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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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IT’S SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT 10 NATURAL REMEDIES TO HELP WITH FATIGUE…

Chronic Fatigue is in the news a lot, especially if you have suffered from Covid-19. Here are 10 Natural ways to help with fatigue. 

 1. If you are suffering from a case of afternoon slumps then eat or smell peppermint. It is known to wake up and help decrease fatigue. In fact, research at the University of Northumbria found that in a test involving word recall, peppermint-gum chewer’s scores were up to 36% higher than non-chewers.

 2. They also say that Siberian Ginseng which has been around for centuries is known for its anti-fatigue qualities. It acts like a tonic, which can then increase the body’s vital energy. Anyone taking antidepressants, diabetes, or blood clotting medication should consult their physician first.

3. Vitamin B12 is also popular and it is naturally found in fish, dairy produce, organ meats, beef, and pork and is water-soluble. Vitamin B12 contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism, the functioning of the nervous system, homocysteine metabolism, psychological function, red blood cell formation and function of the immune system. 

4. Graded Exercise Therapy. Studies have repeatedly shown that graded exercise therapy helps those with CFS.

5. Sleep, of course, is a natural remedy for fatigue… People with CFS often have broken or disordered sleep and may even suffer from insomnia. Going to bed and getting up in the morning at the same time every day. Avoid naps during the day (although I cannot manage without mine) and take time to relax before you go to bed.

6. Liquorice root, in a standardised form, is a commonly used natural remedy for chronic fatigue. This herb, which helps regulate normal system function and allows your body to better cope with stress, has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. To help restore cortisol levels, look for standardized liquorice root in extract or pill form. Speak to your physician if you take blood thinners, potassium, or blood pressure medications as interactions can occur.

7. The NHS added that an excellent way to keep up your energy throughout the day is to eat regular meals and healthy snacks every 3 to 4 hours, rather than a large meal less often.

8. Cut out caffeine, the NHS say try to stay off caffeine completely for a month to see if you feel less tired without it.

9. Healthline quote the top 11 best vitamins and supplements for boosting your energy including Ashwagandha, Rhodiola Rosea, CoQ10, Vitamin B12, Iron, Creatine, Citrulline, Beetroot Powder, Melatonin, Tyrosine, Caffeine with L-Theanine.

10. Very Well Health writes that Tea contains two things that appear to offer health benefits: polyphenols and theanine. While tea hasn’t been studied specifically as a treatment for FMS and ME/CFS, research suggests that these two ingredients may hold some promise for sufferers.

Please remember to check with your GP first before taking any supplements especially if you are taking any other types of medication. 

Source: Very Well Health University of Northumbria The Healthy Science Direct NHS Healthline 

 

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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