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Fibromyalgia and Insomnia

For the last … I don’t know how many weeks, to be honest, I have had insomnia. This is unusual for me – I’m a good sleeper, I have good sleep hygiene…

Fibromyalgia and Insomnia
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Health Central say that about 10 million Americans, or 2% to 4% of the population, have fibromyalgia. Four women for every one man have been diagnosed with it, though the actual number of men may be a bit higher. There is currently no cure for fibromyalgia, but there are medications to treat it, as well as lifestyle changes that can help lessen the pain and other symptoms.

That’s why Health Central, talked to top Fibromyalgia experts to give you the knowledge you need on risk factors, treatments, and symptoms so you can continue to live your life.  Recently, they produced an informative, medically reviewed guide on All Things Fibromyalgia.

This is where they share expert advice from top experts in the field to answer all of your Fibromyalgia questions! They have a great FAQ section with questions and answers on things like ‘What causes Fibromyalgia?’, ‘Who gets Fibromyalgia?’, ‘Are there non drug ways to treat Fibromyalgia?’ and lots more to read through.

One thing I learnt from Health Central about Fibromyalgia which I did not know before was that the American Medical Association did not consider Fibromyalgia as an official disorder until 1987 !!!!Yet, research shows that it was first written about in 1642 as a muscular rheumatism, and then renamed “fibrositis” in the early 1900’s. In the 1950’s my Mum used to suffer from the then named “fibrositis” quite often. I can remember as a child that she had it so badly once that she could not get her head off the pillow and the GP came to the house and gave her a painkilling injection to help ease the pain.

It became called Fibromyalgia in 1976, when it was named from the Latin word fibro, which means fibrous tissue, and the Greek words mio, meaning muscle, and algia, meaning pain. And yet some GP’s still do not think this is a real condition !! Seriously – they just need to look at the medical books of many years ago to realise how long this has been around.

Health Central go on to say that in 1990, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) created its first diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia, which led it to being added to the International Classification of Diseases in 1992. So, anyone who is having trouble getting a true diagnosis that this is a real condition should make a note of this.

Head over the Health Central website for lots more information and their Fibromyalgia Hub.

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For hayfever sufferers, enjoying sunny spring and summer days is often a longed-for luxury, with the season spent sniffling and sneezing instead. And if missing out on outdoor events to avoid puffy eyes and a runny nose wasn’t bad enough, some may also suffer from drowsiness caused by over the counter remedies. Health Plus provides a range of immune system boosting natural supplements to help cope with the symptoms of hayfever. Bee Propolis, collected from tree buds and botanical sources by honey bees, is thought to help allergy sufferers, whilst offering a rich source of nutrients, flavonoids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. It can also increase energy levels, so has the added bonus of helping you get the most out of action-packed outdoor activities. 

Simon Bandy, Health Plus’ health and nutrition expert says: “Hayfever is a common allergy that can be extremely limiting for sufferers during a time of the year when we should all be able to enjoy the outdoors. Many people prefer not to take conventional medication to deal with allergies, but there are lots of natural ways to help cope with hayfever.”

Simon’s top 10 tips for coping with hayfever season: 

  1. Wear wraparound sunglasses whilst outdoors or in the car to protect your eyes from pollen.
  2. Hoover your home regularly – pollen spores can collect on fabrics so it’s important to keep your home as allergen free as possible.
  3. Pollen counts are highest in the early morning and late afternoon, so scheduling your outdoor activity between these times can help reduce symptoms.
  4. Boost your vitamin intake throughout the year with a multivitamin supplement, to ensure your immune system is at its optimum level for coping with hayfever. 
  5. Health Plus’ Mega Multivitamin contains 30 vitamins, minerals and nutrients, and is several times the strength of regular supermarket multivitamins.
  6. Keep an eye on the pollen count and keep windows and doors closed on high count days.Using a petroleum jelly or beeswax on your nostrils can act as a barrier to pollen.
  7. Dry laundry indoors or in a dryer; hanging them on an outside washing line can lead to pollen spores being collected on clothing.
  8. Avoid keeping fresh flowers in your home.
  9. Taking trips to the beach can be beneficial, as the pollen count is usually lower nearer to the coast.
  10. Pets can bring in pollen from outside on their coats, so try and avoid close contact with them when your symptoms are bad, and give them regular baths.

Stockists:  www.healthplus.co.ukwww.amazon.co.uk and at all good independent health shops nationwide. Prices: Bee Propolis costs £8.95 for 60 1000mg tablets (60 days’ supply).Mega Multivitamin costs £7.95 for 30 tablets (1 month supply).