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The BBC writes that a recent study found one in 20 people suffer from long-term covid symptoms.

The study which was led by the University of Glasgow showed that the effects of covid were more likely to occur after the injections were severe enough to require hospitalisation. It also showed that the most at-risk people were older women from deprived communities.

It also found that people who were vaccinated before they became unwell with covid appeared to be protected from the long-term covid symptoms.

The most reported symptoms included breathlessness, chest pain, palpitations, and confusion or “brain fog”.

It is also possible that long Covid was more likely in those with pre-existing physical and mental health problems, such as respiratory disease or depression.

Jill Pell, professor of Public Health who led the study, said: “While most people recover quickly and completely after infection with Covid, some people develop a wide variety of long-term problems.

The research found that 6% of people felt they had not recovered at all, while 42% reported feeling only partially recovered between six and 18 months following the Covid infection.

The study also found that those with asymptomatic infection had no long-term impact.

I have recently recovered from Covid and I had all my vaccinations but I have had a number of steroid injections over the last year which they did warn me could affect how poorly I was should I contract Covid.

For me personally, the worst was the aches and pains and the rapid heart rate. I felt as though I was coming down with a cold a few days earlier with the usual sore throat and feeling rough but the fatigue which came with it has taken the longest to get over. I am still extremely tired 4 weeks after having the condition but I think a lot of that is due to my Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain. However, I feel sure had I not had all my vaccinations I would have suffered much worse.

By now I think we must all know that being fully vaccinated can reduce the likelihood of developing long Covid and I would encourage anyone who is eligible to take the opportunity to enhance their protection by getting vaccinated.

Source: BBC

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According to Healio Rheumatology,” The FDA has granted clearance to Multi Radiance Medical’s FibroLux therapy laser for the treatment of pain in patients with fibromyalgia, according to a company press release. The clearance approves the laser as a way for patients with fibromyalgia to undergo non-invasive, non-pharmacologic therapy for pain.”

Laser has been shown to be a complementary procedure that can provide considerable pain relief and increase the patient’s quality of life.

Chiropractic Economics writes that “the new patent-pending Multi Radiance Medical FibroLux therapy laser represents a breakthrough in pain management options, offering patients a non-pharmacological, non-invasive, and side-effect-free treatment for fibromyalgia that is now cleared by the FDA. Like pharmaceuticals, photochemical devices are validated through clinical studies and deliver optimal doses of light energy using a combination of curated wavelengths, administered at the correct dose (time and power), and the ideal dosage (frequency of application) resulting in consistent, reproducible outcomes.

Laser therapies are medical treatments that use focused light. Unlike most light sources, light from a laser (which stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation) is tuned to specific wavelengths. This allows it to be focused into powerful beams. Laser light is so intense that it can be used to shape diamonds or cut steel, ( Healthline).

Source: Healio Rheumatology Chiropractic Economics Healthline

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What is the biggest cause of a Fibromyalgia flare-up? Well, apparently it’s The Weather – which I am sure most of us knew that anyway. The UK is experiencing the second heatwave of this summer and I know I am suffering at the moment. How about you?

Fibromyalgia flare-ups are a temporary increase in the number and/or intensity of symptoms.  A flare-up can be different from person to person, but for many, it means severe pain, with little to no let-up. A flare-up likely includes debilitating fatigue, even to the point of feeling weak and unable to stand or walk for much length of time. Luckily, worsening symptoms usually have a distinct cause, and with the right approach, they can be treated directly and effectively.

Get to the bottom of intensifying fibro fatigue and discomfort before you try to treat it. Some flare-ups can last a few days to a few weeks and there are a number of causes for them.

Temperature makes a difference in how we feel with Fibro but it can also affect other musculoskeletal disorders. Colder weather seems to make symptoms worse whereas a climate where the temperature remains warmer seems to be less painful for Fibro sufferers.

Arthritis Foundation writes that “People with fibromyalgia do not all experience flares the same way,” Dr Clauw says. “A good way to explain it is that every person with fibromyalgia has their Achilles heel – their ‘thing’ that really gives them trouble. When their fibromyalgia worsens, that particular thing really gets bad.”

There are obviously many other triggers that can create a flare-up which include – physical or psychological stress, hormonal changes, travelling, changes in treatment, diet or poor sleep.

There are five “major weather factors” that can affect our bodies. They are temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, precipitation and wind. We may not be able to control what the weather does, but we can take some steps to try and head off a #fibro flare before it occurs when it is time for a seasonal change.

Researchers have been unable to determine why the changes in weather affect sufferers, however, there are some possible explanations. Firstly, changes in temperature can affect sleep patterns. Getting plenty of sleep is really important if you have fibromyalgia, and even small shifts in your sleep pattern can aggravate the condition. Secondly, as the seasons change, the amount of light you are exposed to can throw off your circadian rhythm (body clock), making you feel low and more tired than usual. Lastly, there may be a connection between low temperatures and pro-inflammatory cytokines, which appear to be connected to pain intensity.

Make a note in your diary of a particular treatment that helped or medication or piece of equipment like a tens machine that helped. Knowing that there is something you can do, use or otherwise for your flare-up, will get you through the worst days and back to controlling it as you normally do.

Do not push yourself. Go slow. Be gentle with yourself. If you can’t do the laundry for a few days, that’s okay. Also, if you can’t get the house cleaned this week, that’s okay.

If you have to cancel plans, that’s okay, do not feel guilty about it. Treat yourself the same way you would a friend that was going through a hard time.

Source: Arthritis Foundation