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Fibromyalgia and Obesity


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Overweight Women May Fall Prey to Fibromyalgia | TopNews New Zealand

According to new research, women who are obese and overweight, especially those who do not exercise at all or exercise for less than an hour a week are more prone to develop the widespread pain disorder fibromyalgia.

The researchers concluded, “Being overweight or obese was associated with an increased risk of fibromyalgia, especially among women who also reported low levels of leisure time physical exercise”.

They further added that Community-based measures which focus at reducing the incident of fibromyalgia should highlight the importance of regular physical exercise and how a normal body weight can be maintained.

About 10 million people are estimated to be affected by fibromyalgia. According to the National Fibromyalgia Association, people suffering from it experience widespread pain and tender points along the body, extreme fatigue, sleep problems, depression, and problems with cognition.

About 380 new cases of fibromyalgia were diagnosed among 15,990 women during the 11 years between the two surveys, according to two studies, HUNT1 and HUNT2. The study showed that exercise tended to offset the fibromyalgia risks posed by obesity.

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OBESITY AND FIBROMYALGIA

Obesity, Inactivity Increase Risk of Fibromyalgia |Weight Loss Surgery Channel

Obesity, Inactivity Increase Risk of Fibromyalgia

Obesity in women has been linked to higher rates of fibromyalgia, a condition that causes pain and tenderness throughout the body.

Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have found a link between obesity in women and fibromyalgia, an incurable disease that causes chronic pain. The study found an increased risk for fibromyalgia in women who lead a sedentary lifestyle and have a higher body mass index (BMI).

Fibromyalgia (FM) is diagnosed when a patient suffers from chronic pain that lasts for more than three months, tender joints, headaches, unexplained fatigue and mood disturbances. Although the exact cause of FM is unknown, the risk for developing FM increases with age and is more common in women than in men.

Researchers analyzed data from nearly 16,000 women spanning 11 years. They found that women who exercised four times per week had a 29 percent lower risk of fibromyalgia compared with inactive women. A high BMI was also associated with a lower pain tolerance among patients with FM when compared to sufferers of a normal weight. Study findings were published online last week in the journal Arthritis Care and Research.

The exact connection between FM and obesity is unknown, and researchers are continuing their studies to determine the cause. However, they note that regular physical activity can help lessen the chance of developing the condition and improve overall health.

In a press statement, lead researcher Dr. Paul Mork said, “These findings, together with the current study, indicate that regular physical exercise, and thereby improved physical fitness, may serve as a buffer against the perpetuation of musculoskeletal symptoms that eventually lead to the development of FM.”

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Fibromyalgia Everyday Activities | Fibromyalgia Pain Exercise | Arthritis Today Magazine

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Short Bursts of Everyday Activities Can Improve Fibromyalgia Symptoms

By Jennifer Davis

4/8/10 A new study suggests that small increases in everyday activities like gardening, housework or even taking stairs instead of an elevator, can improve pain and increase function in people with fibromyalgia.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore split 84 people with fibromyalgia who were inactive to two groups: one that was asked to attend fibromyalgia education classes, and another that was assigned to engage in 30 minutes of what they called ‘lifestyle physical activities’ on five to seven days of the week for 12 weeks.

They defined lifestyle physical activities as everyday activities like vacuuming, walking or scrubbing the shower.

Participants were told the proper intensity level for these activities would cause them to breathe a little heavier but would still allow them to carry on a conversation and that the 30 minutes could be spread throughout the day, rather than accomplished all at once.

Researchers relied on a questionnaire that allowed participants to report their results. At the end of 12 weeks, participants said they did not experience differences in terms of fatigue or depression. But those doing lifestyle activities did perceive that they had less pain and were functioning better than those who were only getting education and support.

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Vibration improves balance in fibromyalgia

I found the following article really interesting.  I was diagnosed in 2001 with FMS and have poor balance which causes me to tumble at times.  I look forward to seeing how the results come out in longer studies.

Vibration improves balance in fibromyalgia

Vibration improves balance in fibromyalgia

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Tilt platform vibration helps women with fibromyalgia develop better balance, Spanish researchers have found.

Nearly half of fibromyalgia patients have poor balance, the authors note. While whole body vibration has been shown to improve balance, bone mass, and motor capacity in older people, until now there have been no controlled studies of intensive vibration therapy using a tilt platform in people with fibromyalgia.

A research team led by Dr. Narcis Gusi, from the University of Extremadura in Caceres recruited 41 women with fibromyalgia, ages 41 to 65, and randomized 21 to vibration therapy. The 20 women in the control group received usual care with no physical therapy.

The intervention involved 3 sessions per week for 12 weeks, with a tilt platform providing low-frequency (12.5 Hertz) anteroposterior vibration. Each session included a 10-minute warm-up of slow walking followed by six repetitions of vibration for up to 60 seconds each.

In the intervention group, two subjects quit because of scheduling conflicts and one because of acute pain in the legs, while two in the control group dropped out due to lack of interest.

In intent-to-treat analysis, the dynamic balance index improved by 36% in the vibration group but remained unchanged in the control group. Women with the worst balance and heaviest weight at baseline had the greatest improvements (p < 0.001).

In their March 16th online report in Arthritis Care & Research, the researchers say the tilt vibration therapy has the potential “to help reduce bone mass loss and improve strength and speed, which are critical for reacting and preventing stumbles and falls.”

However, longer term studies are needed to see if the results translate into clinical benefits, such as a reduction in falls or changes in pain thresholds.

Arthritis Care Res 2010.

Further reading on Fibromyalgia

Living with Fibromyalgia: new edition by Christine Craggs-Hinton

The Fibromyalgia Handbook: A 7-Step Program to Halt and Even Reverse Fibromyalgia by Harris H. McIlwain and Debra Fulghum Bruce

Fibromyalgia for Dummies by Roland Staud MD and Christine Adamec

Fibromyalgia: Understanding and Getting Relief from Pain That Won’t Go Away by Don L. Goldenberg

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Being a Parent With Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Parenthood is enough of a challenge when you’re healthy, and with an illness like fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, it’s especially difficult. I know it’s something I struggle with every day, and a recent comment left by a reader put our common struggle into words really well:

“I still feel like I’m letting my kids down because I’m not able to do/be/have enough energy to give them everything they need. But at least, I guess, they’re learning that when Mom says in answer to, ‘Can we go/do…….?’ ‘It depends on how I’m feeling’ really means just what it says. I try to say ‘yes’ some of the time for little things and make sure I’m able to follow through, but I feel like I’m saying ‘No’ constantly.

I’ve lost many so-called ‘friends’ because of my inability to make plans, but it’s with my children that I *really* feel guilty.”
-A.

Like her, I try to say “yes” and give my children fun times, but unfortunately they have to settle for “I’ll try” far too often.

I’ve said before that we have to learn to accept certain things, and this is another one of those things. It may well be the hardest one to accept, though, because we all want to give our children so much, and it’s hard to think about them missing out on meaningful experiences because mommy or daddy is sick.

While I can’t always choose fun activities for the kids over things like laundry and housework, I do put off the mundane now and then so that I have the energy. I also look for things that they can enjoy that are also low-key for me — a play area at a park or inside the mall, a children’s museum we have in town, places where I can sit and watch them. My kids are also lucky enough to have a dad who’s great about taking them to do stuff while I stay home, or who involves them in household projects and makes it fun.

I don’t know that any of us can ever truly get past feeling like we’re short-changing our children, but I think kids with chronically ill parents probably do learn some valuable skills. My kids have had to be especially self-sufficient and learn to entertain themselves. Having seen kids whose parents do every little thing for them, I’m proud that mine are able to do so much for themselves — and you know what? They’re proud of themselves, as well.

My kids have also learned early that illness is just part of life. They’re very compassionate, and they aren’t uncomfortable around sick or injured people. They’re at the doctor’s office with me enough that it’s not a strange or scary place for them. They’ve even seen acupuncture and cupping performed. I do think it’s possible, however, for kids who are around chronic illness to worry too much about their own minor illnesses and bumps and bruises — that’s something we’re working on with my son.

In some ways, I think it’s been easier on my kids that my fibromyalgia developed when they were little — my son was 4 and my daughter was 1.5. They don’t remember the year I spent laying on the couch in excruciating pain, and they don’t remember when I was healthy. This is just how mom is to them. In my forum, we’ve talked about the differences in how kids react based on age, and it seems like teenagers have the hardest time. That makes sense; they’re going through major changes already, and then all of a sudden a parent can no longer fill the accustomed role. That can create a lot of insecurity. No matter the children’s ages, though, family counseling might be something to consider, so that everyone can work toward acceptance of the situation.

I think we need to remember 2 things when raising children while living with a chronic illness:

1. We cannot judge our parenting skills based on other people’s expectations, and
2. We need to be honest with our children.

I know, number 1 is easier said than done, but it’s crucial. It doesn’t do us any good to beat ourselves up over what we can’t do. I’ve had to ignore my mother, who tells me I “just can’t be on the couch all day” when I’m home with my daughter. It’s easy for her to say that from 670 miles away, when she’s still has the energy at 64 to babysit my niece and nephew, but what can I do about it? Some days, it’s all I can do to provide basic meals for my family, and if I don’t rest in between I won’t even be able to do that. I have to focus on the basics, and anything beyond that is a bonus. Martha Beck, who’s now a life coach (you may have seen her on Oprah) and fibromyalgia advocate says she raised her children from a king-sized bed. Do what you can, and make sure they know they’re loved. That’s all any parent can do.

As for number 2, I think it’s important not to underestimate our children. Now 5 and almost 8, my kids can tell you a lot about anatomy because we’ve always explained as much to them as they could understand. They know I have limitations, they’ve seen what happens when I do too much, and they rarely seem upset when I say, “I can’t.” While just saying that makes me a little sad, I have to wonder if it’s not a good lesson, in a society where instant gratification is the norm.

How has your illness impacted your parenting? How has it effected your children? What has helped? Do other people give you guilt trips over what you can’t do? Leave your comments below!

Article source:  Being a Parent With Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Further Reading

Living with Fibromyalgia (Overcoming Common Problems) by Christine Craggs-Hinton

The Fibromyalgia Handbook: A 7-Step Program to Halt and Even Reverse Fibromyalgia by Harris H. McIlwain and Debra Fulghum Bruce

Fibromyalgia for Dummies by Roland Staud MD and Christine Adamec

Foods That Help Win the Battle Against Fibromyalgia: Ease Everyday Pain and Fight Fatigue by Deidre Rawlings

Fibromyalgia: Simple Relief Through Movement by Stacie L. Bigelow

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (The Facts) by Frankie Campling and Michael Sharpe

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for Dummies by Susan R. Lisman M.D. and Karla Dougherty

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Free Coaching for ME, CFS and FMS sufferers.

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Clinical Trial for CFS and FM Now Recruiting


Mayo Clinic Trial of Amygdala Retraining for CFS and FM Now Recruiting

On Jan 11, the Mayo Clinic Rochester (Minnesota) listed “A Pilot Study of Amygdala Retraining Program in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia” with ClinicalTrials.gov.

This six-month trial of Ashok Gupta’s Amygdala Retraining Program™ (www.prohealth.com//library/showArticle.cfm?libid=14508) will include a pilot cohort of 30 patients.

The trial description states:

“The purpose of this pilot study is to gather preliminary data on the efficacy and feasibility of the Amygdala Retraining Program (ARP), a mind-body practice versus a control (C) on fatigue, quality of life and sleep in patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Chronic Fatigue (CF) and Fibromyalgia (FM).

“CFS, CF and FM are incapacitating disorders characterized by profound fatigue, muscle pain, impaired memory, insomnia, and post-exertional malaise (Fukuda 1994).

“Current literature points to a centrally sensitized state in CFS, CF and FM (Meeus 2007). The Amygdala Retraining Program attempts to retrain this neuronal network through mind-body practices such as cognitive restructuring via neurolinguistic programming, yoga based breathing and simple mindfulness based meditation.

“A case series of 33 patients with CFS and Amygdala Retraining Program reported improvement in 92% of patients with two-thirds of patients reaching 80% to 100% of pre-illness levels of health (Gupta 2009). However, Amygdala Retraining Program has never been formally studied in CFS.

“We propose to gather preliminary data on the efficacy and feasibility of Amygdala Retraining Program versus control on fatigue, quality of life and sleep in 30 patients with CFS, CF and FM. All participants will undergo standard clinical treatment which consist of a 2 day self-management program in the Chronic Fatigue Clinic. Following this, participants will be randomized into the Amygdala Retraining Program or control group. The Amygdala Retraining Program group will receive an additional 2.5 hour training surrounding core concepts of the ARP program. They will then be given the Amygdala Retraining Program DVD program and booklet, to reinforce and continue the practice. They will then receive scheduled bi-monthly phone calls for 3 months from a study investigator for support.

“The control group will receive only standard care. However they will receive a complementary copy of the Amygdala Retraining Program program at the end of the study (6 month time point) as a gift for participation in the study.

“Preliminary data on efficacy will be assessed at baseline, 1, 3 and 6 months using the following validated questionnaires: Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory (MDFI), Short form-36 (SF36) Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ), Epworth Sleep Scale (ESS) and Measure Your Medical Outcome Profile (MYMOP-2).

“Feasibility will be assessed by evaluation of a daily practice log where patients record the total time spent daily in the practice of Amygdala Retraining Program and any specific difficulties they encountered in the practice of the program.”

To read more about the trial and for contact information, go to the ClinicalTrials.gov listing (http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01046370)

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Mayo Clinic Trial of Amygdala Retraining for CFS and FM Now Recruiting

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Fibromyalgia Explained: A Conversation with Dr. Philip Mease

FIBROMYALGIA EXPLAINED:


A Conversation with Dr. Philip Mease

(NAPSI)-An estimated six to 12 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia, a chronic and debilitating condition marked by widespread pain and decreased physical functioning. What’s worse, many people who are living with fibromyalgia aren’t getting the help they need.

Dr. Philip Mease, Director of Rheumatology Research at the Swedish Medical Center and Clinical Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington, addresses some common questions about fibromyalgia, including the tell-tale signs and where you can turn if you have recently been diagnosed or think you may have fibromyalgia.

How do I know if I have fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia patients usually experience an array of symptoms, such as chronic widespread pain, tenderness, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and trouble keeping physically active. For those who suffer from fibromyalgia, these symptoms can come and go and move about the body.

Because there are no specific tests to make a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, and the symptoms overlap with many other conditions, your doctor may have difficulty recognizing it. It is believed that the problem is in the way that your central nervous system processes pain and other sensations, so it is not amenable to standard testing. The diagnosis is made based on your symptoms and a physical exam. If you think you might be experiencing the symptoms mentioned above, it’s important to describe what you’re feeling to your doctor in detail so he or she can diagnose your condition and help you get better.

I’m having a hard time discussing my symptoms with my doctor. What should I do?

If you suspect that you have fibromyalgia but you’re having a hard time explaining what you’re going through, be as descriptive as possible when talking to your doctor. Expressing your needs clearly and asking the right questions can help you get the best care possible. Try to be prepared by keeping notes of what you are experiencing and by writing down any questions you may have before your visit to the doctor’s office.

Bring a pen and paper to your appointment in case you think of more questions during your visit. Remember to bring up even the issues that seem trivial to you because every detail might be a step closer to an accurate diagnosis. Make sure you understand what your healthcare provider says and try to answer questions clearly, briefly, and completely.

Finally, as difficult as this process can be, try to be patient with yourself. A diagnosis and finding the right treatment program can take time and your doctor will want to rule out other potential conditions.

It’s difficult to explain what I’m going through to my family, friends, and coworkers. How can I help them understand my struggle and where can I find support?

Fibromyalgia can be difficult for people to understand, so your friends and loved ones may be as confused as you once were. In a kind way, tell your loved ones what help you need and why, and make it clear what you can and can’t do. Talk about your pain, how it feels, and what makes it worse. With a little help, you and your loved ones can better understand, connect with, and care for each other.

Resources are available on the Internet that might help provide you and those around you with support and information about the condition. Try www.FibroTogether.com, a site that includes helpful tips from other fibromyalgia patients and facts about the condition. Giving the people who care about you a website link or pamphlet can go a long way in helping them understand what you’re going through.

How do I reclaim my life once I’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia?

Learning that you have a chronic condition like fibromyalgia can be scary. For some, the news can actually bring relief, marking an end to weeks, months, and even years of uncertainty.

Surround yourself with people who understand what you’re going through, especially other fibromyalgia patients. Talking together about fibromyalgia will make a difference–for you and those you love. Supportive friends and family can make the process less intimidating. Look into local support groups and websites like www.FibroTogether.com.

Finally, your doctor might tell you about recently approved medications for the management of fibromyalgia. Be sure to talk to your doctor and find out if medication might be an appropriate part of managing your condition.

If you suspect that you have fibromyalgia but you’re having a hard time explaining what you’re going through, be as descriptive as possible when talking to your doctor.

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Fibromyalgia Symptoms and Treatment

Fibromyalgia Symptoms and Treatment

In medical terminology, fibromyalgia is actually categorized as a syndrome, rather than a disease. A syndrome is a collection of common symptoms or characteristics that, when combined, constitute a disorder. Premenstrual syndrome is also defined in this way is it refers to the combination of symptoms (irritability, tension, headaches, bloating, gas, depression, fatigue, breast tenderness, and weight gain,) that affect some women prior to menstruation. The most common symptoms of Fibromyalgia syndrome include muscle pain, aches, stiffness, difficulty sleeping, and fatigue. Here’s a closer look at each of these symptoms, and the treatment methods you can use to alleviate them.

Symptom: Pain

The pain from Fibromyalgia is both widespread and localized. This condition usually results in a general achiness and stiffness throughout the body. In addition, sufferers may feel pain at one or all of the “tender points” on the body. These “tender points” are designated sites on the body where tendon connects to bone. They are found in the areas of the shoulders, neck, back, arms, and buttocks. Many people have described the pain of Fibromyalgia to a “stabbing” pain that occurs all over the body. It can also be likened to the soreness and tenderness of the flu.

Treatment: Treating the pain of Fibromyalgia is a complex and lifelong journey. Talk with your health care provider about the diet, exercise, medications, and supplements that may work best in alleviating your pain.

Symptom: Sleep Disorders

The pain, stiffness, and aches of Fibromyalgia often make it difficult for sufferers to fall asleep and stay asleep through the night. One recent study found that Fibromyalgia is associated with a period of restlessness that disrupts REM sleep and diminishes deep sleep. As many as seventy percent of Fibromyalgia sufferers also suffer from sleep disorders, leading to chronic fatigue and exhaustion.

Treatment: Be as consistent as possible about your nighttime routine. Try to go to sleep and wake at the same times each day and stay away from long daytime naps. Avoid any caffeine or stimulants that could affect your sleep. And talk with your health care provider about other treatment methods that may help your sleep disorders. We also recommend the product Fibro-Balance available at http://www.fibromyalgia-support.org

Symptom: Fatigue

The fatigue that accompanies Fibromyalgia is pervasive and all encompassing. The sleep disorders that accompany the condition make it very difficult to obtain a restful night’s sleep. Many Fibromyalgia suffers have noted that they wake up in the morning more exhausted than when they went to bed. More than ninety percent of people who are diagnosed with Fibromyalgia are also suffering from chronic fatigue. This fatigue and exhaustion can also lead to other symptoms such as a decrease in sexual desires, and lack of interest in daily activities, and a general feeling of malaise.

Treatment: As with the treatment for sleep disorders, it’s important to be consistent with your nighttime routine, and limit daytime naps to one or two fifteen-minute naps. This may take a period of adjustment to get used to, but after a few days, it should help you sleep better at night and reduce your overall fatigue.

Symptom: Digestive Disorders

People who suffer from Fibromyalgia tend to reduce their activity levels in response to the pain. This in turn slows down the digestive system and could set the patient up for a roller coaster of constipation, diarrhea, and indigestion. One recent study found that thirty percent of Fibromyalgia sufferers also have trouble with digestive disorders.

Treatment: A healthy diet and exercise are the best medicine for digestive disorders. It can be difficult to keep moving and to eat healthy when the pain of Fibromyalgia sets in, but the benefits will far outweigh the pain in the long run.

Other Symptoms

• Tension or migraine headaches

Approximately fifty five percent of Fibromyalgia patients also report suffering from chronic tension or migraine headaches. These headaches can be a direct result of the pain and fatigue that also accompanies Fibromyalgia.

Treatment: Talk with you health care provider to determine the types of headaches you are experiencing and the best method for treating them. He or she may recommend dietary changes, medication, or nutritional supplements.

• Anxiety and depression

Anxiety, stress and depression go hand in hand with Fibromyalgia, but it can often be difficult to determine which illness is the cause and which is the result. Regardless, the pain, fatigue, sleep disorders, and general feelings of malaise that accompany fibromyalgia can often trigger feelings of anxiety, stress and depression. Many Fibromyalgia sufferers feel hopeless and helpless in their condition.

Treatment: Don’t try to go through this alone. Fibromyalgia can be a physically and emotional exhausting illness. Stay connected with family and friends that can help you work through the emotional burden of your condition. Also, locate a Fibromyalgia support group where you can meet other people that can empathize with your symptoms and offer guidance for your recovery.

Dr. Group recommends three products for Fibromyalgia relief; GHC’s, NOPAINE, the TERMINATOR II, and FIBRO-BALANCE, which are available through our Homepage or GHC Health.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, D.C., Ph.D. is an internationally recognized natural health and fibromyalgia expert and the President of Houston-based Global Healing Center. For more information on fibromyalgia treatment, visit The Fibromyalgia Treatment Center at http://www.fibromyalgia-support.org

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The Benefits of Building Your Fibromyalgia Support Network

The Benefits of Building Your Fibromyalgia Support Network

Fibromyalgia can affect every aspect of your life, including your relationships. It’s important to develop a strong network of support to help you cope with the physical, emotional, and mental symptoms of this condition. As part of this support group, you should seek out a Fibromyalgia network that can connect you with others who can empathize with your condition.

A Fibromyalgia network found at http://www.fibromyalgia-support.org can help improve your life in a number of ways:

1. Improves Your Quality of Life: Fibromyalgia can change or limit your physical and emotional life. It can be difficult to remember what life was like before you became a “Fibromyalgia sufferer.” Connecting with others who have been in your position can help you remember that there are many aspects of your life that are not affected by your condition. Your values, your character, your imagination, your generosity, and your creativity are just a few of the factors of your life that are not disabled by Fibromyalgia.

2. Uncover New Skills and Talents: People who suffer from Fibromyalgia tend to focus quite a bit on the skills, talents, and activities that they can no longer do. But a Fibromyalgia network can connect you with other people who have Fibromyalgia and still continue to try new activities and skills. Through you Fibromyalgia network you may discover new talents and skills that you never even knew you had.

3. Increase Self Esteem: Fibromyalgia can be a very debilitating condition, not just physically, but emotionally as well. It can be difficult to constantly rely on others for help with physical tasks. Many people who suffer from Fibromyalgia have low self-esteem as result. A strong Fibromyalgia network can help you put your problems in perspective. And through the network, you meet even meet other Fibromyalgia sufferers that need emotional support from you. There’s nothing better for your self-esteem than helping others in need.

4. Take Control: The pain and fatigue of Fibromyalgia can make you feel like you have completely lost control. It is so important for you to take control of some aspect of your life. And a Fibromyalgia network can help you accomplish this by putting you in touch with others who have been where you are. Whether you decide to run the church choir, or create a beautiful herb garden, you can share your success with those in your network.

5. Understand Your Symptoms: Fibromyalgia seems to affect so many aspects of your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It can be difficult to understand which symptoms are actually caused by your condition, and which ones are actually cause for concern. Symptoms of Fibromyalgia can sometimes mimic or mask the symptoms of other conditions. You should keep in close contact with your health care provider, to inform him or her about the status of your symptoms. But a Fibromyalgia network can also give you a better idea about which symptoms you should pay closer attention to.

6. Manage Your Time: It can be very difficult to manage day to day activities along with the pain and fatigue of Fibromyalgia. A good Fibromyalgia network can help you connect with others who have been in a similar situation and can offer tips, ideas, and suggestions for effectively prioritizing your tasks and accomplishing the necessary tasks.

7. Take Care of Yourself: Caring for your medical needs can seem like a full-time job. You need the support of a Fibromyalgia network to remind you to take care of yourself beyond your medical condition. What are the other interests or needs in your life? What do you want to do more or less of?

8. Evaluate Your Health Care Professional: Fibromyalgia can be subjective in its symptoms and its diagnosis. And it can be very difficult to find a health care provider who thoroughly understands your condition. Talking with others in your Fibromyalgia network can give you a better idea of quality of recommendations your health care provider is offering.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, D.C., Ph.D. is an internationally recognized weight loss and fibromyalgia expert and the President of Houston-based Global Healing Center. For more information on fibromyalgia treatment, visit The Fibromyalgia Treatment Center at http://www.fibromyalgia-support.org

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Characteristics of Fibromyalgia Treatments

Characteristics of Fibromyalgia Treatments

Fibromyalgia is a serious neurological condition that causes pain in the musculoskeletal system. People who suffer from fibromyalgia also feel pain in the tendons, ligaments and the areas of the joints. Another characteristic of fibromyalgia is a pronounced state of fatigue that takes over the entire body. The symptoms of fibromyalgia resemble those of rheumatoid arthritis and due to this fact, fibromyalgia may be misdiagnosed. However, unlike people with physical illnesses, the people with fibromyalgia seem to be in perfect health. Although the pain reported by people with fibromyalgia is present, it occurs on the premises of abnormal brain activity. People who suffer from fibromyalgia have a very sensitive nervous system and a low tolerance to external stimuli. Increased nervous excitability is considered to be the cause of the intense, recidivating pain experienced by people with fibromyalgia.

Statistics indicate that more than 3.7 million Americans are diagnosed with fibromyalgia. This is a disturbing fact, as modern medicine hasn’t yet discovered a specific cure for this type of neurological disorder. In fact, although scientists have established a connection between abnormal brain activity and the symptoms of fibromyalgia, the exact causes responsible for the development of the disorder remain unknown. In present, fibromyalgia treatments are solely focused on ameliorating its symptoms, instead of overcoming its causes. Although most fibromyalgia treatments can ease the muscular pain and discomfort characteristic to all people with the disorder, these symptoms seem to reoccur on a regular time bases. This is due to the fact that fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder and therefore it needs ongoing treatment.

Fibromyalgia treatments mostly consist of painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs (used solely for their analgesic properties). However, apart from intense pain, many people with fibromyalgia complain about having trouble sleeping and feel a pronounced state of fatigue throughout the whole body. Therefore, in some particular cases, fibromyalgia treatments may include sedatives in order to correct the patients’ sleeping problems.

As a consequence of the fact that modern medicine is unable to trace the actual causes of the disorder, the symptoms of fibromyalgia can only be corrected by prescribing a certain treatment for each individual symptom. Therefore, the majority of fibromyalgia treatments consist of many types of medicines that target different aspects of the disorder.

Other physical symptoms of fibromyalgia are: migraines, lack of concentration, body weakness, decrease of the short-term memory, accelerated heart rate, nausea, abdominal pain and bloating, vomiting and diarrhea. When patients are confronted with these symptoms, the fibromyalgia treatment includes medicines appropriate for each particular problem. Fibromyalgia can even cause depression and in this case the fibromyalgia treatment will include anti-depressives.

The multitude of fibromyalgia symptoms requires a multitude of fibromyalgia treatments. Due to this fact, many people who follow ongoing medication either develop increased tolerance to drugs and need higher doses (especially in the case of analgesics and sedatives), or they start feeling even worse than before due to the side-effects of the fibromyalgia treatment.

However, there are other forms of fibromyalgia treatments that can relief the symptoms of the condition without relying on drugs. These fibromyalgia treatments involve kineto-therapy and massage therapy. By stimulating the trigger points on the body (the places where the pain is the most intense) and through the means of therapeutic massages, the muscular pain and fatigue can be diminished. Medical experts strongly recommend these forms of therapy instead of ongoing fibromyalgia treatments that involve drugs.

So, if you want more information about fibromyalgia and especially for fibromyalgia treatment, please follow this link http://www.fibromyalgia-info-center.com.

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How to Manage Muscle Pain

How to Manage Muscle Pain

There are different degrees of muscle pain, some more severe than others. Simple aches and pains are to be expected when we overexert ourselves, sustain an injury, or experience some sort of trauma. However, the more chronic conditions associated with muscle pain, like fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, lupus, or advanced infections like malaria, influenza, or polio are another subject entirely.

In most cases, muscle pain is the body’s way of telling us that we’ve taxed our bodies beyond their comfortable limits. Determining when pain is chronic or a trigger symptom for one of these more serious conditions requires close monitoring. Regardless, there are specific steps you can take to lessen the soreness and inflammation associated with muscle pain.

Depending on the area of the body, prevention and moderation is the first line of defence against significant muscle aches. For example, if you exercise regularly, dont try to do too much too soon. Conditioning your body to endure painful muscles as a necessary component of physical fitness is foolhardy. The old adage no pain, no gain is a dangerous mindset that encourages people to push themselves too far too often.

While everyone experiences minor aches and pains as a result of physical labour, exercise, or long hours in stationary postures, chronic and repetitive stress on our muscles can break fibres down to the point that a permanent tear, sprain, or dislocation develops that becomes difficult to heal.

Nutrition plays a part in muscle fitness as well. When we sweat, we lose vital electrolytes like potassium, sodium, and magnesium that regulate muscle function. Too much or too little of these compounds in our bodies can create painful muscle cramps when we dont drink enough fluids to replace what we ve lost through exercise or illness.

If you do experience muscle pain, no matter the source, there are common remedies that usually relieve symptoms. Used either individually or in combination, they often produce positive results within a few days. In general, applying ice during the first three days of injury will reduce swelling and pain in strained muscles.

After that, applying heat will improve circulation at the pain site. Resting the area for a short period is wise, but good physical therapy always includes gentle stretching and low-impact aerobic exercise like swimming, walking, or riding a bicycle, if possible.

When does muscle pain indicate a more serious condition that bears medical advice? When pain is particularly severe, lasts for more than three days without some improvement, or if there is swelling or redness at the pain site, a trip to the family doctor may be in order. Other signs for concern would be shortness of breath, fever, vomiting, or weakness or paralysis in any part of the body.

You can, to a certain extent, reduce the likelihood for painful muscle aches by being diligent with your daily routines. Warm up and cool down before exercising, drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, and stretch at least once every hour when sitting or standing for long periods. Use common sense in judging how your body feels and how much activity you can handle without straining yourself and risking injury.

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How to Survive the Holidays With Fibromyalgia

How to Survive the Holidays With Fibromyalgia

I have had Fibromyalgia and Chronic pain for 25 years. In 2007 I finally discovered the cause of my Fibromyalgia flare-ups. Unfortunately during the years between 2001-2007 I was very sick everyday with tremendous pain.

What’s the old saying? “It’s darkest right before the dawn.”

Back then every single day when I opened my eyes my body would immediately go into a panic. I knew the infamous muscle fatigue was on the way as soon as my cells finished waking up. The best way I know how to describe the pain is that it’s my body’s fight or flight survival panic. My body seemed to be screaming internally for survival.

There were also many days when the body aches were so intense I could barely move. On those days depression was in control and I wanted to go off by myself and die, similar to an old dog.

Does this sound familiar to you?

Today as I recall those experiences the worst memories were during the holiday season. I love comfort food and always splurge during the holidays. I eat everything in sight, especially on Thanksgiving Day. Turkey and stuffing are my all-time favorites.

Unfortunately, the next morning while my family would be downstairs having breakfast, laughing and loving life, I would crawl to the bathroom from my bed immersed in pain.

Looking back, it makes perfect sense. I had no idea at the time that food was the cause of my pain and when did I eat the most? During the holidays.

Read every label on your meats carefully. If you see the words “basted, extra tender or juicy” written on your holiday turkey label it may contain a 15% toxic solution. The solution may include broth, sodium phosphates, citric acid and flavorings. These ingredients may contain MSG or excitotoxins that cause musculoskeletal pain. Always ask your butcher to order your meat without injected solutions.

When making your stuffing or casseroles use Swanson’s broth, it’s MSG free. Kitchen Basics’ stock is also free from ingredients that cause common food allergies. They do not autolyze, hydrolyze, add or produce MSG, which causes migraines and muscle pain.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful and painfree holiday season. Please click here to order a free report of the 65 cleverly concealed names which cause Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain.

Hello my name is Cynthia Jones and I’ve had chronic pain for 25 years. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 10 years ago. I refused to take prescription drugs for the rest of my life! After exhaustive investigation and research, I finally discovered 100% of the excitotoxins in our food supply. I’ve found the cause of my pain – and with the elimination of these excitotoxins – my recovery. It has become my life’s purpose to help heal those in chronic pain.

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What The Heck is Fibromyalgia?

What The Heck is Fibromyalgia?

Introduction

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition causing pain, stiffness, and tenderness of the muscles, tendons, and joints. Fibromyalgia is also characterized by restless sleep, awakening feeling tired, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and disturbances in bowel function. Fibromyalgia is not progressive,it is not life-threatening, but it is as yet incurable.

Fibromyalgia is not new, although awareness of it is now growing rapidly. Fibromyalgia is challenging to diagnose because the only physical findings are generalized pain and tenderness.

Fibromyalgia

The name fibromyalgia, introduced by Muhammad Yunus MD and his colleagues in 1981, literally means pain in the muscles and tissue. No ethnic group seems any more likely to have fibromyalgia; however women develop it approximately 8 times more often than do men. While the medical community does not yet understand the pathology underlying fibromyalgia, more and more information about this condition is becoming known.

Medical researchers are now actively searching for the cause, mechanisms and best treatments for fibromyalgia and related conditions. To keep abreast of scientific studies on fibromyalgia, you can search and read the abstracts of articles on MEDLINEplus,the National Library of Medicine’s database of medical journal articles.

Diagnostic Criteria

In 1990, the diagnosis of fibromyalgia entered the mainstream in the United States. These diagnostic criteria provide an important empirical basis to diagnose fibromyalgia. People affected by fibromyalgia may not realize they have tender points until someone familiar with the condition applies pressure to them. It has been the case that people with fibromyalgia see an average of five physicians before receiving the proper diagnosis, but as physicians become more familiar with the tender point exam, diagnoses are made more quickly.

The diagnosis of fibromyalgia relies not only on tender points, but on a thorough medical history and appropriate lab tests to rule out alternative diagnoses. Until recently, however, the cluster of symptoms that comprise fibromyalgia, or fibrositis one of its former names, were largely considered psychogenic. This has been the case for fibromyalgia because it lacks a clear test to verify its existence, its sufferers “look fine,”and are predominantly female, a group less likely believed. This skepticism began to change in the late 1970s and early 1980s when more research became available about sleep abnormalities and reproducible tender spots in fibromyalgia.

Treatments for Fibromyalgia

The good news about fibromyalgia is that there does not seem to be any underlying pathology that worsens. Treatments therefore focus on alleviating symptoms of pain and sleeplessness. Treatment may include: Medicines to help you sleep better, relax muscles, or relieve muscle and joint pain. Treatments and self-care steps can improve fibromyalgia symptoms and your general health. Treatment may be different for each person.

Conclusion

Fibromyalgia is a long-term problem that causes pain in the muscles and soft tissues of your body. Fibromyalgia is a syndrome (a set of symptoms that occur together but do not have a known cause). Fibromyalgia is gaining respect in both the scientific and the lay community because of all the research that’s been conducted – first, showing that it’s a real disease, and second, showing that there are drugs that specifically work to treat fibromyalgia.

An article, suggesting that fibromyalgia is not real, has appeared in the New York Times recently, and has certainly opened a can of worms among the FM community. Instead of helping dispel the myth that those with fibromyalgia are crazy, lazy, or depressed, they have elected to focus on the minority of doctors who think fibromyalgia is not real.

I encourage you to write The New York Times and let them know that fibromyalgia is real and is only made worse by arrogant doctors who help perpetuate the idea that the syndrome is psychosomatic in nature. For instance fibromyalgia is recognized as a diagnosable disorder by the National Institutes of Health, the American Medical Association, the American College of Rheumatology and the Social Security Administration.

Whether you are a health professional or a person who has fibromyalgia, it is important to understand what fibromyalgia is and how it can be effectively managed.

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