November 13, 2019

Mind-Body Approach to Healing – Zero Pain Now

Neuro-Linguistic Programming practitioner Adam Heller has written a book entitled Zero Pain Now in which he describes a “mind-body” approach to healing fibromyalgia pain.  Mr. Heller argues that fibromyalgia causes physical changes in the brain that can be reversed without the use of narcotic pain mediations.  Take a look at Mr. Heller’ s video.  If you have had experience with Zero Pain Now – either positive or negative, please let us know.

Fibromyalgia from Adam Heller on Vimeo.

New web-based pain management platform is available for fibromyalgia and other chronic illness sufferers

As you probably know, if you or someone you know suffers from fibromyalgia, some days the pain can be better than others.  It is often difficult to remember what your pain felt like on any given day and what environmental circumstances, if any, contributed to the onset of pain.  The problem with this, aside from the personal confusion, is the difficulty that patients face when communicating the pain to their medical professionals.  Further, doctors need a good account of the pain management in order to determine whether a treatment is effective or to prescribe a new therapy.  Fortunately, a new web based pain management platform is available for fibromyalgia and other chronic illness sufferers.

PatientsLikeMe, an online community for patients living with chronic and life changing illnesses, acquired Reliefinsite.  Reliefinsite provides patented online pain management technology in a HIPAA compliant format designed to help patients monitor their pain levels and then share this information with their doctors.  This will allow patients to better manage their pain and improve the relationship that they have with their health care provider.  In turn, their doctors will be in a better position to suggest different treatment options and discard therapies that are not working.  Additionally, through its interface with PatientsLikeMe, Reliefinsite allows members to communicate with each other about their pain and concerns about their conditions.

The Reliefinsite program also has another benefit.  Because a patient can journal her pain, and the severity of this pain, regularly, an accurate record for the fibromyalgia may be established.  This is beneficial in case she needs to file a claim for social security disability benefits.  The information could be filed with an initial claim as evidence of the pain and how disabling it can be on a daily basis.  While the claim is being processed, an individual can continue recording their pain, undergoing pain therapy treatment, and discussing the disorder with her doctor.  If the claim is denied, the information is readily available to introduce at an administrative law judge hearing.  Reliefinsite would be able to provide a constant program to detail the condition and shore up a patient’s argument for benefits and relief.  If you would like to become a part of the pain management community, you can visit www.PatientsLikeMe.com , where you can talk to others who also suffer from fibromyalgia and other chronic conditions.  If you are interested in recording your pain and in turn, better managing your condition, you can visit www.reliefinsite.com and track your symptoms for free.

Living with Fibromyalgia

A Cypress Times article reports that Fibromyalgia occurs in about 2% of the population in the United States. It explains that the disease mostly affects women and that the risk of fibromyalgia increases with age.

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain in your muscles, ligaments and tendons. The symptoms often begin after a physical or emotional trauma, but in many cases there appears to be no triggering event. Symptoms include widespread and localized pain, fatigue, sleep problems, and mood disturbances such as depression. These symptoms vary in intensity and come and go over time. Certain conditions such as poor sleep, physical activity, and anxiety may aggravate the symptoms.  In addition to the above-noted symptoms, other conditions including migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, TMJ disorder, or restless leg syndrome may also result from one’s fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia and Social Security Disability

Though fibromyalgia is not a life-threatening condition, it does impair ones quality of life. It might also affect your ability to work a full-time job, in which case it may be a good idea to file for Social Security Disability benefits. If you are able to win your fibromyalgia claim for disability benefits, you will be entitled to monthly payments from the Social Security Administration which will make paying for living expenses a bit easier. Remember, though – you cannot win a Social Security Disability case based on fibromyalgia unless you can prove that you cannot work. You must be able to prove that your fibromyalgia symptoms impair your ability to work.

Living with Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia can make everyday tasks difficult. While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, learning how to manage your pain and fatigue is the key to living a full and active life. The symptoms of fibromyalgia can be treated. In fact, he U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved one medication, an anti-convulsant, specifically to treat fibromyalgia. Additionally, antidepressants and analgesics may also relieve symptoms. Nutrition, exercise and sleep therapy can also help, as well as massage, acupuncture, relaxation techniques, or biofeedback.