RAVE REVIEWS ON THE LATEST SCIATICA PAIN RELIEF CUSHION…

The Sciatica Pain Relief Cushion was launched at the recent Back Pain Show in Birmingham with rave reviews.

“I am loving my cushions, thank you so much for putting me on to them – l think l will tell my Physio about them, spread the word!!!”, Sonia 

This 20 second video explains all about the two cushions that are available. One for the car and one for your home. I have one upstairs in my office which has made a massive difference to the amount of time I can spend at my desk and I also have the smaller one for car journeys.

These cushions are a new way to relieve sciatica pain and this is what they say they will do –

We want to empower you to improve your condition by helping you to make simple but effective day-to-day changes.

We have drawn on all our skills to create The Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion and we hope we can share our knowledge to improve your quality of life and reduce reliance on pain relief medication.

Their background includes almost 20 years of experience in health and wellbeing, that includes:

  • Designing pressure-area care products
  • Manufacture of products for hospital mattresses and cushions
  • Quality assurance in healthcare and engineering
  • Remedial massage therapy
  • Exercise and rehabilitation advice

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DOES THE HOTTER WEATHER INCREASE OR DECREASE YOUR PAIN?…

Most Fibromyalgia sufferers will agree that change of seasons can affect the pain of Fibromyalgia but can the hotter weather increase or decrease your pain?

Well, according to the website Fibromyalgia Symptoms, according to a study performed in 1981, a large percentage of fibromyalgia sufferers may actually be sensitive to changes in the weather. In this particular study, 90% of patients claimed that weather was one of the most important influences on their fibromyalgia symptoms. And fibromyalgia sufferers aren’t the only ones to experience weather-related symptoms. The weather also affects people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and osteoarthritis.

They say that warmer weather tends to ease the troublesome symptoms of fibromyalgia but when that baromatic pressure changes fibromyalgia sufferers often find that these changes in barometric pressure can ‘trigger’ muscle aches and pains. One thing that they say can also affect us is how the wind condition is. Whether it’s a light wind or a gale-force wind, wind generally causes a decrease in barometric pressure. This means that wind can trigger fatigue, headaches, and muscle aches in fibromyalgia sufferers.

One problem that I have in this sort of heat is that we automatically use fans around the house and although I want to cool down I can soon find that the draft can affect my neck and lumber spine, so I am constantly adjusting the fan to minimize the pain.

Blogger FibroDaze points out that “some heat sensitive people feel all-over heat sensations that seem to come from within their own body. Along with hot flashes, some people have problems with excessive sweating. Others may only have problems in their hands and feet, including puffiness and aching. Warm or hot weather can be unbearable with heat sensitivity.

When the weather gets warm, heat sensitive people with fibromyalgia often experience symptom flare-ups. Research has found that people with fibromyalgia exposed to hot temperatures report increases in: pain, headaches, fatigue, anxiety and depression. They are also more likely to have heat rashes and heat exhaustion or heat stroke”.

So, in answer to my question does hotter weather increase or decrease your pain I guess the majority of us would say ‘yes’ it does definitely increase our pain. On that note and in this very hot period make sure that you are fully hydrated, cool down with a shower or cool bath, use cool packs instead of heat packs and wear cool clothing.

 

A LETTER TO MYSELF…

I read an article that if you are having a bad day and feeling a bit desperate then try writing a letter to yourself and relieve all your tension, so here is my letter to myself –

Dear Health,

I know I should be grateful for how lucky I am in comparison to other sick people but today I’m having a bad day and I just want to let you know how I feel.

To start with, it’s ok for you, you know that it will get easier when my body adjusts, but meanwhile I’m suffering big time.

I know all the tricks in the book to take my mind of how I am feeling today, but today they just don’t seem to be working so some help from you would be much appreciated.

I’ve taken the pills, done the exercises, rested up like they said but someone has decided to stir things up a bit by aggravating my back which is preventing me from getting comfortable.

I’m going for my rest and will put on my tape to help send my mind to a much nicer place, on a beach somewhere in the sun. But while I am having a rest will you please help me kick in some pain killing endorphins to help me along the way.

In advance, many thanks, your suffering partner.

Barbara

Not sure yet if it has made me feel much better but it is nice to write everything down instead of it continually going around in your head so maybe give this a go and see if it helps make your day a bit easier.

FIGHTING THE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS AND THE EFFECTS OF SLEEP DEPRIVATION…

I know I am far from suffering alone when I talk about sleepless nights whether you are suffering from chronic pain or not. Once the cycle of disbelief that you will sleep through the night sets in then your brain is already warning you that it’s going to be the same every night.

There are hundred’s of blog posts and websites on how to get a better nights sleep. I don’t know about you, but I have spent plenty of money on investing and trying different tactics to help with my sleep.

Most nights I manage to get off to sleep without a problem once my amitryptyline has kicked. I always seem to feel so exhausted that I try to convince myself that this will be the best nights sleep I have had in ages. Admittedly over the last six months the persistent pins and needles from my trapped ulnar nerve combined with my low back and neck pain, has woken me up continuously every night without fail. But I honestly convinced myself that once the elbow surgery was done I would be able to get a better nights sleep.

For the first couple of nights after the surgery I was obviously woken up more with the pain from the surgery but I only had a  light sedation so I felt sure after a couple of days that things would start settling down again. How wrong could I have been. The nights are sooooo long when you are constantly waking up and then the mornings seem a blur and a haze seems to envelope my eyes and I find it harder and harder to concentrate for longer than a couple of minutes. All I want to do is fall asleep sitting upright.

According to Wikepedia Sleep deprivation is the condition of not having enough sleep; it can be either chronic or acute. A chronic sleep-restricted state can cause fatigue, daytime sleepiness, clumsiness and weight loss or weight gain. It adversely affects the brain and cognitive function.

I’ve tried caffeine first thing and find that does wake me up pretty quickly and the shower is a blessing in disguise but before the clock has struck eleven I am already desperate to nod off. The best time of the day for me seems to be after an afternoon sleep (which I have daily) at around 4pm when I always have a cup of tea and a biscuit. My surge of energy then makes me want to do a million things all at once and I really wish I could feel like this first in the morning instead of late afternoon, but I guess if this is how my body works then I shall just have to accept it this way.

One good side to this is that I am always the party animal at night when we go out and in fact a lot of people I know think I must be joking when I complain about how the lack of sleep and pain makes me feel as I always seem to be on top form when they see me. Little do they know that this little dormouse has to work very hard to have her bit of fun time in a 24 hour period.

According to an article on WEB MD Charles Bea, MD says that ‘there is a link between pain and sleep problems, exactly how the two conditions are connected varies from person to person. “You have to determine what is the chicken and what is the egg,” he says. “Is pain a manifestation of, or made worse by, a sleep disorder or is pain causing the poor quality of sleep?”

Charles Bae, MD, a neurologist in the Sleep Disorders Center at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, puts it this way: “Pain can be the main reason that someone wakes up multiple times a night, and this results in a decrease in sleep quantity and quality, and on the flip side, sleep deprivation can lower your pain threshold and pain tolerance and make existing pain feel worse”.

So what’s the answer – Spine Health say that “Psychological techniques. Meditation, cognitive behavior therapy, and deep breathing exercises are some of the more common practices.Sleep medications. Specifically designed to help with sleep, these medications may be considered by themselves or along with other strategies in certain circumstances”, may help with your sleep pattern.

Arthritis Health says that “Positive bedtime habits and environment changes include:

  • Using a high-quality mattress with comfortable sheets and blankets
  • Eliminating light and noise from the bedroom, including glare and sounds from electronics; a sound machine that generates white noise may help mask outside noises (people will often use a fan for this purpose)
  • Lowering the temperature in the bedroom to 68 degrees or lower
  • Using deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation techniques (tensing and then relaxing muscle groups in sequence)
  • Using a biofeedback device to help individuals recognize signs of tension and actively work to relax muscles, slow breathing, and calm down
  • Going to bed at the same time every day
  • Getting up and doing something calming if sleeplessness sets in, returning to bed only once feeling tired

If you have any unique suggestions on how to get back to sleep after being woken up with pain then please let us know so we can all try it.

DAY TWO AFTER CUBITAL TUNNEL RELEASE SURGERY …

On Thursday I had my ulnar nerve release without transposition. I arrived at 7am as requested and was surprised to find my consultant ready and waiting to start the surgery. My anesthetist saw me first and was a really lovely gentleman who explained that I would have a block which he would give me under my armpit using an ultrasound machine, and I would also have a sedation so that I would be comfortable throughout.

My Orthopaedic consultant then went through my nerve conduction tests which showed I had a trapped ulnar nerve but also some carpel tunnel problems. He said we would chat about the carpel tunnel when I next saw him and then went into detail about what to expect after surgery.

Before you could say ‘Jack Robinson’, I was being taken down to the anesthetic room where my anesthetist said he would soon have me comfy and asked if I would like a bit of champagne to get me nice and relaxed. ‘I’d love some’, I said, and was soon feeling the benefits of this lovely relaxant. The block put into my armpit was easy and I was soon wheeled into the operating theatre to be met by my consultant ready for the procedure. I was already feeling nice and relaxed and my second dose of champagne ( brilliant name for it) was given to me and off I went into the land of nod.

The next thing I remember is being in recovery and the nurse who was looking after me talking non stop about blogging. I guess he must have asked me what I did and when I said I was a blogger then the flood gates opened. I do hope I gave him the right advice as I cannot remember much of what I said. I was soon back on the day ward and after a visit from the physiotherapist soon back home. How amazing is that?

I was told the dead arm (it literally was) which was being held in a sling would feel like that for at least 4 hours or longer and to be ready to take some pain medication before it wore off. By the time I got home all I wanted to do was go to bed and sleep but I had been told by the physiotherapist that I had to sleep upright for the first night so I knew my sleep would be pretty uncomfortable.

My sleep for the next 48 hours was pretty horrendous – sleeping sitting up is bad enough but with my neck and lumber back problems it made it much harder to get comfortable at all. I am allowed to take my sling off tonight to sleep so I can’t wait for that and I have tried to not sleep much today so I can sleep better tonight.

The wound is very sore today and discomfort where the block went in is making some of my exercises a tad more difficult to do but I am behaving myself and doing as they told me and being totally pampered by my wonderful husband. What I did in life to deserve such a caring husband I have not idea but I will be forever grateful.