and substances A DAY in our food, body care products, water,and and and…

If you don’t think that all this toxicity isn’t directly affecting your health, think again..the impact is huge…

Toxicity from heavy metals, fungus and parasites are just 3 reasons why your sleep might be affected.

If you struggle with sleep and by mid-morning, early afternoon you are exhausted, it’s a key indicator that your liver function is struggling due to toxicity.

Heavy metal toxicity can come from things like your tuna fish and your drinking water, fungus such as Candida overgrowth is a huge issue for many people with fibro and CFS.

And then there are…

Parasites?!

If you have a family pet, do gardening, have eaten pork or fish (currently, or in the past), or have travelled abroad (as just a few examples), then there is a good chance you have at least one parasite infestation.  In fact, the CDC warns that millions of Americans have parasites.

BTW – the build-up of toxins in your body tissues that cause digestive problems and joint pain, and the word “neurotoxicity” is used to refer the toxins in your nervous system that cause neurological disorders, including headaches, sleep disturbances, depression, and cognitive difficulties.

Make no mistake, toxic overload is a key root issue in many health conditions, including fibromyalgia and CFS – and sleep issues..

Find out more about toxic overload, and the symptoms here. (ps. these symptoms read like fibro and CFS!).

 

How Toxic Are You?  Take the Free Quiz HERE!

Reducing Your Toxicity

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4. Adrenal Fatigue/Cortisol Issues

Does this sound like you?

  • “I get tired too early in the evening.”
  • “As soon as I try to go to sleep, I’m wide awake for hours.”
  • “If I do get to sleep, I never feel like I’ve slept. I am never refreshed in the morning.”
  • “I can barely function at all in the morning, but I perk up in the evening and feel better. At night, I can do work, I can actually think.”
  • “I can usually fall asleep okay, but I wake up like clockwork every few hours.”
  • “A couple of hours after I go to sleep, I’ll wake up. I’ll feel both exhausted and wide awake as if I’ve had three cups of coffee.”

Chances are you might be struggling with adrenal fatigue, and the ‘flight or fright’ hormone cortisol and it’s direct effect on Circadian Rhythm.

You can find out more about Adrenal Fatigue on this page, aptly named ‘Desperate for Shut-Eye’.

Several of the all-natural herbs in the product I use (on an ongoing basis) for toxicity are also fabulous for levelling cortisol levels, probably one of the reasons it really made a difference for me (and thousands of others, too!) regarding not only sleep, but pain, brain fog and much more.

Conclusion

We all know how important sleep is for our health in so many ways.  If you’re interested in other products that might help make you more comfortable, check out my Top 5 Best Sleep Products blog.

When you are struggling with fibromyalgia, CFS and chronic pain sleep can be elusive at best.  Hopefully these 4 things I mentioned that may be causing your sleep issues might be of assistance in helping you to look at options to help you get your sleep back on track.

Alyssa Reid

Fibromyalgia, CFS & Sleep Issues: 4 Things You Should Know


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How Fibromyalgia Ruined My Life – The Beginning

Fibromyalgia ruined my life mentally, physically, spiritually as well as occupationally. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2014 while working in the pharmaceutical industry. It was during this time period that I was subjected to bullying for two and a half years.

I’ve often said that bullying was the perfect storm which caused me to be diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. According to the Mayo Clinic http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fibromyalgia/symptoms-causes/d , Doctors don’t know what causes fibromyalgia, but it most likely involves a variety of factors working together.

These may include but are not limited to:

  • Because fibromyalgia tends to run in families, there may be certain genetic mutations that may make you more susceptible to developing the disorder.
  • Some illnesses appear to trigger or aggravate fibromyalgia.
  • Physical or emotional trauma.Fibromyalgia can sometimes be triggered by a physical trauma, such as a car accident. Psychological stress may also trigger the condition.

I knew that when I took this job it really wasn’t a good fit for me and that I should have walked away a long time ago. To be honest the reason why I didn’t is because I was making a very nice income. But, on the flip side I thought I could potentially turn things around and stop the bullying. Boy, was I wrong. It was unlike anything I have ever experienced.  The people that I work with; some were good people and some were bad people.  Many of them had issues with people of color.

The Battle

They were not the type of people that you can turn your back on without fear of being stabbed in the back.  If your back wasn’t turned they would try to stab you in the chest; they just didn’t care. They were dysfunctional and downright evil. It was a very hostile and combative working environment. I used to do a lot of crying about this situation it and I would say “God I’m yours, why am I in this environment?” Like I said so many times I really wanted to leave, but I stayed on due to the money. But, it wasn’t just the money.  God showed me that it’s not about me. He put me there for a purpose and I now understand what that purpose was.

Sometimes God will put you in situations or in places to shine the light to help someone else in need. Sometimes it may be one or two people or a handful of people where God has called you to be the light on the job. He places us in situations to be a blessing to others to help them. Once your job is done God will move you on. And that’s really what happened to me and God moved me on, but before he moved me on oh my goodness. I encountered a lot of battle scars.

I am a Christian and what I experience was spiritual warfare. Satan’s presence was so thick in that place, the best example I can share with is the following: I would drive to work and when I arrived, I could feel a heavy evil presence. It was as if this presence was trying to enter inside of me. Due to the power of God it couldn’t enter me. But, I could feel its presence. Sometimes I had difficulty breathing and one day one of my employees said “Ms. Necie there is some bad mojo working up in here can’t you feel it? That could be the reason Ms. Necie why you have not been feeling well.” And when he said this to me, it really caught my attention because I’m a Christian and this individual was not professing Christianity, but he had an awareness as to what was going on and what I was experiencing.

The bullying grew increasingly worse and I sought help from the senior management staff. Everyone knew I was being bullied and yet they would not help me. They would say things such as “if we help you we’ll have to help everybody.” Well they had already been helping a lot of people, but they refused to help me.

I was asked to resign from my management position and report into my colleagues whom were bullying me. Now, how much sense does that make? You want me as a manager to step down from that role and to report in to the people who are bullying me… They also reported me to Human Resources, the stress that was inflicted upon me was very insidious. They were trying to destroy me body, mind, spirit and soul.

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An Easy Way to Tell if You Have Small-Fiber Neuropathy? The Fibromyalgia Symptom Study

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Dr. Anne Oaklander didn’t just discover the small nerve fiber problems in fibromyalgia, she’s literally trying to build the small nerve fiber field from the bottom up. We can thank the NIH for that: it awarded her with a big ROI grant a couple of years ago which, among other things, tasked her with identifying the best way to diagnose small nerve fiber neuropathy or as she more accurately calls it, small-fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN).

The Study

Specific symptoms may discriminate between fibromyalgia patients with vs without objective test evidence of small-fiber polyneuropathy Lodahl, Mette; Treister, Roi; Oaklander, Anne Louise. PAIN Reports.

First Dr. Oaklander lays out what we know – that many studies indicate that the small nerve fibers in the skin of about 40% of the people with fibromyalgia have been damaged or partially lost.  Oaklander seems to be more and more confident of her findings.

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Is the pain in FM caused by small nerve fiber problems, central sensitization or both?

Disregarding the numerous brain scanning studies, presumably because they don’t elucidate a “cause”, she states that fibromyalgia had “no known biomedical cause” until the SFPN was found.

Then she rolls through the many ways SFPN might be causing FM. (If you have chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) these may apply as well.) The gist is that because the small, lightly or unmyelinated nerve fibers seem to be ubiquitous in the body, damage to them could affect just about every symptom present in FM or ME/CFS.

  • Pain – Because the small nerve fibers transmit pain sensations they could be causing or contributing to the pain sensitization seen in FM.
  • Gut Issues – Because they control gut motility they could be causing or contributing to the gut problems.
  • Fatigue – Oaklander attributed the fatigue problems in FM and ME/CFS to something she called “neurogenic myovasculopathy” – which may be a new term. (Neurogenic – nerve system caused; myo – muscle; vasculopathy – blood vessel disease: a nervous system disease causing problems with the blood vessels in the muscles).
  • Inflammation – Because the same nerve fibers regulate and are regulated by the immune system, damage to them may be producing inflammation.
  • Brainfog, Fibrofog – Because the nerve fibers extend into the brain, damage to them could affect cognition.

It’s an impressive list. It’s no wonder that Oaklander dismisses any idea that FM is psychosomatic and calls it a neurological disorder.

(On a side note – FM finds its unhappy home at the NIH in the National Institute of Arthritis and Muscoskeletal and Skin Disorders (NIAMS). NIAMS is an Institute that would apparently rather treat FM as a behavioral disorder than a physiological one and has little interest in funding it.  (Funding has actually dropped over the past five years.) With its funding among the lowest in the NIH –  just $9 million a year or about a dollar a year per patient – perhaps FM would do better if it moved to the Neurological Institute (NINDS). It was NINDS, not NIAMS, that funded Oaklander’s NIH grant.

The really good news is that, because those small nerve fibers never stop growing, if whatever is damaging them can be stopped, they should be able to grow back; i.e. a full recovery should be possible (!). All that may be needed, Dr. Oaklander suggests, is to remove the “neurotoxic” conditions causing the damage. A recent Oaklander treatment study was not a full blown placebo-controlled, double-blinded trial, but it did suggest that immune modulators may be helpful for many with SFPN.

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The possibility of a treatment makes it all the more reason, Dr. Oaklander asserts, to find a way to easily determine who among the millions of FM patient has SFPN and who doesn’t.

Symptom Questionnaire

It could something be as simple as a symptom questionnaire. The symptoms of SFPN and fibromyalgia overlap greatly.  (Note how close they are to ME/CFS as well.) SFPN sufferers report that their worst symptoms are fatigue and tiredness, poor endurance or strength, deep pains or aches, tingling or pins and needles and difficulty thinking and concentrating.

Noting that the symptoms of polyneuropathy are likely different in people with FM than in people with diabetes, Oaklander, in collaboration with twenty-one specialists and her patients, developed a 33-item symptom checklist called  Mass General Hospital Small-fiber Symptom Survey (MGH-SSS).  Besides the main symptoms (fatigue, endurance, pain) symptoms include things like: changed patterns of sweating, skin that hurts for no reason, skin that burns, rapid heartbeat, feeling dizzy, blisters or sores in the mouth, increased urinary frequency, abdominal pain, etc.

The survey’s five components (gastrointestinal, somatosensory, miscellaneous, vascular, neurological) identify symptoms  that could be arising from nerve damage in different parts of the body. An earlier study confirmed that the MGH-SS questionnaire was accurate and reliable in identifying FM patients a biopsy confirmed had SFPN in their skin.

For the purposes of this study, small fiber damage in the skin was confirmed using a skin biopsy or by autonomic nervous system testing which included: a heart rate variability test during deep breathing, heart and blood-pressure responses to the Valsalva maneuver and tilt, and quantitative sudomotor axon reflex testing.  Furthermore, every person, whether they had SFPN or not, underwent the autonomic nervous system tests, took a pain survey, and did the SF-36 questionnaire.

The objective was to determine if a symptom questionnaire could identify FM patients with SFPN from those who don’t have it. The ancillary question –  how much does SFPN in the skin affect symptoms? Dr. Clauw proposes that SFPN in the skin is a minor issue, kind of a side-show in FM. The real problem, he believes, lies in the central nervous system. Dr. Oaklander obviously believes differently.

The Quandry

Oaklander’s starting point illustrated how widespread small nerve fiber problems may be – not just in FM, but also in other diseases. She started out with 159 patients with “multisymptom illnesses” that had been referred to her. Thirty-three percent of those patients met the 2010 criteria for FM. Others probably met the definition for ME/CFS or POTS or other diseases. The wide spread of patients suggests a big group of similar patients across several diseases exists.

Thirty-nine FM patients ended up in this study, 36% of whom were determined to have SFPN by skin biopsy.  Again, the most severe symptoms in this group were familiar – deep pains, fatigue, and reduced endurance.

Of the 33 symptoms measured, only pins and needles sensations were significantly increased in the FM patients with small fiber neuropathy in their skin. The vascular group of symptoms was significantly worse in the SFPN group as well, and they scored worse on the cognitive component of the SF-36 test.

There was no difference, however, in the autonomic nervous system scores, the pain scores or the functionality scores.  If people with positive skin biopsies were worse off than people without them, it didn’t show up in decreased autonomic functioning or even in increased pain levels. It simply showed up as an increased incidence of pins and needles sensations.

The presence of pins and needles symptoms, then, “may” (it was not a large study) be able to differentiate between those who have SFPN and those who don’t.

The larger issue, though, is the inability of the symptom questionnaire to demonstrate that people with small nerve problems in their skin are significantly symptomatically worse off or significantly different from those who don’t have them.

SFPN questions

The questions remain: How important is SFPN and where does it exist in the body?

That finding could suggest that SFPN either doesn’t account for much in FM; that it’s, as Dr. Clauw believes, a mostly innocuous add-on problem which causes pins and needles sensations and perhaps a few more vascular symptoms but doesn’t significantly affect the main symptoms in FM.

It’s also possible that SFPN is an entirely separate disease which just happens to have almost exactly the same features as FM. That seems unlikely.

A third, more intriguing possibility is that the small nerve problems exist throughout the bodies of many FM patients but only show up in the skin of about 40% of them.  If that’s true, then the autonomic nervous system scores, pain tests, etc. would be similar in everyone in this study, which is what happened.

We seem to be left with two options: SFPN is either a relatively mild issue symptomatically or it’s the issue in FM. Time will tell on that but Oaklander’s last retrospective study suggesting that immunomodulators can be quite helpful in FM suggests the later.

Next for Oaklander is apparently finding some way to show that the small nerve problems in FM extend beyond the skin to the nerves that affect muscle functioning, gut issues, cognition and others.

If you have pins and needles sensations it might be good idea to get a small nerve biopsy done or the right kind of eye scan. (Dr. Oaklander is assessing the effectiveness of different SFPN tests as well.)  If your test comes back positive, it’s possible, but by no means guaranteed, that you might be able to get IVIG paid for. (See Small Nerves, Big, Big Problem?)

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