How To Plant Seeds of Consciousness 7 Day Challenge

I have designated 2018 the Year of Living Fearlessly and Courageously.

I am sick and tired of Chronic Pain winning the battle and am taking back all that was stolen from me.

I have a challenge for those of you willing to play along. I will make it short to ensure you won’t feel overwhelmed.

Starting tomorrow everyday for the next 7 Days set your intention and comment on this blog post each day for 7 days.  I will be your accountability partner and keep you on track and inspire you to move forward.

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What is an Intention?

TheFreeDictionary.com defines intention as a course of action that one intends to follow, an aim that guides action, an objective.

Merriam-Webster.com defines intention as a determination to act in a certain way.

 An intention is a clear and positive statement of an outcome you want to experience.  An intention is a goal, or vision, that guides your activities, thoughts, attitudes, and choices.   Hence, your intentions influence your actual experiences. You can set an intention in any area of your life- physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.  Although intentions start with a mental picture of your goal, intentions require focus, action, and positive energy to manifest.

Powerful

Setting intentions can be very powerful because you are planting a seed by speaking positive thoughts into the atmosphere and there is power in words. Words have the power to lift you up or tear you down. According to Deepak Chopra, M.D.  An intention is a directed impulse of consciousness that contains the seed form of that which you aim to create. Like real seeds, intentions can’t grow if you hold on to them. Only when you release your intentions into the fertile depths of your consciousness can they grow and flourish. In his book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Successthe Law of Intention and Desire lays out the five steps for harnessing the power of intention to create anything you desire.

 

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How Fibromyalgia Ruined My Life – Part 2

The Diagnosis

My body was being torn down. I was working long hours, didn’t have an appetite and was having headaches all the time, Now, keep in mind while all this was going on, I had not yet been diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

I just knew that I was sick and something was wrong.  I was taken by paramedics to the hospital twice, 6 months apart each time. This last go-around that’s when I was finally diagnosed. It happened in 2014, I couldn’t breathe, I thought I was having a heart attack; I made it to occupational health. I thought well maybe it’s my blood pressure that is high that is making me ill. Unbeknownst to me occupational health had already called 911 because they thought I was having a massive heart attack.

I wasn’t having a heart attack. It was costochondritis and my stress level was high.  There was a physician in the ER room who told me that he had seen a lot of employees from where I worked and viewed it as toxic. He had heard similar stories from other employees concerning how they were mis-treated. He told me my stress level was high and that no job is worth that. Next time I would not be lucky, and I said what do you mean I won’t be lucky. He says “you barely made it this time and next time you may not survive. That was a real eye-opener for me, I was even more stressed at that point and was told to take some time off from work to recover.

Beware of the Unconcerned Doctor

My primary care doctor whom I had been treating with for about 7 years became angry when asked to complete short-term disability papers from my employer.  He stated he didn’t have time for this it could be fibromyalgia for all I know, but there’s nothing wrong with you. That was the very first time I ever heard the word Fibromyalgia from my doctors. He was emphatic it couldn’t be, could be, it couldn’t be, there’s no big deal. This is my life how dare you dismiss me!

I got a second opinion and on my second visit. The doctor said, “has anyone ever told you what’s wrong with you?” And I said no, I wish someone would and that’s when he said it was fibromyalgia. He says, “you know your fibromyalgia on a scale of 1 to 10, your pain level is a 10+. You need some help, not only do you need some help managing the pain, you need some help dealing with the depression as well as the bullying and you need to see a therapist to deal with the emotional issues surrounding all this. I remember sitting in the doctor’s office and I just literally just wept and cried. I felt validated because finally somebody cares about me.

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HOW TO IDENTIFY AND NATURALLY REVERSE FIBROMYALGIA

FIBROMYALGIA AND CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME

As people continue to spend more energy than they have, the problems can become more severe. When their “energy crisis” reaches a critical stage, the person will actually “blow a fuse” (called the hypothalamus) and develop myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) or its painful cousin fibromyalgia. In most people, these two conditions are the same process, by two different names. ME/CFS was previously known simply as chronic fatigue syndrome. Recently, a committee of seven medical professionals agreed to change the name to ME/CFS to more accurately describe the disease. Many patients and doctors familiar with ME/CFS felt the name “chronic fatigue syndrome” belittled those that suffered from the disease and gave a false impression of laziness. The CDC has yet to follow suit.

WHO GETS FIBROMYALGIA?

Anyone can, from young children to people in their 90s, and it afflects 4 to 8 percent of the total US adult population; up from 2 percent a decade ago. As with many illnesses associated with immune dysfunction (like lupus, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis for example), more than three fourths of those with fibromyalgia are female. Eighty percent of people with ME/CFS and fibromyalgia are given the incorrect diagnosis for years; often being told they are depressed, have anxiety, lupus, arthritis, or a host of other misdiagnoses.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE FIBROMYALGIA?

In the early stages of burnout, symptoms are largely anxiety, stress, and can also include symptoms of adrenal exhaustion. What’s the simple way to tell if you have exhausted your adrenal stress handler glands? If you’re irritable when you’re hungry. I tease that the battle cry of people with adrenal exhaustion (when they get hungry) is “Feed me NOW, or I’ll kill you!”

Do you feel exhausted much of the time, have widespread achiness, “brain fog,” and severe insomnia despite the fact that you are exhausted? Has this persisted for more than three months even though you took a vacation or rest frequently? If the answers to these questions are yes, then you likely have fibromyalgia. It’s that simple.

This makes sense if you consider the effects of a body wide energy crisis. We talked about the master control center called the hypothalamus going offline. This center controls sleep, which is why the paradox of severe insomnia despite exhaustion is such a good marker for fibromyalgia. It also controls your hormonal system, temperature regulation (so 98.6 degrees may be a fever), sweating, bowel function, and blood pressure. And when you’re talking about widespread achiness, think of your muscles like a spring. They need energy to relax much more than to contract, so your muscles can get locked in the shortened position— causing you pain! To make this easier to understand, think about rigor mortis after people die: The muscles don’t go limp—they stiffen up, tight as a board. Because of your body’s energy crisis, your muscles get stuck in the shortened position. After a few weeks, the tight muscles begin to hurt. Chronic pain in your body amplifies pain messages in the brain itself (called “central sensitization”), and this causes the widespread pain. Increase your energy production, however, and your muscles will relax, and the pain goes away!

The risk of getting fibromyalgia is lower in those who exercise more and weigh less. Unfortunately, the average weight gain in these illnesses is 32 pounds—and nearly impossible to lose until metabolism is restored.

There is also a free, online symptom analysis program at endfatigue.com that can analyze your symptoms (and even your lab tests if available) to determine what is causing your ME/CFS and fibromyalgia, then help to tailor a treatment protocol for your. This will make figuring out what you need to do fairly simple.

WHAT CAUSES FIBROMYALGIA?

In general, fibromyalgia and ME/ CFS can be triggered by anything that dramatically increases your energy requirements or decreases your energy production. Most often, people have a mixture of excess situational stress, then they get pushed over the edge by some major physical stress.

I have seen this mix in thousands of patients I have treated, and my own case serves as a good example, too. I came down with ME/CFS in 1975, and it knocked me out of medical school for a year, leaving me homeless for that time. My mom and much of my family had gone through the concentration camps in Auschwitz during World War II, and while I was in medical school, they went through a very emotional struggle. As is often the case, people with ME/CFS tend to be fairly empathic, can’t say no, and they often let themselves be used as emotional toxic waste dumps by other—albeit often well-meaning—people. In my case, I tried to be the peacemaker; that turned into a big mistake.

Meanwhile, my dad had died years earlier, so I was working and paying my own way through college and medical school, including working as a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit. I basically finished college in three years and was rushing through medical school (taking a heavy load and finishing school more quickly made it cheaper).

Being an adrenaline junkie, I seemed to be handling all of this just fine. I was also a sugar junkie and living on breakfast cereal and hotdogs, so my nutrition wasn’t great. Without knowing it, I had underlying candida/yeast overgrowth from antibiotics that I took while hospitalized as a child. In the context of all this, I came down with a severe viral infection—a common trigger in ME/CFS and fibromyalgia. I called it the “drop dead flu.” When I didn’t get better after several months, my professors gave up on me and figured I was just another depressed medical student. I could no longer work, had to drop out of medical school, and found myself homeless and sleeping in parks.

Personally, I have found that God always gives us what we need. While I was on that bench, it was like the universe put a “Holistic Medical School” sign on me. Naturopaths, herbalists, energy workers, and a host of other holistic practitioners just seemed to wander by and I started talking with them. Over time, I learned the different pieces of the puzzle that I needed to get well, was able to return to medical school, and have spent the last 35 years researching this field and teaching others how to recover from it as well.

SO WHAT ARE THE COMMON EMOTIONAL TRIGGERS?

People with fibromyalgia tend to be overachieving adrenaline junkies, can’t say no, seek approval from others (often from people who simply are not going to give it), and basically respond to fatigue by redoubling their efforts instead of resting.

A major trigger in modern life is that women don’t recognize that raising a child is a full-time job. When they return or enter the workplace, this basically becomes working overtime. While it is, of course, definitely okay (and often wonderful) for women to be in the workplace, they need to give themselves credit for working two full-time jobs. This means getting help in the home and moderating their work stress as much as possible.

WHAT ARE THE COMMON PHYSICAL TRIGGERS?

In those with sudden onset, the most common triggers are infections, pregnancy, and injuries. In those with gradual onset, hormonal deficiencies (thyroid, adrenal, and perimenopause), sleep problems (including restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, young children, snoring husband, or simply not making time for sleep), nutritional deficiencies with excess sugar intake, and autoimmune disorders such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis are some of the more common triggers.

But these triggers are not the rule by any means; sometimes they trigger fibromyalgia in some, but not others. In part, this is because people with ME/CFS and fibromyalgia are often set up for an energy crisis by both their genetics and the stresses in their life.

I’M TIRED OF BEING SICK AND IN PAIN! HOW CAN I GET WELL?

The good news is that research has shown that more than 91 percent of patients with fibromyalgia improve with proper treatment, with a greater than 90 percent average increase in the quality of their life.

On an emotional level, the keys are to check in with your feelings and learn to say “no” to things that feel bad, while saying “yes” to the things in your life that feel good. Joseph Campbell, the world-renowned anthropologist, summarized it well when he said “Follow Your Bliss!”

 

Being people pleasers, we have trouble saying no, so here are my Doctor’s Orders: If you have fibromyalgia or ME/CFS and something feels bad, say no. If you need to, blame it on me—Dr. T. This includes when “friends” that are energy vampires come over to use you as an emotional toxic waste dump. “No” is a great word. It is also a complete sentence and requires no further explanation.

On a physical level, you need to SHINE: get enough Sleep, check your Hormonal balances, get rid of or treat any Infections, add some Nutritional supplements to your diet, and Exercise as possible. If any of these are out of balance, not only can your ME/CFS or fibromyalgia get worse, but you may also be setting yourself up for further infections and other emotional and physical complications.

MY DOCTOR IS CLUELESS! HOW CAN I GET THE HELP I NEED?

Unfortunately, most physicians are simply not trained in diagnosing or treating ME/CFS or fibromyalgia. Some doctors may misdiagnose or tell you the problem is in your head, but I don’t expect fibromyalgia experts to know how to do heart bypass surgery and I don’t expect a standard physician to understand fibromyalgia. If you suspect you have fibromyalgia or ME/CFS, you need to go to somebody trained in the field.

The Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers (FFC, fibroandfatigue.com) nationally have effectively treated more than 20,000 using the SHINE Protocol. The doctors at the FFC specialize in these illnesses, and as their medical director, I have the honor of assisting in their ongoing training. Many holistic physicians are excellent at treating this illness, and thousands of practitioners can be found at holisticboard.org and naturopathic.org. Stop setting yourself up for frustration, and go to a practitioner familiar with how to get you well, now.

If you are unable to see a doctor right away, there is a “Fibromyalgia Specialist” online computer program I created to help evaluate your symptoms (and if you have them available even your lab tests) to determine the likely causes of your CFS and fibromyalgia. It will tailor a mix of natural and prescription therapies to your specific case. This way you can get started on your own with the natural therapies (almost the entire treatment can be done naturally), and discuss the few prescriptions you might need with your family physician. This program can be found at endfatigue.com.

ARE THERE OTHER HELPFUL TREATMENTS AS WELL?

Absolutely! New research into fibromyalgia is skyrocketing. Let’s look at some of the newest research, as well as the important area of treating food and other toxicities/ sensitivities. Very promising new research includes:

The Methylation protocol. It appears that a subset of people with ME/CFS and fibromyalgia have a biochemical defect in what is called the “Methylation cycle” which makes it very difficult to maintain energy production. This defect can be treated with a special nutritional protocol initially proposed by Amy Yasko for treating autism and developed further by two of my favorite ME/ CFS and fibromyalgia researchers—Rich Van Konynenburg, PhD, and Neil Nathan, MD.

Nathan discusses the Methylation protocol in Chapter 14 of his new book On Hope and Healing (Et Alia Press, 2010). He recommends the protocol be done under a holistic physician’s supervision as it may sometimes initially flare symptoms. The problem is that very few physicians are even familiar with it.

Nathan notes that “what is most important is that we have recently shown that the use of tiny doses of very specific combinations of vitamin B-12 and folic acid has resulted in significant improvement in patients with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.” He completed two studies with this protocol and found that 70 percent of his patients improved within three months, 20 percent reported they were “much better, occasionally to the point of feeling cured. In the second study of 30 patients, the average improvement was rated by our patients as 48 percent.”

Antivirals. Another exciting new research explores different viruses and using different antivirals in a subset of ME/CFS patients. Some of the most exciting, and controversial, research is exploring the presence of XMRV/MLV virus in ME/CFS and fibromyalgia. Studies are still ongoing, but keep your eyes peeled for more information in the coming year.

Diet. A subset of people with fibromyalgia have severe food and other sensitivities. When you treat the candida and low adrenal levels, I have found that food allergies often go away. In those where they persist, or in patients who can’t take anything,—even natural remedies— because they have severe sensitivities, a simple but powerful treatment holds great promise.

NAET. The Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique uses a mix of muscle testing and a special acupressure approach to eliminate sensitivities. I have found this so remarkable that our foundation designed and funded a study using NAET for autism, which was recently accepted for publication. In this study, 23 of the 30 children in the active treatment group were back in regular schools at the conclusion of one year of treatment as opposed to 0 of 30 in the untreated control group. We often see similarly dramatic results in fibromyalgia and ME/CFS patients with severe sensitivities. NAET was developed by Devi Nambudripad, MD, PhD, LAc. Although some patients are also sensitive to hormones, chemicals, and sometimes even spouses, Nambudripad focuses on treating the food sensitivities. She says “we focus on treating 10 key food allergens first. There are over 50groups of foods that patients must be tested for however. Once sensitivities to these foods are cleared, the patient can eat them and usually feels much better.” More than 12,000 NAET practitioners worldwide can be found at naet.com.

. A special energy nutrient called ribose was shown in a recent study to increase energy an average of 61 percent after only three weeks. D-Ribose is an outstanding nutrient (a special sugar—even OK for those who need to avoid sugar). In addition to its role in making DNA and RNA, Ribose is the key building block for making energy. After an initial study in our research center showed an average 45 percent increase in energy in fibromyalgia patients who took ribose. A larger study was undertaken (and has been submitted for publication). In the study, 257 Patients with ME/CFS and fibromyalgia at 53 health practitioner offices were given 5 g of ribose three times per day for three weeks. The effects were amazing:

  • An average 61.3 percent had an increase in energy.
  • An average improvement in overall well being of 37 percent.
  • Sleep improved on average by 29.3 percent. Mental clarity improved by an average of 30 percent.
  • Pain decreased by an average of 15.6 percent.

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Fibromyalgia Is Such a Pain in the Neck

My neck and shoulders are the worst areas of my body in regards to pain and muscle tension. So many others I’ve spoken with who have fibromyalgia say the same. What causes those particular pains? Is there something we can do to alleviate it?

Fibromyalgia Is Such a Pain in the Neck

One specific kind of neck pain associated with fibromyalgia is occipital neuralgia. It is excruciating pain that starts in the back of the neck and stretches up to the scalp. It can cause pain behind one eye as well as increased sensitivity to light.

Spine-health recommends consistent regular exercise to treat neck and shoulder pain. Starting slowly and increasing over time is best. A couple of exercise ideas are yoga and walking. Getting your blood pumping and doing something that improves flexibility and helps to improve strength is the goal. If you’re bedbound or want a gentle stretch before or after you sleep, I recommend “Yoga in Bed.”

Spine-health also recommends alternative therapies like chiropractic care, gentle massage, acupuncture, or acupressure.

Style Craze also suggests applying essential oils, apple cider vinegar, ice, or Epsom salt to the site of pain. Additionally, it recommends using a neck collar and taking supplemental vitamin C, vitamin B complex, and vitamin D.

Myotherapy is a great option if you’re interested in massage. Myotherapy uses a broader range of massage techniques than a typical therapeutic massage does. They focus primarily on trigger point therapy but might also use other techniques such as dry needling, musculoskeletal alignment, deep tissue massage, cupping, and muscle stretching in addition to a range of rehabilitative exercises.

Neck and shoulder pain can be super frustrating and something we should try to keep on top of. We should pay close attention to our posture and to the tension in our neck and shoulder muscles. The pillow we use can also affect the level of neck and shoulder pain we experience. Neck and shoulder pain can lead to headaches which then increases your overall muscle stress and tension, thus more pain.

Do you suffer from neck and shoulder pain? What do you do to help alleviate it, other than taking meds?

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Fibromyalgia

While there is a lot of ongoing speculation about what triggers fibromyalgia, its causes have yet to be definitively identified and confirmed. Recent research has generally found that fibromyalgia is most likely a result of what scientists call central sensitization, or unusual responses in the nervous system with regard to pain perception.

 

 

Fibromyalgia’s Biochemical Triggers

“The [current] consensus is that fibromyalgia is not a problem with the muscles, joints, or tendons, but rather a problem with the central nervous system,” says Dr. Bruce Solitar, clinical associate professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology at NYU Medical Center/Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York. While it’s easy to think that pain felt by someone who has experienced no physical damage to the body might be categorized as purely psychosomatic, the sensations that a fibromyalgia patient experiences are as real as any other pain.

This was clearly demonstrated when researchers did MRI imaging of patients with fibromyalgia. When they pressed on certain areas of the participants’ bodies, they found dramatically increased activity in the pain center of the brain. One theory attributes this phenomenon to an increased release of substance P, the chemical that activates nerves when there is a painful stimulus. “In fibromyalgia patients, substance P is being released even in the absence of a painful stimulus. And there seems to be an amplified release when there is a painful stimulus,” explains Dr. Solitar. In addition, the brain’s regulatory effect, which sends “down signals” to turn off pain, also appears to be abnormal in people with fibromyalgia — so when a painful stimulus does occur, it gets amplified rather than dampened.
Fibromyalgia’s Physical and Emotional Triggers

So what causes the nervous system to malfunction in such a way? Scientists aren’t sure, but a number of conditions have been linked to the development of fibromyalgia. These include:

Infection. The Epstein-Barr virus, and the viruses that cause influenza, and hepatitis B and C have all been implicated in the development of fibromyalgia. “These viruses may have [long-term] effects on the immune system. It’s also possible that viral particles attach to glial cells, which are cells within the brain that affect neurotransmission [and influence the pain response],” says Dr. Solitar. Additionally, there is a well-established connection between Lyme disease (caused by a bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi) and fibromyalgia: Some patients who have been treated for Lyme — and ostensibly recover from it — continue to experience the unusually high frequency of unprovoked pain that characterizes fibromyalgia.

Trauma. Sometimes the development of fibromyalgia is linked to physical injury, especially in the upper (cervical) spine. In other cases, it’s associated with great emotional stress, like the death of a family member or the loss of a job. The possible link between these unrelated types of trauma is the neurohormonal change that both physical injury and emotional stress can trigger. Psychological processes can change — and can be changed by — alterations in the function of hormone-regulating centers like the hypothalamus and the pituitary and adrenal glands, which in turn can affect the nervous system.

Fibromyalgia’s Other Common Threads

“Fibromyalgia has been associated with all age groups, though women between the ages of 30 and 50 have a higher incidence of the disease,” says Dr. Solitar. While this increased prevalence among younger females suggests a hormonal connection, he says it’s also possible that it’s related to diagnosis. “Women tend to [naturally] be more tender [or sensitive to pain] than men, so if you base your diagnosis on tender points, you’re likely to diagnose more women with fibromyalgia than men.”

Also, fibromyalgia often develops in multiple members of the same family, although it’s not clear if this is the result of genetic or environmental effects. “Family members of people with fibromyalgia seem to be more tender than others,” says Dr. Solitar, “but there isn’t a lot of conclusive genetic research out there.”

In many cases, why fibromyalgia strikes is still largely unknown. “For a lot of patients, we don’t come up with a good explanation for the development of fibromyalgia,” Dr. Solitar notes. “We all get exposed to stress regularly. And while trauma and infections do seem to be a common [fibromyalgia] theme, there are a lot of people who just slowly develop a sense of feeling poorly.”

and its varying array of symptoms often baffle patients and physicians alike. There is still no widely accepted diagnostic blood test or biomarker for the disease, even though sufferers report life-altering physical limitations. Now, new research at the University of Michigan is linking the broad range of fibromyalgia symptoms to a brain molecule called glutamate, opening the door to new treatment options and more precise methods of diagnostic testing.

Fibromyalgia: New Evidence May Help With Diagnosis
Symptoms of fibromyalgia run the gamut from extreme fatigue and flulike body aches to digestive ills and migraine headaches. Due to the absence of a specific quantitative or qualitative test, however, physicians have long been forced to rely on a patient’s self-report to help diagnose this elusive condition. For this reason, some doctors didn’t take the malady seriously.

Groundbreaking research done in 2002 by Daniel Clauw, M.D., professor of medicine and associate dean at the University of Michigan Medical School, provided the first solid biological and physical evidence that fibromyalgia patients really felt intense pain when they said they did. A form of brain imaging called a functional MRI (fMRI) showed that those with fibromyalgia were much more sensitive to pain than those in a control group; similar levels of pain also caused different areas of the brain to light up on the scans of the FM group than those of the control group.
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The widespread nature of the chronic pain associated with fibromyalgia — pain not specific to any one group of muscles or joints — is currently under investigation. “Most physicians believed fibromyalgia was a peripheral issue, involving the muscles and joints, because that’s what patients experienced and reported,” says Richard Harris, Ph.D., research investigator in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Rheumatology division at the University of Michigan Medical School, as well as a researcher at the university’s Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center; and a colleague of Dr. Clauw. “Findings from our new research suggest that fibromyalgia may be more of a central nervous system condition. This makes it harder for critics to explain away the findings—patients can’t fake an MRI test result.”

Fibromyalia: Glutamate Linked to Pain
Dr. Harris and other University of Michigan researchers found that pain levels in fibromyalgia patients correlated positively with the levels of glutamate, an amino acid and neurotransmitter (brain chemical) responsible for stimulating nerve cells. “When patients were given treatments designed to reduce their pain, glutamate levels went down in a corresponding way,” Harris explains.

Earlier research showed a link between activity in a part of the brain called the insula (insular cortex) and pain in fibromyalgia sufferers. The insula region is also involved with stimuli from muscles and skin in addition to internal sensations like those from the bowel. This association may help explain the higher incidence of digestive problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome, in fibromyalgia. Other fibromyalgia-associated conditions, such as anxiety and migraine headaches, may also be linked to the central nervous system’s involvement, according to Andrew Holman, M.D., rheumatologist and assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of Washington.

Fibromyalgia: Research Leads to New Medications
New medications are now available for use in treating fibromyalgiasymptoms thanks to this research. “The Food and Drug Administration recently approved pregabalin (Lyrica) and duloxetine (Cymbalta), two medications that both work centrally, as a direct result of the new research,” says Dr. Holman. “Fibromyalgia has its own process, but the problems of the autonomic nervous system that cause Stage 4 sleep deprivation [a symptom of fibromyalgia] originate in the same areas of the brain that are responsible for such issues as bowel motility [which relates to IBS] and the basic fight or flight syndrome [which relates to anxiety symptoms].”

Although these findings validate many of the more subtle symptoms experienced by fibromyalgia patients, more research is needed before fMRI scan testing becomes part of a routine diagnosis, says Harris. Until then, Harris stresses the importance of being aware of your symptoms and managing them appropriately. “Fibromyalgia is not one of those conditions where you can do one thing and then you’re done,” he notes. “It’s a matter of managing symptoms through a multifaceted approach.”

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The precise causes of fibromyalgia remain a matter of speculation, so today’s treatments, even those approved by the FDA, are non-specific at best. Many pharmaceutical options, however, are available for treating fibromyalgia’s diverse symptoms, which can range from muscle pain and sleep problems to depression and anxiety.

To date, the antidepressants duloxetine (Cymbalta) and milnacipran (Savella), and pregabalin (Lyrica), an antiseizure medication that’s also used for certain types of pain, are the only prescription medications approved by the FDA specifically for the treatment of fibromyalgia. But doctors employ many other drugs, approved for related conditions, to treat specific symptoms of fibromyalgia. Many of these medications address more than one fibromyalgia-associated problem. As with all drugs, many of the medications listed here have significant side effects and interactions. You should discuss any medicines you are prescribed with your doctor and your pharmacist before taking them. This will help you know what to expect and when you need to report a problem or look for a substitute drug.

Pain relief and improved sleep are the primary goals of fibromyalgia treatment and medications, but doctors also prescribe various drugs to treat depression and fatigue.
The following medications are commonly used in the treatment of fibromyalgia.

Pain relievers
Most over-the-counter analgesics don’t work very well for fibromyalgia, because the disorder doesn’t involve much inflammation. Prescription opioids and localized injections can sometimes be helpful, depending on the specific symptoms.

  • OTC analgesics. Tylenol (acetaminophen) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox) may help in some patients. However, they are generally recommended for patients experiencing peripheral pain syndrome (involving muscles and connective tissue and/or the peripheral nervous system as opposed to fibromyalgia, which is a disorder of the central nervous system) in addition to fibromyalgia.
  • Opioid therapies. Some relief of pain has been reported with opiates such as tramadol (Ultram), and with the combination of tramadol and acetaminophen (Utracet)— both of which may also relieve sleep problems. While effective for acute severe pain, opioids such as hydrocodone/acetaminophen (Vicodin), propoxyphene/acetaminophen (Darvocet), oxycodone/ acetaminophen (Percocet), and oxycodone (OxyContin) don’t work as well on long-tem chronic pain, generally speaking. Additionally, they carry the risk of addiction and have been linked to other side effects — for example, increasing the body’s sensitivity to pain, as well as to drowsiness and constipation.
  • Trigger point injections. Injections of local anesthetics (such as lidocaine and procaine) and/or cortisone (a steroid medication) may help treat painful muscles, tendons, or ligaments and break cycles of pain and muscle spasm.

Antidepressants
These medications help regulate certain chemicals in the brain, called neurotransmitters, that are implicated in various fibromyalgia symptoms, including muscle pain, sleep problems, and fatigue. To achieve the best results, they are sometimes used in combination. Those commonly prescribed include:

  • Tricyclic antidepressants. Amitriptyline (Elavil, Endep), nortriptyline (Pamelor), and doxepin (Sinequan) as well as the tetracyclic antidepressant trazodone (Desyrel), increase the levels of norepinephrine and serotonin, brain neurotransmitters that affect pain signals and depression, and often have a sedative, sleep-inducing effect.
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Included in this group are citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), fluvoxamine (Luvox), and paroxetine (Paxil).
  • Selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SSNRIs). This newer class of antidepressants, also known as dual uptake inhibitors, helps regulate the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine. They include venlafaxine (Effexor), desvenlafaxine (Pristiq), duloxetine (Cymbalta), and Savella (milnacipran).

Muscle relaxants
Medications such as cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril, Cycloflex, and Flexiban), carisoprodol (Soma), and methocarbamol (Skelex) are often prescribed to treat painful muscle spasms; they are usually used for short-term relief.

Anticonvulsants
This class of drugs is used for fibromyalgia because these medications also help treat neuropathic pain, which occurs when nerves are overexcited and need to be desensitized. Drugs in this category include pregabalin (Lyrica), as well as carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Epitol, Equetro, Tegretol, and Tegretol-XR) and gabapentin (Gabarone, Neurontin).

Sedatives/Hypnotics
Restful sleep is critical for easing the symptoms of fibromyalgia. If other medications (specifically, muscle relaxants and antidepressants) are not effective, doctors may prescribe short-term sleep aids such as zolpidem (Ambien), zaleplon (Sonata), and eszopiclone (Lunesta), which work by slowing brain activity to permit sleep. Such medications often lose their effectiveness over the long term, however.

Stimulants
Some doctors are now prescribing medications used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, such as methylphenidate (Ritalin), dextroamphetamine sulfate (Dexedrine), and modafinil (Provigil) to ease symptoms of fatigue and “brain fog” (difficulty thinking and concentrating) that patients with fibromyalgia often experience.

On the horizon
Among new medications being researched for the treatment of fibromyalgia is sodium oxybate (Xyrem), also known as GHB. This central nervous system depressant is currently approved for the treatment of narcolepsy, but has shown promise for pain relief and improved functioning in patients with fibromyalgia. An application for approval was submitted to the FDA on December 15, 2009.

Finally, in addition to prescription medications, doctors often recommend thatother pain management therapies be explored. Among the most effective are therapeutic massage and myofascial release therapy, a specialized technique used to ease tension in the body, which can help relieve muscle discomfort and reduce spasms.

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You should be aware of these seven types of fibromyalgia pain

You hear a lot about “the pain of fibromyalgia,” but those of us with fibromyalgia (FMS) experience different types of pain. Medically speaking, just pain deFibromyalgie Types I speak here have names and definitions. But just as the Eskimos have words for snow, I think we need to name and define the different ways of categorizing our pain. I have some of my own classes, made on the basis of my experience and conversations with other Fibromites. My hope is that understanding of medical terms will help us communicate better with physicians, while my classes help you understand your illness and let them know you are not alone.

 

Fibromyalgia Pain Types The first three types of pain are medically defined Fibromyalgia:

  • hyperalgesia
  • allodynie
  • painful paresthesia

The four types of pain of fibromyalgia following are my own creation, which is evident by name. these terms do not mean a doctor of fibromyalgia (unless you want to be considered crazy), but these labels can help you maintain your body quirks, triggers, models, etc. more

Knife in the voodoo
randomly wandering pain Fibromyalgia
sparkler burns
nerves Rattled

First, our medical Types defined Fibromyalgia pain.

Hyperalgesia:  “Hyper” means excess and “algesia” means pain. Hyperalgesia is the medical term for pain amplification in FMS. Our brains seem normal to take pain signals Fibromyalgia “increase volume”, which makes them heavier than they normally would. And if you say brain seriously hurt, guess what: it really severe.Most drugs used to manage FMS pain for at least in part to reduce hyperalgesia.

 

Allodynia:  Your skin is painful to the touch? A symptom that baffles many of us allodynia. This is what he calls light pressure massage or soft clothing provides fibromyalgia pain.
Many people describe as allodynia like a bad sunburn. Allodynia is quite rare types of fibromyalgia pain -Other than FMS, it is only associated with a few conditions, including neuropathy, post – herpetic neuralgia (shingles), and migraine. Allodynia is supposed to be a hypersensitivity reaction that can result from central sensitization associated with FMS. The pain signals from specialized nerves, called nociceptors, which contains information on issues such as temperature and feel painful stimuli directly to the skin.

Painful paresthesia:   paresthesia odd nerve sensations that can feel like crawling, stinging, burning, itching or numbness. Sometimes these feelings can be painful. Paresthesias have also been associated with peripheral neuropathy, chemotherapy drugs, multiple sclerosis and migraine headaches. Many treatments can help relieve FMS related to joint pain paresthesia, including selective inhibitors of serotonin reuptake (SSRIs) and inhibitors of reuptake of serotonin-norepinephrine (SNRI). Some people have success with vitamin B12, capsaicin cream, massage and acupuncture.its very difficult to live with painful paresthesia  , Which is a kind of types of pain of fibromyalgia.

 

My own pain Categories:   Again, these categories are not medically recognized, they are things that I fell into a hole the way we classify the different types of filling fibromyalgia pain.
They are designed to help you follow the signs, measure the effectiveness of treatments, and to let you know that you are not crazy.

Knife in the voodoo doll:  Sometimes, out of nowhere, I’ll get a shot of dagger intense pain of fibromyalgia seems to cut through my body, a very painful form of the types of pain of fibromyalgia. I have described this as a fireplace poker in the ribs or impaled on a spear.For me voodoo doll pain is often an early warning system of my body. He told me I should stop what I am doing and rest. Other times, I do not know why usually get this pain in my chest or abdomen strikes.I, but some people say that they get in other parts of body.It can be so intense that I can double and to be more trouble breathing. It usually disappears after a few as minutes.I have no idea how to avoid this type of pain of fibromyalgia, but me – same stimulation. (If I could find … plush doll.)

 

Sparkler Burns:   A 4th of July, when I was young, I hung a too long asterisk and some sparks hit my hand. They caused little pain sensations almost identical bites I get now regularly.Sparkler-burning fibromyalgia pain startled me and scratching the wounds tactile allodynia. These feelings usually take only a few seconds. I do not know what triggers to avoid or how.

Nerves rattled:   Most people do not understand why I call it a kind of fibromyalgia pain, but I’m sure he gets the most Fibromites things tend to get my body on edge, nervous and feel disconcerted. It hurts me everywhere, and sometimes I get nausea, dizziness and anxious.Things my nerves vibrate typically involve sensory or emotional overload, such as certain chaos of sounds (repetitive, loud, shrill, network) visual (crowds, lights turn signals, busy patterns) stressful situations (traffic, confrontations have caused confusion or disorientation fibro fog) when my nerves were chattering, I try to get out of the position as soon as possible and relax, preferably in a place quiet.

 

Living with pain:  It is difficult to live with all kinds of pain of fibromyalgia, especially when it is unpredictable. The more you learn about devotre pain and triggers, you are better able to manage it.Finding the right set of treatment takes time and experimentation, but many of us find significant relief.

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A Fibromyalgia Poem for Christmas

When I was much younger, labels were everything to me. Everything I owned had to have the same label as the thing the next person had. One item in particular that stands out in my mind is penny loafers, the only thing to wear to school with a pleated skirt and knee socks. Remember those?

The only ones I wanted were Bass Weejuns. There were many other penny loafer brands that looked nearly identical and were much cheaper. But in my world, if they weren’t made by the Bass company and they weren’t the Weejuns style, you just didn’t wear them. My mother often objected to my brand preferences, but in this instance, she was easily persuaded. Luckily for me, I had narrow feet, and these were the only penny loafers made in a narrow width.

Kids today are no different. My granddaughter’s Christmas list contained only items made by Lululemon. I’ve never shopped for athletic clothing. Before fibromyalgia reduced my ability to participate in anything requiring special clothing, I would have worn my loosest, baggiest, most comfortable clothes to stretch and sweat in.

Today’s kids have special clothing — special kinds for every activity and all with special labels. I suspect there are similar products available at a much more reasonable price. But even if there were, she wouldn’t want them. And I understand this. I’m the Bass Weejuns girl. I get it.

Thankfully, I’ve outgrown that stage of my life. Today, comfort is king in my world. Labels be damned! And where gifts are concerned, homemade and/or handmade is always my preference. There was a time when I was an artsy-craftsy kind of person. I had the energy required to shop for the materials needed and I really enjoyed making things for my home as well as to give as gifts. I was also a seamstress and delighted in constructing items I’d seen in stores for a much higher price. One year I even made a life-size doll, complete with wardrobe, for my 4-year-old niece. I must confess that I seemed to like it a whole lot more than she did.

These days I have neither the energy to shop for the materials required nor the motivation to create gifts to present to friends and family for the holiday season. I’m sorry to say that I’ve resorted to Amazon like the rest of the world. Nevertheless, something made by hand and by heart has so much more meaning to me.

In that spirit, I’d like to share with you, my readers, the Fibromyalgia Poem I wrote some years ago.

The words are as true for me now as they were then. I hope each of you will relate to some, if not all of them, and will share these sentiments with the important people in your life.

Wishing you a joyful Holiday Season and a New Year filled with successful strategies for living your best life.

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