qi gong for fibromyalgia: a study

Before you say, “but I don’t have fibro, I have RSD,” read this anyway.  There’s a chance that if you’re in the midst of a gnarly pain cycle, you might have some fibro pain in there.  And qi gong just might be the thing to relieve it.

“Many subjects reported reductions in other FMS symptoms, and two reported they were completely symptom-free. Results from the 3-month follow-up indicated some slight rebound from the post-treatment measures, but still much better than those observed at baseline.”

How often do you read the words “completely symptom-free?”

This study is based on external qi gong.  That’s when a practitioner applies qi gong energy to you rather than you meditating and cultivating energy internally by yourself.  Think of it like getting acupuncture needles from an acupuncturist but there’s no needles.  In this particular study, the practitioner administered “acupressure, qi emission, qi balancing, and magnetic cupping on each individual.”  Below is a link to the study.  These results (listed below) are impressive.

THE JOURNAL OF ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE

Design:  Ten patients with FMS completed five to seven sessions of EQT over 3 weeks with pre- and posttreatment assessment and a 3-month follow-up. Each treatment lasted approximately 40 minutes.

Outcome Measures: Tender point count (TPC) and Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ) were the primary measures. McGill Pain Questionnaire (MPQ), Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), anxiety, and self-efficacy were the secondary outcomes.

The results:

mean tender point count (TPC): reduced from 136.6 to 59.5

mean McGill Pain Questionnaire (MPQ): decreased from 27.0 to 7.2;

mean Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ): reduced from 70.1 to 37.3

mean Beck Depression Inventory (BDI): decreased from 24.3 to 8.3

 

http://1.usa.gov/1MyhsVK

Is your need for approval causing you pain?

Another great blog from MindBodyGreen. This struck me for two reasons: 1) I am very interested in Dr. Sarno’s belief that pain (even if there is evidence of structural defect) is likely rooted in emotional issues; and 2) this author says a strong need for approval can force the body into a constant fight or flight response which just happens to be how RSD/CRPS is often described.

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14185/are-you-desperate-for-approval-why-it-could-be-hurting-your-health.html

” Sociologist Martha Beck says, “Pain is like a life coach in your body. It’s what made me a life coach because I started paying a lot of attention to what made me hurt and what didn’t. It turned out my body was trying to steer me away from a life that was absolutely wrong for me and into a life that was absolutely wonderful.” Approval addicts, no matter what your approval seeking personality type fear that survival = “fitting in.” Fitting in takes many different forms, for some it means not doing anything to rock the boat, for others it means being all things to all people, still others think it means to never ask for help. For me, it meant being the “best” at everything (which by the way is impossible). The bottom line is that when you have an irrational fear that your survival depends on external approval or at the very least not making people mad, bored or annoyed, you see other people as threats. You perceive social interactions as threatening and that sends the body into a near constant state of fight or flight. … There’s a name for this phenomenon. Psychologists call it rejection sensitivity.

In a nutshell, people who experience rejection become more sensitive to it. They’re more likely to interpret an ambiguous social exchange as rejection. It’s a tendency to feel deep anxiety in social situations that develops into a kind of paranoia about rejection. Our bodies are not set up to cope with chronic exposure to this a biochemical response to feelings of rejection and despair. So … this leads to “dis-ease” in the body. “

We can unlearn pain.

A quick article worth the read for pain patients feeling hopeless.

“…just as pain can be learned, it can be unlearned… I’ve found that most chronic pain sufferers have the capacity to break free from this condition. It’s just a matter of finding the right tools.”

“Over 50 million people in the US are suffering with chronic pain, but many of them don’t have to be. Recent studies have shown that often chronic back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia symptoms, carpal tunnel syndrome, migraine headaches, and many other forms of chronic pain are not the result of structural causes, but of learned nerve pathways in the brain…John Sarno, MD, was one of the first physicians to hypothesize that many forms of chronic pain are reversible. He referred to this condition as Tension Myoneural Syndrome (or TMS).”

http://americannewsreport.com/nationalpainreport/can-chronic-pain-be-cured-8820366.html

Do you have fibromyalgia?

If you have RSD, there is a good chance you have fibro too.  I have it every now and then but, thankfully, not all the time. They test you by palpating certain points on your body to see if they are tender. I think if you have 12 out of 18 tender points you are considered to have fibromyalgia. Maybe it’s 11. I don’t remember.

I could tell the other day when i had a massage during my manicure that she was hitting tender points on my arms and it hurt. I had acupuncture yesterday and asked him to do moving cupping (with the oil) on my upper arms and back. It made a world of difference! It was painful during but my muscles are much less tight and a lot less painful to the touch.

Happy Friday!! Hope you are feeling well.

Myer’s Cocktail

I didn’t know what this was until recently…I will be getting an IV bag of this on the same day i get my Vitamin C. I had this yesterday and my skin felt differently although, to be honest, I don’t know if it was the Myers or the glutathione. 
I do know that whenever i have had to get IV fluids for a few hours before bilateral sympathetic blocks that my skin was amazing after.  They required the few hours of fluids because shooting  both sides simultaneously causes dramatic blood pressure drop – the  machine could not even read me as a living person the first time. One nurse reported “well, she’s talking to us so i think it’s ok.” Comforting…no more blocks though so no more of that!

But a little extra added bonus: glowing skin. I’ll take it!

Myer’s Cocktail….”It consists of magnesium, calcium, various B vitamins, and vitamin C.  The Myers’ Cocktail has been used to treat general fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia, relieve acute asthma attacks, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinus infections, seasonal allergies, migraine headaches, muscle spasms, menstrual cramps, as well as to support recovery from endurance athletics.”

Why to “IV” – the Benefits of Intravenous Nutrient Therapy