I’ve never liked eating coconut. It’s a texture thing for me. There’s something about the kinda crunchy but kinda not strings of pulp that get caught in your teeth that grosses me out. But drinking it is another story! I love the taste of it, especially in a cold Pina Colada on a hot summer day while chillin’ poolside or at the beach.
Or, more commonly, in my daily Morning Power Pain Fighting Energy Increasing Smoothie. Not only does it make my shake taste yummy, it gives it a nice creamy milkshake sort of texture. As an added bonus, it provides a lot of health benefits that us fibromyalgia sufferers can benefit from.
Coconut Milk Health Benefits:
Contains high levels of magnesium which helps to calm overactive nerves and muscles which in turn helps to relieve chronic achy pain. It also helps to regulate heart rhythm and minimize palpitations.
Contains lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that is abundant in mother’s milk and has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. It is also said to help reduce triglyceride and cholesterol levels
Contains magnese which helps to metabolize glucose, prevent inflammation and increase vitamin absorption
Contains selenium which helps to reduce inflammation and joint pain
Contains phosphorous that helps to strengthen bones and teeth
Contains potassium which supports heart, kidney, brain and muscle tissue
Contains iron which helps to create red blood cells and carry oxygen through the body
Rich in antioxidants which kill off free radicals that are responsible for a whole host of medical issues such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, cardiovascular disease and cancer
It is a great source of healthy fat which helps to raise our good HDL cholesterol levels. These healthy fats also keep you feeling full longer and satiate the receptors in the brain that control appetite.
High in fiber to keep you feeling full longer and helps to keep you regular, easing IBS symptoms.
Rich in vitamins C & E to help keep your immune system strong
Loaded with vitamins B1, B3, B5 and B6 which provide energy to our fatigued cells
It is lactose free and is easy to digest for those of use that are lactose intolerant
Helps to fortify and condition the hair and skin. It even aides in diminishing wrinkles and baggy skin.
As with anything that can be good for you, it can also be bad for you if used in excess. Coconut milk is very high in calories and saturated fatty acids. Although it is a “good fat”, in high doses, it can cause weight gain, heart and other health problems.
Another downfall is that it can be quite expensive! I am a big fan of shopping on Amazon. You can find items a lot cheaper than at the grocery store and if you sign up for Amazon Prime, you get free shipping. Since shopping is one of the biggest triggers to flare up my fibromyalgia triggers, I try to buy online as much as possible. I have been using this canned coconut milk lately since it is organic and first-pressed. When buying it through Amazon in bulk, I save about 50 cents a can, which adds up since I use it every day. Here is a link to the kind I use: Thai Kitchen Organic Coconut Milk, Premium, First Pressing, 13.66-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)
While there’s no perfect diet for everyone with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, certain nutrients can help with our symptoms. We talk a lot here about supplements, which are a great way to make sure you’re getting consistent daily amounts, but it’s also important to make sure you’re eating the right foods. I’m starting a Food of the Week series to look at the nutritional value of different foods and see how beneficial they might be.
Inside the Banana
Bananas are probably best known for being rich in potassium — there’s about 400 mg in a medium-sized one. If you complain about nighttime leg cramps, your doctor will probably tell you to eat a banana before bed. Why is that? Potassium is important for muscle function, including contraction. It’s crucial for cardiac, skeletal and digestive health. Potassium is also an electrolyte, which means it helps conduct electricity around your body.
Those are all good reasons for us to get enough potassium. If you have problems with absorption, sweat a lot, eat high amounts of salt, or have frequent diarrhea, you may be at risk for potassium deficiency.
But potassium’s not the only important thing inside a banana peel — this fruit also contains magnesium and malic acid, which many doctors recommend for our muscle pain and tenderness. They also help your body produce energy.
Do you think you need to eat fish to get essential fatty acids? You might be surprised to learn that bananas contain both Omega 3 and Omega 6.
Bananas vs. Potassium Supplements
Potassium supplements, in doses higher that what’s in multi-vitamins, come with several warnings and should only be taken under your doctor’s supervision. If you’re on NSAIDs or ACE inhibitors, they can interact badly with your medication. It’s generally considered better to get potassium through natural sources.
Food sources of potassium don’t come with the same dangers. Along with the banana, you can get potassium from apricots, cantaloupe, grapefruit, peas, beans, potatoes, fish and beef liver.
If you’re on a low-carb or diabetic diet, a banana may not be the right choice for you — they’ve got about 25-30 carbs, or 2 diabetic exchanges. For a snack, however, you might be able to combine a banana with a good source of protein such as peanuts or peanut butter.
Benefits of Bananas
Bananas are a quick, easy, portable snack that can help your muscles function properly, support heart health, aid digestion, prevent dehydration and more. They’re a simple way to get a boost of the nutrients that help alleviate symptoms without taking more supplements and possibly getting into dangerously high amounts. In addition, banana allergies are rare.
Personally, I’ve eaten bananas when my muscles are tight and sore, and also for charlie horses, and they do seem to help.
A company focused on the healing power of cannabis came out with an effective patch that relieves fibromyalgia symptoms and diabetic nerve pain.
With this knowledge on hand, cannabis deserves a better reputation that the one it already has.
The cannabis patches are nothing but transdermal patches that release the “good stuff” in the skin, which later travel through the bloodstream.
These patches relieve neurological nerve pain caused by diabetes and fibromyalgia. Experts from the company explain that controlled doses can’t harm the body nor cause any side effects.
Cannabis Science assure their clients that their patches can heal every affected part in the body. Transdermal methods work better than any other solution, including topical, oral, intramuscular or intravenous applications.
These patches guarantee that the needed amount of the healing content is delivered into the patient.
It can be applied through a penetrable membrane that allows full absorption or thin layers that melt on the skin. The thin layers are packed with powerful cannabinoid extract that reaches for the central nervous system, and relieves pain.
CBD is the second most important cannabinoid in cannabis. As you already know, THC is the first cannabinoid. CBD offers huge anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving potential. There’re almost no side effects, except for the hallucinogenic effect.
Mr. Raymond C. Dabney, CEO of Cannabis Science says that their product is just a tiny bit of the whole capacity of Cannabis Science.
“The development of these two new pharmaceutical medicinal applications are just the tip of the iceberg for what we see as the future for Cannabis Science.
While we strive to increase our land capacity for growth and facilities to produce our own product to supply our scientists with proprietary materials to make these formulations, we are also busy researching more potential needs for Cannabis related medical applications and developing the methods for delivery of these medications,”explained the CEO.
Over 10% of all Americans are affected by fibromyalgia, and many don’t even know they have it.
Neuropathic nerve pain is common in many people worldwide, and these patches can help in the treatment of both diseases. There’s a strong possibility that the patches even cure these health problems.
“As more states nationwide legislate for the legalization of cannabis and cannabis-derived medications, we here at Cannabis Science are focused on developing pharmaceutical formulations and applications to supply the huge growing demand expected over the coming few years,” finished Dabney.
Crystals that can help you with the various symptoms and struggles of Fibromyalgia are Amethyst, Citrine, Smoky Quartz, Clear Quartz, and Rose Quartz. All of these crystals can be used in the bath, or in a little voile bag and hung on the shower head, you can also create Gem Elixirs and Gem Essences with these crystals, as they are all perfectly safe to be used in conjunction with water. IF you are making Gem Elixirs or Gem Essences, make sure the stones have been cleaned of bacteria and any other nasties that can be on your hands when you handle them.
Amethyst — Amethyst is the first choice to many in the metaphysical community, as it is powerful and very protective. The ancients used Amethyst to help recover from physical addictions, and from addictive relationships and behavior, and this gained it the name the “stone of sobriety”. Amethyst is one of the “master healers” because of it’s a wide range of healing abilities as well as relieving stress and encouraging inner strength.
Amethyst is a wonderful crystal for transmuting lower frequencies into higher ones, the power of the Amethyst transmuting negative energy into loving energy. Amethyst connects the higher planes with that of the physical realm, which makes it a good choice for working with the Third Eye and developing your psychic abilities and your intuitions.
With the violet ray, it is a great crystal to use for the Crown Chakra too, allowing a connection to the Divine. Amethyst can clear and repair holes that have occurred in the Aura and drawn divine energy to you. On a physical level, Amethyst helps with preventing nightmares, it helps relieve headaches, aids with those suffering insomnia, it can also help with eyestrain from looking at a computer screen for long periods.
Citrine — Citrine is a very happy and joyous stone, it transmits this joyful vibration outwards to those who are in the nearby area, and this makes it ideal for all settings. When you work with Citrine you can learn effective communication skills, you can overcome depressive thoughts and even release hidden and stored anger. Citrine can increase your optimism, and bring a more positive outlook and attitude to situations, both conscious and subconscious. Citrine is powered by the Sun and it warms, cleanses and energizes the user.
Citrine is a transmuter for negative energy, and heightens your own discipline, for you to attain success, wealth and achieve personal goals. Citrine is most often associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra, but it can be used to clear all of the chakras and create a sense of harmony. On a Physical level, Citrine helps support healing of the Spine, the metabolism and the digestive organs, it can also be an effective crystal for detoxing the system. Citrine is another crystal that doesn’t need to be cleansed, but I suggest cleansing it regularly depending on how much you use it, or the environment you have it, or the energy it has been exposed to.
Smoky Quartz — Smoky Quartz is a very powerful metaphysical stone and it emits a high level of energy, it is a slow and steady type of energy, but it is powerful all the same. Smoky Quartz helps the person holding it with Earth energy, and this makes it an excellent stone to work with the Earth Chakra, as well as the more common Root and Solar Plexus l Chakras. Smoky Quartz has the ability to transmute negative energy into positive energy.
This stone helps the communication between the energy of the higher chakras to the lower chakras. Using Smoky Quartz during meditation can manifest information for other realms. It is also great for using in Manifestation grids. Smoky Quartz is a protective stone and works well in medicine bags, grids, and other healing work. You need to cleanse Smoky Quartz regularly, as it holds on tightly to the absorbed energy.
Clear Quartz — Clear Quartz is the most popular stone used in metaphysics, and is the most versatile healing stone among all the crystals. Quartz is the most powerful healing stone of the mineral kingdom, as it is able to work on multiple levels for multiple conditions. Clear Quartz can be programmed for any intention and amplifies any energy comes in contact with. Clear Quartz protects against negativity at the same time as connecting you to your higher self at the same time relieving pain.
Clear Quartz strengthens and enhances the Auric field and the subtle bodies within it. As a gift from the Earth Clear Quartz aids in the process of spiritual growth. Clear Quartz is used to cleanse, open, and activate all of the chakras. Clear Quartz absorbs energy like a sponge, and it is very important to clear the stone of this energy after every use, or on a regular basis, even if it is left in a room that is often occupied – you don’t need to touch it for Clear Quartz to absorb energy. In their natural form, Quartz point radiates energy outwards, toward their surrounding environment. Quartz is a wonderful crystal to use for meditation, energy work, grid work, and Reiki.
Rose quartz — Rose Quartz is the stone of UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, and it is one of the most important tones for working with the Heart Chakra. Rose quartz promotes all types of love in the heart — self-love, love for family, love for friends and romantic love. Rose Quartz has a high vibration but is very gentle and soothing. Rose Quartz promotes Empathy with others and fosters empathy for the self too.
It clears out anger, jealousy, rage, resentment and the lower forms of vibrations. It lowers stress and tensions that are held in the heart. Rose quartz is known as a romantic stone and can be used to attract love by opening the heart chakra. Keeping Rose Quartz on your bedside table or in the relationship corner of your house will bring new love to you, or help to re-affirm an already committed relationship. This stone adds a loving energy to relationships, and not just romantic relationships, it’s great if there is a tension between parent and child.
Rose Quartz can help repair the damage of a broken heart, allowing you to release any pent-up grief, resentments and negative feelings about yourself or the other person. On a physical level, Rose Quartz is used to help with ailments of the Thymus, Heart and Lungs. It’s a great stone for Cancer suffers as it adds a loving supporting energy. Rose Quartz can help ease problems with sexual frustration and balances the sex drive.
A study conducted in the Netherlands has found that THC-rich medical cannabis is an effective treatment for pain caused by fibromyalgia, according to The Growth Op.
The study was conducted by Leiden University Medical Center and pharma company Bedrocan International in the Netherlands. Interestingly, researchers found that cannabis extracts containing purely CBD were not effective; instead, the evidence suggests that cannabis high in THC is most helpful.
The study compared high-THC extracts against placebo as well as CBD products at several times during the progression of fibromyalgia in 20 patients, via vaporizer.
“The outcome is very important for patients who suffer from fibromyalgia. Now we have the serious clinical evidence that medical doctors are asking for when prescribing our products and that health insurance companies want to have, to legitimize reimbursement.” — Tjalling Erkelens, CEO of Bedrocan, via the Growth Op
It’s clear in the study that THC specifically is useful for treatment of fibromyalgia, which affects muscles and tendons specifically. Erkelens said the next phase of testing will be comparing THC-containing products to opiates to determine if cannabis can be used to replace use of those addictive painkillers.
Having a chronic illness such as Fibromyalgia Disease really does take its toll on you, especially when you have a ton of other stuff along with it like me. It waxes and wanes but it never goes away, at least it doesn’t for me. Right now I must say it’s as bad as it has ever been before. My Fibromyalgia Disease pain level has driven me so far down that even my positive outlook is suffering.
I am so sick of being sick with Fibromyalgia Disease. My only escape is the sleep I get but now the Fibromyalgia Disease pain is twisting my dreams and I can’t even escape it there now. I awake so sore that it makes me want to scream out just to move. I’m as tired when I wake up as I was when I went to bed. Relief seems to be escaping me these days.
Get more exercise, that’s what they say. They have no idea how hard that is to do when every movement makes you want to flinch with Fibromyalgia Disease pain. When walking any distance at all makes your spine feel as though it’s just going to crumble apart and disintegrate. I do what I can, I walk short distances, I do leg lifts in my chair, but it’s hard. I wish others could understand how hard.
Lose weight. I try, I really do. Without being able to be as active as you need to be it’s a very hard thing to do. I know my weight, which was put on after falling ill, makes it worse. It makes my self-image worse too which doesn’t help things at all. I wish I could lose it and I’m trying hard to, but it’s a slow process feeling as I do.
Take your meds. I do, I promise I do, just as they tell me to do, but it isn’t helping enough. I have missed them and I was lucky not to spend the day curled up in a ball on the floor, so I know they help, but they aren’t doing enough. There has to be something out there that will help give me my life back. Depression? Sure, I struggle with depression. When there isn’t a part of your body that doesn’t hurt all of the time, you might be depressed too. I think those of us who function with this are a lot stronger than people give us credit for.
I can’t even eat without experiencing symptoms. I eat something, it sends me running to the bathroom. There isn’t an aspect of living that Fibromyalgia Disease or the slew of co-existing conditions do not touch. You name it, there is an ill effect to go along with it. The symptoms feed off each other, each one causing the others to be worse.
I try to stay positive. I know this will pass and I will feel better, but even then I won’t feel good. I have my good spells but even then there is still the ever-present Fibromyalgia Disease pain, depression, stomach issues etc. Still, there are better times when I can do more and enjoy more, but what do I do in the meantime?
I’m getting worn down, physically, mentally and emotionally. I’m losing hope that there are good days ahead and that relief can be found. I mustn’t let myself get like that, I must always believe there is hope, but right now that’s hard. I must hold onto the thought that this too shall pass. I just hope it passes quickly.
A new study suggests that using bad words can actually help in dealing with pain. If you are suffering from fibromyalgia, this may somehow benefit you in certain ways.
Results of the Study
The study investigating the connection between swearing and pain was published in the journal NeuroReport. The experiment was conducted by comparing the amount of time in which participants can soak their hands in ice water.
67 students took part in the study. The students were also given an option of choosing their own expletive words and to repeat it at their own will. It has been found that when participants swear, they experience lesser pain. As such, they were able to keep their hands soaked in cold water for 40 seconds longer than those who didn’t swear.
Common Response to Pain
Researchers believe that although cursing is not a socially accepted behavior, there is a reason to think that it actually comes with benefits. According to a psychologist, swearing is a common response to pain. Furthermore, he believes that there is an underlying reason why people would do it.
Although researchers are not certain how swearing helps fibromyalgia pain, they suggest that it may be due to that part of the brain affecting emotion. Previous studies have shown that the part of the brain linked to neutral language can be found in the left brain. On the other hand, curse words came from an ancient evolved instinct. Moreover, part of the brain that is responsible for such process can be found deep within the brain’s right hemisphere.
Researchers believe that amygdala is responsible for the reaction. Amygdala triggers the fight or flight response which increases heart rate. Hence it enables the body to be less sensitive to pain. Scientists of the aforementioned study have also backed this by explaining that the heart rates of students in the study increased when they swear. This therefore suggests that the amygdala indeed was aroused.
Experts suggest that if you suffer from pain as a result of fibromyalgia, you can try swearing. However, they caution that the words can begin to lose their emotional potency if they are being repeated excessively. Therefore, try to be creative by coming up with new bad words each time you feel pain due to fibromyalgia.
Here are my 5 tips for you to use this weekend to feel more connection, freedom, and peace within you and in your relationships:
❤ Stop future tripping. Leave to one side what is happening for dinner next week or what who might say if you do this, or that whole conversation you are having before anything has even happened. Let GO of it. Don’t fight it. Just breathe in, come back to now, to the present and enjoy the moment.
❤ BREATHE deeply and fully. 10 deep belly breaths will anchor you and allow your mind to move back to the here and now
❤ GRATITUDE. Instead of your focus being on what’s gone wrong, what you haven’t got, what you wish you had, when your life feels a bit pants and all the negative feelings and emotions that swirl around your head, just take a minute to consider 3 things you are super grateful for in your life – there are so many things to be grateful for that this should be your focus.
❤ Let go of pain from the past. Seriously, what has gone has gone. It’s something we can learn from or respond differently to. Of course, we can visit our pain from the past – it’s allowed as long as we don’t unpack our suitcase and live there. Living in the past is painful not only for you but the people around you too. Let it go.
❤ Love yourself deeper and deeper. Love you for you including the silly things you say or the mistakes you make or even how bad your singing voice is, oh, and all those pesky habits you just can’t seem to break. Bring more love to you and your life – you are worth it, you deserve it. By regularly practicing this you will see that the people around you will pick up on this too.
Neurontin and its newer more potent version, Fibromyalgia pain relief drug Lyrica, are widely used for off-label indications that are an outright flagrant danger to the public. These blockbuster drugs were approved for use even though the FDA had no idea what they actually did in the brain. A shocking new study shows that they block the formation of new brain synapses, drastically reducing the potential for rejuvenating brain plasticity – meaning that these drugs will cause brain decline faster than any substance known to mankind.
The problem of these drugs is compounded by their flagrant illegal marketing. Neurontin was approved by the FDA for epilepsy back in 1994. Fibromyalgia pain relief drug underwent massive illegal off-label promotion that cost Warner-Lambert 430 million dollars (the very first big fine for off-label promotion). The Fibromyalgia pain relief drug is now owned by Pfizer. Pfizer also owns Lyrica, a super-potent version of Neurontin. It has been approved by the FDA for various types of pain and fibromyalgia.
Lyrica for Fibromyalgia pain relief is one of four drugs which a subsidiary of Pfizer illegally marketed, resulting in a $2.3 billion settlement against Pfizer. Even though the marketing of these drugs has been heavily fined, they continue to rack up billions in sales from the off-label uses. Doctors use them for all manner of nerve issues because they are good at suppressing symptoms. However, such uses can no longer be justified because the actual mechanism of the drugs is finally understood and they are creating a significant long-term reduction in nerve health. The researchers in the above study try to downplay the serious nature of the drugs by saying “adult neurons don’t form many new synapses.” That is simply not true.
The new science is showing that brain health during aging relies on the formation of new synapses. Even these researchers managed to question the common use of these medications in pregnant women. How is a fetus supposed to make new nerve cells when the mother is taking a drug that blocks them? These are the kind of situations the FDA should be all over. As usual, the FDA is sitting around pondering a suicide warning for Fibromyalgia pain relief drug Lyrica while its off-label uses include bi-polar disorder and migraine headaches. The FDA is likely to twiddle its thumbs for the next decade on the brain damage issue. Consumer beware.
Almost exactly one year ago, Lady Gaga took to Twitter to share that she had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, which caused chronic pain and eventually led to her postponing several of her fall 2017 European tour dates. In her cover interview for the October 2018 issue of Vogue, the pop star opened up further about her health and about the misconceptions that inevitably follow diagnoses of fibromyalgia and other chronic illnesses.
“I get so irritated with people who don’t believe fibromyalgia is real. For me, and I think for many others, it’s really a cyclone of anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, and panic disorder, all of which sends the nervous system into overdrive, and then you have nerve pain as a result,” she said. “People need to be more compassionate. Chronic pain is no joke. And it’s every day waking up not knowing how you’re going to feel.”
Gaga, who believes her fibromyalgia was sparked by being sexually assaulted when she was 19 and worsened by the physical and emotional pressures of fame and touring, said that her health is currently on an upswing. “It’s getting better every day, because now I have fantastic doctors who take care of me and are getting me show-ready,” she said.
Vernon Williams, a sports neurologist and director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, previously told Self that although the exact cause of fibromyalgia is still unknown, it can indeed be triggered by psychological or physical trauma. And while doctors have yet to discover a definitive cure for the illness, Williams said the accompanying chronic pain can often be significantly lessened with the help of treatments like oral medication (including antidepressants, pain relievers, or anti-seizure drugs), cognitive behavioral therapy, physical therapy, exercise, and an anti-inflammatory diet.
While she’s found success in getting her chronic pain under control, Gaga told Vogue that the post-traumatic stress disorder she’s experienced since the sexual assault is ongoing. The A Star Is Born actor said “it took years” for her to talk about first the assault, and then the PTSD. “It was almost like I tried to erase it from my brain. And when it finally came out, it was like a big, ugly monster. And you have to face the monster to heal,” she said.
She continued, saying, “For me, with my mental health issues, half of the battle in the beginning was, I felt like I was lying to the world because I was feeling so much pain but nobody knew. So that’s why I came out and said that I have PTSD, because I don’t want to hide — any more than I already have to.”
The 32-year-old went on to describe how her PTSD symptoms manifest themselves. “I feel stunned. Or stunted. You know that feeling when you’re on a roller coaster and you’re just about to go down the really steep slope? That fear and the drop in your stomach? My diaphragm seizes up. Then I have a hard time breathing, and my whole body goes into a spasm. And I begin to cry. That’s what it feels like for trauma victims every day, and it’s…miserable,” she said. “I always say that trauma has a brain. And it works its way into everything that you do.”
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