Fibromyalgia and Nutrient Deficiencies


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From my own experience with fibromyalgia, I know how frustrating the generality of some symptoms can be. Fatigue? Chronic pain? There are so many things that cause these things, and there are so many things out there claiming to be the solution.

But, before running off for more medications or topicals, it’s a good idea to check if your body is low on important vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients since that could be contributing to your fibromyalgia symptoms.

How Vitamins and Minerals Interact With the Body

Nutrients like vitamins and minerals are a necessity for the body. Without them, the body can’t function properly. Not getting enough nutrients leads to diseases, weakened body systems, and just overall not feeling your best. And the body can’t produce enough of them on its own.

So it’s up to us to ensure our bodies are getting the nutrients they need.

How Common are Deficiencies?

Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are more common than most people think, even in developed countries like the United States where foods and products with these essentials are easy to find. Part of the reason for this is people not monitoring their diet or eating unhealthily.

You can find more information about nutrient levels in the U.S. population at https://www.cdc.gov/nutritionreport/.

Vitamin D

Nicknamed the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is produced when the body interacts with sunlight. Vitamin D and calcium work together to strengthen bones, keeping the skeletal system healthy. What does this have to do with fibromyalgia? Well, check out what vitamin D deficiency can do to the body.

Fatigue

Depression

Lowered immunity to getting sick

Bone pain

Bone loss

Slower wound healing

Hair loss

Muscle pain

Some of those symptoms sound familiar? If you have fibromyalgia and are vitamin D deficient, you could be experiencing overlapping symptoms, almost like doubling their impact.

You can increase your vitamin D levels by going outside without sunscreen, eating more eggs and fish, drinking vitamin D enhanced milk, and taking a supplement.

Vitamin B12

B vitamins, especially B12, are known for contributing to energy levels. And I’m sure all of us with fibromyalgia could use more energy in our daily lives. What are the symptoms of B12 deficiency?

Vision loss

Pale skin

Smooth tongue

Weakness

Tiredness

Shortness of breath

Heart palpitations

Loss of appetite, constipation or diarrhea

Tingling, numbness

Trouble walking

Muscle weakness

Depression, behavior changes, or memory loss

Again, some of these symptoms are the same as symptoms you can experience with fibromyalgia.

Foods rich in B12 include meat, eggs, dairy products, and fortified cereals.

Magnesium

Unless you’ve been low on magnesium for a while, you won’t experience many symptoms. However, ongoing magnesium deficiency can lead to the following problems.

Nausea

Vomiting

Little appetite

Weakness

Sleepiness

Muscle spasms (extreme cases)

Headaches

Weakened bones

Nervousness

Stress on your heart

Something else is that not getting enough magnesium compromises your levels of calcium and potassium.

Magnesium is easy to find in foods. It’s found in nuts, whole grains, milk, bananas, and salmon. Also, you can absorb magnesium through the skin if you take a magnesium epsom salt bath.

Coenzyme Q10

This one might not be as familiar to you. Coenzyme Q10 is an enzyme the body naturally produces in the cell. It’s essential for the mitochondria (the power house) of the cell. Low levels of coenzyme Q10 have been found in fibromyalgia patients and contribute to overall fatigue.

Foods like meat, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, fatty fish, oranges, strawberries, legumes, sesame seeds, and pistachios provide CoQ10.

Getting Your Levels Checked

Checking your nutrient levels is easy. You can get blood and urine testing done through your doctor. If your results show you have deficiencies, your doctor can work with you to find the best way for you to up your levels considering your diet, supplements, and interactions with medications you take on a regular basis.

I know how, once you get used to having fibromyalgia, you can start to chalk up all bodily symptoms to the illness, but this just goes to show some of your symptoms might not be. Also, if your symptoms seem to get worse for no reason, it could be related to something like your nutrient levels. So do yourself a favor and look to see if your levels are deficient. It could end up easing your symptoms. And we all want that.

 

https://www.helpguide.org/harvard/vitamins-and-minerals.htm/

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-d-deficiency-symptoms#section8

https://www.webmd.com/diet/vitamin-b12-deficiency-symptoms-causes#2

https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/magnesium-test

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/coenzyme-q10#section12

 

 

 

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Fibromyalgia and Keratosis


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A keratosis is a dark, scaly, unattractive growth on the surface of the skin that typically shows up in your advancing years. It’s a natural part of growing older, as any old, bumpy-nosed witch in a children’s story illustration will attest.

They’re not the kind of thing you look forward to. You don’t hear people say, “I look forward to the day I can kick back and scratch my keratosis bumps.” Frankly, they are warty-looking and embarrassing. And there is a form that is considered pre-cancerous, so you will want to have them checked out when you see them.

But what are they exactly? And can they be treated?

What Is A Keratosis?

Basically, a seborrheic keratosis, generally the more pronounced form, is a growth on the skin that has a waxy, scaly feeling. They’re typically hard and elevated from the skin. They almost look like scabs or moles, but are distinct from these other skin conditions.

The color of these growths varies, ranging from tan to a darker black. And they can also vary in size, growing up to more than an inch across.

Science doesn’t know exactly what causes someone to develop these growths. Evidence shows that it’s not related to sun exposure like freckles or melanomas. They aren’t contagious and seem to become more common as you age. There is a genetic predisposition to having these, so if your relatives have seborrheic keratosis growths, you will be susceptible to having them, too.

To diagnose the condition, a doctor will do a simple examination of the skin and factor in things like your age and family history in order to judge whether it is a keratosis or a more dangerous condition like skin cancer. And to be safe, the doctor may wish to remove a bit of the tissue and examine it in a laboratory.

Is A Keratosis Dangerous?

Unlike melanomas, which are cancerous growths on the skin, seborrheic keratosis are not dangerous. There’s no risk of the growth metastasizing, or becoming skin cancer. But, there are forms of keratosis that can be dangerous.

An actinic keratosis is a generally smaller growth that usually forms on the face or the shoulders. Unlike seborrheic keratosis, which are usually solitary, actinic keratosis most often arrive in clusters of more than one. They’re caused by long term exposure to the sun. The mechanism involves the UV light from the sun’s rays. This part of the light spectrum can eventually damage the DNA inside your cells. DNA serves as a kind of blueprint, guiding your cells on how to replicate themselves.

When UV light damages the DNA, the cells being to replicate damaged versions of themselves. Eventually, these damaged cells can begin to expand rapidly, destroying the other cells of the body. And this can lead to certain forms of skin cancer.

In the early stages, these actinic growths are usually small and rough, resembling very flat warts. Over time, they can grow enough to be visible on the skin. Usually, they grow very slowly, so you may not notice any symptoms at first. But eventually, the growths may begin to feel itchy or burn.

Bottom Line: If you have a normal, age-related keratosis, there’s really no reason to worry. But that doesn’t mean that you might not want to remove them. Depending on the size and location, a seborrheic keratosis can make you selfconscious about your appearance.

The good news is that they are generally pretty easy to remove.

How Can You Treat Them?

The most important thing is to not pick or scratch at these growths, as they often bleed and the wound can become infected. If you want to remove a growth, it’s best to see a doctor. There are few different things that a doctor can do to remove them safely and easily.

The first is something called cryosurgery. Essentially, the doctor will take a container of liquid nitrogen and dip a long cotton swab inside. They will then press the swab against the growth. The extreme cold will destroy the tissue inside the growth. With time, it should blister and fall off.

Cryosurgery isn’t always effective, and it may sting a bit. But it is usually a good way to remove smaller growths.

For larger growths, the doctor may use electrocautery. In this procedure, the doctor takes a device with a long metal rod and passes electricity through it. The electricity heats the metal which the doctor then uses to burn away the growth on the skin. The heat of the metal instantly seals the wound, which prevents bleeding. But if done incorrectly, it can lead to scarring.

Laser treatment (ablation) is also available to remove a keratosis growth.

It’s always best to make sure that you see a trained dermatologist for these kinds of procedures.

References:

https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/bumps-and-growths/seborrheic-keratoses

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seborrheic-keratosis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353882

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seborrheic-keratosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20353878

https://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/actinic-keratosis

 

 

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Fibromyalgia and CBD


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Almost every city in America has at least a shop or two that sells CBD products. You may have wondered what these stores are about and whether CBD is the same thing as marijuana. Products containing CBD are being touted as the magic cure for everything from depression to chronic pain. But can CBD help fibromyalgia, and is it safe? Read on for more details.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a chemical compound derived from cannabis. It’s a common misconception that CBD is the same as marijuana. This is understandable because cannabis is another name for marijuana. However, CBD is not the same as marijuana because the psychoactive ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is removed. It is not possible to get “high” from CBD.

Additionally, the source of CBD depends on the legality of marijuana in each individual state. In states where marijuana is legal, CBD oil may be extracted from the marijuana plant. But CBD oil derived from the hemp category of cannabis is legal in all 50 states.

CBD may be consumed in oil form, edible gummy candies, capsules, topical creams, or vaporized (also called vaping.)

What are the Claims about CBD?

Even though CBD does not contain the psychoactive chemicals in marijuana, some people believe that CBD products are beneficial. Many studies have already shown the potential benefits of medical marijuana. Some proponents believe that CBD is an essential component of cannabis that offers pain relief.

Proponents claim that CBD oil has the following benefits:

  • Pain relief
  • Anti-anxiety effects
  • Less insomnia and improved sleep quality
  • Improved digestion and decreased nausea
  • Migraine relief
  • Relief of irritable bowel syndrome

Many of the same benefits attributed to medical marijuana are also attributed to CBD since CBD is one of the components of marijuana. While marijuana is not legal in every state, many people find that the CBD component helps them to feel better.

Is CBD Safe?

Until a bill passed in early 2019, CBD products were not regulated. It was kind of like the Wild West, where anyone could sell something labeled “CBD” without being held to certain standards. Now that hemp is legal in all 50 states, CBD will be regulated. But until that takes full effect, CBD products are not legal for sale across state lines.

There has only been limited research about the safety of CBD. So far, no major health concerns are associated with the products’ use, although more research needs to be done. However, some initial studies suggest that vaping anything (including CBD) may cause lung damage and allergic reactions. People with asthma and other respiratory disorders should not vape CBD or other liquids.

Will CBD Help Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a complex illness with no known cause nor cure. We don’t really know what will help it. However, many people say that CBD is a useful item to have in your toolbox of managing the disease.

One study conducted in 2006 supports the use of CBD in conjunction with THC. This study found that medical marijuana significantly reduced pain. Another study in 2016 found that some people with fibromyalgia may suffer from a lack of endocannabinoids—meaning that CBD could provide pain relief by providing a missing substance.

CBD may help provide symptom relief for fibromyalgia. However, if you decide to try it, make sure to look for more reputable products and brands.

 

 

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Fibromyalgia and Natural Oils


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It’s frustrating to find effective ways to treat the many symptoms of fibromyalgia, especially those chronic symptoms that fibromyalgia sufferers are always looking for relief from.

If you’re sick of trying out different medications for chronic pain and fatigue, maybe essential oils can work for you.

Beginnings of Essential Oils

While it’s true that essential oils seem like a fad that picked up over the past couple of years, their use actually goes back to 2500-3000 B.C. Evidence of them can be found in ancient Egypt, China, and India.

How to Use Essential Oils

If you’ve never used essential oils before, it can be confusing about where to start or how to use them. It’s actually pretty easy to add oils to your life. Here are some ways to use them.

Diffuser

One of the easiest ways to add essential oils to your routine is to use a diffuser. Place some water in the diffuser and then add a few drops of whatever oil you want.

Topical Application 

Many oils are most effective when applied to the skin, especially for the areas that are in pain. Just be careful. Some oils need to be mixed with a carrier oil before they can be placed directly on the skin. Almond and coconut are the most common carrier oils.

Baths

Hot baths are already helpful for relieving pain and stress. You can amplify that effect by adding drops of essential oils to your bath water.

Oils for Fibromyalgia

Below are a few essential oils that can be used to help treat two of fibromyalgia’s main symptoms: chronic pain and chronic fatigue.

Also, remember to always check with your doctor before trying new treatment options.

Oils to Ease Pain

Peppermint

We’re not strangers to peppermint. It’s often used as a flavoring in gum and candy. There’s even peppermint tea and toothpaste. As an oil, peppermint helps muscle and joint pain as well as headaches.

Peppermint has analgesic and muscle relaxant properties. It soothes and cools when applied to the hurting area of the body—you will need a carrier oil for topical use—and is also effective in the bath.

It aids headache relief by improving blood circulation.

Plus, an added bonus, peppermint is invigorating and can help keep you alert.

CBD (Marijuana)

CBD oil is all over the news lately. According to many, it has helped a lot with their fibromyalgia pain when applied topically. 

Cannabidiol oil is a different chemical than the source of marijuana that gives people a “high”, which is known as THC. Currently, it isn’t legal in all 50 states.

It’s believed that CBD oil works to help relieve pain by affecting receptors in your brain. This helps with inflammatory and chronic pain.

There are still many outspoken critics of this oil right now, but research looks promising.

Ginger

Ginger has shown useful as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic. It also improves circulation like peppermint.

Zingibain can be found in ginger and is responsible for that anti-inflammation ability.

Pain like headaches, cramps, muscle, and joint pain is decreased from ginger use.

Bonus: Ginger has many other health properties as well like being an antioxidant, an antiseptic, and a nausea aid.

Oils to Help Relaxation or Sleep

Lavender

Lavender is famous for its ability to help people relax. Studies have shown its ability to act as a sedative and protect the nervous system.

Lavender is also one of the essential oils that doesn’t necessitate a carrier oil in order to apply to the skin.

Studies also indicate lavender may help with pain!

Chamomile

Chamomile is often made as tea to aid sleep, but it can also be used in oil form.

Studies note the reduction of stress-caused plasma adrenocorticotropic hormone levels when people inhale chamomile. This helps create a relaxed feeling, making it easier to sleep.

Diluted chamomile also works well topically and in the bath.

Citruses

Citrus family oils have either a relaxing or invigorating effect, depending on the individual.

Lemon balm and Bergamot can help with anxiety. Lemon balm is most effective in a capsule instead of oil, but some report inhaling it helps them. Bergamot was used in a study, and the results showed a decrease in the participants’ stress.

A Possible Aid

This is by no means an exhaustive list of essential oils that can help with pain, fatigue, or other fibromyalgia symptoms, but these oils are a good place to start if you’re interested.

Fibromyalgia is a complicated health condition because of all its symptoms and the uncertainty of what causes it. That’s partly why it can be difficult to find ways to alleviate symptoms, but research and individual testimonies show that essential oils can help sufferers cope with the illness. So, maybe one or some of these oils could be what you’re looking for.

 

Sources

https://essentialoilsacademy.com/history/
https://www.painpathways.org/essential-oils/
https://www.painpathways.org/aromatherapy-for-chronic-pain/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3612440/
http://info.achs.edu/blog/depression-and-anxiety-can-essential-oils-help

 

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Fibromyalgia & Pain Management

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Fibromyalgia discomfort is a very common ailment that affects millions of people on planet each year. It is generally known as a wide spread fatigue, muscular pain, and multiple tender points. Even though this pain is very common, Fibromyalgia syndrome is usually misunderstood and under diagnosed ailment in health market. Medical professionals and research workers are still working hard to know about the actual causes of the disorder, identify and deal with its signs or symptoms.

On the other hand, it does not mean that people affected by this health disorder are hopeless of a life with ongoing and unending exhaustion and regular pain. You will find a number of effective natural ways for fighting Fibromyalgia and get back to your natural life.

1. Talk to Your Doctor

You always need regular visits to a highly qualified professional and skilled medical doctor with the years of experience in the field of Fibromyalgia to get a new and effective fitness or health plan every month.

A highly skilled medical professional with the years of experience in the field is the best person to recommend you the best exercises for fighting Fibromyalgia effectively.

He will also be able to tell you the most efficient every day diet plan that will help you to fight this disorder effectively. A good mixture of healthy diet and every day workouts is the most ideal way to fight this disorder successfully.

2. Keep Moving

Regular daily workouts and effective physical exercises play a very important role to regulate the growth hormone that can help you to maintain powerful muscles, soft tissue health which will result in a healthy and deep sleep at night.

In most cases, people who have difficulties with this disorder often get in touch with this pain by reducing their daily movement which causes pain in their joint body parts and muscular tissues.

Reducing your everyday movements and workouts can invite stiffness and pain in the body and increase the possibilities for injuries that can cause more pain. Daily workouts and efficient exercises is a key element in fighting this pain. These workouts will also help you to reduce a great amount of

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Imbalanced blood circulation

So, always make sure to take exercises regularly to deal with this health condition effectively.

3. Make Sure You Remember to Stretch

Never ever forget to stretch. Mild stretching workouts will help you to improve the stiffness of ligaments and muscular tissues.

These stretching exercises also help you to improve the range of motions. Always make sure you are including stretching workouts at the beginning and end of each exercising session.

4. Choose Exercises That You Enjoy

Make your daily workouts and physical exercises a fun thing. Your exercises should not be uninteresting, boring or painful in order to be effective.

Include things that you enjoy to make your exercising session interesting and fun. This can amazingly help you to reduce a great amount of depression and stress effectively.

5. Set Your Goals and Targets

Setting the goals and targets in an effort to fight this syndrome effectively is the finest way to get success. Set your goals and targets and stay positive during the process of fighting the disorder.

A great mind with a great attitude can deal with this health condition effectively. Always make sure you are listening to the voice of your body and do not take heavy exercises that cause further pain in your muscles or joint body parts.

6. Determination

Determined people are successful in this world. No matter what you do in your life, your determination always plays a big role in reaching your target. One of the best tips for fighting Fibromyalgia is how you take the job, seriously or lightly.

Your determination plays a key role in dealing with this disorder effectively. Always be positive and determined in an effort to treat your condition in an appropriate way.

7. Always Sleep on Time

Sleeping on time should be your top priority. As a matter of fact, all those men and women who have difficulties with this condition often report sleeping disorders like feelings of overwhelming exhaustion.

This health condition may disturb the daily sleeping routines and leave its sufferers in more fatigue and anxiety in the morning hours than before going to bed at night time. A healthy and timely sleeping is really an important and essential factor to treat this disorder effectively.

8. Set a Schedule

It is really important for you to set a good schedule of every day diet plan, healthy foods, good exercises and most importantly, timely sleeping. Set your exercising schedule for at least 30-45 minutes a day because it is really important for you take these exercises regularly to deal with this health syndrome.

As mentioned earlier, healthy and balanced diet is also an important factor that must not be ignored. Set a schedule for your daily healthy meals to live healthy. Sleeping at night is vital. Set a schedule of at least 8 hours of timely sleeping. You can write all these notes in your diary or use your Smartphone to set your schedule with alarm.

9. Reduce Stress

Stress is an emotional feeling. However, it can harm your body in a very bad manner and leave you in a miserable health condition. It can introduce tension and anxiety in different body parts including muscular tissues, increases a great amount of discomfort in joint body parts, upset your digestive system, and disrupts sleeping routines.

All those people who suffer Fibromyalgia report that they feel huge amount of stress without adding an extra burden with the body. In an effort to heal your body from this disorder, you will need to reduce the stress by any means to live like a normal human.

10 . Deep Breath

Stress management techniques like deep breath, meditation, yoga, and tai chi are great ways to calm the body and reduce stress.

Tips for fightingmFibromyalgia pain are really easy to follow. You just need determination, optimistic approach and dedication to treat the disorder effectively

 

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Fibromyalgia & Weighted Blankets

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Weighted blankets are getting a lot of attention these days. Fans of weighted blankets claim that they relieve anxiety and insomnia, as well as potentially helping children with autism and sensory integration disorders. But some people with fibromyalgia are exploring the possibility that weighted blankets may provide comfort to them, too. Here is some more background information on whether weighted blankets can work for fibromyalgia relief.

There’s no question that life with fibromyalgia can be challenging. Pain and aches all over your whole body are a constant for most people with fibro, though most people have occasional periods of relative comfort. Looking for the right thing that will relieve pain is usually a long and difficult process. Medication can help some people but it’s usually not sufficient in itself. Relief from pain and discomfort often requires a combination of multiple different therapies.

The Origins of Weighted Blankets

You may have just started seeing weighted blankets in bed and bath stores in the past couple of years. But the truth is that weighted blankets have actually been around for nearly twenty years already. They began as a tool prescribed by occupational therapists to help children with sensory processing issues, anxiety, and autism spectrum disorders. The weight of the blankets would help kids feel calmer. Back then, it was difficult to find a ready-made weighted blanket, so many therapists and parents would make their own. The first mass-produced blankets were introduced to the market in the late 1990s but were originally only marketed to children.

The Science Behind Weighted Blankets

Believe it or not, weighted blankets aren’t just a trendy meme. There’s actually some science between what makes weighted blankets so calming and comforting. The weight of the blanket provides deep pressure, which can have a relaxing effect on some people. A 2008 study in the journal Occupational Therapy in Mental Health evaluated 33 adults who each rested under 30-pound blankets for five minutes.

At the end of those five minutes, 33 percent of the study participants who used the blankets showed a greater drop in sweat on the skin, which is a measure of stress. Nineteen of the participants said they felt calmer with the blanket than without, and eight said they were comfortable either way. Only three of the study participants felt more anxious with the blanket than without.

Although it’s only a small study, it shows some promising initial results that the weight of a blanket can be soothing, especially when combined with rest.

Can Weighted Blankets Help Fibromyalgia Patients?Weighted blankets may help you if you have fibromyalgia, especially if you are also prone to anxiety or insomnia. Some people find using a weighted blanket to be very comforting and relaxing, like being wrapped in a snug embrace. Many fibro sufferers also have problems with poor sleep, which can aggravate your pain and make it worse. Having a tool on hand that can help you sleep more deeply can allow you to get the rest that you need.

Many fibro patients also deal with anxiety, which is another condition that weighted blankets can really help. Although considering how difficult it can be to get medical providers to take you seriously, it’s hard to know how much of that anxiety is organic to the illness and how much is caused by insensitive medical staff.

What about pressure points? Pain at the pressure points is a common problem in fibromyalgia, and sometimes it feels like the air hurts your skin. Wouldn’t something that puts more pressure on your body make that sensitivity worse? Not necessarily. A weighted blanket may not take away the sensitivity at the pressure points, but can still be soothing overall, anyway.

Choosing the Right Weighted Blankets for Fibromyalgia

It’s also important to note that weighted blankets come in a variety of weights, filled with a variety of materials. Some people advise that the blanket should be proportionately heavier when compared to your body weight. But you may find that a lighter-weight blanket will be more comfortable for you than the one that corresponds to your weight. Or you may prefer a blanket that’s filled with plastic beads instead of metal. When it comes to fibromyalgia relief, it’s important to choose what feels most comfortable for you.

 

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Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, & Neurofeedback Procedure

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Neurofeedback is also known as electroencephalogram (EEG) biofeedback. It is a process that is based on electrical brain activity. It involves training the brain in which researchers can study how it functions through the use of electrodes that are applied to the scalp. The neurofeedback procedure can help relieve chronic pain in fibromyalgia patients by studying and regulating brain activity.

Please note I am not a doctor. Although this article has undergone extensive research, you should always consult with your doctor. Talk to your doctor about any questions or concerns you may have about your condition. Do not replace the following information with your doctor’s advice.

Dealing with Chronic Pain

Before discussing how the neurofeedback procedure works, let’s look at chronic pain in fibromyalgia patients. Chronic pain is defined as persistent pain that can lasts from weeks to years. Fibromyalgia patients try to cope with the widespread chronic pain that is associated with the condition. Besides dealing with the chronic pain associated with fibromyalgia, patients may also have other symptoms, such as fatigue, difficulty sleeping, depression, and more.

Dealing with chronic pain can be difficult for people living with fibromyalgia. However, there are options. You can practice coping strategies, such as meditation or deep-breathing exercises. Another option is that you can try neurofeedback therapy.

Neurofeedback Procedure

How does it work?

Researchers do not know exactly how or why neurofeedback works. However, the procedure has been known to help with relaxation and pain relief.

In addition to extensive pain, fibromyalgia patients may also experience other conditions that can greatly impact their day-to-day lives, including chronic fatigue, mood disorders, and mental health issues. Neurofeedback can help relieve pain and possibly other conditions associated with fibromyalgia by focusing on the brain. The brain is where neuronal signals are processed and transferred, which is important to consider while exploring the topic of pain.

The neurofeedback procedure involves the process in which you receive feedback from your brain about what your mental state is like. With this information, you can determine what are pain related areas. Therefore, this can help change and train your brain as well as measure your brain activity in relation to your pain.

It may take time to observe and analyze your responses, but most sessions tend to last between 30 to 60 minutes. Make sure to talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about the procedure. Although your therapist may suggest the neurofeedback procedure, it is always a good idea to discuss any new technique related to your health with your doctor.

Are there any side effects?

Fortunately, this procedure is considered as a safe method and it has no known side effects. However, this does not mean that this procedure is necessarily right for you. Before starting the procedure, make sure to discuss it with your doctor first.

Can I do it myself?

It can get expensive, but there may be commercial devices available. It can be available as a handheld device. Additionally, you may be able to connect it to the computer, which makes it accessible and easier to observe your responses. However, this option should be considered very carefully. Before doing it yourself you should be aware of the possibility of scams. Do not trust all manufacturers. This is why it is important to discuss all options with your doctor. Your doctor may recommend you should at least begin the procedure with a professional, especially because learning about the method can take time.

Pros and Cons

In conclusion, the neurofeedback procedure can be a great option to relieve pain in fibromyalgia patients. Let’s look at some pros and cons associated with the procedure:

Pros

  • If neurofeedback is successful, you may be able to train your brain to cope with certain symptoms, including chronic pain.
  • You may be able to eventually learn to complete the procedure at home and on your own.
  • It may decrease the amount of medication needed for certain symptoms.
  • It is a noninvasive treatment.
  • There are no known side effects or risks.

Cons

  • The procedure can take time.
  • It can be expensive.
  • It’s not for everyone.

There is a lot of information regarding the neurofeedback procedure, which can get a bit overwhelming. However, your doctor is there to help you. Make sure to contact your doctor to address any of your questions or concerns. Because neurofeedback involves your health, you should consider this procedure carefully. It is important to reach out to a health care professional who you trust before starting the neurofeedback procedure.

 
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Chronic Pain and Topical Lidocaine

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Lidocaine is an anesthetic and antiarrhythmic. It can help treat irregular heartbeats, and also relieve the skin. Here we will be looking at lidocaine topical, though there are other forms like the injection. The injection option for lidocaine can have different side effects than the topical solution. If you are interested in the injection option, contact your doctor for more information.

What is lidocaine topical?

Lidocaine topical can be used as a cream, gel, spray, lotion, liquid, skin patch, ointment, foam, powder, or other forms that are applied to the skin. Do not ingest the topical medicine, and keep it out of the mouth, eyes, and nose. Rinse with water if you accidentally get any medicine in any place other than your skin.

Lidocaine can be found under the following brand names: Bactine, Glydo, Lidoderm, Xylocaine, and more. For a full list visit Drugs.com.

How does it work?

Lidocaine works as a numbing medication that can block nerve signals in the body. It can also help relieve irritated skin. Certain skin conditions may be painful or cause itchiness, such as from minor cuts or burns, insect bites, poison ivy, poison oak, sunburns, eczema, or hemorrhoids. Lidocaine helps by reducing symptoms associated with the conditions listed previously.

What should you know before taking the medication?

Allergies

Do not use lidocaine if you have experienced any allergic reactions to numbing creams or medicines. Let your doctor know about your experience with numbing medication, and keep them informed about your condition, especially if you have had an allergic reaction in the past. It is also important to tell your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction to other medicines you have taken in the past. If you have had any severe reactions to certain foods, dyes, animals, or preservatives, make sure to let your doctor know.

Other Medications

Additionally, tell your doctor if you have had liver disease. Make sure to also relay information concerning other medicine you are taking, such as if you are taking any heart rhythm medicines.

Breast Feeding

Ask your doctor the risk associated with taking lidocaine topical and breast feeding. Do not apply the medication anywhere on the skin where it makes contact with the baby’s mouth. Keep it out of your child’s reach and do not feed it to your child.

Alcohol

There are no known reactions from drinking alcohol and using lidocaine. However, try to consume small amounts of alcohol while using lidocaine.

Side Effects

If you experience any severe side effects, get emergency medical help as soon as possible. It is possible to experience signs of an allergic reaction while using lidocaine. Signs of an allergic reaction include having trouble breathing, the skin has broken out in hives, or the face, lips, tongue, or throat has become swollen.

The following is a list of possible side effects of lidocaine:

  • stinging where the medication is applied
  • blistering
  • dry skin
  • irritation
  • burning
  • dizziness
  • tiredness
  • swelling
  • redness
  • rash
  • confusion
  • blurred vision
  • numbness
  • joint pain
  • tightness of the chest

Contact your doctor about other possible side effects. If you have had a minor reaction from the medication and it does not go away after a few days, check in with your doctor. If your condition worsens, contact your doctor immediately.

Other Important Information

Dosage

The dosage can vary depending on the form of lidocaine you are using. For example, if you are using ointment, your doctor can recommend you apply the medicine on the area of the skin about three to four times a day. On the other hand, if you are using a skin patch to help treat pain associated with shingles, your doctor can recommend using only one to three patches per twelve hours.

Forget to Take On Time

If you miss a dose or forget to change a patch, simply apply the medicine as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time to take your next dose, wait and skip the forgotten dose. It is important to take the medicine as directed and not overcompensate for the missed dose. Certain medicines that come in creams or gels should last even when they are removed after a certain amount of time.

Storage

Make sure to keep the medicine stored in a place where animals and children can not get to it. Additionally, keep it away from moisture and heat in room temperature. A patch that is kept in the heat can impact how the medicine is absorbed into the body. This can lead to an increase in the risk of serious side effects or overdose.

 

 

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Fibromyalgia and Pain Killers?

I don’t know anyone with Fibromyalgia who’s found pain relief with Advil, Aspirin, or Tylenol. If any of them have worked for you, please share your dosage routine! 🙂

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Of primary concern for sufferers of fibromyalgia, of course, is the issue of pain killers and which are going to be most effective for your pain. There are different symptoms of the syndrome, but pain is the most pertinent condition. Effective pain relief can come from over-the-counter, prescription drugs or a combination. We present the 6 of the best fibromyalgia pain killers.

6 Fibromyalgia painkillers

Advil

Advil is a brand of ibuprofen, first developed in 1962.  It is a type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug or NSAID. There are different brands of ibuprofen, but Advil is one of the best known. Similar to Tylenol, Advil is used for pain or fever relief. However, unlike Tylenol, Advil also soothes inflammation, making it one of the most effective fibromyalgia painkillers.

NSAIDs are among the most common pain relief medicines in the world. Over 30 million Americans use them every day to soothe headaches, sprains, arthritis symptoms, and other aches and pains. And, because of the anti-inflammatory abilities that NSAIDs have, they can also lower fever and reduce swelling.

NSAID drugs work by inhibiting cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1), the chemical responsible for production and release of prostaglandins, which are, in turn, responsible for pain and fever. They also inhibit cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), which is responsible for inflammatory response.

These drugs are very effective for relief of pain caused by inflammation. Unfortunately, while the causes of fibromyalgia are still a bit of a mystery, it is known that it is not caused by inflammation. While these drugs have been prescribed often for fibromyalgia pain, they haven’t actually been all that effective on their own. However, NSAIDs have seen success in combination with other pain relievers.

Aspirin

Plain old Aspirin is also a NSAID like Advil, and it’s also one of our favorite fibromyalgia painkillers. The chemical name of Aspirin is acetylsalicylic acid or ASA for short. The use of willow and other salicylate-rich plants has an ancient history, being used by the ancient Sumerians. More recently, ASA in its pure form was distilled in 1899 by a scientist working for Bayer. There are also other brands available such as Bufferin, Entrophen and house brands. Like Advil, because it has anti-inflammatory properties, it can provide fever and pain relief. However, unlike either Tylenol or Advil, Aspirin also works to thin the blood and is therefore often used to prevent stroke and heart disease.

As part of the NSAID class of drugs, Aspirin inhibits COX-1 and COX-2 to provide relief from pain, fever, and inflammation. While most NSAIDs also inhibit platelets in the blood, Aspirin does so irreversibly for eight to ten days, the full lifespan of the platelet. It is this which gives it the ability to act as a blood-thinner, but can also make you more prone to bleeding.

Aspirin is generally safe, but children under 18 years of age should avoid it. While the side effect that might cause Reye’s syndrome is rare and only occurs in very specific circumstances, it is also very serious. Since there are other types of painkillers available, it is easier for children to simply avoid the drug altogether. It should also be noted that while there are products called “baby aspirin” or “low-dose ASA.” In spite of the names, these should also be avoided for children. These products are actually blood-thinners for adults to take to prevent heart disease and stroke.

Tylenol

The generic name of Tylenol is acetaminophen and it’s also on our list of fibromyalgia painkillers. This drug was discovered and marketed in 1956. It is called acetaminophen in the US, Canada and Japan, and paracetamol elsewhere. Unlike Advil and Aspirin, Tylenol is not in the NSAID category. Because it works on the nervous system instead of inflammation, it is more effective than NSAIDs for fibromyalgia pain.

Tylenol is used for pain or fever relief, but it has no anti-inflammatory action. Therefore, it won’t affect any underlying inflammation that can cause pain. Conversely, it can have a greater effect on pain like fibromyalgia where the pain is brought on by conditions in the nervous system rather than inflammation.

Tylenol is a safe drug to take for pain during pregnancy or lactation. That is because though it can be detected in breast milk, no adverse effects on either mothers or infants have been reported. Therefore, it is considered to be the first choice painkiller in pregnancy and lactation.

Acetaminophen is generally considered a very safe drug because it has few interactions with other drugs. It has also been around for a long time, so healthcare professionals are very familiar with it.  However, this can lead to a significant risk of overdose with the drug. First, because of the way it is perceived, it can mean that people are not as cautious with it as they really need to be. Because fibromyalgia pain is ongoing, it seems likely that, in an attempt to relieve pain, a person might be tempted to take more of the drug than is recommended.

Also, acetaminophen overdose can be quite serious. The symptoms of overdose include nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain and jaundice. It also has several symptoms that may easily blend with symptoms that a patient is already suffering because of fibromyalgia and can, therefore, be easily missed.

Finally, it can be very easy to overdose on acetaminophen accidentally. This is because the drug is often included in other kinds of drugs. For example, you might be taking Tylenol for your fibromyalgia pain, and then catch a cold. Cold medication often also includes acetaminophen.

Acetaminophen is also sold in combination with opioid and other drugs.

Like ibuprofen and ASA, there are generics and other brands which have acetaminophen as the main active ingredient. They are virtually the same thing as Tylenol, and so it’s up to you which brand you want to use. If cost is an issue, you may want to buy the house brand acetaminophen, which is generally cheaper than the brand name Tylenol.

Amitriptyline

Unfortunately, there has been a long history of fibromyalgia being treated as a psychosomatic condition, so naturally, you might be suspicious if your doctor prescribes an antidepressant as one of the fibromyalgia painkillers. However, there has been a great deal of success in treating pain through tricyclic antidepressants like Amitriptyline.

It is believed that this is because the mechanism for fibromyalgia pain is chemically based on the neurotransmitters that carry pain signals to the brain. Many of these same neurotransmitters are involved in depression, which helps explain why antidepressants can help with fibromyalgia pain.

Unlike Tylenol, Aspirin, and Advil, Amitriptyline is not available over-the-counter. It is only available through a prescription. The drug can also help with sleep issues that come with fibromyalgia. So it can not only help with pain, but help you get more and better sleep.

It’s also not much of a surprise if the chronic pain of fibromyalgia might have made you depressed. Because there is generally a linkage between physical and emotional health, it will be helpful if it’s possible to elevate your mood. So in another way, an antidepressant can help with fibromyalgia suffering.

Lyrica

Lyrica is an oral medication that is classified as an anti-seizure or anti-convulsant drug. Lyrica is the trade name of the drug Pregabalin and it’s one of the more effective fibromyalgia painkillers. It was the first drug approved by the FDA for treatment of fibromyalgia. Like Amitriptyline, Lyrica is not an over-the-counter drug and must be prescribed.

Lyrica binds to a part of the nerves and it is thought that this reduces the ability for nerves to send pain messages to each other; it slows down impulses in the brain that cause seizures and affects chemicals in the brain that send pain signals across the nervous system.

Again, like Amitriptyline, the anticonvulsants work on the nervous system to relieve pain. The drug will reduce the number of pain signals that are sent to the brain. Fibromyalgia is believed to be caused, at least in part, by nerves being effectively “hyperactive” and so sending too many signals. What anticonvulsants do is calm the nerves and cause them to send fewer signals. This helps them prevent seizures in other conditions and also helps relieve pain in fibromyalgia.

Opioids

There is little doubt that opioids do the job, and they will almost definitely be one of the most effective fibromyalgia painkillers. However, they also carry a very significant risk of creating dependence. For this reason, while there is very little question that opioids are effective, it is generally seen as a measure to be taken only after other treatments have been tried.

However, because antidepressants and anticonvulsants can take several days to take effect, opioids are sometimes prescribed in conjunction with other drugs. Also, where other options aren’t effective at relieving pain, long-acting opioids are often prescribed to stay on top of the pain while other solutions are explored.

While there are drugs with a higher success rate than others, it is also important to note that what works for one person may not work for another. One single drug won’t work for everyone. Conversely, a drug that may work for you won’t necessarily work for other people. To a certain extent, it will require some investigating and some trial and error.

 

 

The preceding article is from FibromyalgiaTreating.com and posted here for sharing purposes only. No copyright infringement is intended.

Fibromyalgia and CBD Oil

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In a recent post regarding the use of medical marijuana for the treatment of fibromyalgia symptoms, comments were made regarding the helpfulness of a similar product called CBD oil (cannabidiol). What exactly is CBD oil and is it the same as medical grade marijuana? What exactly can it do for fibromyalgia?

Is It Legal?

The first thing you should know about CBD oil is that it is completely legal in the United States as long as it is made from industrial hemp rather than marijuana. It is viewed as a dietary supplement, similar to an herbal supplement such as Valerian Root which is commonly used by fibromyalgia patients to relieve insomnia and anxiety.

Some years ago I did medical transcription for a pediatric neurologist. Several parents whose children had epilepsy or seizure conditions asked the physician about the usefulness of CBD oil. Fibromyalgia patients often find themselves in the same boat as the children of these parents: the prescription pharmaceutical options usually have side effects that are too debilitating and unbearable. Thus, parents who were aware of the CBD oil treatment unequivocally preferred it over all of the prescription medication because it has no side effects. However, the physician always responded with the same answer, that he did not have any information about it and therefore was not willing to advise one way or another. While there have been a number of studies conducted on the efficacy of CBD oil for both epilepsy and fibromyalgia, it is apparently still not enough. That is why you will usually find the same disclaimer on CBD oil that you do for other supplements: “These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

Regardless of a lack of scientific data, fibromyalgia patients on nearly every online forum dedicated to the condition mention CBD oil and marijuana as highly effective treatments at one point or another. That means it merits our attention.What is CBD oil anyway?

“CBD hemp oil is made from high-CBD, low-THC hemp, unlike medical marijuana products, which are usually made from plants with high concentrations of psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Because hemp contains only trace amounts of THC, these hemp oil products are non-psychoactive,” say the folks at Medical Marijuana Inc., a leader in prescription grade CBD products. They add that since CBD interacts with our naturally occurring systems and is not psychotropic, it will not cause a high like traditional marijuana. For those suffering from fibromyalgia who must also function daily with jobs, children, or other responsibilities, a non-psychotropic option may be just the key. Think of how often you’ve tried to function with prescription pharmaceuticals for fibro, but get knocked down by the side effects of grogginess or fatigue. CBD oil could also be a great alternative for those who do not wish to use medical marijuana for religious reasons, or for the majority who simply lack legal access.

CBD oil comes in many forms, such as lotion, tinctures, drops, vape oil, spray, chocolate bars, salve, capsules, cream, and is even available for pets in drops. In the fibromyalgia community, drops seem to be the number one choice while capsules come in second.

What will CBD oil do for my fibromyalgia?

Fibro patients report a variety of symptoms that are often treated with CBD oil, but remember that everyone is different. Nonetheless, it is worth trying because fibromyalgia patients report that it helps greatly with chronic pain, sleep, endurance, anxiety, depression, inflammation, muscle spasms, overall mental health and well-being, mood, and more. Occasionally you will find those who say that CBD oil does nothing for them. However, it should be noted that an FDA report shows that some hemp oils only contain very little CBD while others have no cannabinoids at all. That may explain why some fibromyalgia patients say they have no response to the oil at all. In other words, quality matters and it would be helpful to check out the report to see the relevant brands.

Where can I get CBD oil?

There are high quality CBD oil distributors all over the internet, including Amazon where you can check reviews by thousands of people and search for the highest rated products. Additionally, most local health food stores carry it in one or many ways. The key is to do your research by checking online sources and talking to fellow fibromyalgia patients to see what brands and distributors have been the most helpful.

 

 

The preceding article is from FibromyalgiaTreating.com and posted here for sharing purposes only. No copyright infringement is intended.