9 CELEBRITIES VIEWS ON CHRONIC PAIN…

We are not alone in pain and in fact some very famous celebrity’s also suffer from chronic pain. Did you know that it is reported that chronic pain affects 1.5 billion globally? Unfortunately pain can affect anyone, famous or not but some celebrities keep their condition quiet and others have told how and what they think of chronic pain.

They call it the ‘silent epidemic that stretches the globe’.

Nine famous names who have suffered chronic pain include –

Morgan Freeman – who suffers from Fibromyalgia said –

“There is a point to changes like these. I have to move on to other things, to other conceptions of myself. I play golf. I still work. And I can be pretty happy just walking the land.”

George Clooney – who suffers from chronic back pain said –

‘I thought I was going to die [but] I’ve gone from where I can’t function, where ‘I just can’t live like this’ to ‘I’ve got a bad headache.”

“It’s been a long recovery […] you can’t mourn for how you used to feel […] you have to come to terms with it.”

Elizabeth Taylor – who suffers from Scoliosis said –

“You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other, and God damn it; you refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. You curse. Then you go about your business of living. That’s how I have done it. There’s no other way.”

Jennifer Grey – who suffers from chronic neck pain and who said –

“I will always have pain. But I exercise as much as I can, and I find that makes a huge difference. And if my body does seize up, I have a pain plan in place. I go back to my doctor.”

Jackie Chan – who suffers from back pain and said –

“Pain is my daily routine. As long as I don’t go to the hospital, it’s nothing for me.”

Lady Gaga – who suffers from Fibromyalgia said –

“There is an element and a very strong piece of me that believes pain is a microphone. My pain does me no good unless I transform it into something that is [good]. […] I hope that people watching it that do struggle with chronic pain know that they are not alone, […] I want people that watch it that think there’s no way I live that way because they see me dance and sing, to know I struggle with things like them and that I work through it and that it can be done.”

Paula Abdul who suffers from CRPS said –

“The body does not give up on us, so we can’t give up on it. My goal is always to work with my body, not against it so that it can function efficiently. […] I also try to remember that there have been pain-free days — which means that this difficult time will be over and give way to a better time. […] That’s where gratitude is so important. Writing gratitude lists to remember all the wonderful things I’ve experienced has also been really helpful for me.”

Sinead O’Connorwho suffers from Fibromyalgia and said –

“Fibromyalgia is not curable. But it’s manageable,” O’Connor said in a 2005 interview with HOTPRESS. “I have a high pain threshold, so that helps – it’s the tiredness part that I have difficulty with. You get to know your patterns and limits, though, so you can work and plan around it. It is made worse, obviously, by stress. So you have to try to keep life quiet and peaceful.”

Jo Guest – who also suffers from Fibromyalgia said –

“I used to love wearing sexy clothes and short skirts, but I don’t enjoy dressing up any more. The spark has gone out of life. It’s hard to feel good about yourself or like a sexy woman when you feel so ill,” Guest told Daily Star in a 2008 interview. “But I am positive about it. I really believe I am going to get better. I will not give up.”

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STUDY FINDS EVIDENCE OF NERVE DAMAGE IN AROUND HALF OF FIBROMYALGIA PATIENTS…

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According to an article in Medical News Today, about half of a small group of patients with fibromyalgia was found to have damage to nerve fibers in their skin and other evidence of a disease called small-fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN). Unlike fibromyalgia, which has had no known causes and few effective treatments, SFPN has a clear pathology and is known to be caused by specific medical conditions, some of which can be treated and sometimes cured. The study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers will appear in the journal Pain and has been released online.

“This provides some of the first objective evidence of a mechanism behind some cases of fibromyalgia, and identifying an underlying cause is the first step towards finding better treatments,” says Anne Louise Oaklander, MD, PhD, director of the Nerve Injury Unit in the MGH Department of Neurology and corresponding author of the Pain paper.

The questionnaires, exam assessments, and skin biopsies all found significant levels of neuropathy in the fibromyalgia patients but not in the control group. Of the 27 fibromyalgia patients, 13 had a marked reduction in nerve fiber density, abnormal autonomic function tests or both, indicating the presence of SFPN. Participants who met criteria for SFPN also underwent blood tests for known causes of the disorder, and while none of them had results suggestive of diabetes, a common cause of SFPN, two were found to have hepatitis C virus infection, which can be successfully treated, and more than half had evidence of some type of immune system dysfunction.

“Until now, there has been no good idea about what causes fibromyalgia, but now we have evidence for some but not all patients. Fibromyalgia is too complex for a ‘one size fits all’ explanation,” says Oaklander, an associate professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. “The next step of independent confirmation of our findings from other laboratories is already happening, and we also need to follow those patients who didn’t meet SFPN criteria to see if we can find other causes. Helping any of these people receive definitive diagnoses and better treatment would be a great accomplishment.”

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TIPS ON HOW TO GET A BETTER NIGHTS SLEEP…

Sleep is essential in life and without it all sorts of problems can arise. In today’s fast moving lifestyles we don’t always have time to chill prior to going to bed but there are some things you can do to help you sleep.

Enjoy a soothing warm bath before you go to bed and put lavender oil in your bath water. Or add two drops of Frankincense essential oil to the bath as this deepens breathing and helps you to unwind. Spray your pillow before you get in bed with lavender spray. Heat up a lavender wheat bad and pop it in your bed under your pillow half an hour before resting.

Do some yoga and stretching to relax. There are plenty of websites where you can download the best stretching and relaxation techniques if you cannot make it to a class.

Listen to calming music. If you find your mind is still active when you go to bed then listen to some soothing music using earphones and try to listen in the dark to help you focus on the music and not what is around you. If you have to sleep in daylight hours then buy some eye masks. Some have lavender scent in them which will help you to fall asleep.

Meditate to tame your intrusive thoughts and tension. Concentrate on your breathing and try to listen to your breaths. There are lots of advice or books available on meditation on the internet.

Make sure your room temperature is comfortable, not hot nor cold but something in between. A lightweight duvet with a throw on top can be more comfortable than a heavy duvet in the winter. You can always put socks on if your feet are cold.

Avoid foods before you go to bed with any type of caffeine in them like tea, coffee, chocolate and cola. Try to have nothing else to eat at least three hours before your go to bed. If you want a hot drink then try chamomile tea. If its not to your taste then mix it with a fruit tea as the fruit flavour will come through more than the chamomile.

Count, if you don’t want to count sheep then just count down from a hundred or up from one. I’ll guarantee you wont make it to the end of either of them.

If you have to read then make sure it’s not a thriller which might stimulate the brain and have a small enough light to read but not bright enough to lighten the whole room.

If you live with someone who likes to have the television on when they go to bed then invest in a pair of wireless ear phones so that the noise does not keep you awake and pop some eye masks on so the light from the television doesn’t disturb you. This trick really worked for me as my husband loves the tv on in the bedroom and I just couldn’t sleep but now I have no problems when its on.

Finally, don’t think an alcoholic drink will help you to sleep as it may send you off but most alcohol has a diuretic effect and it will wake you up to use the loo which could then mean you not being able to get back to sleep.

Try a herbal remedy with hops, passion flower and Valerian from napiers.net Napiers Sweet Dreams Sleep Remedy.

PRESS TO RELAX…

Place the tips of your index and middle fingers on the centre of your breastbone, at the acupressure point known as ‘Sea of Tranquility’. Now close your eyes and apply steady pressure, not too hard, for a minute or two. You will then soon feel tension, anxiety and stress start to slip away.

You could also use your first two fingers and tap them across the top o fou rhead from temple to temple. Then work from front to back and side to side as this can get blood and oxygen moving to ease tension and restore focus.

To destress your shoulders make a gengle half closed fist and with a loose wrist, tap your right hand gently but firmly up your left arm, along your shoulder and up the side and back of your neck. Repat the same process on the other side to ease tension and release endorphins.

THE WALLIS STABILISATION TECHNIQUE FOR BACK PAIN…

The Wallis Stabilisation Technique is another option for lower back pain. It is performed at a few clinics in the UK.

It involves placing an implant behind the spinal cord to help stabilise the painful segment.

Usually fusing the vertebrae is the most common method used but the Wallis Stabilisation Technique is a soft stabilisation that allows some movement in the particular spinal segment.

It also helps to eliminate any bone disruption and is totally reversible keeping all further surgical options open to the patient.

This would have been great for me as due the type of spinal fusions I have had it has meant that although there are a number of other techniques now available for back pain. I could not possibly have them because of my previous surgeries.

The procedure is also minimally invasive.