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6 WAYS TO CONFRONT CHRONIC PAIN…

Dealing with pain that just will not go away is absolutely exhausting so it is essential that you find a way to confront and cope with it. We need to develop coping mechanisms to deal with some of the side effects of chronic pain.

Some lifestyle strategies can help you cope and live with chronic pain. Here are some that may help you.

  1. Pacing is essential to all chronic pain sufferers. We all know precisely what this means and without pacing ourselves we will feel in worse pain. It can be hard to pace yourself if you are on a good day but if you don’t you may find the following few days even worse. Go gently and do what you can, when you can and do not make too many demands on yourself. If you have something important you want to do but know that this will trigger off more pain then ask someone to help you with it. If you do not ask you will not get help.
  2. Sorting and prioritising your life is another thing chronic pain sufferers must do. Think of the job you want to do and if it really needs to be done. Can it be done in stages instead of all at once or can it be left for someone else to do it for you?
  3. Sleep is another essential part of managing your pain. I am an advocate of this and have been for years. I go for an afternoon rest come rain or shine. My body switches off and I sleep for an hour or so and wake up refreshed and ready to deal with the rest of the day even though I am still in pain. Maintaining a sleep routine is vital. I use everything around to help me sleep which includes an electric heat pad, eye mask and earplugs plus we have blackout curtains which I even close for my afternoon rest.
  4. Plan your week’s goals well ahead so you do not mistake going out for two consecutive days and then ending up in terrible pain. Keep an old fashioned notebook and pen or diary handy to write down your week’s goals.
  5. Book a monthly session for some acupressure, acupuncture, reflexology, aromatherapy massage, osteopathy, or any other type of complementary therapy you think may help. You are worth it and even though some are short-lived that short time without pain is like winning the lottery.
  6. Finally, exercise, which I know can also stir things up. Just that 10-minute walk around your garden will help to keep those muscles you are not using much from seizing up. In pain, we are in a constant battle between our minds and bodies. But our body needs some movement in order to be able to heal even though our minds are telling us otherwise. If you cannot manage walking then maybe some water exercise, in a bath or a hydrotherapy unit.
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IS CBD SUITABLE FOR FIBROMYALGIA PAIN?…

CBD is an effective therapeutic agent. It can be used to deal with uncommon varieties of epilepsy and suggests a great promise in the remedy of issues for other conditions like multiple sclerosis. Outside of the clinic, CBD is gaining traction in the fitness industry. It is governing our mood and enhances the intellectual and bodily wellness of humans all over the world.

Anyone living with a chronic condition will know just how much it interferes with each and every aspect of your life. Since prescription pain medications are limited by countless risks and side effects, many are turning to CBD to ease symptoms of chronic conditions, including fibromyalgia.

I wrote an article last year on CBD, IT’S BENEFITS & AWARENESS DAY 8TH AUGUST, which explains a bit more about the different types of products available and how they can help with some health problems.

CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, is an active ingredient found in the Cannabis sativa plant. It is one of over 100 natural cannabinoids, but unlike its psychoactive counterpart tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD cannot get you high.

CBD merges with our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which a biological network that plays a crucial role in governing our mood, energy levels, immune system, appetite, sleep, pain approach, and much more.

With many fibromyalgia patients finding it hard to find the right treatment/medication for the pain associated with fibromyalgia, a number of patients have turned to CBD products to help.

Many patients have found CBD to be a blessing in reducing pain and inflammation, improving moods and sleep, and helping to combat fibromyalgia fatigue. There is also some up-and-coming scientific evidence to support this.

One reason CBD can help with the pain in fibromyalgia is by helping to regulate ECS activity, which is responsible for maintaining a homeostatic balance in the body, particularly between the immune system and the nervous system. 

CBD has potent anti-inflammatory properties, CBD can be effective pain relief, particularly for neuropathic pain, and CBD can also be hugely favourable to our mental well-being. It is not uncommon for people living with fibromyalgia to experience anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. Our mood is largely dependent on our serotonin levels, CBD may help to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.

CBD can be used as a natural sleep aid, so it may help to remedy some of the sleeping problems often associated with fibromyalgia which scientists think may help by reducing pain or boosting our serotonin.   

Cannabis has shown to have a significant positive effect on fibromyalgia symptoms, but there hasn’t yet but it is early days on research into the effect of CBD alone.

Howeverhigh CBD/low THC strains of cannabis seem to be more effective at managing pain than high THC/low CBD strains, which is some pretty solid evidence of CBD’s pain-relieving properties.    

According to an article in Leafie The World Health Organisation has said that CBD is a safe and well-tolerated substance, even at high doses. The only reported side effects include nausea, appetite changes, and fatigue, but these are rare and minor in comparison to many prescription drugs.

It is, however, important to speak to your doctor before choosing to take CBD, especially if you’re on medication. This is because CBD has been shown to interact with some other drugs, which can be harmful to our liver. If you feel as though CBD could benefit you more than the medication that you are currently on, do not make the switch until you have spoken to a professional.

Source: Back Pain Blog, Leafie, WHO, BPB Health Disclaimer

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JUNE HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH/DAYS/WEEKS…

June is full of awareness days for health this year which is listed below.

MEN’S HEALTH MONTH & MEN’S HEALTH WEEK JUNE 13th – 19th – June – Anchored by a Congressional health education program, Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities.

The centrepiece of Men’s Health Month is National Men’s Health Week, a special awareness period passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton on May 31, 1994, now recognized internationally. This year, National Men’s Health Week starts on June 15 and ends on Fathers’ Day, June 21.

SCOLIOSIS AWARENESS DAY – 1st  June – Scoliosis is when the spine curves to the side. The spine can also twist at the same time. This twisting can pull the ribcage out of position. It is important that a person with scoliosis sees a scoliosis specialist. 

Scoliosis is not a disease. It just means that in an often otherwise healthy person the spine is curved or twisted. It is not infectious or contagious. It does not develop because of anything a person did or did not do. Although many people have not heard of scoliosis it is not rare. 3 to 4 children per 1000 need specialist supervision.

By running events, meet-ups, or getting involved in local community groups, you can also help to raise awareness of scoliosis while raising money for SAUK. You can find out more about organising your own event through SAUK fundraising pages.

SCOLIOSIS AWARENESS MONTH – 1st June – 30th June – National Scoliosis Awareness Month takes place yearly in June with the goal of highlighting the growing need for education, early detection and awareness to the public about scoliosis and its prevalence within the community. The campaign also unites scoliosis patients, families, physicians, clinicians, institutions and related businesses in collaborative partnerships of local activities, events and grassroots networking throughout the month.

NATIONAL CARERS WEEK – 7th -13th June – Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

The COVID-19 pandemic had a monumental impact on unpaid carers’ lives – not only because of the increased amount of care that many provided but because of the far-reaching effect that providing this level of care has had on unpaid carers. Many people also took on new caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support.

WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY – 14th June – World Blood Donor Day is an extremely important awareness day. Countries all over the world take part in this campaign to stress the importance of safe blood donation, and why healthy people should absolutely donate blood. Following the overwhelming success of World Health Day 2000, which was devoted to the theme “Blood Saves Lives. Safe Blood Starts with Me”, the World Health Organization declared the 14th of June as World Blood Donor Day. The flagship event was organized in 2004 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The day is dedicated to “thanking and celebrating voluntary non-remunerated blood donors”. The day, the 14th of June also commemorates the birth of Karl Landsteiner, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for his seminal discovery of the ABO blood. The day which also thanks millions of blood-donor worldwide is aimed primarily to ensure the easy availability of safe blood for transfusion worldwide.

DIABETES AWARENESS WEEK – 10th -17th June – #DiabetesWeek – Your blood sugar won’t always be in range. Figuring out food labels and menus might have you tearing your hair out. And you might have treated that 3am hypo with a few too many jelly babies. (And biscuits. Oh, and that sandwich…) But you’re doing it, every single day. Living with diabetes, juggling the ups and downs. And that’s worth celebrating.

So, this Diabetes Week, let’s celebrate you, the millions of people going through the same things, and everyone who’s there to support you along the way. Invite your friends, family, neighbours and pets to join us for the first-ever Big Diabetes Week Dog Walk! However and wherever you walk is completely up to you – you can walk to raise awareness, raise money, or just for fun. Sign up here.

BIKE WEEK 6TH – 12TH JUNE – Your health, your climate, your pocket and your community are all better by bike. Take part in Bike Week from 6-12 June 2022. This year Bike Week is all about you and your local community, we want to encourage as many people as possible to get out there and enjoy their community by bike. We want you to dream big and imagine how your community could be improved if everyone in it used their bikes more, together we can make a better world by bike. 

These last few years have seen a lot of change, many people took up cycling or rediscovered it, dusting off that old bike sitting in the shed to get out there again. Some for exercise, some for commuting to work, to go to the shops or even just to be able to see friends and family. The bike can give everyone freedom, freedom to choose how to travel and how to live their lives better and healthier. 

So this Bike Week from 6-12 June let’s really celebrate cycling, it’s our chance to all come together and tell the UK that cycling is the answer, the answer to many questions – how can I help myself, my community, my county and my planet. 

International Day of Yoga – 21st June 2022 – “Yoga for Unity and Well-being” is an initiative of leading Yoga Institutions and schools who have come together to present the best that Yoga has to offer, with a message of unity and harmony. This program is being organized under the auspices of the Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India and in collaboration with United Nations Information Centre and partners.

International Yoga Day is observed on June 21 to spread awareness among the masses about the importance of Yoga and its effects on human health.

United Nations Organization (UNO) designated International Yoga Day in 2014 on public demand that occurred on a large scale. International Yoga Day celebrations occur in India, USA, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, China, Australia, and some other countries of South Asia including Pakistan.

“Yoga for Well Being”
International Yoga Day 2022 theme is “Yoga for well-being”. All the world is passing through COVID-19 pandemic and almost every country has imposed a lockdown in a certain form. In this situation, it is hard or impossible for people to remain mentally and physically fit and healthy. People are suffering from anxiety and depression even if the lockdown is getting softer in some parts of the world. Despite that the lockdown gets lighter, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports revealing that Corona Virus won’t spare the world for many years. In this situation, it is risky to go outside and take part in group activities. Social distancing and a strong body immune system are the only available cures that we should embrace. The International Day of Yoga theme focuses on telling people to stay motivated at home and adopt a healthy lifestyle by doing exercise and yoga. People are getting fatter and desperate at home because they feel like caged animals. Exercise helps us to stay optimistic and yoga helps us to explore new ideas to spend time and earn money without going outside. Thus venue of this Yoga Day is our home. Let’s appreciate the theme 2022 of International Yoga Day and practice yoga at home until this curse of COVID-19 leaves us.

Source: Men’s Health Month, Scoliosis Association, SRS, Carers Week, Blood UK, Diabetes UK, Cycling UK, International Day of Yoga