Finding Solutions For Fibromyalgia Pain

Fibromyalgia (FM) patients seek relief from medications, exercise, and healthy eating habits, after a proper diagnosis of the tender points within the body.

Depression had become a common denominator for the Fibromyalgia population since patients spent years waiting on a diagnosis. Anti-depressants like Cymbalta, and Wellbutrin help relieve Fibromyalgia pain.

 

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Development Centers Inc. 24424 and 24430 W. McNichols, Detroit, MI 48219. This is one facility in Detroit, MI, that helps Fibromyalgia patients with depression and their anti-depressants. There are psychiatrist and therapist here at this site to help ease the pain mentally and physically. Photo by: Cynthia Gladden

Opiates have been a common use for patients with Fibromyalgia. Now that more research has been done, Lyrica a new drug for FM patients can also help with the pain from the nerves. Weight management for some is highly recommended.

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 Exercise can help remedy pain symptoms of
Fibromyalgia pain. Photo by: Cynthia Gladden

Exercise is also suitable with healthy eating habits to help with pain symptoms.  Medications have helped find relief for some patients, leading them to a life filled with less pain and more activity. Pain management specialist, Dr. Mahmound Sabbagh states, “proper eating habits and daily exercising can also help with lowering pain symptoms.”

 

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THE SIGNATURE PATTERN: For Pain Signals In The Brain

It was construed as a figment of imagination for many years for sufferers of Fibromyalgia Syndrome and went undiagnosed for years.  Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain can detect pain signals in the early onset stages of Fibromyalgia symptoms

Fibrositis in 1904 was the original diagnosis for Fibromyalgia symptoms.  In 1972, patients became more descriptive with their symptoms, a widespread pain with tender points near joints. A core of symptoms developed and the name was changed in 1976 to Fibromyalgia and currently FMS. The first sleep electroencephalogram (EEG) was performed in 1975 a test that records and measures electrical activity in the brain as sleep deprivation is a symptom of Fibromyalgia. Through studies in 1986, serotonergic – norepinephric were the first drugs to be effective with Fibromyalgia symptoms.

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Two – four percent of Americans, approximately 10 million people with a ratio of eight to two women over men, have Fibromyalgia Syndrome that is now known as FM.

Being rare in existence and doctors unfamiliar with the connection of Fibrositis, many patients developed depression.  Depression is also linked to signals in the brain and led many patients to many years of doctor appointments while wondering why they were still in pain, every day while receiving psych services. The intense pain left many patients depressed, and studies have found that Fibromyalgia is more of a neurological disorder because the pain felt is nerve pain. Lifestyle choices and daily chores are also affected as well as their sleeping habits and mental and physical well-being. Doris Dangerfield, Professional Counselor, “states that she recommends her Fibromyalgia or chronic pain patients to see a psychiatrist, to obtain therapy.”

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Fibromyalgia patient is starting her day with a heat treatment to soften the stiffness and sharp, intense morning pain.

Now that Fibromyalgia is more prevalent as a medical diagnosis, some of the pain symptoms could be relieved with proper health care, mentally and physically, as Doris Dangerfield states in her interview, “depression causes pain, and pain causes depression.”

A pain pattern is now indicative to establishing a Fibromyalgia diagnosis.  Localizing pain patterns on patients is now an acceptable diagnosis. Newer methods after many visits to multiple doctors, like an MRI of the brain that can verify pain. In affected areas of the brain, instances of pain, where it should not be. Pain management specialist, Dr. Mahmoud N. Sabbagh, MD, from Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan states “there are minimally invasive approaches to calm the nerve pain, along with diet, and weight loss for some.”  Nerve pain sends signals to the brain, affected nerves run through the spine, causing pain in different areas of the body. Some people opt to have an ablation. Ablation is a procedure used to burn the nerve leading to the area most affected by grief.

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This is the neurology department at Harper Hospital, 3990 John R. Street, Detroit Michigan, the Neurology department where Fibromyalgia patients go for nerve pain. Image source: Cynthia Gladden
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Fibromyalgia with widespread pain and tender points, now related to pain signals sent from the brain, leading out to nerve roots form the spinal cord. Image source: Cynthia Gladden

When you cope with pain on a daily basis, it can affect the lives of others as well. The impact of a loved one being in chronic on a regular basis has its toll. The way of living will change an entire family’s daily routine when nerve pain is the extent of the day for a Fibromyalgia, family member.  Leeah Gregory-Gladden talks about her mothers Fibromyalgia. “It is difficult for the family when you watch a person be in pain.” “My mom is in pain from the time she gets up until she goes to bed.” “She is a warrior when it comes to pain; she never lets it kill her dreams.” People diagnosed with FM have a life-changing experience with their health, which affects some aspects of their personal and family living. Many people with FM do not look like sickly with pain until they have to walk or areas of the body become inflamed with pain.

Dorie Renee Fann-Purry is a survivor of Fibromyalgia and Lupus. She says “I get tired of people judging me by how I look. “ “I fight through pain every day and to have someone make a snide comment about me parking in a handicap zone, pisses me off.” Dorie Renee Fann-Purry is an active member of the Lupus Detroit, and advocates to help others in chronic pain.

A possible Fibromyalgia patient, Brandi Milton, continues to seek out answers to find out what is causing her pain. She says, “I have all of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia but have yet to be diagnosed with the condition.” “Maybe I should ask for an MRI, since I’m receiving this new information, about nerve pain.” Fibromyalgia was a mysterious disease for years, but with the new studies developed, an answer is in the making for millions that suffer every day.

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 Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan offers a road to recovery

Healthy eating habits and exercise has been linked to helping with FM symptoms and is part of treatment plans when treating pain symptoms. Keeping a healthy weight can help you maintain pain levels. Stretching is also excellent for a morning routine to help stretch out stiffness from sleeping. Getting the proper rest is also important, leaving you feeling more refreshed to start your day and carry out a daily routine to help keep those pain levels down. Planning healthy daily routines is part of a recipe to help with nerve pain.

 

 Now that Fibromyalgia is a recognized disease ask more questions when you go to the doctor. Request a test that could lead to a quicker diagnosis. Ask to see a neurologist for a second opinion. Research is being done continually to help pain patients cope with pain as well as treat what is now considered nerve pain, from signals in the brain. Pain that leaves a signature by receiving pain signals in the brain, where pain should not perceive itself in the body.

An All in One Cleanser

 

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, initially a bicarbonate soda mixture, now has many uses, a health aid, cleansing agent, and baking.

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Arm & Hammer Soda Bicarbonate, a health aid, soda bath, relief of acid indigestion, and tooth brushing. Image Source: Google

The cleansing agent in Arm & Hammer Baking Soda has led to many other products. The newest products are cleansing products that help clean and remove odors in multiple ways.

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Many people use Arm & Hammer products used for health and cleaning purposes. Image Source: Google

 

Lupus Detroit Fighting to Help the Warriors

A non-profit organization Lupus Detroit sponsors events that help raise money to help people that afflicted with the Autoimmune Disorder that causes the body to attack its own organs.

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This is a symbolism of a Lupus survivor. Image Source: Creative Commons

Lupus Detroit is having its fifth annual Walk for Warriors walk. This walk is being held at the New Center Park, in Detroit, Michigan on September 2, 2017. Registration has begun for the walkers, walking to help raise this year’s goal of $40,000 for the Warriors who suffer from this incurable disease.

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Dorie R Fann-Purry a Lupus Survivor and active member of Lupus Detroit. Photo Source: Dorie R Fann-Purry

Lupus Detroit is a non-profit organization that raises money to help people who are afflicted with the illness that causes their bodies to attack their own organs. “Let’s fight this battle together,” says Dorie R Fann-Purry, and active member of Lupus Detroit.

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Lupus Detroit has started the registration process for walkers. Image Source: Google

Register today for the walk on September 2,2017, and help these chronic pain sufferers fight the fight of their lives.

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Image source: Dorie R Fann-Purry for Lupus Detroit and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan

Chronic Neuropathic Pain

Chronic neuropathic pain is commonly known as nerve pain. Many chronic pain sufferers are afflicted with neuropathic pain, a different kind of pain that responds poorly to standard pain treatments. Chronic pain patients can be troubled with both chronic pain and nerve pain, so seeking proper medical care is advised when experiencing an abnormal feeling within your body.

Chronic pain is also known as Chronic Pain Syndrome (CPS), defined as having pain lasting for more than six months. Chronic pain can become dangerous cycles that lead stressors to cause intense pain. One case in point of a stressor is, loss of sleep at night, which can lead to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), from sleep deprivation and discomfort. No sleep leads to irritating nerves in the mind and body, making the pain worse, and that affects the nervous system and the paths leading to nerve pain.

Nerve pain can derive from damaged nerves sending false signals to the brain leading to chronic pain from the sensory nerves. The feelings of nerve pain vary from person to person; some people experience intense feelings of pain that burn and feel prickly throughout the different parts of the body.

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Chronic nerve pain is an extreme form of pain that can be debilitating. Signals from the Peripheral nerves and the central nervous system are the cause of the way that neurological mechanisms function in the body. Photo Source: Cynthia Gladden

Nerve pain can also make an individual highly sensitive to certain ailments for instance diabetes can lead to Diabetic Neuropathy a common cause of damaged nerves from diabetes being untreated. Fibromyalgia can affect the skin, muscles, and nerve central neurological disorders that stem from the spinal cord and the brain, reacting through the peripheral nerves of the body.

There is a heightened sensitivity to pain from nerves and can cause the skin to be affected with pain to the touch of the skin. There are also ailments that can lead to painful body positions, such as standing and sitting causing more stress for the patient.

Treatment for chronic neuropathic pain varies due to the reasons of the nervous system disruption. Opiates are prescribed, but other medications are given to calm the nerves. Topical ointments are used, nonsurgical treatments, home remedies, and treating health conditions that can attribute to nerve pain. Yearly physicals can detect early onset conditions, where a doctor can give you a correct diagnosis and treatment plan for any condition.

Chronic Pain and Depression

Your mental well being is just as important as your physical well being. Leading research finds that chronic pain and depression go hand in glove towards treatment. A path of signals to the brain detects chronic pain and depression can be linked to behavior. Multi functions of the brain recognize chronic pain and depression separately one or the other disorder leads to more severe pain.

Doris Dangerfield, Professional Counselor, states “chronic pain gets worse when symptoms of depression are not addressed and if depression is not treated it makes the pain feel worse.”

Many ailments or conditions cause chronic pain disorders, for example, fibromyalgia, arthritis, as well as sports injuries or falls. As a result, many patients use whatever measures to reduce their pain. Some people become addicted to the opiates used to treat pain, trying to get rid of the physical pain that could actually be connected to signals in the brain related to depression.

Doris Dangerfield feels that “pain causes depression and depression lead to pain, making a correlation between chronic pain and depression.”

Most people do not recognize the signs of depression, which leads to unexplained physical symptoms such as back aches and or headaches.

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The brain is the core of the central nervous system learning to relax can help reduce chronic pain.  Photo Source: Cynthia Gladden

Patients that are diagnosed with depression and chronic pain, antidepressant medications may find relief in both pain and depression because of the shared chemical messages in the brain. To help balance your life when coping with chronic pain being a part of your life, other healthy daily routines will help relieve the pain. Physical therapy, journaling, meditation, coping skills, eating healthy, and exercising, are just a few things that could help with reducing pain and building mental well being on a daily basis.

Pain can have a psychological effect and a physical effect for a correct diagnosis. A visit to your primary care doctor or local mental health center is advised for assessment of health conditions and treatment options.