Next week I will be in hospital for my operation. I regret that this means I will be unavailable to produce an FMS eNews. I hope it will not be too long before normal service is resumed.
139. Some people spend their lives for a purpose; the rest spend it looking for one. (or not!!!)
Also this week, Michael J. Fox is back on prime-time TV, Parkinson's symptoms and all! See what that could mean for us.
Plus, get a look at what the true role of inflammation in fibromyalgia might be, based on research from the past couple of years.
Down in Featured Articles, you'll find some content specifically for this time of year.
Take care of yourself!
Sensory Overload: Study Suggests Brains in Fibromyalgia Are Being Pummeled With Too Much Information
It’s a Jungle Out There
The key to survival in the animal world is to be able to detect threats in the environment and react appropriately. From the simplest sea creature dependent on temperature or saline gradients for survival to wildebeest on the savannah on the lookout for predatory lions – knowledge is god and fast and efficient processing of sensory information can make the difference between life and death.
Read more: http://www.cortjohnson.org/blog/2013/10/03/sensory-overload-study-suggests-brains-fibromyalgia-pummeled-much-information/
|A key neuroprotective |
process that should
kick in when your
muscles are in pain
appears to be
damaged in fibromyalgia
Rev Bras Reumatol. 2013 Jun;53(3):288-295.Importance of cutaneous silent period in fibromyalgia and its relationship with disease characteristics, psychological disorders and quality of life of patients. Umay E, Ulas U, Unlu E, Akgun H, Cakci A, Odabasi Z. neurons
These researchers looked at a curious phenomenon called the ‘cutaneous spinal period’ (CSP) which signifies a period during which the signals from very small sensory nerves to the brain get inhibited. Since these sensory nerves (small nerve fibers) carry pain signals to the brain, too much sensory nerve activity is going to leave you in pain.
Read more: http://www.cortjohnson.org/blog/2013/10/06/damaged-neuroprotective-process-pain-fibromyalgia-small-fiber-neuropath/
An Independent Researcher's Investigation Of Nutritional Supplements
Here is the main conclusion.
To get to the truth about nutritional supplements, above all...
Trust facts, not authorities.
After all, it was none other than Albert Einstein, PhD, (1879–1955) who warned:
“Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”
Because it is not uncommon, as Einstein was well aware of, for official authorities and acclaimed experts to omit, ignore, or even suppress facts (sound scientific evidence).
Physical Side Effects of Oversleeping
When it comes to sleep, can you have too much of a good thing? It's true a good night's sleep is essential for health. But oversleeping has been linked to a host of medical problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and increased risk of death.
Researchers are careful to note, however, that two other factors -- depression and low socioeconomic status -- are strongly associated with oversleeping. Those two factors may be the reason for the observed negative health effects. For example, people of lower socioeconomic status may have less access to health care and therefore more undiagnosed illnesses, such as heart disease, which, in turn, may cause oversleeping.
It's a Catch-22: You're hurting, so you don't exercise; but without exercise, you may lose muscle tone and strength, making pain worse. Fortunately, even mild exercise releases endorphins, the feel-good brain chemicals that lift mood and block pain. Ask your doctor if aerobic, strengthening, or stretching exercises can give your body the boost -- and relief -- it needs.
See this and the other 9 here
- I'm having a hard time getting things done. What can I do?
- How can I exercise when I feel tired?
- Can massage reduce my fibromyalgia pain?
- What can I do for my muscle pain and stiffness?
- Can acupuncture help fibromyalgia pain?
- How can I get a good night's sleep?
- I'm overwhelmed by my fibromyalgia symptoms. What can I do?
- Are supplements a safe way to treat pain and help me sleep?
- How can I get some stress relief?
These questions are answered here:-
Depressed? 12 Mental Tricks to Turn It Around
Medication can help depression. But a type of therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)—which focuses on changing behavior, rather than talking about your childhood, for instance—can be an effective adjuvant to or even substitute for drugs. “It’s much more focused on what you seem to be doing and thinking that is keeping you depressed,” Simon Rego, PsyD, director of psychology training at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. Some of its methods can be practiced at home, on yourself, with no special training. So here are some tips for breaking the cycle of negativity.
Stick It To Fibro Signs Campaign
During a conversation with my Daughter the other day, we started out talking about shopping. She said she would rather go to the Mall with me but that she knew I couldn’t do that. I asked her “who said I can’t”. She said that it would hurt me too much to go. I agreed, but said that it was my decision not hers.
She saiwater waved like going to the Dells. Well, I went to the Dells with them and even tried the surfing. Did it hurt afterwards? HECK YA!, but it was my choice.
Fibro Fog - the Real Cause
The brief loss of memory or confusion, often referred to as fibro fog, can be incredibly frustrating and even distressing. I know I was very concerned that my usual alert mind appeared to be gone forever.
Memory is a precious thing and when you find you cannot even hold a conversation because you find it hard to concentrate, it is understandable that you may feel distressed about it.
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I had a phone call from St Barts yesterday to tell me the result of last week's PET scan. The cancer has NOT spread, it is contained in the eye. So I have much to be thankful for.
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