Depression and Fibromyalgia

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Author’s note: A while back, I had a little help coming up with a post idea, and I wrote it up, but never got round to finishing it. Well, here it is, finally completed, more than a year later. Better late than never, I guess…

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My wonderful mother-in-law gave me an idea tonight whilst I was talking to her, so I decided to take her advice and write a post on it.

She told me that I should look into the effect that fibro has on my mood (and vice versa) to see if (and why) there may be a correlation between the two. My response is this:

Yes, fibromyalgia does have an impact on my mood. A BIG ONE. The multitude of horrible facets that fibro gives you; the pain, the tiredness, the forgetfulness, and so on, mean that it’s very difficult to stay positive. For me personally, antidepressants are a must, but there’s loads of other things I try to do on top of that to help me stay happy. I keep tidy (OCD plus chronic illness is a recipe for disaster), eat healthy, do things that I enjoy, and surround myself with positive people, plus many other little touches; all of which keep me happy(er). Obviously the odd low mood is inevitable once in a while, but I try to keep it under control as much as I can.

Furthermore, my mood ALSO has an impact on my fibro. We all know that having depressive symptoms can leave you feeling under the weather in terms of your motivation, but it also effects the physical body too. I find that when I am down, my pain levels reflect this and my energy levels drop as well. In addition, I have a greater sensitivity to temperature change, noise, and brightness, and my cognitive abilities begin to deteriorate. I can safely say that yes, my mood does impact my fibro, although why I have no clue.

Funnily enough, it shouldn’t be a surprise that my mood and my fibro are interlinked, as they are co-morbid with each other. This makes sense, since both are thought to stem from issues relating to the nervous system. Due to this, I have been prescribed a very useful form of medication known as an SNRI. If you are unfamiliar with these, they are a type of antidepressant which effects chemicals within the nervous system (serotonin and norepinephrine, to be exact), and has the simultaneous effect of dulling my pain and lifting my mood. Bonus.

Now, back to the original question, I can safely say that my mood and my fibromyalgia are interlinked, especially since they are co-morbidities. However, the exact reason as to why can only be explained with the development of fibro related research. As for now, we can only guess that it is due to neuropathic structures and the role of the nervous system. I wrote a similar post to this, explaining a few theories as to what causes fibromyalgia, so you might want to check it out here. I will also be writing a few more posts soon which will relate to this topic, such as what symptoms are common, what co-morbidities may be linked, and some more scientific explanations surrounding fibromyalgia.

In the meantime, let me know if you have any of your own science-y questions, and I’ll try my best to answer them (no promises- it’s been a while since my A-levels!). Likewise, if you think you have an answer, I’m sure we would all love to hear it.

 

I tried out psychic surgery?!?!

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So before I start, let me just clarify that I am agnostic. I would love something to believe in, but I need proof first. I am, however, very open minded, and I will try anything once. That’s why I went along with my mum and a friend of ours to see a healing medium. This is what happened…

To start off the night, we were all given some purple rice ‘stuff’. It was mixed with cold water (they didn’t have hot) and smelled a bit murky. Unsurprisingly, it was as purple as a very purple thing. Also unsurprisingly, it tasted like rice. Cold rice.

Anyway, the purple rice was intended to help boost energy levels and, although I couldn’t feel any effects myself, the medium gave us some surprisingly strong evidence to prove that it worked (she looked ten years younger for a start). It seemed to do the trick for her, so it could be worth a look.

Second on our agenda was physical healing. She chose a handful of people from the audience who felt that they had an issue that needed sorting. Unfortunately, she wanted illnesses that were visible, so I didn’t get picked. Fair does, I guess.

The healing went surprisingly well, with everyone feeling a change and a handful feeling considerably better.

After this, we had an interval in which she demonstrated three different things. Firstly, glasses with holes in to help you improve your sight (not as weird as it sounds). Secondly, a necklace which aims to make your chakras ‘spin’. I didn’t expect this one to work but, being her wonderful and miraculous assistant (haha), I experienced this one first-hand. The exercise worked as it was supposed to, improving my balance immensely. The third promotion was for a small device used to prevent the microwaves emmited by your mobile phone from having an effect on your body. Again, this worked surprisingly well when demonstrated.

After a brief break, we were supposed to have more healings, this time for invisible problems (I was excited for this!). However, as we were running out of time, we didn’t get to do this and, instead, created a healing circle.

Sitting in a large circle, we had to concentrate on our bodies and hum various different notes, so as to ‘self- heal’. It was surprisingly relaxing, and my mind felt very eased, despite the fact that I sounded (and probably looked) like an idiot. Unfortunately, rather than making my pain feel better, as I hoped it would, it actually seemed to increase the tension in my body and made the pain worse. I wouldn’t like to rule this out, however, but instead suggest that I needed more time, more effort, and more energy, if I hoped to see results.

On the plus side, the friend that accompanied us to the evening also practices spiritual healing, and her own simple technique that she tried on my hand had an instant effect. Because of this, I’m almost certain that a revisit with spiritual healing will have some benefit, but I think we would need to put a lot more time and energy into it if we did.

So, what have I learnt from my experience this evening? Energy can be manipulated through us and, regardless of religion, anyone can use it for their benefit.