#fibro, #fibro-flare, Back Pain, CHRONIC PAIN, Fibro Blogger Directory, FIBROMYALGIA, HEALTH, homeopathy, MS, Uncategorized

MAY IS #FIBROMYALGIA AWARENESS MONTH…

 

shutterstock_485165293-1000x480

May is Fibromyalgia Awareness Month and ProHealth say, ‘Help us raise awareness and dispel the myths about this disease’. Write your story of Fibromyalgia on their site Fibromyalgia Awareness Healing Story Meaning originally written by Rebuilding Wellness. 

Zazzle an American site has a number of Fibromyalgia Awareness Gifts from t. shirts to key rings.  T. shirts are also available from Cafe Press UK. Another brilliant site for anything Fibro related is Fibro Blogger a Directory of People who Blog about Fibromyalgia. So, if you blog about people join this amazing directory of Fibro Bloggers.

There is also a Facebook Site which is promoting May 12th as ‘International ME/CFS/& FM Awareness Day’ so pop over and give them a tick or a donation to help raise awareness of these diseases.

SIX FACTS ABOUT FIBROMYALGIA…

  1. It is a real disorder with measurable biological abnormalities.
  2. There is a specific set of diagnostic criteria developed by the American College of Rheumatology to be used for diagnosing Fibromyalgia.
  3. It affects men, women, and children of all ages.
  4. Several studies have revealed markers of inflammation in Fibromyalgia.
  5. Exercise, when done properly, can help to reduce Fibromyalgia symptoms.
  6. Although there is no cure for Fibromyalgia, it can be managed with the right combination of treatments and therapies.

Infographic 25 invisible symptoms of fibromyalgia

#health, #Spoonie, Back Pain, CHRONIC PAIN, FIBROMYALGIA, MS, MS Awareness Week, Multiple Sclerosis, Uncategorized

MS AWARENESS WEEK 24th-30th APRIL 2018…

It’s Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week on the 24th-30th April, 2018.

Multiple sclerosis is a neurological condition that affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. ‘Sclerosis’ means scarring or hardening of tiny patches of tissue. ‘Multiple’ is added because this happens at more than one place in the brain and/or spinal cord. MS is not a terminal condition but it is one that you will live with for the rest of your life. It isn’t infectious or contagious so you can’t pass it on to other people.

MS is the most common condition of the central nervous system affecting young adults. Over 100,000 people in the UK have MS which is about one in every 600. It is nearly three times more common in women than in men. Most people are diagnosed in their 20s and 30s but it can be diagnosed in younger and older people. Although the effects of MS can vary greatly from person to person, the condition is often categorised into one of three broad types.

There is a wide range of possible symptoms but you usually experience only a small number around the time of diagnosis and you may never experience them all. Symptoms vary from person to person and from day to day. This can make your MS rather unpredictable and can take some getting used to.

Some of the most common symptoms around the time of diagnosis are fatigue (a kind of exhaustion which is out of all proportion to the task undertaken), stumbling more than before, unusual feelings in the skin (such as pins and needles or numbness), slowed thinking or problems with eyesight.

Many of these symptoms may be invisible to other people. This may upset you if you’re feeling very unwell but others think you look OK. You may need to explain that your MS is causing difficulties, rather than assuming that others can detect this.

The MS Awareness Week is an important date on the MS Trust Charity calendar as it helps raise awareness of this debilitating condition.

To help raise awareness they have launched Be Bold in Blue campaign and a new project to help young people affected by MS, with posters and cards to help spread the word during MS Awareness Week.

Being Bold in Blue can be as simple as encouraging people to dress up in blue for a donation or getting sponsored to wear blue nail polish for the week (popular with the men!). You could even take on a really bold fundraising challenge like dying your hair blue and then shaving it all off!

  • Organise a cake sale at work and ask everyone to donate £1 to dress in blue for the day
  • Hold a Be Bold in Blue quiz night at a pub or a collection day in your local shopping centre
  • Fundraise at school by organising a sponsored silence or fun run

However you decide to Be Bold in Blue, you can be sure that the money you raise will make a real difference. Since 2011, together they have raised over £105,000 to support people with MS by providing information they can trust and training the MS health professionals they need.  Head to the website to get your Be Bold in Blue fundraising kit. 

It’s not too late to organise an event or to just Be Bold in Blue from the 24th-30th April. To celebrate MS Awareness Week they are also launching a brand new YouTube channel called MSTV for young people aged 11 to 17, who are affected by MS. The channel will feature videos to help you understand MS, you can subscribe to it on the MS Trust website. 

#blog award, #Spoonie, Back Pain, Backcare, chronic illness bloggers, CHRONIC PAIN, DRUGS, low back pain, MS

FOURTEEN MYTHS & FACTS ABOUT BACK PAIN…

box-love-your-back

Myth
Always sit up straight to prevent back pain.

Fact
Slouching is bad but sitting too straight and too still for too long can be a strain on your back. Move around often and walk around.

Myth
Lifting heavy objects hurts your back.

Fact
It’s the way you lift it that can cause back pain. Always bend your knees with legs slightly apart.

Myth
Stay in bed until your back pain goes away.

Fact
Resting can help an acute injury or strain but a day or two in bed can make your back pain worse.

Myth
Back pain is always caused by an injury.

Fact
Disc degeneration, injuries, diseases, infections and even inherited conditions can cause back pain.

Myth
Skinny people don’t get back pain.

Fact
Anyone can get back pain.

Myth
Exercise is bad for your back.

Fact
Regular exercise prevents back pain.

Myth
A super firm mattress is best for your back.

Fact
A medium to firm mattress rated as 5.6 gave less pain than firmer ones rated 2.3.