Weight Loss and Your Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Don't step on that.Why noté It'll make you cry.To see how losing weight can bring about unexpected benefits that'll surprise you.Stay tuned. Losing weight can contribute to your healthand happiness in unexpected ways. Besides the pain, discomfort and fatigue manyof us have to contend with being overweight. Let's take a look at those 7 unexpected weightloss benefits: 1. You'll Save More Money and Earn More.When you're dealing with a fibro flareup the last thing on your mind is going shoppingand preparing a homecooked meal.
It's so easy to pop into your local fastfoodrestaurant and pick something up on the fly. Or, how about the habit of consoling yourselfas you wolf down a pint of your favorite ice creaméEating out on a regular basis can add up over time.No matter what a value menu may lead you to believe the price for a piece of fruit isalmost always cheaper. On the flip side weighing less can significantlyimprove the flow of cash into your bank account. A University of Florida study found that womenwho weighed 25 pounds more than average earned about 14 grand less a year than a normalweightfemale employee.
Yikes!That's a huge difference in the quality of the life that you could have for you and yourfamily. 2. You'll Recognize Faces Better.No more awkward moments when you're out in public trying to recall a person's name.Swedish researchers found that the ability to remember faces improves in overweight womenas they shed pounds. The researchers speculate that the weightloss makes the brain better equipped to access stored information.This is great news for you the fibromyalgia survivor.A big part of dealing with your syndrome is
the cognitive and emotional side of the illness.If memory and accessing those memories improves with weight loss you're more likely to seean improvement in your cognitive ability. 3. You'll Be Happier.As you start to shed those unwanted pounds your selfimage improves.When your selfesteem gets better you have more periods of time when you're content withyourself. Knowing that your weight loss is creatingboth physical and psychological changes for the better brings about a greater sense ofhappiness. Researchers in the Netherlands found thatthose people who were overweight were significantly
more likely to experience bouts of depression.And those people diagnosed with al depression were more likely to become overweight.The important factor to take away from this research is that your happiness is linkedto both obesity and depression, two conditions that face many a fibromyalgia survivor.4. You'll Sleep Better. Excess weight is directly linked to sleepapnea, which is an interrupted breathing sleep disorder affecting over 18 million Americansaccording to the National Sleep Foundation. Your extra body fat particularly in the upperbody impedes respiratory function. Not sleeping well sets you up for a viciouscycle since fibromyalgia survivors who are
short on sleep tend to weigh more.According to a study conducted at Case Western Reserve University those of us who get lessthan 5 hours a night are more likely to be overweight.5. You'll See More Clearly. Obesity has been linked to cataracts, glaucomaand macular degeneration. Although the reason why obesity is associatedwith cataracts is unclear, being overweight does increase ocular pressure one of the keyrisk factors for glaucoma. Having a weight problem also ups the oddsfor oxidative damage, which worsens your vision over time.All of these health conditions need not be
What is fibromyalgia and how is it treated
Hi, I'm Gordon Irving, Medical Directorof the Swedish Pain Headache Center. Let's look at what fibromyalgia is, why people getit and what can be done about it. So, what is fibromyalgiaé What makes someonewith fibromyalgia wince event at the thought of a hug even from a loved oneé Fibromyalgiahas been around a long time. This is a description by a famous medical , William Oslo,in his book Principles and Practice in Medicine. Sleepiness is frequently present; the achingpain in the back of the neck is the most constant complaint and the response of local tendonsin the spine. Now, the date of this publication: 1869.
In 1990, a group of rheumatologists who weredoing research and wanted to have a better definition of widespread pain syndrome theywere seeing in their s got together. This way they could compare any treatmentsor findings. So, they coined the term fibromyalgia and the so called quot;tender point examinationquot;came into being. So this is where the pushes on different areas of you and if youhave 11 out of 18 tender points, like painful points, in three areas of the body, it indicatesyou have fibromyalgia. More recently, that same group of researchershave published a symptom severity score chart and a widespread pain index. That doesn'tway from the need of the trigger point exam,
which obviously is very prone to examinererror I could push hard or I could push lightly. There have been many studies documenting differencesbetween fibromyalgia and other pain states, and even those who don't have pain. Thesehave shown differences in the brain scans, in stress, growth and thyroid hormones, aswell as lower androgens. There are also automatic nervous system changes and decreased concentrationof certain neurotransmitters and neuromodulators. So no longer can anyone claim there are nobiochemical or MRI, functional MRI, changes that can be seen in fibromyalgia and it isa fictitious illness. This is incorrect. The
tests are complex and primarily availableonly for research purposes but the results are in: fibromyalgia is a real disease orsyndrome. We think these changes and others may leadto central sensitization of the nervous system that's where the brain, even when theyhave nonpainful sensations, the brain says it's pain. That is why pain is widespread.It doesn't come from the muscles themselves but is from the central nervous system thatmisinterprets input. So, why do people get ité Bottom line is wereally don't know. There may be a genetic susceptibility that's made apparent onlyafter a viral illness or an accident such
as whiplash. We know that relatives of someonewith fibromyalgia are 8 times more likely to suffer from it themselves, and femalesare 6 to 10 times more likely to suffer from it than males. Well, how do you treat ité Well firstly, youneed to improve your sleep. Sleep hygiene is really how to set up for a restful nightsleep, and there's plenty of advice for that to be found on the web. So, if you havesleep apnea where you snore and stop breathing or if you have restless leg syndrome, theseare medical problems that need treatment. Good sleep is very important. In fact, somepeople think fibromyalgia is primarily a sleep
disorder. Two, lose weight. If you are obese, losingweight may significantly decrease your pain. Three, stop smoking. Every time you smoke,for about an hour afterwards the carbon monoxide you take in smothers the red blood cell andit stops oxygen going to the tight muscles. People with fibromyalgia who smoke have morepain. Four, exercise regularly but learn to paceyourself. Do too much and what happensé You crash and burn. Pacing is important. Five,settle the mind. Cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness meditation are methods where youare beginning to use your brain to turn down
Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome
The difference between Obstructive Sleep Apneaand Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome is defined by how you define apneas and hypopneas. Apneasmean you stop breathing for 10 seconds or longer that's complete obstruction. Hypopneasmeans it's 10 seconds or longer pauses but you have partial obstruction. So you needa combination of five to 15 apneas andor hypopneas per hour to say you have sleep apnea.Now, let's say that you stop breathing 25 times an hour, but you wake up between oneand nine seconds for each episode, then you're told you don't have any sleep apnea. So thisis called Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome, meaning that you have lesser degrees of apneasor hypopneas that don't get counted as formal