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The Metro wrote that a third of people in the UK have experienced more pain during lockdown, according to a new study. The research, conducted by Nurofen, found that since we have been spending more time at home, more people have been experiencing backaches (36%), headaches (34%), joint pains (27%), neck aches (26%) and muscle aches (24%).

The researchers suggest that is caused by an unexpected pain paradox associated with the perceived ‘benefits’ that come with lockdown living. But what is causing these chronic aches and pains? At the top of the list of triggers is stress – which was the main cause for 50% of people surveyed. Which comes as no surprise, because living through a global pandemic is pretty stressful to say the least.

However a number of lockdown ‘benefits’ were also listed as surprising triggers of pain. These included having more time for: Watching more TV and films (39%) Hobbies (like DIY and gardening) (21%) Looking after children (12%) Exercise and fitness (16%) Whilst lockdown enabled people to spend more time at home with their families, this may have increased pain suffering as 12% of respondents attributed new discomfort to increased childcare hours.  Younger people (aged 25-44) said they experienced more back pains and headaches, in comparison to those over 45, says The Metro.

This age group were also more likely to claim that their increased pain was caused by a poor work from home set up and more time looking after their children; perhaps as a result of juggling work with home schooling. On top of this, 50% of all respondents claimed stress was a key factor in their increased pain, which might have been a reflection of the lockdown climate. DIY and gardening, which may have been a result of new found leisure time was cited by more than a fifth (21%) as causing more acute pain. 39% believe the increased time spent in front of TVs, computers or laptops has been causing their pain. In fact, more screen time may also have had other consequences, with 35% believing changing sleep patterns and 33% thought less physical activity also worsened their pain. Some people used the new time gained to improve their health and fitness during lockdown, but this may have led to further pain as 16% of respondents felt exercise had increased their aches.

The survey also found that 60% of people want more advice on how to deal with pain, and 39% have not relied on any sources of information to help manage their pain – turning to GPs and pharmacists for help has decreased. To avoid making lockdown more painful and allow people to enjoy their pastimes, The researchers are now urging people to follow NHS advice and have developed the ‘Three P’s of Pain Management’ to help people take action when pain strikes. Proactivity – Be proactive, don’t let acute pain persist Identify pain triggers and address them. Be conscious of your pain and take action. Pain Relief – take positive steps to find a solution that works for you. And finally Prevention – help to avoid future pain occurring

Source : The Metro

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World Osteoporosis Day takes place this year on October 20th, 2020. It marks a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. WOD aims to make osteoporosis and fracture prevention a global health priority by reaching out to health-care professionals, the media, policy makers, patients, and the public at large. The campaign will feature “THAT’S OSTEOPOROSIS” as a headline, highlighting emotionally impactful visuals and stories of real people living with osteoporosis in all regions of the world.

The campaign will emphasize the direct link between osteoporosis (the silent, underlying disease) and broken bones, which have a serious, life-changing impact in terms of pain, disabilityand lost independence. It will also focus on osteoporosis as a ‘family affair’, with family caregivers often carrying the burden of care, and the disease affecting multiple generations of the family.

What is Osteoporosis?

  • Osteoporosis is the underlying cause of painful, debilitating and life-threatening broken bones – known as fragility fractures.
  • Osteoporosis is a growing global problem: worldwide, fractures affect one in three women and one in five men over the age of 50.
  • Osteoporosis affects families – family members often bear the burden of care
  • If one of your parents had osteoporosis or hip fracture, this may increase your own risk of developing the disease. Take the IOF Osteoporosis Risk Check to identify your risk factors.
  • At risk? Be sure to request a bone health assessment – take early action for prevention!
  • Bone health concerns the entire family – ensure your family maintains a bone healthy lifestyle.
  • Advocate! Sign the IOF Global Patient Charterand join OAD in calling on healthcare providers to close the massive ‘care gap’ which leaves many patients unprotected against a cycle of disabling fractures.

As most of my readers will know I have recently been diagnosed with Osteopenia which the NHS explains is the stage before osteoporosis. This is when a bone density scan shows you have lower bone density than the average for your age, but not low enough to be classed as osteoporosis.

Osteopenia does not always lead to osteoporosis. It depends on many factors. If you have osteopenia, there are steps you can take to keep your bones healthy and reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis.

Your doctor may also prescribe one of the bone-strengthening treatments that are given to people with osteoporosis, depending on how weak your bones are and your risk of breaking a bone. I have been put on medication twice a day and told to do some core workouts.

I do wonder however that had my pain team not sent me for a bone scan whether in a few years time, mine could have turned into Osteoporosis so I have been very lucky that it has been spotted.

If you head to the World Osteoporosis Day website you can read the inspiring, real-life stories of people from around the world who have been affected by osteoporosis and fragility fractures. And do not forget there is also a link on the site for you to see if you are at risk from Osteoporosis.

Help raise awareness of Osteoporosis in any way you can, post onto your media sites so it can be spread around the world on the 20th October.

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I am sure most of us think of magnesium being something for your bones but it can also help with a number of other conditions from sleep problems to your mood.

1.I take magnesium in tablet form for my osteopenia as it can help to boost bone density, which is important in preventing osteoporosis and help make our bones less susceptible to fractures.

2. Chronic fatigue, or just generally feeling tired from lack of sleep can affect many of us (me included). But, according to Avogel UK, magnesium is also known to impact cellular and tissue integrity, and may even influence sleep.

Avogel UK explain that magnesium is required for the production and stability of something called the ATP molecule, which provides energy for basic bodily processes. These processes range from making enzymes to processing and transporting nutrients.

Another key role of magnesium is to convert the glucose in food into energy. Therefore, getting enough magnesium can help keep energy levels stable and prevent the onset of tiredness.

3. If your feeling a bit low then magnesium can boost your mood. Natural Health Magazine say that very stressed-out people often have low levels of magnesium. ” This mineral contributes to everyday psychological and nervous system function, which is beneficial in periods of stress and depression”, says nutritionist Shana Wilkinson. A study done in the journal Nutrients showed that supplementation can even relieve symptoms of both mild-to-moderate anxiety and depression. So it’s something worth considering with our lifestyle problems at the moment.

4. If like me, as the seasons are changing, you are feeling more achy then normal then magnesium can also help with this. Avogel UK say that 90% of the body’s magnesium is also found in the muscles and bones so, if levels get low, magnesium is pulled from these areas. This has a noticeable effect, often leading to muscle cramps and twitches. This discomfort is likely to keep you awake at night and may make you tired come morning.

Some of the best food sources of magnesium include spinach, kale and avocado, nuts, seeds, fish and wholegrains. You can also buy magnesium flakes to soak in your bath. These magnesium bath flakes from Better You Magnesium Flakes sometimes called magnesium bath salts, are a highly concentrated form of magnesium supplementation, designed to be added to a bath or footbath.

Soaking in a magnesium-rich bath helps promote relaxation and soothe tired and aching muscles. Allowing full body exposure to a concentrated solution of magnesium chloride. A gentle and effective method of supplementation.

The magnesium used within Magnesium Flakes has been naturally purified over 250 million years to guarantee it is free from man-made pollutants and heavy metals, at only £3.95

5. Magnesium is also good for your heart. It provides the heart with energy and helps it to pump efficiently. According to Health Line, like all muscles in your body, your heart muscle relies on interactions with calcium and magnesium in order to contract and relax.

Calcium stimulates the muscle fibers of the myocardium to shorten and contract, while magnesium has the opposite effect. Magnesium blocks calcium, allowing the muscle fibers to relax. In this way, magnesium is involved in the intricate biological process that creates your heartbeat.

Magnesium also plays a key role in the sodium potassium pump, an enzyme involved in generating electrical impulses. These electrical impulses are an important component of how your cardiovascular system functions.

6. For people suffering from Asthma, magnesium sulphate is even given in A&E as a treatment for a sever attack says Natural Health Magazine. Medical News explain that magnesium sulfate is a bronchodilator. It relaxes the bronchial muscles and expands the airways, allowing more air to flow in and out of the lungs. This can relieve symptoms of asthma, such as shortness of breath. Doctors mainly use magnesium sulphate to treat people who are having severe asthma flare-ups.

7. Magnesium can also help with your digestion. If you are low in magnesium it can cause constipation. According to Natural Vitality you may not realize it, but at least 70% of your immune system can be found in your gut, where beneficial bacteria work to maintain a balanced environment and keep your body healthy from the inside out. If that balance is upset, it can affect the health of your entire body, which is why maintaining good digestive function should be an integral part of your daily health routine.

During digestion, three primary digestive enzymes turn food into nutrients that can be absorbed and assimilated by the body. Magnesium plays a role in numerous enzymes systems throughout the body. A few of these processes include energy production from protein, carbohydrate, and fat metabolism.

8. It can relieve symptoms of PMS and a great way to help get some magnesium down you when you are suffering from PMS is a touch of chocolate. Dark chocolate has a chunk of magnesium in it with just 28g of chocolate containing 64g magnesium so go and treat yourself as it’s good for your health. It also acts as a diuretic to help with swollen breasts and abdomen. Dark chocolate is also known to contain mood boosting omega 3 and 6 fatty acids that contains less sugar and no milk.

As with all my posts that include any form of medication or supplement. Please remember I am not qualified in medicine. I write what I read and see in newspapers and magazines and ALWAYS advice that you just check with your GP first before taking any extra medication or supplement.