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If you have been newly diagnosed with Fibromyalgia here are a few tips to help you deal with the condition.

1. Never be afraid 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.

2. 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.

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

4. 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.

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

6. 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.

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

8. A useful purchase for going out is a lightweight portable stadium seat which you can find on Amazon.

9. Also a sciatica support cushion can be great to have in your car while travelling. I could not manage many journeys without mine. There are lots to choose from.

10.This is an Adjustable Tripod Walking Stick and seat. If, like me you cannot 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.

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There is a growing belief that long-lasting emotional traumatic experiences may have a direct bearing on Fibromyalgia Syndrome. It has even been said that a sizable percentage of fibromyalgia patients have gone through a lengthy period of emotional trauma.

Everyday Health writes that even though many experts link fibromyalgia symptoms to injury that affects the head and neck, traumatic triggers of fibromyalgia can be much more widespread. “Any type of trauma or stressful event, such as major surgical procedures, being deployed to war, certain types of infections, all trigger fibromyalgia, and most of those are not associated with any trauma to the spine,” clarifies rheumatologist Daniel Clauw, MD, a professor of medicine and director of the Chronic Pain & Fatigue Research Center in the anesthesiology department at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Traumatic experiences can include things like divorce, a car accident, some long debilitating illness, child abuse, emotional trauma, certain viruses, a childhood separation or even living through a war.

Web MD wrote that while the cause of fibromyalgia remains unknown, the condition often occurs following physical trauma — such as an illness or injury — which may act as a trigger. In 1990, the American College of Rheumatology developed a standardized diagnostic evaluation for fibromyalgia, which includes a history of widespread pain for a minimum of three months and pressure-associated pain at 11 of 18 specific sites on the body.

The theory is that the traumatic events in themselves did not cause Fibromyalgia, but it could have triggered the attack. Mine was triggered after a spinal injection went a bit wrong and caused me to stop breathing. I was lucky that an orthopaedic surgeon asked me to write down all my pain and he immediately said he thought I had Fibromyalgia and referred me to a Rheumatologist to confirm his findings. Not many are as lucky as me and have been trying for a long period of time to find out what their pains were all about. That, in itself, can cause more Fibromyalgia symptoms.

They say that the trauma may have caused some deep-seated physiological flaw that had been latent in the patient. The Fibromyalgia then rears up and the symptoms appear. I had hypnosis for the flashbacks of the incident which worked amazing but did nothing for the pain from the Fibromyalgia.

The NHS writes that one of the main theories is that people with fibromyalgia have developed changes in the way the central nervous system processes the pain messages carried around the body and is often triggered by a stressful event, including physical stress or emotional stress.

This could be the result of changes to chemicals in the nervous system.

The central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves) transmits information all over your body through a network of specialised cells. Changes in the way this system works may explain why fibromyalgia results in constant feelings of, and extreme sensitivity to, pain.

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Written on NORMLPatients diagnosed with fibromyalgia and other inflammatory rheumatic diseases report experiencing reduced levels of pain and improved sleep quality following their use of medical cannabis products, according to data published in the journal Pain Research and Management.

Israeli investigators surveyed 319 patients about their use of prescription medical cannabis products. Among those with fibromyalgia (82 percent of the cohort), the mean pain level reduction was 77 percent and mean sleep quality improvement was 78 percent. Patients enrolled in the study who suffered from other conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetic neuropathy, also reported significant levels of improvement. 

MC [medical cannabis] has a favorable effect on pain level and sleep quality among nearly the entire spectrum of resistant ‘chronic pain syndromes’ seen or referred to rheumatology clinics, including inflammatory diseases resistant to biological treatment,” authors concluded. “Cannabis should be seriously considered in every ‘chronic pain condition’ whenever the accepted modalities of treatment are insufficient for alleviating patient’s pain and sleep problems.”

Separate survey data has previously reported that fibromyalgia patients frequently consume cannabis for therapeutic purposes. A recently published review of the relevant literature concluded, “The use of cannabinoids and cannabis carries limited side effects in the treatment of FM [fibromyalgia], and they can also improve some common and debilitating symptoms associated with FM, thus making them an adequate potential treatment option, when other treatment lines have been exhausted.”

Full text of the study, “The effect of medical cannabis on pain level and quality of sleep among rheumatology clinic outpatients,” appears in Pain Research and Management. Additional information on the use of cannabis in patients with fibromyalgia is available from NORML.

Although this study was done is Israel it does give Fibro sufferers some hope that there is proper research being done on how medical cannabis may be able to help people with the constant pain of Fibro. Keep checking out Back Pain Blog UK’s posts for more updates.

Source NORML