A FAST-ACTING JAB FOR THE AGONY OF BACK PAIN …

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A new jab, that could end the agony of back pain, has got an approval from European regulators.
During experiments, the Cimzia jabs showed rapid improvements in pain, stiffness and mobility, the Daily Express reported.

The breakthrough fortnightly injection can allow back pain sufferers to enjoy activities and run errands they couldn’t do before.

Sufferers can experience increased pain when resting which improves with exercise, painful inflammation of tendons and ligaments, arthritis, sore red eyes known as uveitis, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Dr Stefan Siebert, a senior lecturer in rheumatology at the University of Glasgow, said with advances in imaging technology, better diagnostic criteria and new treatments they now have the opportunity to improve patients’ symptoms and avert long-term disability.

Cimzia is administered every fortnight but after two jab s it can be administered monthly.

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IS THE FIBROMYALGIA MYSTERY FINALLY SOLVED?…

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Researchers have found the main source of pain in Fibromyalgia patients, and contrary to what many believe, it does not stem from the brain. The findings mark the end of a decades-old mystery about the disease, which many doctors believed was conjured in patients’ imaginations. The mystery of Fibromyalgia has left millions of sufferers searching for hope in pain medications. Up until recently, many physicians thought that the disease was “imaginary” or psychological, but scientists have now revealed that the main source of pain stems from a most unlikely place- excess blood vessels in the hand.

The discovery may lead to new treatments and perhaps even a total cure in the future, bringing relief to as many as 5 million Americans thought to have the disease. To solve the Fibromyalgia mystery, researchers zeroed in on the skin from the hand of one patient who had a lack of the sensory nerve fibers, causing a reduced reaction to pain. They then took skin samples from the hands of Fibromyalgia patients and were surprised to find an extremely excessive amount of a particular type of nerve fiber called arteriole-venule (AV) shunts.

Up until this point scientists had thought that these fibers were only responsible for regulating blood flow, and did not play any role in pain sensation, but now they’ve discovered that there is a direct link between these nerves and the widespread body pain that Fibromyalgia sufferers feel.

The breakthrough also could solve the lingering question of why many sufferers have extremely painful hands as well as other “tender points” throughout the body, and why cold weather seems to aggravate the symptoms. In addition to feeling widespread deep tissue pain, many Fibromyalgia patients also suffer from debilitating fatigue.

Neuroscientist Dr. Frank L. Rice explained: “We previously thought that these nerve endings were only involved in regulating blood flow at a subconscious level, yet here we had evidences that the blood vessel endings could also contribute to our conscious sense of touch… and also pain,” Rice said. “This mismanaged blood flow could be the source of muscular pain and achiness, and the sense of fatigue which are thought to be due to a build-up of lactic acid and low levels of inflammation fibromyalgia patients. This, in turn, could contribute to the hyperactivity in the brain.”

Current treatments for the disease have not brought complete relief to the millions of sufferers. Therapies include narcotic pain medicines; anti-seizure drugs, anti-depressants and even simple advice such as “get more sleep and exercise regularly.” Now that the cause of Fibromyalgia has been pinpointed, patients are looking forward to an eventual cure. Other expressed frustration about how much they had suffered already:

“When are they ever going to figure out that things are never “all in your head?” said one commenter. “Whenever something doesn’t fit in their tiny little understanding, they belittle the patient and tell them they are crazy. People have suffered through this since they were invented. Prescribing SSRIs for everything is not the answer any more than a lobotomy or hysterectomy was.”

The announcement has the potential to unlock better future treatments and undoubtedly has patients all over the world rejoicing that the mystery of Fibromyalgia has finally been solved.

By: Rebecca Savastio

Source: Redorbit

Source: Womenshealth.gov

Source: Yahoo News

I guess we just have to ‘wait and see’ like we have done for a long time now if this could help many Fibromyalgia sufferers.

‘FibroWHYalgia’, by Sue Ingebretson, BOOK REVIEW…

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When Sue Ingebretson found her health spiraling out of control, she wanted to know why. Her tenacious research into the causes of chronic illness led her through a maze of traditional and nontraditional healing methods. Ingebretson eventually connected the dots and found wellness. FibroWHYalgia is a half diary/half tutorial guide that exposes the facts, fibs, and fairytales of failing health and offers practical solutions.

FibroWHYalgia contains an abundance of encouragements making it enjoyable and easy-to-read. Included are detailed descriptions for making nutritional, fitness, and stress-relieving lifestyle changes.

Sue also runs a website Rebuilding Wellness – helping health challenged women to rediscover lifestyle balance. Her Book FibroWHYalgia is in Amazon’s No 1 Seller in Chronic Illness.

THE LUMBER CURVE…

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The Lumbacurve initially provides a passive gravity assisted traction (PGAT) – which gently stretches the lower back, causing the vertebral joints to separate.

This in turn, relaxes the discs and frees up the spinal nerves, thus giving back pain relief, as practised by Western physiotherapists, Chiropractors, and Osteopaths.

In addition to this Lumbacurve design features provide the combined benefits of shiatsu stimulation, yogic stretch, and acupressure massage, all recognised techniques, employed in Traditional Oriental Medicine making it one of the most natuaral cures for back pain.

LumbaCurve International director David Pegg commented “Trials with users and customer feedback has been very encouraging in terms of the effectiveness of LumbaCurve in helping to reduce stiffness, increase mobility, and improve posture.

However these endorsement and testimonials are subjective rather than objective and scientific, hence the need for this research into the effectiveness of LumbaCurve as a natural cure for back pain, through scientific evaluation and validation.’

They are optimistic that a successful outcome of the clinical trial will lead to the potential publication of a scientific paper on the effectiveness of LumbaCurve back pain therapy.

This simple to use product can be used by either healthcare practitioners in the treatment room in conjunction with their own therapy, or by individual sufferers.

TOP BEST HEALTH WEBSITES…

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I’m sure at some time or other most of us would have used a health site to find what our problems are, well with so many to choose from your never quite sure which is the best to use. The list below are the ones that have been in the top best health websites for a few years.

1 NHS.uk an excellent site to get through with in-depth information. Easy to read and simple to use. The best bit is it will will either put your mind at ease or tell you to phone the GP asap.

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2 WebMD.com one of America’s top health site which blends award-winning expertise in medicine, journalism, health communication and content creation to bring you the best health information possible. It states it has 17m users a month and is actually easy to use. It also has a hand review of prescription medicines by other users.

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3 NetDoctor.co.uk this long-established site packages videos, forums and advice, and a description of every ailment (and its symptoms) known to man.

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4 MedicineNet.com this site has photo slideshow which can help you decide on your problem and also could help you to identify insects and their bites.

5 http://www.exercisetvhq.com/ it does exactly what it says on the tin for FREE, tailored towards women but some videos for fellas as well.

6 MedHelp.org this one actually claims to be the world’s largest health community full of busy online forums, with topics on almost anything you can think of.

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7 ChooseAndBook.NHS.uk this is the latest electronic bookings and referrals system for England which gives you the choice of at least four hospitals or clinics to choose from for any medical appointment.

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8 eMC.medicines.org.uk this has a database of 6,500 medicines, all with downloadable PDF’s of the original sheets. All you need to know about your drugs under one roof. Also easy to access the details.

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9 MaleHealth.co.uk this is a charity run good site for men’s health for men who don’t like going to the Doctors.