Lady Gaga reveals illness

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.

Music, can it help ease pain?

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.