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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
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5 WAYS CBD CAN HELP WITH MUSCLE RECOVERY…

Muscle building swings between the process of exercise and recovery. Where one factor leads to another or instead complete each other, exercise is futile if the muscle does not get the opportunity to recover. Therefore, for any enthusiast who wishes to pack on muscles, giving time to recovery is inevitable. 

Although crucial, most people underestimate the recovery process and don’t levy any extra effort to recover. A common assumption that muscles are bound to recover by themselves is an exaggeration for anybody who is looking for quicker results.

Numerous recovery supplements on the market usually focus on fulfilling nutritional needs. CBD, however, is emerging as a supplement that works on the base root level. It encompasses a well-rounded approach to target the physiological aspect of building rather than just nutrition. Read on to find out interesting ways by which CBD supports your recovery after a workout.

1.   CBD can foster post-workout hormonal balance.

Cannabidiol(CBD) is a fascinating cannabis derivative that is causing quite a stir in the health world. It has many health benefits and yet has no psychoactive effect on the brain. Interestingly, the chemical composition of CBD is similar to cannabinoids produced in our endocannabinoid system. Therefore it can integrate seamlessly with our innate ECS system.

ECS’s various regulatory functions encompass a broad range of activities that ascertain mood, stress, pain, inflammation, appetite, and sleep. Therefore CBD can have a direct effect in upregulating these activities and their subsequent hormonal functions.

Many fitness enthusiasts often witness a severe change in the hormonal functions of their bodies. The oxidative stress from an intense session usually raises the cortisol level. The increased level of these stress hormones inhibits the growth and recovery in the muscles. Some studies signify CBD to help counteract the production of cortisol and support the production of growth hormones such as testosterone. CBD is a natural anti-catabolic that balances stress and anxiety in our system. It aids mental relaxation for recovery to speed up.

2.   CBD can manage inflammation and pain.

During workouts, we break down the old muscles to replace it with a new strong structure. Every time we exercise, reversible damages occur to the tiny muscle fibers in the targeted areas. The body intelligence localizes this area by producing inflammation for the body to start its repair mechanism. While pain is natural to the process, some unchecked inflammation can be a cause of the concern. It not only hinders physical activity but also can cause permanent damage to our joints. Therefore, to keep things in balance, most of the athletes include anti-inflammatory agents in their diets.

Luckily, one can replace common painkillers with CBD edibles to control inflammation. CBD enhances the body’s natural anti-inflammation mechanism by releasing inflammation molecules and IL receptivity. CBD can also alleviate pain whether regular or chronic. Including CBD in your post-workout ensures muscle relaxation for a regulated recovery.

3.   It can aid sleep.

If you are following fitness trends, you would know the importance of sleep in a routine. Hardly you will notice a fitness expert ever underestimating the power of rest in recovery. Some of them would even delay a workout schedule often to fulfill their daily quota of sleep. Science has proven that the majority of healing and recovery happens during sleep hours.

Out of several therapeutic benefits of CBD, it’s potential in aiding sleep is of particular benefit to fitness lovers. CBD can help restore sleep and stabilize patterns of the sleep-wake cycle.  Various anecdotal reports show that CBD can help deep sleep and for longer periods. It acts against sleep inhibitors like eye moments accustomed to dreaming. Therefore it can mitigate the dispersion of energy, which will then naturally direct to muscle repair work.

 

4.   It can help manage digestive issues.

The two essential parameters of good recovery are rest and food. It is a universal fact that to aid muscle growth, one has to feed the body the right nutrition. The macro ratio for growth always focuses on high-protein food sources. Unlike fats and carbs, proteins are difficult to digest. Consistent protein-rich diets can trouble the digestive system to cause low nutrition absorption.

CBD is an excellent aid that can work on your digestive health. It helps eliminate inflammation and bloatedness in the digestive tract to support proper absorption of the food. Since the ECS system governs appetite, its regulatory effect can help regulate meals for optimum muscle recovery and growth. 

5.   Kick DOMS

Many American professional athletes, football players, and golfers testify to the benefits of CBD. The top reason for them to include CBD in their routine is because they believe that CBD minimizes their recovery time. For athletes who have back to back events cannot afford to underperform duke to Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness. Many of them rely on CBD to overcome such barriers. Studies report that the escalating pain due to DOMs can be subsided with the use of CBD. Hence one can use it effectively to manage the recovery period and rebound quicker.

The Bottom Line

Considering CBD’s benefits, even professional authorities like the US Anti-doping Agency (USADA) permit it. CBD works integratively on several aspects of recovery, including pain management and sleep. It is a natural enhancer that does not lead to dependency or any abuse.

Source : Crystal Willson https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/

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KNOW YOUR MEDS – YOUR DIGITAL HEALTH ASSISTANT…

KnowYourMeds is your digital health assistant that enables you to manage your health and any health-related conditions effectively. It tracks your vitals, sends you pill reminders, keeps you aware of drug interactions, including possible side-effects, and informs you about the latest information related to your drugs, chronic conditions and overall health. 

KnowYourMeds has several features that make it the perfect app for managing your health, and your family’s too! Download the free app here.

Features List:

Medication Management

Never miss a pill again, or even re-filling the prescription for one! The medication management features of this app makes sure that you are taking your meds in a timely fashion without risking any harmful interactions with food or other drugs.  

With KnowYourMeds, get the benefits of: 

  • ⏰ Pill reminders 
  • ⏰ Refill reminders 
  • ⚠️ Drug interaction warnings 
  • 💊Drug to drug interaction checker 
  • 🍚 Drug to food interaction checker  
  • 🗓️ Customizable schedule 
  • ✅ Adherence monitoring/sharing 
  • 👨👩👧👦 Family and caregiving management 
  • 📢Provider Communications

Condition management

The condition management feature provides guidance to the user to track certain health metrics appropriately for their medical condition, allows them to monitor symptoms, track side effects, medication adherence, and provides the user the ability to share their progress with their doctor. 

Stay on top of your medical condition with: 

  • 📖Condition information 
  • 🩺Vitals tracking 
  • 👨👩👧👦 Monitor dependents conditions 

Download the free app here


KnowYourMeds is a for-profit social enterprise that seeks to improve healthcare globally using AI. We have developed an intelligent [AI] Digital Health Assistant [DHA] for Providers, Self Insured Employers/Payors and Patients.

For the provider, the DHA provides diagnostic assistance to the physician to arrive at a more accurate diagnosis by guiding the patient through an exhaustive diagnostic decision tree personalized to the patient’s medical condition. Suggested diagnoses are presented to the physician along with complete inferential reasoning based on the patient’s responses. In addition, the DHA aims to lower readmissions from non-adherence to discharge instructions by monitoring/assisting in adherence of digital discharge instructions in the DHA.

For the Self-insured employer, the DHA helps optimize healthcare costs through personalized interventions/monitoring of adherence to treatment regimens, designing behavioral interventions to assist high risk groups to improve adherence, using diagnostic pathways to forecast disease progression and manage overall health care costs and health outcomes.

For patients and caregivers, the DHA provides personalized and timely information on drugs, side and adverse effects, interactions, latest research relevant to their conditions and monitoring of relevant health metrics.

The AI diagnostic models are a combination of expert knowledge curated from standards of care and diagnostic protocols from various medical bodies and knowledge learnt from an ongoing modeling of actual diagnoses by physicians compared to the suggested diagnoses by DHA. The readmission and adherence models are similar.

There is also a great blog with information on Diseases, Drugs and Digital Health.