LOOK OUT FOR SOMEONE IN PAIN THIS CHRISTMAS…

The difference between chronic and acute is just a matter of ‘time’ really. An acute attack of pain is something new that arrived and (hopefully) went. A chronic attack of pain is something that has been there for a long time, constant, like a toothache gnawing away at you come rain or shine.

If someone falls over and breaks a leg they are in immediate acute pain, and by the time they have been looked after in hospital, they usually leave with their pain in control. If someone is in chronic pain due to a toothache or back pain, there is usually nothing that you can actually ‘see’ that is causing it. Treatment for this type of pain can be a combination of things with the help of your GP and Pain clinic.

The average person will cope with some type of acute pain in their lifetime but most won’t have to suffer from chronic pain, so unless they have been in this sort of pain they have no idea what it is like.

Time and time again I get told how ‘well’ I look as if I must be making up how I am actually feeling. Many a day I’ve felt despair, rage and profound disappointment that I could not do certain jobs. My life has changed so much over the years that I can hardly believe it.

But staying positive, which I think I do, helps you through the dark days when the only people who know how much you are suffering are your loved ones. At this time of year everyone, in particular, women (sorry fellas) just don’t seem to stop so there will be many of us suffering in silence.

Soooooo, if you know someone who is in pain just remember to give them a helping hand at this busy time of year.

TOP SEVEN HEALTH RELATED MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS…

My top seven health magazine subscriptions, which make great Christmas gifts are :

BackCare have a magazine called Talkback which you can buy as a subscription or you can join BackCare for an annual membership and you will be sent the magazine which comes out every four months plus 12 monthly E-Newsletters.

Talkback is a full-colour glossy magazine produced quarterly which includes the following editorial content: Back product testing and the latest gadgets, Health and Exercise, Exercises and tips on preventing back pain. Patient centred approaches to treatment. Research News. BackCare Professionals Section. Readers Letters. Interview with Back Pain Celebrities.

 The Fibromyalgia Magazine deals with the areas that matter to our readers:

  • Medical Research News
  • Campaigning
  • Lobbying
  • Awareness Raising
  • Legal Advice
  • Benefits Advice
  • Worldwide news
  • News from local support groups and charities
  • Treatment Advice
  • Pharmaceutical News
  • Alternative Therapies
  • Pain Management
  • On line directory of all support groups and phone friends
  • A nationwide directory of FM resources
  • Opinion and Entertainment from our unrivalled team of columnists

Arthritis Inspire Magazine –  Inspire magazine is a quarterly members magazine for members packed with features, news, tips and information. Another Arthritis Uk Magazine is Arthritis Digest.

Arthritis Digest magazine is published six times a year and summarises the latest research in the arthritis arena making it essential reading for anyone affected by the painful condition.

Informative, upbeat and packed full of news and reviews about drugs, pain relief, superfoods, products and services, each issue has a star celebrity interview and true stories. Arthritis Digest magazine informs readers and encourages them to learn, try new ideas and explore their options.

The ME Association produce a quarterly magazine, ME Essential, required reading for any ME sufferer. Members of the ME Association receive a quarterly magazine –  ME Essential – delivered straight to their door. It features exclusive interviews, keeps them up-to-date with medical and scientific developments and includes stories about how people cope with the disease.

A magazine with lots on health is the Well Being Magazine – it has articles, reviews, health and fitness, beauty, travel, food and drink.

Natural Health Magazine, covers everything from the benefits of Tai Chi, and endless articles on Complementary Therapies. You can also get a newsletter delivered to your in box. Natural Health features nutrition, fashion, beauty, therapies and wellbeing advice. You’ll find articles on self-care, holistic medicine and how to create a healthy lifestyle within every issue of Natural Health. The go-to source for embracing your health, you’ll receive a mix of opinions to suit all lifestyles every month.

If you’re ready to embark on your alternative wellbeing journey, make sure you have a Natural Health magazine subscription to guide you along the way.

Finally Planet Mindful magazine brings you six issues a year of wonderful, friendly advice on how to slow things down, strengthen your relationships and treasure your mental health and wellbeing.  Each issue is divided into four sections: Mind, Body, Relationships and Living.6

7 OF THE BEST WELLNESS, HEALING, RELAXING SUBSCRIPTION BOXES FOR GIFTS THIS CHRISTMAS…

Why not buy that special person who is clearly suffering something a little different this year. Subscriptions have become big business over the last few years and there are a number of health-related ones which would make a great Christmas gift.

Happiness Box

This box is designed to help you become more self-aware and understand yourself better, so that you can set goals that will make you feel truly fulfilled once you achieve them.

Subscriptions from £20 a month

Yveherwell

A wellness subscription with no commitment and starts at £10 per month and includes health and well-being products to sample for your bath, home and food related.

Subscription from £10 per month

Buddy Box

Billed as “a hug in a box”, Buddy Box is a thoughtful way to show those who are suffering from depression and anxiety (or simply going through a difficult time) that you care. Completely gender-neutral, it contains useful and supportive products to encourage self-care; whether purchasing it for yourself or as a gift for your loved one. Along with wellness treats, their box included a helpful zine, a book on staying calm, and a practical “how to make a decision” flowchart.  Profits are used by Blurt to provide peer support for those suffering from depression.

Subscription from £12 per month

The Happy Paper Club

The Happy Paper Club is a monthly stationery subscription service that delivers boxes filled with papery goodness, happy and inspirational messages, and more to boost your happiness and spread a little joy.

A stationery subscription is a real treat if you love all things papery. The Happy Paper Club’s boxes are packed with handmade stationery, inspirational mantras and more to help you spread some joy by sending a thoughtful message to a friend or relative.

Subscription From £14.95 per month

Book and Brew

If your idea of relaxation is a night curled up with a good book, then this subscription box is the one for you. We loved the simplicity of the box, which teams a fiction text with a box of tea bags and delivers it to your door each month. Their colourful, action-packed historical novel was well-matched with a tin of tea – the ideal cure for a drizzly Sunday afternoon. The element of surprise is all part of its appeal but it does mean you might be left with a book that’s not your preferred genre or theme. There’s the option to buy a one-off box or subscribe for a lengthier period for bookworms who need their regular fix.

Subscription £12.99 per month

The Tea and Book Club

The Tea and Book Club has three options to subscribe to. The coffee and vintage which gives you a surprise vintage paperback and a packet of delicious ground coffee through the post each month (enough for four to five cups!) There’s no stationery in this version of the subscription. The tea and vintage which gives you a surprise vintage paperback, four luxury tea pyramids and some of our beautiful stationery. The tea will be picked from a carefully selected (and tested!) range at Bookishly HQ or the classic subscription which gives you a beautiful classic novel and some delicious tea to enjoy it with, posted out once a month. This subscription features a range of our exclusive covers for all of your favourite classic books. Their beautiful dust jackets over a Wordsworth Classic Edition.

Subscriptions from £10.00 per month

The Natural Wellness Box

The Natural Wellness Box sells bi-monthly subscription which you receive every other month and you will discover green health, beauty and wellness products in each box. You will receive 5-7 full size items, which may consist of natural beauty products, natural skincare, natural remedies, natural supplements, herbal tea, aromatherapy, superfoods or natural lifestyle items. Boxes are sent out bi-monthly. Payment is taken upon initial subscription, then on the 1st every other month.

Subscriptions from £35.00 per month

 

 

ANTIDEPRESSANTS AS A TREATMENT FOR FIBROMYALGIA…

If, like me you have had Fibromyalgia for some time now you will probably have been given an antidepressant to try for the pain, or maybe even tried a mixture of these type of medications.

If you read all the information on the drug it could immediately put you off trying one but I’ve always felt you should always try before you decide if you want to stay on this type of meditation long term.

I will use my own personal usage of these as an example. Back in 2002 when I was first diagnosed with Fibromyalgia I was put onto ‘Fluexetine (Prozac)’ of 20 mg once a day. I seemed to get along well with this during the early years but it wasn’t long before they also offered me Amitryptyline (Elavil) of 10mg x 3 going up to 50mg, which I took alongside my Fluexetine.

I stayed on both these for a number of years but as I increased the Amitryptyline, it left me with one particular side effect of a very dry mouth. I mean really dry whereby I would sometimes struggle to get my words out and I also started having problems with my gums. My dentist suggested eating sugar free gum but to be honest with you I’m just not a lover of gum.

The pain team decided to then change me from Amitryptyline to Nortryptyline (Pamelor) as it was known to not cause as many side effects and could help me sleep better at night which was another symptom of Fibromyalgia that I was suffering from. The dosage was the same dosage as the Amitryptyline.

Fast forward 16 years and this year I was also advised to come off the Fluexetine as I had been on it for so long. They told me to come off it gradually and to see how I felt. I did exactly as they said and even though I was only taking 20mg I struggled so hard not just because I’m in more pain but from feeling extremely low and tearful, which isn’t me.

So, I decided I would go back onto Fluexetine (it’s still on my repeat) but it made me realise how you really can get addicted to these types of medications and that maybe someone should have suggested I tried to come off it a long time ago. I’ve never shied away from taking any medications they have offered me for pain relief and believe you really do have to take them for a few months to see any difference but it is also important that long term use should be taken into consideration.

On the website My Fibro Team they have a page on all the medications offered for Fibromyalgia and its overview of the three I have mentioned are – ‘Nortryptyline Pamelor is a prescription medication originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1964 for the treatment of depression. In cases of fibromyalgia, Pamelor can help reduce pain. The drug name of Pamelor is Nortriptyline.

Pamelor should be used with caution in people with a history of depression, bipolar disorder, or glaucoma. People who are recovering from a recent myocardial infarction (heart attack) should not take Pamelor.

Pamelor is a tricyclic antidepressant. It is believed that Pamelor works in cases of fibromyalgia by changing the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain.’

And ‘Amitryptyline Elavil is a prescription medication originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1961 for the treatment of depression. The drug name of Elavil is Amitriptyline. In cases of fibromyalgia, Elavil can reduce pain and improve sleep problems and fatigue.

Elavil should be used with caution in people with a history of depression, bipolar disorder, glaucoma, liver or kidney problems, high or low blood pressure, diabetes, seizures, trouble urinating, or alcohol dependence. Elavil is not suitable for use by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. 

Elavil is a tricyclic antidepressant. It is believed that Elavil works in cases of fibromyalgia by interfering with nerve signals that communicate pain.

And as for Fluexetine- Prozac is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1987 to treat depression. In people with fibromyalgia, Prozac can help improve mood and reduce fatigue. Prozac may also help reduce pain, sleep problems, and fatigue. Prozac is also known by its drug name, Fluoxetine hydrochloride.

Prozac should be used with caution in people who have a history of depression, seizures, anorexia, glaucoma, and heart problems, as well as those who are taking diuretics.

Prozac is an antidepressant of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) class. Prozac is believed to work by changing the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain. 

The My Fibro Team website has lots more information on medications taken for Fibromyalgia and is well worth reading if you are trying something new. Do you take any of these medications and if you have did they help with your pain?