In September 2017, singer, songwriter and actress, Lady Gaga, revealed that she suffers from fibromyalgia. With someone as high profile as Lady Gaga talking about chronic pain and fibromyalgia, it is hoped that the condition will get more attention.
Through Twitter, Lady Gaga tells followers how she copes with the condition.
People with fibromyalgia may experience muscle stiffness and difficulty sleeping as well as problems with memory and concentration. The exact cause of fibromyalgia, which affects around seven times as many women and men, is unknown although in many cases, the condition appears to be triggered by a physically or emotionally stressful event.
If you are struggling with the condition, or would welcome some practical advice from people living with chronic pain and fibromyalgia, come along to the Club on a Wednesday at the former SCILL centre in Robinhood Lane, Sutton.
We are always on the look out for useful information and tips on how to manage. This one is on acupuncture and pain management.
Link to article.
Another article that those interested in exploring more about the condition may find interesting.
We’ve picked up an interesting article from another website on the impact of chronic pain on relationships and things worth considering.
Could listening to music ease your pain?
Jacqui picked up a cutting from the Daily Mail which suggests just that.
The short article said:
Music could help tackle fibromyalgia, a common pain condition that affects the whole body, according to a new study.
Women with fibromyalgia had better control of their symptoms after listening to music five times a day for two weeks, reports the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
In the study of 30 women, the impact of music was accessed by asking the participants to rate their pain and stress, and testing their saliva samples for levels of various chemicals involved in the condition.
While there weren’t an changes in these chemicals, the women reported feeling better and had fewer symptoms. Music has been shown to reduce stress, thought to play a key role in fibromyalgia.
Some useful information about what to do if you are not being given the right support by your medical adviser. This was published in 2004 by the Fibromyalgia Association.
Jacqui picked-up an interesting link to a website with an article on an artist that represented pain in her paintings. If anyone knows of any other artists who are representing chronic pain or fybromyalgia through their art, do let us know.