A recent study has found a link with sleep problems and Fibromyalgia.

Apparently women older than 45 have the greatest risk of the sleep problem link.

The exact causes of Fibromyalgia remain a mystery to this day, but Norwegian researchers have found a connection with women who have persistent sleep problems who then have developed Fibromyalgia.

They say the findings are important as they indicate that sleep problems can be an important factor in developing Fibromyalgia.

According to Paul J Mark.PhD, professor in the department of Human Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, early detection and proper treatment may decrease the risk of Fibromyalgia as well as other chronic diseases.


Mixed Veg

Studies have found that adding Omega 3’s to your diet can reduce joint pain and morning stiffness.

Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) is another fatty acid with anti-inflammatory properties.

Tumeric, cur-cumin and ginger have natural anti-inflammatories in them also.

An anti-inflammatory diet consisting of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, olive oil, fish, beans, herbs, spices and green or white tea.

You can also get some herbal supplements that have anti-inflammatory like enzymes found in pineapple, green tea extract, and boswellia (Indian frankincense) devil’s claw, ginkgo and thunder god vine.


Breaking Through the Fibro Fog

‘Breaking Through the Fibro Fog, Scientific Proof Fibromyalgia is Real’ by Kevin P White MD, Phd is an award winning book, which you can buy on amazon, which proves that Fibromyalgia is REAL.

Fibromyalgia has been called many names including ‘the syndrome of feeling out of sort’, and ‘its all in the mind syndrome’.

Apparently a recent survey showed that even now one in four GP’s still think that Fibromyalgia patients are faking, and that the disease itself does not even exist.

However, Dr. Kevin White who is considered as one of the world’s leading authority of Fibromyalgia has written a book that proves it is real.

Breaking Through the Fibro Fog is an easy book to read that reviews scientific evidence from over the past 20 – 30 years, that Fibromyalgia is real.

A ‘must’ read for anyone with Fibromyalgia. Proceeds of this book are being donated to find research to find a cure for this potentially debilitating (and very real) disease.


Fibro ring

With one of my lovely blog friends (gillyk) being recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia I thought an article on the support groups may he useful. Fibromyalgia support groups are popping up all over the UK now and are also expanding in Europe and America. One of the best answers for your lonely feeling is to join a support group.

The best way to find one is to see your GP and if he hasn’t got a list of them then phone the Hospital that is treating you for the condition. If by any slight chance there is not one near you then what about starting one. I am sure your Hospital would be able to help you to get one going.

After I was first diagnosed with Fibromyalgia I went to a local support group as I didn’t know anyone else who had the condition. The group only met once a quarter so if you missed a meeting then it was a long time until the next one. But I met a lovely lady at the first meeting I went to who is still my friend now.

Unfortunately the group finished and many a time I have said I will start one again but I am keen to set up a ‘back pain’ support group first.

For many who have just been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, they feel a sense of relief that at last all their symptoms have a name for them. But that’s really just the start of it. Some people go into denial and sometimes its the partners and family that do not want to believe you have the condition. After all you ‘look well’ and it’s not as though you have a brain tumour or terminal cancer of some kind.

However, you do have a condition that is incurable and can leave you in chronic pain, day after day after day. Therefore talking to others who are suffering from the same condition can be a great support to a sufferer.

You may even be surprised at the attitude of some of your friends (I’ve been through all this) but at the support group they ALL know how you feel and understand what you are going through.

So make a promise to yourself that you will never feel isolated and alone and unsupported. Talk about the problems you need to work on and how you can deal with them and who can help you when you are going through a rough patch.

If you know you have support it will help you to come to terms with the condition.

Some links to Fibromyalgia support groups in the UK,