I have often in these virtual pages emphasized the
importance of sleep in reducing the severity of chronic pain . Sleep has been shown in fibromyalgia studies
to be extremely important in reducing the pain fibromyalgia patients experience, and a lack of sleep appears to contribute to
the misery restless legs syndrome (RLS) patients experience.
Insomnia affects 10% to 20% of the United States
population. Among the elderly, the
percentage of those affected is 47%. For
the year 2007, it is estimated the cost of treating insomnia was approximately
$100 billion! We have all seen the
television commercials with the beaver and Abraham Lincoln.
There are several classes of medications for insomnia:
such as Restoril or Valium are effective in putting patients to sleep and
keeping them asleep, and they are relatively inexpensive. However, such drugs can have a hangover
effect, and a significant addiction potential...
Losing a limb is a very traumatic event. Not only is the actual act of physically losing the limb traumatic, but there is also psychological trauma too. During these times of warfare and conflict around the world, many adults and children are living a life as an amputee and upwards of 80% of them will also be living with chronic pain as a result of losing that limb.
There are three different types of pain experienced by an amputee. First, the pain can be directly coming from the severed nerve. Second, the pain can also be coming from the residual limb. Finally, the most common type of pain is phantom limb pain. Phantom pain is a painful sensation perceived in the missing portion of the amputated limb. Phantom pain is not to be confused with phantom sensation which is a vivid non-painful experience in the missing limb.
The treatment of phantom limb pain is difficult because this type of nerve pain is often not responsi...
Traveling is supposed to be a pleasurable activity. We all dream of relaxing on warm sandy beaches, curling up by a cozy fire in a mountain-top chalet, or touring historic locations. Unfortunately, the harsh reality of traveling with fibromyalgia (FM) is that often, just getting to our destination is so stressful and exhausting, we spend most of our vacation in bed, trying to recover enough strength to make the trip home. Take heart! It does not have to be that way. With a little pre-planning, you can actually enjoy traveling again. Planning ahead reduces the stress caused by last minute rushing, essential items left behind, inadequate facilities and long lines. Because stress frequently triggers a flare of fibromyalgia symptoms , planning ahead can be the key to making your trip an enjoyable experience. Itinerary Evaluate where you are going and what you will be doing. Do not set unrealistic ex...
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