LOOK OUT FOR SOMEONE IN PAIN THIS CHRISTMAS…

The difference between chronic and acute is just a matter of ‘time’ really. An acute attack of pain is something new that arrived and (hopefully) went. A chronic attack of pain is something that has been there for a long time, constant, like a toothache gnawing away at you come rain or shine.

If someone falls over and breaks a leg they are in immediate acute pain, and by the time they have been looked after in hospital, they usually leave with their pain in control. If someone is in chronic pain due to a toothache or back pain, there is usually nothing that you can actually ‘see’ that is causing it. Treatment for this type of pain can be a combination of things with the help of your GP and Pain clinic.

The average person will cope with some type of acute pain in their lifetime but most won’t have to suffer from chronic pain, so unless they have been in this sort of pain they have no idea what it is like.

Time and time again I get told how ‘well’ I look as if I must be making up how I am actually feeling. Many a day I’ve felt despair, rage and profound disappointment that I could not do certain jobs. My life has changed so much over the years that I can hardly believe it.

But staying positive, which I think I do, helps you through the dark days when the only people who know how much you are suffering are your loved ones. At this time of year everyone, in particular, women (sorry fellas) just don’t seem to stop so there will be many of us suffering in silence.

Soooooo, if you know someone who is in pain just remember to give them a helping hand at this busy time of year.

4 GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING BENEFT FOR CHRISTMAS AND BEYOND…

Here’s my choice of some lovely gifts I personally would love to receive for Christmas.

Grass & Co, have a CALM CBD Christmas Cracker £67.50 Beautifully packaged in a premium gift box, each Christmas Cracker delivers our best-selling CALM essentials to bring peace and tranquillity to your day. If you’re looking for a natural alternative, our CALM CBD botanicals work with your body to deliver uplifting results you can feel instantly. The most delicious flavours and calming aromatherapy scents have been specially blended to soothe your body and mind. 

CALM CBD 500mg Consumable Oil is a simple and effective way to benefit from CBD. Each drop contains a deliciously relaxing blend of CBD, Mint, Chamomile and Ashwaghandha.

CALM 250mg CBD Body Oil delivers the finest quality organic CBD Oil, Evening Primrose, Rosemary and Marula. This balancing vitamin-packed, nourishing oil gets to work soothing your body and calming your mind.

It also includes one of their exclusive Grass & Co. Sleep Masks. Made from the highest quality mulberry silk, these luxurious masks are a must-have winter sleep accessory.

PERCKO is a French Company who sell three different types of posture tops to help correct your posture and relieve back pain.

Their website states their posture tops have given 50,000+ users less back pain. Just reading their story on their website of how it all started inspires you to give this product a try.They say that you will get benefit from day one of wearing one of their posture tops.

They have three different tops to choose from, LYNE UP is for daily life, LYNE FIT is for sporting activities and LYNE PRO is ideal for manual activities or gardening.

I have the LYNE PRO back protection jacket which is very easy to put on and I felt my shoulders being pulled back into the correct alignment for my back straight away. After wearing it for just one day on top of my clothes I realised that I had been working in my office for a longer space of time without needing to walk about like I usually do. Normally after about half an hour at my desk I need to have a break and often pop a hot wheat bag across my shoulders to help with my pain. I cannot rave enough about this posture top, it definitely works for me.

Essential oils can help many with pain. They are concentrated compounds extracted from plants through steam or water distillation, or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing. Essential oils are most commonly used in the practice of aromatherapy. They’re typically either inhaled or diluted and applied to the skin.

Some essential oils backed up by research for boosting energy include, peppermint, sweet orange, rosemary, spearmint mixed with rosemary oil and lemon.

Always follow the essential oil best practices as set out in Healthline and check with your GP that none of them will clash with any of your medication,

  • Always use a carrier oil when applying essential oils topically. 
  • Always do a patch test before applying to your skin.
  • Always buy 100% pure essential oils from a reputable source.
  • Never take essential oils by mouth unless told to do so by a healthcare professional. Many oils are toxic.

Source : Healthline

Why not try this starter kit from Alyees on Amazon for just £8.95

  • THE PERFECT AROMATHERAPY GIFT SET: Unlock hundreds of benefits for your health, home life and productivity through just these 6 bottles of premium, 100% pure oils. Each bottle is undiluted for maximum potency – ensuring you get the most out of your purchase. Jump on the fast track to clearing up sinuses, fighting infections and even relaxing after a long day – these Oils help add more vibrancy to your life than ever before!
  • SIX BOTTLES OF PREMIUM PURE THERAPEUTIC GRADE OILS: Potent and Cooling Peppermint helps improve concentration. Fruity, Tangy Sweet Orange can raise your spirits with one whiff. Inhale some Sweetly Floral Lavender when you need to relax. Warm, Spicy Tea Tree has always been known for being both cleansing and medicinal wonders. The Invigorating Power of Eucalyptus can be used to clear congested/stuffy noses and Earthy Lemongrass is the perfect vitalising pick-me-up. Now that’s value.
  • USE IN EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR LIFE: Add a few drops into your homemade soap and lip balm for a Calming scent. Help Soothe up burns, pain, and joint stiffness. Rub it on your skin to witness some Anti Ageing magic. Use a few drops to make your own air freshener. Perfect for massage therapy, boosting Health naturally without side effects, Improve your sleep and calming both children and adults alike. The possibilities are endless!
  • FREE BONUS! With your Essential Oils kit comes a free downloadable eBook – which gives you a detailed rundown on the many uses of essential oils, With this book as a starting point, you’ll be able launch yourself into all the different ways of using essential oil in every aspect of your life. This Essential oils Set makes the Perfect Gift to give to a loved one – for any occasion, or even “just because”. No matter who it’s received by, it’s sure to be a treasured treat.

The Creative Colouring Book for grownups. Explore your natural creativity with some stunning and exotic patterns to colour in, however and whenever you feel inspired. Doodling and colouring have long been known to enhance one’s thought processes and provide a relaxing yet highly creative way to free the mind. In this original and unique book you’ll find over 100 detailed patterns to colour, providing endless entertainment and building into a piece of work that you can truly call your own. Available from Amazon and other good book shops. £2.95

7 OF THE BEST WELLNESS, HEALING, RELAXING SUBSCRIPTION BOXES FOR GIFTS THIS CHRISTMAS…

Why not buy that special person who is clearly suffering something a little different this year. Subscriptions have become big business over the last few years and there are a number of health-related ones which would make a great Christmas gift.

Happiness Box

This box is designed to help you become more self-aware and understand yourself better, so that you can set goals that will make you feel truly fulfilled once you achieve them.

Subscriptions from £20 a month

Yveherwell

A wellness subscription with no commitment and starts at £10 per month and includes health and well-being products to sample for your bath, home and food related.

Subscription from £10 per month

Buddy Box

Billed as “a hug in a box”, Buddy Box is a thoughtful way to show those who are suffering from depression and anxiety (or simply going through a difficult time) that you care. Completely gender-neutral, it contains useful and supportive products to encourage self-care; whether purchasing it for yourself or as a gift for your loved one. Along with wellness treats, their box included a helpful zine, a book on staying calm, and a practical “how to make a decision” flowchart.  Profits are used by Blurt to provide peer support for those suffering from depression.

Subscription from £12 per month

The Happy Paper Club

The Happy Paper Club is a monthly stationery subscription service that delivers boxes filled with papery goodness, happy and inspirational messages, and more to boost your happiness and spread a little joy.

A stationery subscription is a real treat if you love all things papery. The Happy Paper Club’s boxes are packed with handmade stationery, inspirational mantras and more to help you spread some joy by sending a thoughtful message to a friend or relative.

Subscription From £14.95 per month

Book and Brew

If your idea of relaxation is a night curled up with a good book, then this subscription box is the one for you. We loved the simplicity of the box, which teams a fiction text with a box of tea bags and delivers it to your door each month. Their colourful, action-packed historical novel was well-matched with a tin of tea – the ideal cure for a drizzly Sunday afternoon. The element of surprise is all part of its appeal but it does mean you might be left with a book that’s not your preferred genre or theme. There’s the option to buy a one-off box or subscribe for a lengthier period for bookworms who need their regular fix.

Subscription £12.99 per month

The Tea and Book Club

The Tea and Book Club has three options to subscribe to. The coffee and vintage which gives you a surprise vintage paperback and a packet of delicious ground coffee through the post each month (enough for four to five cups!) There’s no stationery in this version of the subscription. The tea and vintage which gives you a surprise vintage paperback, four luxury tea pyramids and some of our beautiful stationery. The tea will be picked from a carefully selected (and tested!) range at Bookishly HQ or the classic subscription which gives you a beautiful classic novel and some delicious tea to enjoy it with, posted out once a month. This subscription features a range of our exclusive covers for all of your favourite classic books. Their beautiful dust jackets over a Wordsworth Classic Edition.

Subscriptions from £10.00 per month

The Natural Wellness Box

The Natural Wellness Box sells bi-monthly subscription which you receive every other month and you will discover green health, beauty and wellness products in each box. You will receive 5-7 full size items, which may consist of natural beauty products, natural skincare, natural remedies, natural supplements, herbal tea, aromatherapy, superfoods or natural lifestyle items. Boxes are sent out bi-monthly. Payment is taken upon initial subscription, then on the 1st every other month.

Subscriptions from £35.00 per month

 

 

SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT SLEEP…HOW SOME FAMOUS PEOPLE SLEEP…

It’s Sleep Sunday – Let’s Talk About Sleep and this week I thought you might enjoy this article and infographic which was sent to me from Disturb Me Not, on how some famous people sleep.

Did you know that Napoleon slept only four hours a day or that Leonardo Da Vinci was a polyphasic sleeper? In our infographic, you can find out some pretty amazing facts about famous people from the world of politics, business, sports, science, and art and their strange sleeping habits.

Although we should sleep eight hours every night to stay healthy and be productive, most of these successful people don’t follow this ideal sleep pattern. Some of them were even able to work for days without any rest. Surprisingly, regardless of their questionable sleep habits, they managed to come up with some astonishing inventions that changed our daily lives.

It’s really unexpected that people with such unusual habits have become so successful since we all know that lack of sleep impairs our ability to focus and think clearly. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should sleep less than recommended. A good night’s sleep is vital for your physical and mental wellbeing.

If you think that famous people don’t have sleep problems, you’re terribly wrong. Many of them suffer from sleep disorders, from insomnia to sleep paralysis. But you may find the kinds of home remedies for good sleep they used to deal with them particularly interesting. For example, one famous painter used camphor for treating insomnia, which eventually led to his death.

So would you like to find out which scientist slept 20 hours a day and which slept only 3–4 hours every night? Maybe you’re interested in learning more about Tesla’s sleeping habits? If so, check out the infographic they prepared for me.

 

ANTIDEPRESSANTS AS A TREATMENT FOR FIBROMYALGIA…

If, like me you have had Fibromyalgia for some time now you will probably have been given an antidepressant to try for the pain, or maybe even tried a mixture of these type of medications.

If you read all the information on the drug it could immediately put you off trying one but I’ve always felt you should always try before you decide if you want to stay on this type of meditation long term.

I will use my own personal usage of these as an example. Back in 2002 when I was first diagnosed with Fibromyalgia I was put onto ‘Fluexetine (Prozac)’ of 20 mg once a day. I seemed to get along well with this during the early years but it wasn’t long before they also offered me Amitryptyline (Elavil) of 10mg x 3 going up to 50mg, which I took alongside my Fluexetine.

I stayed on both these for a number of years but as I increased the Amitryptyline, it left me with one particular side effect of a very dry mouth. I mean really dry whereby I would sometimes struggle to get my words out and I also started having problems with my gums. My dentist suggested eating sugar free gum but to be honest with you I’m just not a lover of gum.

The pain team decided to then change me from Amitryptyline to Nortryptyline (Pamelor) as it was known to not cause as many side effects and could help me sleep better at night which was another symptom of Fibromyalgia that I was suffering from. The dosage was the same dosage as the Amitryptyline.

Fast forward 16 years and this year I was also advised to come off the Fluexetine as I had been on it for so long. They told me to come off it gradually and to see how I felt. I did exactly as they said and even though I was only taking 20mg I struggled so hard not just because I’m in more pain but from feeling extremely low and tearful, which isn’t me.

So, I decided I would go back onto Fluexetine (it’s still on my repeat) but it made me realise how you really can get addicted to these types of medications and that maybe someone should have suggested I tried to come off it a long time ago. I’ve never shied away from taking any medications they have offered me for pain relief and believe you really do have to take them for a few months to see any difference but it is also important that long term use should be taken into consideration.

On the website My Fibro Team they have a page on all the medications offered for Fibromyalgia and its overview of the three I have mentioned are – ‘Nortryptyline Pamelor is a prescription medication originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1964 for the treatment of depression. In cases of fibromyalgia, Pamelor can help reduce pain. The drug name of Pamelor is Nortriptyline.

Pamelor should be used with caution in people with a history of depression, bipolar disorder, or glaucoma. People who are recovering from a recent myocardial infarction (heart attack) should not take Pamelor.

Pamelor is a tricyclic antidepressant. It is believed that Pamelor works in cases of fibromyalgia by changing the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain.’

And ‘Amitryptyline Elavil is a prescription medication originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1961 for the treatment of depression. The drug name of Elavil is Amitriptyline. In cases of fibromyalgia, Elavil can reduce pain and improve sleep problems and fatigue.

Elavil should be used with caution in people with a history of depression, bipolar disorder, glaucoma, liver or kidney problems, high or low blood pressure, diabetes, seizures, trouble urinating, or alcohol dependence. Elavil is not suitable for use by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. 

Elavil is a tricyclic antidepressant. It is believed that Elavil works in cases of fibromyalgia by interfering with nerve signals that communicate pain.

And as for Fluexetine- Prozac is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1987 to treat depression. In people with fibromyalgia, Prozac can help improve mood and reduce fatigue. Prozac may also help reduce pain, sleep problems, and fatigue. Prozac is also known by its drug name, Fluoxetine hydrochloride.

Prozac should be used with caution in people who have a history of depression, seizures, anorexia, glaucoma, and heart problems, as well as those who are taking diuretics.

Prozac is an antidepressant of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) class. Prozac is believed to work by changing the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain. 

The My Fibro Team website has lots more information on medications taken for Fibromyalgia and is well worth reading if you are trying something new. Do you take any of these medications and if you have did they help with your pain?