Do benzodiazepines help fibro itching? – Fibromyalgia Treating

Do benzodiazepines help fibro itching? – Fibromyalgia Treating

One of the symptoms that fibromyalgia sufferers find the hardest to deal with is fibro itching. Many people say that the itching fibromyalgia can cause is actually worse than the pain. They often feel an itch that no amount of scratching can relieve. And that can make getting sleep even more difficult than usual for fibromyalgia patients. And the constant itch can significantly reduce their overall quality of life. Unfortunately, there aren’t that many effective treatments for fibro itching. And finding a way to soothe the itch is difficult and frustrating. One of the medications many turn to is benzodiazepines....

Here's an easy way to get more done at the gym

Here's an easy way to get more done at the gym

You’re at the gym and just finished a set. Before you start your next set, do you: A.) Walk on a treadmill? B.) Sit on a bench? C.) Lie on the floor? If you’re looking to get the most out of your workout, your answer should be B or C. That’s what researchers in Utah and Rhode Island found when they undertook a study to determine differences in work rate associated with three rest strategies used between training sets. The study was published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Five men and 10 women were recruited for the...

Married people are healthier, study finds

Married people are healthier, study finds

Health New research has indicated married people are living healthier lives than those who are single, divorced or widowed, according to a report in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology. More specifically, the scientists discovered married men and women had smaller amounts of the stress hormone cortisol than those who never married or were earlier married. Continuous stress is has been linked with elevated amounts of cortisol which can restrict the body’s ability to manage inflammation, which advances the development and growth of many physiological ailments. Less Stress, More Success The study team said their work adds to previous research that supports the...

Do NSAIDS help fibromyalgia?

Do NSAIDS help fibromyalgia?

Most people aren’t aware of the chronic pain associated with fibromyalgia. Most of us have tried all kinds of pain relievers, from over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription to unconventional and maybe even illegal options in some states. Those easiest to access, of course, are the OTC medications like NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs). As such, they are a common option for the average person in pain. But with fibromyalgia, it’s usually hit or miss. Learning about them might explain why. What are NSAIDs? When we talk about NSAIDs, we are usually referring to those over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers that are readily available...

Doc: The key to healthy living as you age

Doc: The key to healthy living as you age

Getting active means staying active, and I tell my patients this is particularly true in the senior population. What better time to embark on some new pursuits that ultimately lead to longer years of independent living and overall improved well-being? Older patients frequently come to see me complaining of problems in the muscles, joints and bones. Regular exercise can slow the loss of muscle mass, strengthen bones and reduce joint and muscle pain. Research has shown that just 30 minutes of moderate physical activity provides benefit. I emphasize that this does not need to be vigorous – low intensity is...

Fibromyalgia or multiple sclerosis? How to tell the difference

Fibromyalgia or multiple sclerosis? How to tell the difference

There is so much mystery in the world of fibromyalgia, in large part because it effects everyone differently. Another reason for the mystery is due to the similarity in fibro symptoms compared to other diseases and syndromes. is sometimes misdiagnosed as a different problem and vice versa. This is because the myriad of symptoms associated with fibro are commonly found in other illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, also known as MS. So how can you tell if it’s fibromyalgia or multiple sclerosis? What Exactly is MS? The National MS Society defines it as follows: “Multiple sclerosis (MS) involves an immune-mediated process...