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MIGRAINE AWARENESS WEEK 5th-14th SEPTEMBER 2022…

MIGRAINE AWARENESS WEEK – 5th – 14th September – While there is an increasing awareness of migraine and understanding of what it is, not many would disagree that there needs to be more awareness and understanding of how migraines seriously impact lives, with too many people not fully realising what it is like to live with this condition.

Migraine Awareness Week is a moment in the year when everyone affected by migraines and everyone working to help those affected work together to raise the profile of migraine as a complex neurological condition and dispel any ideas that it is ‘just a headache.

They say that an estimate that as many as 25 million working days are lost each year to migraine, and research suggests this is only going to get worse as our working population ages, it is an important health and wellbeing conversation for employers to be embracing.

News Group Ireland writes that The theme for #MAW 2022 this year is ‘The Phases of Migraine’ which delves deep into each specific migraine type (as many are unaware there are more than one) and then into the phases of a migraine attack; before, during and after the attack. 

Many patients tell that people assume it is just the headache phase when in fact there are many phases overall which leave patients feeling unwell for days. Over 600,000 people in Ireland are living with migraine. Migraine is a complex neurological condition which affects to 12-15% of our population. 

Migraine is a complex neurological condition that affects over 600,000 people in Ireland alone, that’s 12-15% of our population! The Global Burden of Disease states that migraine is the 2nd most disabling disease in the world in their most recent figures (over an eighth of the global population). Migraine is often considered ‘just a headache which could not be further from the truth. “There are many types of migraine, many triggers, and many symptoms before, during and after a migraine attack that many people and health care professionals are unaware of.” – Hazel Breen, Communications Officer, Migraine Association of Ireland.

Migraine Relief Centre wrote this great article on ‘Avoiding Medication Overuse Headaches.

Many people who suffer from migraines regularly use medication to deal with pain and other side effects. But if you take medication more than a couple days a week, you may experience rebound headaches, also called medication overuse headaches.

Everyone reacts to medications differently, and it may take one person longer to feel the effects of medicine for their headaches. When you are prescribed medication to deal with migraines, make sure you talk to your doctor about how often you should take it to avoid overuse.

Many medication-induced headaches are caused by triptans, codeine, ergotamine, paracetamol, and anti-inflammatory painkillers.

If you are experiencing headaches more than 15 days a month for at least three months, or have noticed more intense headaches, it may be a good idea to check in with your doctor about your treatment plan. Always talk to your doctor before stopping any medication, and make a plan for how to deal with medication withdrawal. 

We understand that having migraines is exhausting, especially when the medication you take to manage pain can actually cause more headaches.

If your prescriptions are no longer working and you’re interested in exploring other ways to treat your migraines, reach out to our team and schedule an appointment. We are ready to help you find the right treatment plan for you.

Dr. Khorsandi Migraine Relief Center

Source: Optima Health Back Pain Blog News Group Ireland Migraine Relief Center

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3 GREAT BOOKS ON MINDFULNESS TIPS FOR YOUR HEALTH…

I have written a few articles recently on how mindfulness can help your health. From mindful journaling, colouring, yoga, and many spiritual practices including prayer or meditation can help to develop the resilience ‘muscle’, “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction”, which was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, and helps you to develop the ability to bounce back and helps prevent PTSD, which may develop as a result of the stress we’ve been under of the last few months and the COVD-19 pandemic.

A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook) by [Bob Stahl, Elisha Goldstein, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli EdD  MA]

 

A thought is just a thought: it doesn’t reflect reality. This, according to Prima Magazine is the theory behind MCT – Metacognitive Therapy – similar to cognitive therapy which has evolved out of some 20 years of research by scientists at the University of Manchester. Studies suggest it has promise in treating anxiety and depression but it can also help people with mental health conditions. So, the next time you have a negative thought, recognise that it is just a thought and move on.

Metacognitive Therapy: Distinctive Features (CBT Distinctive Features Book 1) by [Peter Fisher, Adrian Wells]

It has been shown that just 10 minutes a day meditating can have a significant effect on anxiety and stress. It can relieve chronic pain, increase creativity, and make you feel sharper. Just find a nice spot to sit down and focus on your breath and take in the sounds and smells around you. Think of how your hands are resting and the position of your feet and relax and clear your mind for 10 minutes. I find this amazing and when I go for my afternoon rest I always start it with this relaxation technique.

Dr. Patrizia Collard has written a great book on ‘The Little Book of Meditation‘, she is a mindfulness teacher and psychotherapist.

 

The Little Book of Meditation: 10 minutes a day to more relaxation, energy and creativity by [Patrizia Collard]

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MINDFULNESS MONDAY – WHAT TO FOCUS ON TO HELP ALLEVIATE YOUR PAIN…

We are all starting to get a bit excited about the let up on our lockdown but it can also cause a lot of anxiety and then more pain.

Happiful Magazine has written a great article on Mindfulness.

Many of us know by now that mindfulness is a pretty wonderful thing. It can reduce stress and anxiety, and generally help us to maintain our mental wellness.

Mindfulness meditation is often hailed as the ultimate mindfulness practice. But the brilliant thing about mindfulness is that it can be tapped into in so many ways. One creative idea is to take regular crafting activities and give them a mindfulness spin by slowing down, and letting the activity absorb your attention.

Counsellor Bethyn Casey incorporates creative therapy into her work, and believes crafting can be ideal for those looking for a different approach to mindfulness.

Research from the British Journal of Occupational Therapy suggests doing crafting activities on a regular basis can improve mood and increase feelings of relaxation. And Bethyn notes that being creative in this way can ultimately help us access difficult emotions, too.

By crafting, we’re just letting images, shapes, colours, and our intuition, lead us in different directions. Somehow the fun of the objects themselves can mean we drift out of boxed thinking and discover that something within us can quietly rearrange things in the background.

Suddenly we’ve put our tools away, and whatever it was that was stuck and knotted and inaccessible inside has somehow formed itself into something tangible that can be touched and explored.”

This article and many others in Happiful have inspired me to get a bit more creative at this difficult time. I focused too hard on just doing one project ( my shed) when in actual fact I had written a list of a number of things I wanted to do during lockdown. Because I just focused on one thing this created me more pain. Had I done it in stages and changed to another project I am sure I would not have suffered as much. I am a big believer in mindfulness and I have a few books on the subject.

A good one to try is Mindfulness for Beginners is an ebook by Beatrice Annhata…

Do you feel like you are…

Losing control of your emotions?
Experiencing anxious thoughts?
Feeling unusually irritable?
Unable to concentrate?
Stressed out more than usual?

You are about to discover an easy, straightforward plan to help you ease stress and anxiety, helping you reclaim the joy in your life YOU deserve! In this powerful new e-book, you’ll discover –

32 simple mindfulness exercises that you can practice virtually anywhere at any time! Its effective strategies help to minimize stress and bring you to a state of instant relaxation. It has proven techniques to eliminate anxiety and quickly regain rational thinking. There are powerful quotes to keep you inspired and motivated!

Mindfulness is simply being fully present in the moment…And it’s one of the most powerful techniques available to decrease stress and anxiety.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 40 million adults in the US are affected by anxiety, and millions more are afflicted with depression-related disorders. Overall, they estimate 18% of all adults have some form of mental illness.

Make no mistake about it – stress is no longer just an epidemic, it’s a PANDEMIC within a PANDEMIC.

And it can adversely impact not only your mental and physical health, but your professional and personal relationships as well.

But here’s the good news…

Mindfulness for Beginners gives you all the necessary tools and techniques you need to decrease anxiety and experience renewed peace of mind.

Mindfulness can also…

* Increase brain functioning
* Lower blood pressure
* Enhance immune function
* Decrease heart rate
* Heighten awareness

The benefits of Mindfulness are far-reaching and can significantly increase your quality of life!

This ebook is loaded with 32 proven mindfulness exercises to select from, Mindfulness for Beginners provides a bounty of fun and fresh exercises for you to enjoy practically anywhere at any time!