Education, Health

Learning Wednesday: Fibromyalgia Tender Points And Understanding It – Part 2

If you are suffering from fibromyalgia, you need to know some facts about it and remember: do not feel shame for feeling the way you do. You can control this disorder and don’t let it overpower you.

Tender points are the specific points on the body that, when touched, feel tender to the person being touched.

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NOTE: Fibromyalgia is not “an imaginary disease”, it is real and it needs to be addressed as such. It is a seriously misunderstood illness.

inspiration, Motivation

Find Beauty in Your Life and Make the Pain Go Away

Find Beauty In The World And Bring It To Your Life!

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Beauty already exists everywhere and in everything. Our job is to look for it.

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Just be still for a moment and cast aside any distractions. You cannot fully appreciate something if your mind is elsewhere.

You might have to use a bit of imagination to get going, but once you’re there it’s difficult to stop.

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Begin to notice your surroundings. Don’t dwell too long on one thing. Just take in your environment and sink further into that state of peace and relaxing.

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Education, Health, mental health

Learning Wednesday: Treating Chronic Pain Succesfully

Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts at least 12 weeks. The pain may feel sharp or dull, causing a burning or aching sensation in the affected areas. It may be steady or intermittent, coming and going without any apparent reason. Chronic pain can occur in nearly any part of your body.

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Level AAA diagram. When treatment is done on the sole basis of symptoms, there is no recovery. In the troubled company, “fixes” are also made on the basis of symptoms, and almost never looked at at the deep level. Wrong approach!

Education, Health, Motivation

Learning Wednesday: Taking Care of Your Neck

SIMPLE ANATOMICAL IMAGE OF THE NERVES OF THE NECK

If your cervical spine gets hurt or damaged, acutely or chronically, you are going to have certain muscles affected: difficulty moving, pain, trouble with sensation, tingling, hyperreflexia and other symptoms and afflictions.

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Learn how the cervical spine is innervated and where those nerves go. Remember that the best medicine is education and prevention.

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Beauty, Motivation

What is Your Purpose to Live?

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Don’t hold yourself back. Embrace your light. Seek your life’s mission. Live your purpose and your life will be full of meaning and joy.
Your purpose, your life’s mission, your calling, whatever words you give it, as long as you’re alive, you have one, and as long as you have one, you might as well pull it out, put it on, and let it shine.

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What is YOUR Purpose? What gives your life meaning? If you’re not sure yet, then good for you! You get to discover it! (Exciting, isn’t it?) Ask yourself the following questions:

1) What gives my life the most meaning?

2) What is my passion? What gets me out of bed each day?

3) What do I feel most “at home” doing?

4) What are my strengths/weaknesses? What do these tell me about my purpose?

5) If I have a sense of my purpose, am I actively seeking to engage in it? If not, what is holding me back or standing in my way?

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“Finding your purpose” is more than just a cliche or a dream that will never be fulfilled. It’s actually a tool for a better, happier, healthier life that too few people attempt to use.
I know firsthand that nothing else matters if you aren’t following your soul’s purpose. Once you’ve found it, you can align all areas of your life to point in that direction. It is possible to do what you love and live in flow — you just need the right motivation and mindset, and to take the right action.

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Dr. Martha Castro, MD

Health, Lifestyle

Fibromyalgia a Scary Disease You Must Have Control Over

FIBROMYALGIA DIAGNOSIS

Fibromyalgia is not “an imaginary disease”, it is real and it needs to be addressed as such. It is a seriously misunderstood illness, mainly because, as you know, many sufferers may not “look sick.” This is why it is so important to talk about it as a so-called “Invisible Disease,” because not a lot of people nor medical doctors take it seriously.

Fibromyalgia is underdiagnosed

Clinicians should be familiar with the signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia and diagnose the condition with minimum investigation. Any Medical Doctor who doesn’t know how to detect this pathology needs to take some courses about how to diagnose it and treat it.

If you are suffering from fibromyalgia, you need to know some facts about it and remember: do not feel shame for feeling the way you do. You can control this disorder and don’t let it overpower you.

Fibromyalgia can be a hard disease to get a diagnosis for since so few people understand it.

It is imperative that we learn and educate our patients, my followers and our loved ones about what fibro warriors go through every day. Let’s take in consideration their suffering and support them fully.

UNDERSTANDING THE ILLNESS:

Patients with fibromyalgia experience body pain that weakens them. There is chronic aching in different points of the body, stiffness, and tenderness.

They feel tired most of the time and this makes them nervous, worry and in some cases, their blood pressure tends to increase due to the pain and the worries.

Patients often tell me that they feel their vitality is going away and their strength with it.

Problems for mental concentration start to appear because of the lack of serenity and constant pain that doesn’t go away with pain killers. Yes, the pain, they say, might subside for a little bit, few hours maybe, but it comes back, sometimes in the same area of the legs, knees, shoulders. Some other times it comes back stronger attacking another area of the body.

TENDER POINTS

Patients say “even the skin burns, it hurts so much it is scary”. Patients do hurt, not only physically but mentally, so much that their quality of living begins to diminish. At this time is when this disease -fibromyalgia- causes panic attacks, excessive crying, and/or depression.

FIBROMYALGIA IS A DEBILITATING DISEASE

Patients tell me they have problems going up and downstairs, difficulty lifting up the arms. They feel a burning sensation along the inside of the skin of the legs, the arms, even the back.

They refer to a constant “pain in my lower back”, call lumbalgia.

The cervical spine and both sides of the neck hurt so much some doctors confuse the diagnosis with torticollis and prescribe medicine for it. Of course, the patient might feel some relief for a day or two and then the pain comes back.

Muscles, tendons, ligaments, and skin burn and hurt, making the movements of all the parts of the body strenuous, walking and daily activities very arduous and depending on the gravity of the illness, even impossible.

MORE SYMPTOMS

…include headaches, loss of strength in the hands to hold objects, which they fall off their hands: “Things just fall off my hands. It’s like my muscles don’t have the strength anymore”.

Tripping on is more common, clumsiness, general discomfort. Sometimes patients lose balance and fall backward or forward.

ORIGINS OF THE FIBROMYALGIA

This illness has multiple causes and factors. Usually a very stressful childhood, child abuse of any kind.

PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) of any origin: soldiers who come back from war, a stressful or violent marriage, separations, forced immigration, traumatic abandonment of any kind, the loss of loved ones, even the loss of a limb can trigger this syndrome.

THE PATH TO RECOVERY

Recovery is possible. Taking control of your life is absolutely needed to achieve this goal. You can be happy and pain-free increasing the quality of your life.

Food, Health, News

Dangers of E Coli in Romaine Lettuce Outbreak in Canada and USA

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DANGERS OF E COLI IN ROMAINE LETTUCE OUTBREAK

There are outbreaks of contaminated romaine lettuce with E. Coli in Ontario, Quebec, and in 11 states of United States of America. This strain E. Coli O157, is more dangerous than others.

 

Dangers of E Coli outbreak in USA and Canada

That is why the Public Health Agency of Canada and the CDC of United States have told consumers to throw away any romaine lettuce they may already have purchased. Restaurants should not serve it, stores should not sell it, and people should not buy it, no matter where or when the lettuce was grown. It doesn’t matter if it is chopped, whole head or part of a mix.

Symptoms of E. coli O157 infection:

  • Symptoms usually begin 2 to 5 days after exposure to the bacteria. Sometimes people infected with E. coli O157 have no symptoms at all, but can still pass the bacteria to others.

  • Severe diarrhea (often bloody)

  • Abdominal cramps.

  • Most people infected with E. coli O157 do not have a fever or vomiting.

  • Children under 5 years old and the elderly, E. coli O157 infections can cause a complication called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). About 2 – 7% of E. coli O157 infections lead to HUS. HUS occurs when the E. coli O157 toxin destroys red blood cells. HUS can lead to kidney failure, neurologic damage, and in some cases, death. Approximately 5 – 10% of HUS cases are fatal.

 

E. coli is a bacteria that lives naturally in the intestines of cattle, poultry and other animals. Raw fruits and vegetables can become contaminated with feces from infected animals in the field by soil, water, animals or improperly composted manure. Lettuce can also be contaminated by bacteria during and after harvest from handling, storing and transporting the produce, including at the grocery store, in the refrigerator, or from counters and cutting boards through cross‑contamination with harmful bacteria from raw meat, poultry or seafood.

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