WORLD ARTHRITIS DAY 12TH OCTOBER 2017…

It’s World Arthritis Day tomorrow 12th October, 2017.

This year’s theme for World Arthritis Day is ‘It’s in your hands, take action’.

Their aim is to raise awareness of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) and to encourage people with RMDs, their carers, families and the general public to seize every opportunity to take action and make a difference to the quality of life of people with RMDs.

Take part by getting involved in the #WADHigh5 social media campaign, or by organising RMD awareness-raising activities, such as High 5 dance flash mobs, discussion groups or even leaflet distribution.

For information on past campaigns, please see the photo albums on their Facebook Page.

Get involved as an individual

They want to get as many people as possible High 5ing for World Arthritis Day and sharing #WADHigh5 messages to raise awareness of RMDs!

Share a #WADHigh5 with these 4 steps:

  1. STEP 1
    Write a name on your hand – the name of the person(s) you are High 5ing for World Arthritis Day.
  2. STEP 2
    Take a photo of your hand in a High 5 pose.
  3. STEP 3
    Write a message to accompany your photo: tell people why you are sharing a High 5 for World Arthritis Day with a clear and concise message of support or call to action in the text accompanying your photo.
  4. STEP 4
    Post your photo on Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #WADHigh5. Don’t forget to tag or @mention the person you are High 5ing.
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CRYOTHERAPY FOR CHRONIC PAIN…

An article on Health Central says that lately, researchers have been studying the potential health benefits of cryotherapy using cold air chambers. Cryotherapy started in Japan and uses a device called a cryosauna. For the procedure, a patient stands in a chamber with their head sticking out the top, and they wear socks and gloves. Volunteers are exposed to extremely cold (-1100c to -1400c) air for up to three minutes. The delicate body parts like the hands and feet are protected while the rest of the body experiences a sudden drop in temperature. After a few sessions, the body experiences measurable changes that can help to relieve pain.

The analgesic (pain-relieving) effects of cryotherapy are related to three specific changes in the body. First, the nerve signal transmission is slowed. Reducing a number of nerve signals getting through to the brain might relieve pain in some individuals. Second, nor-epinephrine levels increase after cold immersion. This stress-induced chemical reduces pain sensitivity as a protective mechanism in times of life-or-death situations. And lastly, cryotherapy can reduce pain intensity and frequency by reducing inflammation. All of these potential benefits can be measured in the lab, but how does cryotherapy measure up in the real world?

Arthritic joints, frozen shoulders, muscle injuries and other types of painful conditions have all been found to benefit from cryotherapy. People with these conditions experience less pain and are able to return to normal activities sooner. How much cold is necessary and for how long are still questions being worked out. Not everyone has access to expensive cold air chambers, but a little cold could go a long way towards helping those with chronic pain.

Fibromyalgia Treating feels that the use of whole-body cryotherapy to treat fibromyalgia seems to have a promising outlook. Since the treatment is not an approved medical treatment by the FDA, the treatments are not covered by most insurance. Cryotherapy facilities usually charge between $60-75 per treatment, and most offer reduced rates when you sign up for several at a time or sign up for a membership that offers unlimited treatments. It is important to discuss adding whole body cryotherapy to your treatment plan with your doctor before trying it.

Brrrrrr, it makes you feel cold just thinking about it.

BLOG AWARDS…

I was thrilled recently when I was told that my blog had been shortlisted in the HealthUnlocked Health Blogger Awards . Then today I was delighted to receive another award from Feedspot that I have an award for being in the top 50 Fibromyalgia blogs on the web. They gave me a high-five and thanked me for my contribution to this world.

I am thrilled with both and will proudly display the badges on the side of my blog.

HOME MASSAGE TECHNIQUES FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF PAIN…

KNEE PAIN

Press the two points located on the inside of the leg, just below the knee and above the calf muscles, on the side of the shin. Hold your thumbs or fingers against these points for at least a minute.

NECK ACHE AND STIFFNESS

Use your thumb and index finger of one hand, or the index and middle finger on both hands and to press both sides of the back of the neck, near the spine, about two fingers widths down from the base of the skull. Press these points for a minute, release then press again for a minute.

CARPAL TUNNEL OR WRIST PAIN

Press the right thumb at the center of the palm-side of your wrists, in the bend where the arm joins the hand. Press and hold for at least a minute. Repeat with the left thumb on the right wrist. If the pain is in one wrist only, press the point on the affected wrist.

TENDONITIS

Press the fingers of the right hand to the center of the forearms, above three finger widths up (toward the elbow) from the bend where the wrist and hand join. Press for at least a minute then repeat with the left fingers on the right arm.

HEAD PAIN/HANGOVER

With your thumb and index finger, hold the center of the webbing in your hand between the thumb and index finger, on your left hand and apply pressure for at least a minute. Switch hands and repeat. Another way is to place the pads of your fingertips on the sides of your forehead, then move them in small circular motions clockwise or anticlockwise. Using a drop of lavender oil on your hands before massaging can enhance this treatment. Finish with slow strokes across your forehead, from the centre to your ears, keeping the pressure gentle.

MIGRAINES

Hold your thumb and index finger or two middle fingers, whichever is easier against two points located on the back of the neck, on either side of the spine, at the base of the skull. Apply pressure for at least a minute.

TENSION HEADACHE

Hold your index finger to the point located between the eyebrows where the nose and brow join, in the spot sometimes referred to as the ‘third eye’. Apply pressure for at least a minute.

ACHING SHOULDERS

Lean on elbow and forearm on a table, then use your other hand to reach across your chest and massage the fleshy area of your back above the shoulder blades. Use deep kneading movements to relieve pressure. You could also knead your shoulders in a hot shower using the shower gel with lavender or a wooden rolling ball (you can buy these in the body shop). Heated lavender heat packs across your shoulders also help.

TOOTHACHE

Desperate for pain relief before you get to the dentist then place one hand palm down on a table, then ‘caterpillar crawl’ with your other hand (using the pads of your first and middle fingers to walk with baby steps down each finger and the thumb from the tip to the base (these acupoints relate to the teeth and gums). Swap hands and repeat. You can also do this on your toes, resting one foot on your opposite knee.

 

 

FIBROMYALGIA TREATING – 6 OF THE BEST PAIN KILLERS…

According to Fibromyalgia Treating 6 of the best painkillers for Fibromyalgia are –

  1. Advil – Advil is a brand of ibuprofen, first developed in 1962.  It is a type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug or NSAID. There are different brands of ibuprofen, but Advil is one of the best known. Similar to Tylenol, Advil is used for pain or fever relief. However, unlike Tylenol, Advil also soothes inflammation, making it one of the most effective fibromyalgia painkillers.
  2. Aspirin – Plain old Aspirin is also a NSAID like Advil, and it’s also one of our favorite fibromyalgia painkillers. The chemical name of Aspirin is acetylsalicylic acid or ASA for short. The use of willow and other salicylate-rich plants has an ancient history, being used by the ancient Sumerians. More recently, ASA in its pure form was distilled in 1899 by a scientist working for Bayer. There are also other brands available such as Bufferin, Entrophen and house brands. Like Advil, because it has anti-inflammatory properties, it can provide fever and pain relief. However, unlike either Tylenol or Advil, Aspirin also works to thin the blood and is therefore often used to prevent stroke and heart disease.As part of the NSAID class of drugs, Aspirin inhibits COX-1 and COX-2 to provide relief from pain, fever, and inflammation. While most NSAIDs also inhibit platelets in the blood, Aspirin does so irreversibly for eight to ten days, the full lifespan of the platelet. It is this which gives it the ability to act as a blood-thinner, but can also make you more prone to bleeding.
  3. Tylenol – The generic name of Tylenol is acetaminophen and it’s also on our list of fibromyalgia painkillers. This drug was discovered and marketed in 1956. It is called acetaminophen in the US, Canada and Japan, and paracetamol elsewhere. Unlike Advil and Aspirin, Tylenol is not in the NSAID category. Because it works on the nervous system instead of inflammation, it is more effective than NSAIDs for fibromyalgia pain.

    Tylenol is used for pain or fever relief, but it has no anti-inflammatory action. Therefore, it won’t affect any underlying inflammation that can cause pain. Conversely, it can have a greater effect on pain like fibromyalgia where the pain is brought on by conditions in the nervous system rather than inflammation.

  4. Amitriptyline – Unfortunately, there has been a long history of fibromyalgia being treated as a psychosomatic condition, so naturally, you might be suspicious if your doctor prescribes an antidepressant as one of the fibromyalgia painkillers. However, there has been a great deal of success in treating pain through tricyclic antidepressants like Amitriptyline.It is believed that this is because the mechanism for fibromyalgia pain is chemically based on the neurotransmitters that carry pain signals to the brain. Many of these same neurotransmitters are involved in depression, which helps explain why antidepressants can help with fibromyalgia pain.

    Unlike Tylenol, Aspirin, and Advil, Amitriptyline is not available over-the-counter. It is only available through a prescription. The drug can also help with sleep issues that come with fibromyalgia. So it can not only help with pain, but help you get more and better sleep.

    It’s also not much of a surprise if the chronic pain of fibromyalgia might have made you depressed. Because there is generally a linkage between physical and emotional health, it will be helpful if it’s possible to elevate your mood. So in another way, an antidepressant can help with fibromyalgia suffering.

  5. Lyrica – Lyrica is an oral medication that is classified as an anti-seizure or anti-convulsant drug. Lyrica is the trade name of the drug Pregabalin and it’s one of the more effective fibromyalgia painkillers. It was the first drug approved by the FDA for treatment of fibromyalgia. Like Amitriptyline, Lyrica is not an over-the-counter drug and must be prescribed.Lyrica binds to a part of the nerves and it is thought that this reduces the ability for nerves to send pain messages to each other; it slows down impulses in the brain that cause seizures and affects chemicals in the brain that send pain signals across the nervous system.
  6. Opioids – There is little doubt that opioids do the job, and they will almost definitely be one of the most effective fibromyalgia painkillers. However, they also carry a very significant risk of creating dependence. For this reason, while there is very little question that opioids are effective, it is generally seen as a measure to be taken only after other treatments have been tried.However, because antidepressants and anticonvulsants can take several days to take effect, opioids are sometimes prescribed in conjunction with other drugs. Also, where other options aren’t effective at relieving pain, long-acting opioids are often prescribed to stay on top of the pain while other solutions are explored.

For me personally, I have tried everything on the list except Aspirin and Tylenol. I was surprised Paracetamol was not on the list which is something I have used instead of Aspirin as I have always thought aspirin was not good for your stomach. I find Amitriptyline a godsend for help with my sleep and have been taking Opioids for around 20 years now. I also take a small dose of another antidepressant every day.

It’s trial and error for all chronic pain sufferers but I do feel that you should not give up quickly, some of these types of drugs take time to get into your system and time for the side effects to settle down.