Sunday, 26 June 2011

Generalized Anxiety Disorder with FMCFSME

-M (via Hunter-Hopkins Center)

Friday, 17 June 2011

What Makes Fibromyalgia Worse?

Boreas by John William Waterhouse, 1902
The wind shows us how close to the edge we are.  ~Joan Didion

From the lovely people at   Fibromyalgia Network


What Makes Fibromyalgia Worse?

Fibromyalgia patients are often sensitive to odors, loud noises, bright lights, some foods, and prescription medications.1 You may also experience:2,3,4

  • non-cardiac chest pain
  • acid reflux
  • irregular heart beat
  • palpitations
  • shortness of breath
  • numbness
  • dizziness
  • feeling faint
  • nasal congestion
  • painful periods
  • irritable bladder
  • interstitial cystitis
  • profuse sweating
  • muscle weakness
  • tingling sensations
  • chemical sensitivities
  • vulvodynia (vulvar pain)
  • difficulty focusing eyes
  • premenstrual syndrome
  • the feeling of swollen extremities
  • dry or burning eyes and mouth
  • trouble maintaining balance
 Read more about these annoying symptoms, what researchers are learning about them, and treatment suggestions.

Aggravating Factors

Weather (especially cold climates and changes in barometric pressure), cold or drafty environments, hormonal fluctuations (premenstrual and menopausal states), poor quality sleep, stress, depression, anxiety, and over-exertion can all contribute to fibromyalgia symptom flare-ups.5,6

Read more here:  What Makes Fybromyalgia Worse? 

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Kahlil Gibran : A traveler am I, and a navigator, and every day I discover a new region within my soul. (via Roots of She)

Saturday, 11 June 2011

You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It's just a matter of paying attention to this miracle. ~ Paulo Coelho

Thursday, 9 June 2011

FibroTV: Getting "Well" Will never come from a pill. Pills do one thing. They cover up a condition and do not heal the body. If you want your illness, condition, or disease to heal. It will start with what you put in your mouth! Learn about the food you eat and nutrition! It is the best thing you will ever do for yourself! It is a gift to you! ♥ Jen Reynolds

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Meditation Altar at Chalice Well Gardens, Glastonbury ~ Photography by me, Robin Dalton, May 2011

Being willing to walk away from anything that does not honor you is power.
via Twitter

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Healing Rays of the Sun

Sunflower with her face to sun dancing in the breeze ~ photograph by me

I found this fabulous post on my Facebook newsfeed from Fibromyalgia Network

It's been quite sunny here (well, for England) so I have been trying to sit in the sun for a bit. I love the thought that I may find healing from the Sun instead of a prescription, that on one level or another is a poison, a desperately needed poison for many, but a poison nonetheless. I say we all stop a minute and go dance in our sunny gardens (or move slowly or maybe just sit a minute).


 Latest News

Sun Therapy for Fibro

by Kristin Thorson, Editor, Fibromyalgia Network
Posted: May 26, 2011 

The sun can soothe sore muscles and induces relaxation, but that's not all.1 A new study shows UV rays may also reduce fibromyalgia pain by triggering your skin cells to make more vitamin D.2

Regular sun exposure causes your skin to produce vitamin D, which does more than maintain healthy bones and build strong muscles. This essential vitamin is known for its immune system effects on relieving pain and inflammation. Making sure you get adequate sun exposure should lead to greater vitamin D levels and less fibromyalgia pain ... at least in theory.

A team in Israel put this theory to the test. Their study included 60 chronic pain patients, primarily those with fibromyalgia, but also patients with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. All subjects sun-bathed briefly each day for three weeks under medical supervision. Pain levels, disease severity, and serum vitamin D were measured before and after the three-week period. 

Vitamin D increased by 25 percent, regardless of whether the patient had fibromyalgia or arthritis. Greater changes in vitamin levels correlated with the degree of improvements in pain and disease severity. The research team comments that their findings "support the hypothesis that increased serum vitamin D may reduce musculoskeletal pain."

Minimize Risks


Exposure to sun places people at risk for skin cancer.3 Dermatologists Steven Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., and Sarah Taylor, M.D., at Wake Forest University, offer the following advice for FM patients who find the sun helpful:
  • Short, controlled increments (less than 15 minutes), 2-3 times a week, are best.
  • Cover your neck with a cloth and wear a hat that shades your face. These are the most common areas for skin cancer.
  • Wear a cover-up if the warmth of the sun reduces your pain, and wear sun screen.

    1. Taylor SL, et al. J Alt Complement Med 15:15-23, 2009.
    2. Harari M, et al. Isr Med Assoc J 13:12-15, 2011.
    3. Feldman SR, et al. Pediatric Derm 22(6):501-12, 2005.