Category Archives: Chronic Illness

Highway For Pain Or Is It A Super Highway

 

 Interesting insight into chronic pain, and I wanted to share with those living with chronic pain.

Our Highway of Pain

Our body has built a highway of pain. It took, on average, over 6 months or more to build. And now, it’s a superhighway that your brain built .To build a new pathway away from this chronic pain highway, you have to bow to it. Acknowledge it, as it consistently demands your respect.

That’s why you hurt.

And despite the temptation of quick fixes, intentional magic, and special toys – it likely will persist. It doesn’t not want you to dissociate from it. After all, your nervous system built it and worked very hard at it.

So what do we do:

You must build a new pathway, if you have any chance of feeling something else. Rather than dissociate, respect it and build new behaviors. Don’t keep doing what you are doing and expecting a different result.

Remodel. Rebuild.

Respect this old highway.

Build a new one with new strategies.

Improve the way you move.

Improve your dietary intake.

Improve your mindset toward the pain.

Improve your breathing and meditation techniques.

Discontinue the perpetuations and ruminations that built the old highway.

Build something new.  Remember, you have the power to build a new highway, too.

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Wow, all very true. At Gentle Pilates we offer classes to, re-build your super highway. Group and Private Classes, Pilates, stretching and the MELT Method.  We can help you
remodel, rebuild, improve the way you move and help you, rebuild your super highway.

I am always asked what is the MELT Method. MELT combines with Pilates is an excellent way to “rewire” your super highway.  MELT works on hydrating the connective tissue system and re-balancing the nervous system to find better alignment, MELT and Pilates work on maintaining that alignment and improving overall fitness

Our new group classes start the week of April 16th, classes for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain designed to help you re-claim your life. Check out our website for information and times.  Contact us if you have questions or would like to sign up for a class.

Are There Precipitating Factors or Events Leading to the Onset of Fibromyalgia?

Many Fibromyalgia physicians believe there are precipitating factors that lead to the onset of fibromyalgia.

Primary fibromyalgia occurs spontaneously in individuals not suffering from any related or triggering condition. There is no clear cause for “primary fibromyalgia,” but over time the severity of primary fibromyalgia is affected by factors such as sleep deprivation, muscle atrophy, emotional stress, coping style, the weather, and of course, the pain itself. The course tends to be chronic, with unpredictable periods of greater and lesser severity.

Secondary fibromyalgia occurs in patients whose pain was preceded or triggered by another illness, such as arthritis, bursitis, or lupus, or from abnormal structural conditions such as disc tears and herniations, and nerve entrapments. The course and appearance of secondary fibromyalgia is very similar to primary fibromyalgia. The picture is complicated because the patient’s other illness or illnesses continue to cause symptoms and require treatment. It is often a difficult medical challenge to know when a triggering factor, such as a disc herniation, should be addressed surgically or whether other pain control methods should be pursued. A great many patients with fibromyalgia respond poorly to surgery, so it has been suggested by some experts that, for fibromyalgia patients, nonsurgical options should be the first course of action when conditions permit.

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My Thyroid Medication is Making Me Worse–Not Better!!

The Pursuit of a Thyroid Medication

A few years after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis — an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland. I was now hypothyroid, for which the standard treatment is Synthroid. Synthroid ordinarily works like a charm. But not on me.

I was eager to start treatment; but, within five minutes of the first dose, I had a terrible reaction. My endocrinologist assumed I was having a reaction to the inert ingredients, fillers, or dyes in the medication. He suggested I try another synthetic thyroid medication. I followed his directions and experienced the same symptoms.

The doctor could not explain this, and informed me that, in his many years of practice, he had never had a patient experience this phenomenon.

I was now worse off, experiencing the symptoms of severe hypothyroidism without any prospect of treatment with accepted medication.

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Is Fibromyalgia a Family Matter? (Powerful Video)

The Emotional Component of Chronic Pain, is very real.  If you are a patient, spouse, or child of someone with chronic pain if effects your life.  And it is very difficult, this video will help you and your family understand living with chronic pain.

Cassius DeFlon, MD, William Beaumont Hospital, MI, and Leon Rubenfaer, MD- Providence Hospital, MI share advice with patients, spouses and children.

Please share your comments with us, on the video.

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Now My Teeth Hurt–No Cavities, It’s Fibromyalgia Related!

TMJ three letters that stand for…PAIN. The medical term is Temporomandibular Joint Disorders.

TMD is a musculoskeletal disorder, which means that it affects muscles and bones. Sometimes people refer to TMD as TMJ, the correct term, as recommended by the American Dental Association, is TMD, or temporomandibular disorders. (either term causes pain for those of us who suffer from the condition)

Musculoskeletal disorders are the most prevalent cause of chronic health problems, disabilities, and health care utilization. They are the second most common reason for restricting activity and consuming medication.

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