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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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There is no question of a doubt that a poor mattress can exacerbate your back pain, and rest is an essential part of the treatment for back pain but how do you know if it’s your mattress that is contributing to it?

The Back Pain Expert says that a poorly suited mattress can put your spine out of alignment. Firmness and comfort are key issues, but it should also be noted that weight is an issue too.

Spine Universe comment that the average person spends approximately one third of their life in bed. Yet when it comes to where we sleep, we often do not consider how our mattress can affect our backs. No other piece of furniture in your house is used as often or affects your overall health more than your bed. 

There are a number of different types of mattresses to choose from innerspring, foam, flotation (water beds), and air mattresses, plus the foundation, often called a box spring. One particular company who cater for people with back pain is the N:Rem which is the only orthopaedic mattress with 5 interchangeable support zones. One reviewer wrote having severe back pain for most of my life, this mattress has helped me no end, getting comfortable, falling asleep and waking up without aches and pains, amazing!

It is customisable to your individual needs combining just the right amount of support and comfort to give you your best night’s sleep and was designed for back pain sufferers. You can trial it at home for 100 nights and pay on a payment plan. You can also get your first month FREE on the payment plan using this code BACKPAINBLOG .

Another company who specialises in designer mattresses is the Simba Sleep Mattress who created their mattress after extensively testing it with The Sleep to Live Institute whose research is based on profiling more than 10 million people and 180 million body profile data points. One reviewer put the best sleep you could wish for from a mattress. it cured my back pain, waking up each morning in a Simba mattress is like being on Cloud 9. Absolutely no regrets.

The majority of mattress companies say that if you’ve had your mattress for at least 5 years it’s recommended you are ready for a new one.

With so many mattress company’s on the market and the current state of the mattress industry (hint: shopping for a mattress is definitely moving to be an online experience) It can be really difficult to navigate all the options. Especially if you do purchase a mattress online, like so many people are, without ever feeling the mattress before the purchase. It never hurts to have more resources and more information, you can find more information put together by reviews.com on what to look for here and if you still crave more info the entire resource can be found here. Happy mattress shopping!


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A new technique using toblerone shaped pegs to fuse a pelvic joint to help banish back pain has been introduced according to a recent article in the Daily Mail Good Health section.

As we all know around 80-90 per cent of us suffer from lower back pain at some point in our lives, which can be caused by the sacroiliac joint, which is where the spine joins the pelvis.

If all other treatments (injections, physio etc) doesn’t help then they can fuse the joint. This then ends the problem altogether as the joint doesn’t move much so the stiffness is not noticed as much. The latest technqiue uses three titanium pegs to fix the sacrum, the triangular bone at the bottom of the spine, to the pelvis. It can be done via keyhole surgery and has recently been approved by NICE as being safe and effective.

The pegs used are iFuse, which are triangular Toblerone shaped pegs made from titanium. The operation only takes around 30 minutes under general anaesthetic and recovery usually takes six to eight weeks but can take up to 12 weeks.

Michael Grevitt who is a consultant spinal surgeon at the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham ( he performed my last spinal keyhole surgery), commented that ‘most say there is no pain afterwards or rate it a one or two out of ten’.

Of course there are some risks which include drilling close to an artery could mean there is a small risk of major bleeding or a blood clot, a small risk of nerve damage or infection and around 15 per cent of patients will need the other side operated on too.