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SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT ADRENAL FATIGUE…

What is adrenal fatigue?

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. 

Source: Endocrineweb Patient Info

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IS CBD SUITABLE FOR FIBROMYALGIA PAIN?…

CBD is an effective therapeutic agent. It can be used to deal with uncommon varieties of epilepsy and suggests a great promise in the remedy of issues for other conditions like multiple sclerosis. Outside of the clinic, CBD is gaining traction in the fitness industry. It is governing our mood and enhances the intellectual and bodily wellness of humans all over the world.

Anyone living with a chronic condition will know just how much it interferes with each and every aspect of your life. Since prescription pain medications are limited by countless risks and side effects, many are turning to CBD to ease symptoms of chronic conditions, including fibromyalgia.

I wrote an article last year on CBD, IT’S BENEFITS & AWARENESS DAY 8TH AUGUST, which explains a bit more about the different types of products available and how they can help with some health problems.

CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, is an active ingredient found in the Cannabis sativa plant. It is one of over 100 natural cannabinoids, but unlike its psychoactive counterpart tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD cannot get you high.

CBD merges with our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which a biological network that plays a crucial role in governing our mood, energy levels, immune system, appetite, sleep, pain approach, and much more.

With many fibromyalgia patients finding it hard to find the right treatment/medication for the pain associated with fibromyalgia, a number of patients have turned to CBD products to help.

Many patients have found CBD to be a blessing in reducing pain and inflammation, improving moods and sleep, and helping to combat fibromyalgia fatigue. There is also some up-and-coming scientific evidence to support this.

One reason CBD can help with the pain in fibromyalgia is by helping to regulate ECS activity, which is responsible for maintaining a homeostatic balance in the body, particularly between the immune system and the nervous system. 

CBD has potent anti-inflammatory properties, CBD can be effective pain relief, particularly for neuropathic pain, and CBD can also be hugely favourable to our mental well-being. It is not uncommon for people living with fibromyalgia to experience anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. Our mood is largely dependent on our serotonin levels, CBD may help to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.

CBD can be used as a natural sleep aid, so it may help to remedy some of the sleeping problems often associated with fibromyalgia which scientists think may help by reducing pain or boosting our serotonin.   

Cannabis has shown to have a significant positive effect on fibromyalgia symptoms, but there hasn’t yet but it is early days on research into the effect of CBD alone.

Howeverhigh CBD/low THC strains of cannabis seem to be more effective at managing pain than high THC/low CBD strains, which is some pretty solid evidence of CBD’s pain-relieving properties.    

According to an article in Leafie The World Health Organisation has said that CBD is a safe and well-tolerated substance, even at high doses. The only reported side effects include nausea, appetite changes, and fatigue, but these are rare and minor in comparison to many prescription drugs.

It is, however, important to speak to your doctor before choosing to take CBD, especially if you’re on medication. This is because CBD has been shown to interact with some other drugs, which can be harmful to our liver. If you feel as though CBD could benefit you more than the medication that you are currently on, do not make the switch until you have spoken to a professional.

Source: Back Pain Blog, Leafie, WHO, BPB Health Disclaimer

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FIBROMYALGIA AWARENESS MONTH AND WORLD FIBROMYALGIA DAY MAY 12th #SupportFibro…

World Fibromyalgia Awareness Day May 12th and Fibromyalgia Awareness Month May 1st-30th – May is the month we all come together to educate and raise awareness about Fibromyalgia with friends and family, at work, and in our neighbourhoods.

Take part to share the facts, and make a difference for all those impacted by Fibromyalgia, #SupportFibro. Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is May 12th and World Lupus Day is May 10th. Get ready to turn the month of May purple!

Fibromyalgia has many symptoms that tend to vary from person to person, and the NHS describe some of the awful symptoms.

There may be periods when your symptoms get better or worse, depending on factors such as:

  • your stress levels
  • changes in the weather
  • how physically active you are

If you think you have fibromyalgia, visit your GP.

Treatment is available to ease some of the symptoms, although it’s unlikely they’ll ever disappear completely.

The main symptoms of fibromyalgia are outlined below.

Widespread pain

If you have fibromyalgia, one of the main symptoms is likely to be widespread pain.

This may be felt throughout your body, but could be worse in particular areas, such as your back or neck.

The pain is likely to be continuous, although it may be better or more severe at different times.

The pain could feel like:

  • an ache
  • a burning sensation
  • a sharp, stabbing pain

Extreme sensitivity

Fibromyalgia can make you extremely sensitive to pain all over your body, and you may find that even the slightest touch is painful.

If you hurt yourself, such as stubbing your toe, the pain may continue for much longer than it normally would.

You may hear the condition described in the following medical terms:

  • hyperalgesia – when you’re extremely sensitive to pain
  • allodynia – when you feel pain from something that should not be painful at all, such as a very light touch

You may also be sensitive to things like smoke, certain foods and bright lights.

Being exposed to something you’re sensitive to can cause your other fibromyalgia symptoms to flare up.

Stiffness

Fibromyalgia can make you feel stiff. The stiffness may be most severe when you have been in the same position for a long period of time – for example, when you first wake up in the morning.

It can also cause your muscles to spasm, which is when they contract (squeeze) tightly and painfully.

Fatigue

Fibromyalgia can cause extreme tiredness (fatigue). This can range from a mild tired feeling to the exhaustion often experienced during a flu-like illness.

Severe fatigue may come on suddenly and can drain you of all your energy. If this happens, you may feel too tired to do anything at all.

Poor sleep quality

Fibromyalgia can affect your sleep. You may often wake up tired, even when you have had plenty of sleep.

This is because the condition can sometimes prevent you sleeping deeply enough to refresh you properly.

You may hear this described as non-restorative sleep.

Cognitive problems (‘fibro-fog’)

Cognitive problems are issues related to mental processes, such as thinking and learning.

If you have fibromyalgia, you may have:

  • trouble remembering and learning new things
  • problems with attention and concentration
  • slowed or confused speech

Headaches

If fibromyalgia has caused you to experience pain and stiffness in your neck and shoulders, you may also have frequent headaches.

These can vary from being mild headaches to severe migraines, and could also involve other symptoms, such as feeling sick.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Some people with fibromyalgia also develop irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

IBS is a common digestive condition that causes pain and bloating in your stomach. It can also lead to constipation or diarrhoea.

Other symptoms

Other symptoms that people with fibromyalgia sometimes experience include:

Depression

In some cases, having the condition can lead to depression.

This is because fibromyalgia can be difficult to deal with, and low levels of certain hormones associated with the condition can make you prone to developing depression.

Depression can cause many symptoms, including:

  • constantly feeling low
  • feeling hopeless and helpless
  • losing interest in the things you usually enjoy

If you think you may be depressed, it’s important to get help from a GP or your fibromyalgia healthcare professional, if you have been seeing one.

Here are some great tips for newly diagnosed Fibromyalgia sufferers from fellow sufferers.