Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sunshine

Hello from the frozen tundra of the Midwest! Okay...yes, I know, it's April 25th, but it was only a couple days ago that I woke up to a completely white world again. This year Old Man Winter has just clung on for dear life and not wanted to let go so Spring could come save all of us who are desperate for sunshine and warm weather! From what the weather people are telling us, Spring - and with it, warm weather - is finally on its way!


Now, I know many people out there do suffer from increased Fibro symptoms with the cold, so those who live in the midwest (and anywhere else that Spring has been delayed) are likely looking at the forecasts with big grins for the upcoming week.

We're so excited for the warm weather, that my husband is already making plans for us to meet up with friends at a local restaurant that has a nice patio for this weekend - while I'm just excited for the warmth of the sun and the relief it seems to bring to the fatigue and achy muscles of Fibro. But, before I went running for the fields to get my unobstructed dose of sunshine, I did a little looking online to see what the medical experts have to say about the subject. I found an article at Health.com entitled: Can the Sunshine Vitamin Ease Fibromyalgia Pain? It was interesting to find out that, there is actually some evidence that people with Fibro tend to have lower levels of Vitamin D...which is why so many of us feel so "good" when we are able to take in a good dose of Sunshine! BUT, remember, too much sun can be bad too...so dig out the sunblock, the shades, flip-flops and tank tops - warm weather is on it's way!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Recent Study about the Benefit of Alcohol and Fibromyalgia

So...I recently found an article on Science Daily about the positive effects of alcohol for those who suffer from Fibromyalgia. This is going to be a fairly short post, because I can sum up their findings with a single word - DUH! Anyone who suffers from the pain of Fibromyalgia could tell you that their pain/inflammation was reduced after they had a drink (or two or even more after three or four)...but then, just about anyone who has ever had a drink when they were experiencing pain could tell you that! I sure hope that this isn't what they are spending the Fibromyalgia research dollars on...the money would be better spent - if they find it necessary to relate it to food/beverages - to research how/why so many people experience so many Fibro symptoms from certain food and beverages.

I would love some research to tell me why exactly it is that since my Fibromyalgia reared its ugly head into my life, that I suddenly have a gluten sensitivity, or how about why some people feel better when they remove night shade fruits and veggies from their diet, or how about why some people have such strong effects from some preservatives - now those would be good food/beverage studies to benefit those of us who live with the daily symptoms of Fibro - and DON'T plan on treating it with daily alcoholic beverages!