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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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Migraine Relief Centre have written this post about Covid-19 and migraines which I thought my readers would find very interesting.

Thanks to hardworking researchers and modern medicine, it seems like there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel of the COVID-19 pandemic. With several vaccines now available, many people are able to protect themselves against infection. However, some may have reservations about the injection. Here are some answers to common questions about vaccinations, specifically for migraine sufferers:

  • Will the vaccine trigger a headache or migraine? In clinical studies, some recipients reported experiencing head pain after vaccination. However, side effects like this are normal, typically mild, and short-lived.
  • Should I skip the second dose if I experienced headaches after the first? Most of the available vaccines require two doses to be fully effective, so do not delay or skip the second dose.
  • Will the vaccine cause persistent migraines? There is no reported evidence that the vaccine causes headaches or migraines. However, there is a higher risk of persistent headaches and more intense migraines in people who have gotten sick with COVID-19. 

Getting vaccinated is a safe and effective way to protect yourself against COVID-19 and help end the pandemic. If you have any concerns about vaccination and how it may affect your migraines, please contact your general physician or migraine specialist.

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Sleep dysfunction and chronic fatigue is common in many disorders including Fibromyalgia, ME?CFS, Alzheimers disease, Parkinsons disease, Stroke, Arthritis and mental illness. But there are also some other reasons for sleep problems and chronic fatigue.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, over 40 million Americans suffer from a chronic sleep disorder and another 20 million experience occasional sleeping problems.

Some other ‘reasons’ you may feel tired all the time include a sinus infection as it causes a strain on the immune system, and can trigger fatigue that can last for weeks or months.

Dehydration is another energy drainer. Even mild dehydration makes it difficult for your brain cells to communicate properly, which can then leave you feeling exhausted and tired.

Being low in iron is another reason for fatigue. Iron is essential for building muscles, repairing damaged tissues and producing cellular energy. A simple blood test can tell you if you are suffering from low iron stores and can be easily remedied.

Stress, feeling depressed, anxious, and irritable are other reasons that can leave you feeling awful and tired. Vitamin B12 deficiency is another problem that could leave you feeling tired and studies have sown that 40% of women could be deficient.

Mould can be another trigger for feeling exhausted as it is extremely draining to your body.

Some more sleep statistics from Sleep Care – Insomnia is a common sleep problem among adults with 30% of people suffering from disturbed sleep while another 10% showing signs of severe insomnia. Sleep Foundation.

50-80% of patients with psychiatric conditions suffer from chronic sleep problems compared to 10-18% of the general population. Harvard Health Publishing

Almost 25% of people experience acute insomnia every year, but only 75% of them recover without developing chronic insomnia or persistent sleep issues. Science Daily

About 40% of the population in the US is sleep deprived. Gallup

Sleep deprivation can cause an annual loss of 11 days of productivity per person. The Washington Post

The list just goes on and on and taking sleeping pills is not the answer as these can actually become addictive and dangerous. The first step should always be to go and see your GP for some blood tests and to rule out other reasons for your fatigue.