Back Pain, CHRONIC PAIN, FIBROMYALGIA, fibrositis, HEALTH, Myofascial Release, pain

ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM FIBROMYALGIA OR FIBROSITIS ? …

In the past, it has been called ‘Rheumatism’ and ‘Fibrositis’. It is now firmly established that a central nervous system (CNS) dysfunction is primarily responsible for the increased pain and sensitivity of Fibromyalgia.

The tendency to develop Fibromyalgia Syndrome may be inherited. Many mothers with Fibromyalgia have children with it as well. I was just one of those. My mum used to suffer from fibrositis nearly every winter and would sometimes require injections for pain in order for her to get out of bed. The pain, however, was limited to her neck and shoulders and down her arms. I also started suffering from the same symptoms in my teens.

They say that you cannot have Fibromyalgia only on your back or in your hands. You either have it all over or you don’t have it at all. Well, I have to disagree. At the moment I am suffering from an acute attack of what I would call Fibrositis which is in my neck and shoulders (particularly one side of my neck) but my other pains are not as acute as the pain in my neck. I feel as though I have been in a draft which is something that can trigger my Fibrositis.

Fibromyalgia is not a diagnosis of exclusivity. You may have co-existing conditions, such as MS, arthritis, and/or myofascial pain, and still, have Fibromyalgia pain.It is not a disease but a syndrome, which means a specific set of signs and symptoms that occur together. Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and many other serious conditions are also classified as syndromes.

If you put Fibrositis into google the dictionary comes up with ‘inflammation of fibrous connective tissue, typically affecting the back and causing stiffness and pain’. It doesn’t specifically mention your neck but typically in your back. I personally think it’s all the same thing and that in the 60’s they called it ‘Fibrositis’ and since then because it started affecting other parts of the body so they called it ‘Fibromyalgia’.

Collins dictionary says ‘fibrositis is in the lower 50% of commonly used words in the Collins dictionary’  which implies that they no longer use this name much but what puzzles me is that maybe some people are suffering from ‘fibrositis’ as opposed to ‘fibromyalgia’ as they only get the pain in their neck and shoulders.

They also say that Fibromyalgia is not the same as chronic myofascial pain, there is no such a thing as a Fibromyalgia trigger point. Trigger points are part of myofascial pain and not Fibromyalgia. It is also is not the same as Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome. It is not just widespread pain or achy muscles, nor is it an autoimmune condition and can often be triggered off by an event that activates biochemical changes, causing a cascade of symptoms.

When you read all these different symptoms of Fibro it makes you realise why it has taken so long for some people to be diagnosed. A good Rheumatologist with a lot of knowledge on the symptoms of Fibromyalgia is an obvious advantage. What are your views on this?

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HOW TO EMBRACE A HYGGE LIFESTYLE TO HELP YOU RELAX…

My friend bought me a book for my birthday all about a Hygge lifestyle. I hadn’t heard of it before and looked to see what they said about it online.

‘Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special. Hygge (or to be “hyggeligt”) doesn’t require learning “how to”, adopting it as a lifestyle or buying anything.’

Just reading the meaning of Hygge made me feel relaxed so I started a board on my Pinterest called My Hygge.

This graphic is from Jessica Zoob and is her way of embracing a Hygge lifestyle… 

I just love the whole idea of this relaxed way of life and cannot help but feel it can only be beneficial for people in pain.

Another great graphic I found is from Shining Light Apparel which is 7 day Hygge Challenge. 

Watch out for my other posts on all I can find on a Hygge lifestyle.

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MYOFASCIAL RELEASE FOR CHRONIC PAIN…

Myofascial Release is a form of soft tissue therapy intended for pain relief, increasing your range of motion and balancing the body.

There are now lots of articles online, raving about pain relief using this technique, and many more on how you can treat yourself.

In America, sufferers are doing ‘self-myofascial release (foam rolling)’ using a lacrosse ball and foam to roll out trigger points. They say, ‘it can help reduce muscle soreness, increase mobility, and prevent problems created by tightness and poor tissue quality like plantar fascists, sciatica, and more.”

It is a scientific fact that all muscles and their fibrous coating and connective tissue that joins muscles to bones, the fascia, are a source of pain if the functionality is changed by an accident or normal wear and tear/degeneration. Muscles may develop Myofascial ‘tender spots’ or ‘Trigger Points’. These Trigger Points are not only painful where they are found, but may also send pain away from that spot, to what is called Referred pain.

All the body’s 600 plus muscles have an area in the muscle that is tender to pressure. There are YouTube videos, showing you how to lie on your foam roller to release your tight spine. This technique is gaining popularity every day and has become very popular among athletes and serious fitness enthusiasts. I’ve had a number of treatments and there is no question that it does release the taut muscles which then release pain, but the relief did not last long enough for me. I wasn’t expecting miracles to happen but I was hoping for longer pain relief.

According to the F Word UK Style London’s Fitness elite are flexing their fascia. At Triyoga, myofascial release specialist Suzanne Waterworth uses her feet to feel out kinks in the layers of your fascia, followed by a hands-on resistance stretch, during which she actively reconditions the fascia. ‘Resistance stretching is similar to when you yawn and stretch in the morning,’ she surmises. ‘You tense your muscles first and move through that tension, engaging the fascia and not just pulling on it.’

For something more active, there’s the RX class at Equinox: a self-myofascial massage prehabilitation on the gym floor designed to eliminate pain, improve posture and enhance performance. At Moving Stretch at Breathe London’s Covent Garden studio, meanwhile, you can also work the fascia via resistance stretch movements, which surprisingly is harder work than it sounds. And if you’re a Pilates fan, sign up to the Melt Method — a workshop being held in October in Camden that applies fascial science to your Pilates mat.

The National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists is a good place to start to find a qualified therapist and a good book on the subject is ‘Myofascial Release: Your Guide to Myofascial Release with a Tennis Ball’ by Merl Buchreich. and the UK site Myofascial Release UK has lots of information on it.