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MAGNET THERAPY TREATMENT FOR FIBROMYALGIA PAIN…

I wrote a few years ago on Magnet Therapy as a treatment for Fibromyalgia and with most sufferers unable to access pain management programs at the moment, it may help by trying this at home. As always please DO NOT try anything new at home without talking to your GP first.

The Chinese use magnets, as well as acupuncture, and say the difference is just that needles work faster, but that magnets applied correctly are just as effective for some complaints.

They also think that the magnets are thought to stimulate the body’s ‘chi’ to promote healing. Apparently, Cleopatra is said to have worn a polished lodestone on her 3rd eye to maintain her beauty!

Although magnets became popular in the 19th and 20th centuries, the medical profession was against the use of them, but since then, magnets and magnetic products have become more and more popular with an increase in scientific studies showing the effectiveness of them.

Magnet Bracelets have become more and more popular especially for arthritis and are worn by males and females. A company called TRION have super strong magnets of 4000 Gauss which they say helps relieve symptoms of joint pain, arthritis and carpal tunnel. It also helps to improve the blood circulation and balance your body’s physiological magnetic field. They are available from Amazon for £34.99

A company who deal in magnets Synergy For Life say that ‘Therapeutic magnets deliver results – quickly, quietly, and inexpensively. Our products may be used over and over again by every member of your family.’ They have magnetic applications for every joint and muscle, as well as magnetic sleep and seating systems. As we enter a new era in self-managed health care, “soft” medical alternatives are preferred over drugs and surgery. Biomagnetic and electro-medical therapies are among the fastest growing “soft” modalities.

Q Magnets recently wrote a post on how their magnets can help with golf and other injuries and pain. Back pain, rotator cuff injury, tennis/golf elbow and knee pain can bother even the fittest among us and the first sign of trouble is loss of backswing. Loss of rotation maybe pain induced and is a sign your body isn’t as flexible as it used to be. Loss of swing-length affects your club head speed and invariably leads to higher scores.  Q Magnets are one of the best natural pain relief technologies today.

A great book I ordered which explains all about the points with images and diagrams is Acupressure for Beginners: How to Release and Balance Energy Flow available from Amazon and all good book shops.

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IT’S SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT FIBROMYALGIA AND SLEEP PROBLEMS…

One of the most debilitating symptoms of Fibromyalgia is sleep disturbance/problems. Sleep problems are a common symptom of fibromyalgia. For some people with the disorder, sleep disturbances exacerbate their symptoms and lead them into a vicious cycle of pain and poor sleep. More than 90% of Fibromyalgia sufferers have difficulty experiencing the deep sleep a person needs to wake up feeling refreshed.

Some research even suggests that people with fibromyalgia are constantly aroused by bursts of “awake” brain activity, which limits the amount of time they spend in these critical deep stages of sleep. One study found that fibromyalgia patients experience at least twice as many arousals per hour as people without the disorder.

The lack of uninterrupted deep sleep may be the reason why people with fibromyalgia are also plagued by extreme daytime fatigue. In today’s world, many people complain of feeling tired, but the exhaustion associated with fibromyalgia is much more severe. Fibromyalgia patients report feeling as if their bodies have been completely drained of energy, which can lead to limited physical and mental functioning. This then causes the common complaint of many Fibro sufferers of “Fibro Fog.”

Pain and sleep problems frequently co-exist in a difficult cycle that can be tough to break. That’s true for everyone who experiences physical pain and discomfort. It’s particularly true for people with Fibromyalgia, as well as others with conditions that involve chronic pain.

According to the Sleep FoundationSleep and fibromyalgia share a bidirectional relationship. Just as painful symptoms can prevent patients from getting enough rest, sleep deprivation can exacerbate the widespread feelings of pain and tenderness brought on by fibromyalgia. Sleep loss can also lower a person’s pain threshold. As a result, lack of sleep or poor sleep quality may cause fibromyalgia symptoms to occur in otherwise healthy people.”

Pub Med point out that “sleep deprivation in healthy individuals can cause symptoms of fibromyalgia, including myalgia, tenderness and fatigue, suggesting that sleep dysfunction might be not only a consequence of pain, but also pathogenic.

However, “practicing good sleep hygiene and adopting healthy sleep habits can alleviate fibromyalgia-related sleep issues.” Lockdown has shifted our routines, and routine is essential to sleep regulation and to the functioning of our internal body clocks. Some tips to ensure a good nights rest include –

  1. Get up and go to bed at the same time.
  2. Take daily exercise.
  3. Shun screens before bed.
  4. Avoid coffee after 2pm.
  5. Don’t drink too much alcohol.
  6. If you suffer from night sweats invest in a cooling blanket, or swap bedding for light sheets and a low tog duvet.
  7. Make sure you are sleeping on a good pillow.
  8. Make sure the temperature is near 65°F (18.3°C), give or take a few degrees, is ideal. 
  9. Rest in bed if you wake.
  10. Practise mindfulness meditation.
  11. If you room is light invest in some black out curtains.
  12. Consider Vitamin D supplements as researchers have established a link between vitamin D deficiency and sleep problems.
  13. Download a sleep app.
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TWENTY TWO MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT FIBROMYALGIA…

With May being Fibromyalgia Awareness Month and May 12th Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, I thought a post on the myths and facts about Fibromyalgia might interest my readers.

SOME MYTHS ABOUT FIBROMYALGIA…

1.Fibromyalgia is all in your head – this myth has been around since the first diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and unfortunately can still prevent some sufferers being diagnosed with the condition but it is definitely not all in your head. The pain is absolutely real.

2. Fibromyalgia is a type of depression – just because you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia it does not mean that you will definitely have depression. Some people do suffer from it when they have the condition but some people do not.

3. Fibromyalgia only affects women – Fibromyalgia affects both women and men, it just seems to be a higher percentage of women that if affects.

4.Fibromyalgia and Arthritis are the same condition – these two conditions and quite different with some similarities. Unlike arthritis, fibromyalgia does not primarily affect joints. It affects muscles and soft tissue.

5. You must have a certain amount of tender points to have Fibromyalgia – tender points are just some of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia but there are also other common symptoms of fibromyalgia like sleep problems, tiredness, or brain fog.

6. There is no treatment for Fibromyalgia – on the contrary there are a number of treatments for Fibromyalgia which include medications, some complimentary therapies as well as pacing techniques.

7. You should avoid exercise – like many muscular conditions it can be quite difficult to exercise but avoiding is can cause more harm than good. It is essential that you find the right sort of exercise for you to manage even if that is only a simple walk every day but exercises must not be avoided. In fact Aerobic exercise, in particular, has been shown to be helpful in reducing fibromyalgia symptoms. This includes activities like walking, biking, swimming, and water aerobics.

8. You have ME – just because you feel very tired does not mean you have ME. Fatigue is a symptom of Fibromyalgia which is interwoven with other symptoms — including pain, sleep disruption, and mood disturbances — and all of these symptoms can influence one another.

9. The condition is caused by damage to muscles or joints. The condition is not caused by damage to muscles and joints.

10. Fibromyalgia will shorten your life expectancy. Fibromyalgia will not shorten your life expectancy.

SOME FACTS ABOUT FIBROMYALGIA..

1. In the past, it has been called ‘Rheumatism’ and ‘Fibrositis’.

2. It is now firmly established that a central nervous system (CNS) dysfunction is primarily responsible for the increased pain and sensitivity of Fibromyalgia.

3. The tendency to develop Fibromyalgia Syndrome may be inherited. Many mothers with Fibromyalgia have children with it as well.

4. It is the central nervous system that is disturbed.

5. You cannot have Fibromyalgia only in your back or in your hands. You either have it all over or you don’t have it at all.

6. Fibromyalgia is not a diagnosis of exclusivity. You may have co-existing conditions, such as MS, arthritis, and/or myofascial pain, and still, have Fibromyalgia pain.

7. It is not a disease but a syndrome, which means a specific set of signs and symptoms that occur together. Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and many other serious conditions are also classified as syndromes.

8. Fibromyalgia is not the same as chronic myofascial pain, there is no such a thing as a Fibromyalgia trigger point. Trigger points are part of myofascial pain and not Fibromyalgia.

9. Fibromyalgia is not the same as Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome.

10. Fibromyalgia is not just widespread pain or achy muscles.

11. Fibromyalgia is not an autoimmune condition.

12. Fibromyalgia can often be triggered off by an event that activates biochemical changes, causing a cascade of symptoms.

Always remember to seek medical help from your GP if you feel you have any of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.