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BPB ALERT NEWS – POTENTIAL NEW FIBROMYALGIA DRUG FOR FIBRO SUFFERERS…

Tonix Pharmaceuticals reports that there is a potential new fibromyalgia drug for fibromyalgia sufferers which is the first in more than a decade!!!

Tonix Pharmaceuticals announced that “TNX-102 SL (cyclobenzaprine HCl sublingual tablets) met its pre-specified primary endpoint, significantly reducing daily pain compared to placebo (p=0.01) in participants with fibromyalgia in the Phase 3 RELIEF study (Table 1). TNX-102 SL is a novel, non-opioid, centrally-acting analgesic, taken once daily at bedtime, being developed for the management of fibromyalgia. RELIEF was a 14-week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of TNX-102 SL 5.6 mg, in which 503 participants with fibromyalgia were randomized in a 1:1 ratio across 39 U.S. sites. All participants received one tablet of TNX-102 SL (2.8 mg) or placebo for the first two weeks, which was increased to two tablets of TNX-102 SL (5.6 mg) or placebo for the remaining 12 weeks.

“Tonix is dedicated to improving the lives of the millions suffering from fibromyalgia, approximately 90% of whom are female, and the results of the RELIEF trial bring new hope to this community,” said Seth Lederman, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Tonix Pharmaceuticals.

This is music to all fibromyalgia sufferers ears and hopefully something that will soon be available for sufferers to try. More details on the study can be found on Tonix Pharmaceutical website and also on Fed Up With Fatigue’s website which also has a link for any fibromyalgia patients who may wish participate in the trial.

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WHAT ARE THE WORST EXERCISES FOR YOUR BACK…

It’s hard to think about any negatives or drawbacks when it comes to exercising. After all, it’s recommended that adults get at least 150 minutes of activity each week to maintain good health. And, of course, we would never tell anyone not to exercise. It should be a part of your daily routine. There are countless benefits to physical activity, so make sure you’re doing something that works for you.

But, not all exercises are created equally. If you have a bad back, certain types of workouts or even individual moves could be contributing to your pain. 

We’ve talked before about some of the best exercises for those with a bad back. But, what about the worst? Could you be exacerbating your back pain with the exercises you’re doing each day? 

Let’s take a look at some specific moves you should be avoiding if you want to stop back pain before it starts.

Sit-Ups

Sit-ups are one of the most classic exercises you can do. While they might be good for your abs, they are incredibly hard on your back. They put a lot of pressure on your discs, which can create excess pain for even the healthiest of individuals. Plus, they only work about 20% of your abdominal muscles. You’re better off trying a different ab exercise.

Squats

Squats are great for your glutes and can help to strengthen your legs. But, they can be hard on your back, especially when they’re done with improper form. Until you’re sure you’re doing squats the right way, opt for wall sits that will support your back as you try to strengthen your glutes and legs. 

Running

Most people know that running can be hard on your feet and knees, but it can also cause a lot of damage to your back. It’s the pounding of your feet, especially on pavement, that creates pressure on your discs and could even cause them to become inflamed or “slip”. If the pain becomes too bad, you might need to see an experienced professional, like Dr Ian Edwards Chiropractor

Jumping Rope

Jumping rope is a great way to get a quick cardiovascular workout in. Plus, it’s a lot of fun, so it can break up the boringness of traditional workout routines and help you to feel like a child again. 

But, once you’ve finished your workout, you probably won’t be feeling very childlike with serious back pain. 

Like running, jumping rope puts a lot of pressure on your back, every time your feet hit the ground. It’s a harsh exercise that might be fun in the moment but could leave you in a lot of pain in the days that follow. 

While you don’t need to avoid these exercises completely, keep them in mind if you tend to struggle with back pain. By finding alternatives or only doing them periodically, you can manage your pain and work on strengthening your back, rather than causing it to hurt. Focus on the exercises that are actually good for your back, and you can put together a fitness routine that will leave you feeling great.

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FIFTEEN TIPS ON HOW TO PREVENT A FIBROMYALGIA FLARE-UP OVER CHRISTMAS…

Managing the pain from Fibromyalgia is hard enough but during the busy festive period, it can cause bad flare-ups for sufferers unless they take care. Many chronic pain sufferers will struggle to get out during and after the festive period. Apart from the buying of presents, there are lots of other activities that come about at this time of year. For instance, the nativity play, the Christmas party, the family get together and the list goes on.

The simple act of sitting down on something that is not suitable for say a person with a back problem could actually create more pain for them.

Here are some tips and products on how to manage during Christmas.

1. Don’t be frightened to ask for help, be it with the shopping, cooking or cleaning. As most sufferers tend to ‘look fine’ most people do not realise the pain they are suffering inside, so if you don’t ask you won’t get help.

2. If work is leaving you exhausted and in pain, then design a flexible plan that works for you and your boss. Ask about working from home part-time, or setting your hours for earlier or later in the day so you can be more productive, during this busy time.

3. At the office, rearrange your workspace for comfort and easy accessibility. A telephone headset, keyboard tray, or other products may help put less stress on your body.

4. Don’t try to always put on a happy face. Your loved ones need to know what makes your symptoms worse.

5. Rest, rest and more rest, every little helps to recharge your batteries. When you feel that overwhelming urge to sleep try and get forty winks.

6. When the invitations start coming in, consider if they will keep you from the rest, exercise, or relaxation you need to feel well. It’s OK to simply say “no.” And stick to it.

7. Support groups can play an important part in the lives of people with a chronic illness. Whether in person or online, they offer a safe place to talk with others who may share your frustrations and concerns.

8. Tomorrow is another day and with Fibromyalgia tomorrow can be a more comfortable day, so try to not think negative when you are having a bad day.

9. Keep all your ‘helpful’ pain relievers on hand, be it a hot water bottle, pillow, cushion or whatever you have that helps your pain.

10. Make sure you enjoy Christmas like everyone else does by being prepared.

11. A great product to have handy for you or to pop on your Christmas gift list is Highlander Folding Outdoor Sit Mat Lightweight Padded Portable Stadium Seat which is constructed from High-Density foam and a hard-wearing durable Polyester. It’s LIGHTWEIGHT, COMPACT AND PORTABLE: Weighing only 380g and measuring 40x40x4cm when folded and will offer comfort and support use after use. This one I found was available on Amazon and is £9.99

12. The Back Booster helps support the lower back, helps relax lower back muscles and is very lightweight and portable, nylon carry bag included. It inflates in a few breaths and deflates to pocket size and is £14.99 available from The Back Booster.

13. A The Sciatica Relief Cushion which performs just like its name and is well worth the investment of £34.00 The Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion is a class 1 medical device designed to alleviate the pressure on the sciatic nerve while sitting allowing the nerve space and time to heal. By placing the cushion on your seat every time you sit you are able to stretch your sciatic nerve whilst reducing the increased pressure the nerve experiences during sitting. This cushion is specifically designed for people who have sciatica pain symptoms that are aggravated or exacerbated while sitting or seated. It is easy to use, safe and specifically designed for sciatica pain relief.

14. This is an Adjustable Tripod Walking Stick and seat as if like me you cannot even stand for long in a queue then this is just perfect. The Height adjustable walking stick seat is designed to provide support and comfort and provides a stable and comfortable seated position when you need a break from standing. This particular one is from Complete Care Shop website. £14.99

Height Adjustable Stick Seat

15. Finally the Memory Foam Contour Travel Cushion from Complete Care Shop which is ergonomically designed, and provides excellent levels of comfort to the user and is ideal when travelling. It is suitable for long train, plane or car journeys and is of a lightweight, compact nature making it tremendously portable. Made from high-quality memory foam, it helps to alleviate pressure and tension and will not lose its shape. This black Memory Foam Contour Travel Cushion is supplied with a removable velour cover and costs £10.00

Memory Foam Contour Travel Cushion