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5 Natural Remedies for Fibromyalgia!

Beth Martel
Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal condition which is mostly found in women and is considered nearly as common as Osteoarthritis. It can lead to a debilitating depression and social withdrawal. It needs to be clarified that fibromyalgia is not an autoimmune disease; however, many people with autoimmune diseases do have fibromyalgia. This confuses and lengthens the diagnostic process between the two.

Also, it has been thought that in  Fibromyalgia, nerves are hypersensitive to any stimulation, but this is a theory.

The muscles of your body might hurt all over without any physical activity and the joints may also start aching, making you all restless, and unwilling to exercise. It eventually leads to depression and anxiety as well. Other symptoms may be chronic headaches, incapability to focus on things, abdominal pain and body stiffness.

While you can always consult a doctor, it is also necessary to put efforts to find a way to deal with the disease like this one without losing hope and letting it take control of you and make you weak. As they rightly say, ‘Where there is a will, there is a way’ and there surely is. Let me show you 5 ways that might help you to fight not only Fibromyalgia but many chronic pains. Continue reading

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Lupus: a BRIEF brush-up!

What is lupus? If you’re recently diagnosed-or if you’re a veteran in seek of a brush-up on the basics, this is for you. Lupus i chronic: it doesn’t go away. What does that mean? It means that lupus will be in your body forever (until a cure is found). Lupus may be dormant for a while, but other diseases are likely present in our bodies and we don’t know it; like Sjogren’s Syndrome or Rheumatoid Arthritis. Often, these diseases are only too happy to step in take up where lupus left off! Now, you may be stuck with them, too!

Lupus is inflammatory and if there’s ONE thing you remember about lupus, it is that. Inflammatory, inflammatory, inflammatory. Whenever you may think of lupus or any autoimmune disease, they all have one thing in common: Inflammation. Inflammation of the sac around the heart:pericarditis. Infammation of the sac around the lungs: pleuritis.  Inflammation of the stomach: gastrits. Inflammation of a cyst: cystitis.

How does that happen? Normally, our bodies have certain cells which recognize other cells as foreign. They ‘re job is to mount a defense, kill these cells and get rid of them. In lupus, these cells are either fewer or unable to do their job or are overwhelmed and overtaken by the foreign cells (sounds like a battle to me.) Sometimes  we talk it is it seems that we’re on a battlefield of  full scale war! Is it any wonder that the medications used to treat autoimmune diseases are often anti-inflammatories?

The next post will concentrate on listing resources you may want to familiarize yourself with. Remember, that, in an earlier post I mentioned that not every site is accurate, These sites have tried and true information; the only thing missing, is the how personable, or technically competent of your doctor who knows YOU and knows YOUR history. That is why it is always the best combination approach to get information from these sites and CLARIFICATION as to whether is applies in your case FROM YOUR DOCTOR.

So, where is all this inflammation coming from? This is an explanation that I found from YouTube that explains it all.

 

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Interview with Dr. Donald Thomas-lupus and Sjogren’s Syndrome

Comprehensive, yet easily understandable, this interview with Dr. Donald Thomas, M.D. discusses 27 secrets to living a better life with lupus and other and other autoimmune diseases. His book, “The Lupus Encyclopedia” needs to be in the library of every lupus patient.

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Flares and their Triggers

First, this is a recap of previously agreed upon flare triggers:

Do you notice a trend; I do! I see that anything that places a stress on your system and requires that your body physically or emotionally adjust to a new set of circumstances has the potential to cause a flare of your symptoms.

So, how can each of the above triggers, throw you into a flare of your symptoms?  All of them put a physical or emotional stress on your system, but there are additional ways worth mentioning

  • not enough rest: Sleep deprivation is harmful to the immune system HOW? T cells are decreased when we get too little rest and when T cells are decreased or are decreasing, the body has a harder time fighting infection.
  • pregnancy places a stress on the body and if women become pregnant 6-8 months after symptoms become quiescent, they’re are less likely to develop a lupus flare during pregnancy. This means they need to plan pregnancies
  • when lupus patients have infections, they are likely to be started on medications. If you remember, STARTING a medication is an adjustment the body needs to make and rapidly starting a medication can trigger a flare
  • when people are overworked, they get too little sleep which can worsen their symptoms
  • emotional stress often causes us not to be able to sleep, to lie awake thrashing. When we don’t get enough sleep, T cells of the immune system have a harder time fighting infection.
  • ultraviolet light can trigger a flare Normally, an intact immune system rids us of aging or dying skin cells. Because sunburn can cause cell death and enough sunburn can cause enough inflammation so that more than ‘a simple’ sunburn results. UV rays can cause enough inflammation so that not just the skin, but the joints, muscles and internal organs are affected. FLARE
  • surgery: is a physical stress on the system and an emotional stress on the body, both of which trigger flares. Also, surgery can introduce medications (like antibiotics or anesthetics) not taken before, which can trigger a lupus flare. A cortisone injection (intravenous or intramuscular) is sometimes given.
  • viruses cause trigger lupus flares because they are a kind of infection and exposure to any infection causes the immune system to work ‘overtime.’

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to prevent flares, but knowing what can cause flares and how flares are triggered, gives some ideas as to how they can be managed. We’ll address that in another post.

 

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Isn’t this beautiful? Mt. Ranier

  •                                                        English: Author- Jordan Goss Mt. Rainier as ob...

I’ve been mesmerized by beautiful images lately, some of which I see on Pinterest boards, so I started my own ‘bucket list‘ board of places I’d like to visit. This is one of MANY images of Mt. Ranier in Washington state stands over @14,400 feet and is the tallest peak in Washington State.

On this page, you’ll find sights that will take you (hopefully!) away from something we can never take a full holiday from, but maybe for a few short minutes there can be relaxation and we’ve talked about the benefits of relaxation on your immune system-before. Lupus may be a disease of exacerbations and remissions, but the exacerbations are real. Things like this inspiration column will help if you take ‘holidays’ from your daily routine on a regular basis.

Perhaps you’d like to ‘Google’ Mt, Ranier, get lost in the history or read an article or two about hiking in the area or learn about volcanos like Mr. Ranier. Whatever you’d like to do and see, Mt. Ranier lends itself to awe-inspiring study!

 

 

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“Live Beyond Lupus: 5 Steps to HappYness”

Cindy, nationally known motivational speaker, knowns of what she speaks. She  has lupus, speaks and teaches about living with lupus and gives tips on coping with autoimmune diseases. Her free webinar scheduled for April 1 was cancelled and needed to be rescheduled because of fatigue and fever which rarely gets Cindy down. But a 103 degree temp for 3 days stopped even Cindy. I’m happy to say that she’s ‘on the mend’ and has rescheduled her free webinar for next week. Please see the video and link below it for details! Only 57 spots left!

“Live Beyond Lupus: 5 Steps to HappYness

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MAY IS LUPUS AWARENESS MONTH

May is Lupus Awareess Month

 

MAY is LUPUS AWARENESS ACTION MONTH. Walk in one of the many walk-a-thons, or 5K walks or 5K runs, but BECOME INVOLVED. If you walk or run you are involved; or if you donate to the Alliance for Lupus Research, the Lupus Foundation of America, the Lupus Research Institue you’re involved. If you volunteer at your local Lupus Foundation chapter you are involved. It doesn’t take much to put your special talents to good use and make a difference in a very worthy cause.

Don’t let lupus become a forgotten ‘orphan disease’ An orphan disease is one that you can’t see so it so it seems to many that it doesn’t exist; it is often how the ‘story’ goes. An orphan disease needs a standard bearer, someone who can bring it to national attention.

According to the National Institute for Health (NIH). lupus or other autoimmune disease affects some 23 1/2 MILLION Americans: cancer affects 9 million Americans and heart disease affects @ 22 million people, but even though autoimmune diseases affect more people than cancer and heart disease, FUNDING for autoimmune decease lags far behind.

Also, according to the NIH, “NIH research funding for AD [autoimmune diseases] in 2003 came to $591 million. In comparison, cancer funding came to $6.1 billion; and heart and stroke, to $2.4 billion (source: NIH).” 

 

 

 

 

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