LIVING LIFE IN CHRONIC PAIN – The latest news on health, lifestyle, wellbeing, treatments, reviews and tips on chronic pain
I am a mum and wife to a lovely caring family. I’ve suffered with chronic back pain for over 30 years and started writing my first blog in 2007 which covered back and chronic pain. Since then I have written many more blogs for myself and customers. I find it takes me away from my pain to another place. I love it so much I think it should be part of a recovery process after illness or surgery. I hope you enjoy reading through my blogs.
According to a major new study from the University of Cambridge and Fudan University, we should all be aiming for 7 hours’ sleep (once we reach adulthood). To read the full study click here.
With 40% of UK nationals struggling to nod off, here’s how to get the best night’s rest to clear your brain fog. Researchers discovered that both too much and not enough sleep could cause mental health problems and “worse cognitive performance”
The study also found that consistency mattered – so it’s no good getting nine hours one night then six the next.
The researchers speculate that one reason for the “brain fog” caused by lack of sleep is that slow-wave deep sleep is disrupted, which may also stop the brain from clearing out toxins. They also found that the brain’s “memory centre”, the hippocampus, is affected by both an excess or a deficit of sleep. As yet, scientists are unsure why sleeping for too long causes a similar effect to not getting enough shut-eye. For most of us, however, it’s a definite case of “not enough”.
The NHS estimates up to one in three people in the UK will suffer from insomnia, with middle-aged and elderly people suffering the most. During the pandemic, sleeplessness has more than doubled, from 20% of the population to more than 40%. More than two-thirds who are in “poor health” suffer insomnia and half of us wake up feeling exhausted.
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Your body produces melatonin when it thinks it is time to go to bed, which is related to light exposure.
As we all have artificial light well into the evening, our melatonin production is affected, which in turn affects our sleep quality. Ageing also affects melatonin production, meaning sleep quality is reduced even further the older you are.
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Adrenal fatigue is a debilitating condition which happens when your adrenal glands are not functioning together properly. Cortisol is a hormone released by the adrenals for use in the regulation of blood pressure. In response to stress, the adrenals release greater amounts of cortisol. Adrenal fatigue is thought to occur when the adrenals have become overtaxed by excess cortisol release and can no longer produce levels of cortisol necessary for optimal body function.
Your adrenal glands perform important functions in maintaining your health. When these are not performing properly you end up with constant tiredness. Causes include any kind of excess stress from work, your lifestyle and even relationship problems.
Adrenal fatigue is pretty different from normal fatigue. Though, fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of Adrenal fatigue; there are a lot of other symptoms that are experienced in a person suffering from adrenal fatigue.
Many adrenal fatigue sufferers report symptoms like a feeling of constant tiredness, lack of enthusiasm and even depression. Sufferers also struggle to maintain the acute focus and high energy levels that stressful situations often require. Other symptoms include a craving for salty foods, episodes of low blood sugar, respiratory complaints, allergies, low sex drive and weight gain.
It might happen that patients with adrenal fatigue may not look ill or show any physical illness; they may be unwell or have feelings of tiredness. Usually, patients with adrenal fatigue depend on tea, or coffee so as to prop themselves well throughout the day.
One of the biggest problems is that it is not a recognised condition and sufferers face being dismissed as having nothing wrong. Very often, if a doctor prescribes any medication at all, antidepressants will be the drug of choice.
Another reason adrenal fatigue is miss diagnosed or even under-diagnosed is because of the array of symptoms presented with this condition. If you suspect you may have this condition and you are not getting a diagnosis you could look into a holistic approach.
At the moment there is no pharmaceutical method for how to treat adrenal fatigue, which some naturopaths and doctors of osteopathy consider to be a factor in traditional medicine’s view of the condition. Suggested natural remedies include lifestyle changes such as a low-sugar/low-caffeine diet, avoidance of junk food, a healthy sleep schedule, rest, and nutritional supplementation.
Most people with adrenal fatigue will recover quite quickly but severe symptoms may take some months to recover, or even longer.
Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in ancient India. First codified by the sage Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras around 400 C.E, the practice was in fact handed down from teacher to student long before this text arose. Traditionally, this was a one-to-one transmission, but since yoga became popular in the West in the 20th century, group classes have become the norm.
The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj, meaning “to yoke,” or “to unite”. The practice aims to create a union between body, mind and spirit, as well as between the individual self and universal consciousness. Such a union tends to neutralize ego-driven thoughts and behaviours, creating a sense of spiritual awakening.
Yoga has been practised for thousands of years, and whilst many different interpretations and styles have been developed, most tend to agree that the ultimate goal of yoga is to achieve liberation from suffering. Although each school or tradition of yoga has its own emphasis and practices, most focus on bringing together body, mind and breath as a means of altering energy or shifting consciousness.
It doesn’t matter whether you have had a chronic backache for decades or whether you have recently suffered an acute back injury, yoga can play a vital role in getting you back to full fitness.Yoga was once the realm of dreadlocked hippies, chanting oms while being surrounded by sweet-smelling incense sticks.
Nowadays, yoga is seen as a viable treatment for all sorts of aches, pains and physical ailments. Alongside its mental health benefits, doctors are choosing to prescribe yoga rather than painkillers to help people recover from injuries and manage pain. Take a look at how yoga could keep your niggles at bay.
Our mental health can have a massive impact on our physical well-being. Feeling anxious and stressed can lead to physical tension which can result in more injuries and pain. This can mean a vicious cycle ensues as you are keen to recover quickly from an injury, but you are anxious about it at the same time. By dipping your toes in the yoga water, you can enjoy a new exercise that will endeavour to improve your mental well-being, making you feel less worried and stressed. Withyoga, you will learn all sorts of breathing exercises alongside physical postures. This can ease tension within your body and mind, resulting in fewer niggles and aches. This can be a great form of pain management rather than reaching for the pills.
If you have suffered an acute injury at the gym, you might be more into spin classes and HIIT workouts than the slower pace of yoga. However, yoga can be used within an exercise plan to help you recover more swiftly from injury. Coupled with natural supplements, yoga can be part of an anti-inflammatory attack on your injury. Supplements like CBD can boost your immune response. So, what is CBD good for? Coupled with yoga, it can increase the anti-inflammatory response in your body, relieving your pain and enhancing muscle recovery. Yoga, strengthening your core and improving muscle tone, will enable your body to remain flexible and active without causing further damage to any injuries.
Yoga increases your awareness of your body. You’ll notice improved balance, and better coordination, and you’ll be aware of the limitations of your own body. Many people suffering from back pain, often engage in activities that may suddenly trigger the pain and leave them groaning in pain.
If you are suffering from a chronic niggle that has no definitive diagnosis, you can feel depressed thinking that you have to live with this ache forever. Yoga can help treat chronic injuries by not getting rid of them altogether, but by helping you manage the pain more effectively. Arthritis and fibromyalgia sufferers have credited yoga with helping them to become more active and live a more fulfilling life as their pain is reduced. This has a knock-on effect on their mood, meaning they are more optimistic and positive about their future. Improving flexibility, strengthening muscle groups and maintaining a stable mood are key facets of yoga that can keep your niggles at bay.
Yoga will also improve your posture. One of the keys to reducing back pain is to improve your posture. Yoga will really benefit you in this area. It’ll also align your body and correct any imbalances within.
It’s very common for people to have muscular imbalances because we usually rely on the dominant side to do all the work. Yoga with all its poses will strengthen both sides of the body so that one side is not compensating for the other.
Speak to your doctor first and if he/she gives you the go-ahead, you should join a yoga class with a qualified instructor. Inform the instructor about your condition and they’ll tailor routines that will suit you best. Do get started today, and you’ll reap the rewards in no time at all.
International Day of Yoga – 21st June 2022 – “Yoga for Unity and Well-being” is an initiative of leading Yoga Institutions and schools who have come together to present the best that Yoga has to offer, with a message of unity and harmony. This program is being organized under the auspices of the Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India and in collaboration with United Nations Information Centre and partners.
International Yoga Day is observed on June 21 to spread awareness among the masses about the importance of Yoga and its effects on human health.
United Nations Organization (UNO) designated International Yoga Day in 2014 on public demand that occurred on a large scale. International Yoga Day celebrations occur in India, USA, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, China, Australia, and some other countries of South Asia including Pakistan.
“Yoga for Well Being” International Yoga Day 2022 theme is “Yoga for well-being”. All the world is passing through COVID-19 pandemic and almost every country has imposed a lockdown in a certain form. In this situation, it is hard or impossible for people to remain mentally and physically fit and healthy. People are suffering from anxiety and depression even if the lockdown is getting softer in some parts of the world. Despite that the lockdown gets lighter, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports revealing that Corona Virus won’t spare the world for many years. In this situation, it is risky to go outside and take part in group activities. Social distancing and a strong body immune system are the only available cures that we should embrace. The International Day of Yoga theme focuses on telling people to stay motivated at home and adopt a healthy lifestyle by doing exercise and yoga. People are getting fatter and desperate at home because they feel like caged animals. Exercise helps us to stay optimistic and yoga helps us to explore new ideas to spend time and earn money without going outside. Thus venue of this Yoga Day is our home. Let’s appreciate the theme 2022 of International Yoga Day and practice yoga at home until this curse of COVID-19 leaves us.