Stress is often described as a feeling of being overwhelmed, worried or run-down. Stress can affect people of all ages, genders and circumstances and can lead to both physical and psychological health issues. By definition, stress is any uncomfortable “emotional experience accompanied by predictable biochemical, physiological and behavioral changes.” Some stress can be beneficial at times, producing a boost that provides the drive and energy to help people get through situations like exams or work deadlines. However, an extreme amount of stress can have health consequences and adversely affect the immune, cardiovascular, neuroendocrine and central nervous systems.
Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. It’s thought that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals. Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.
Women are much more likely to develop fibromyalgia. Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression. While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, a variety of Holistic Medicine and Natural therapies can help alleviate symptoms. Exercise, relaxation techniques and stress reducing measures also seem help.
With tens of billions neurons and more than a billion cells, our brains are a million times more powerful than any computer. In fact them some scientists say that human brain is the most complex computer in the universe. It has been speculated that brain cells do not regenerate, but research reveals people actually do, produce new brain cells well into adulthood. The brain makes up less than 3% of body weight, but uses over 25% of our oxygen, more than 25% of the glucose, and 20% of our blood supply. Research shows high levels of stress hormones stunt new human brain cell development, while ample levels of serotonin, the “feel-good” hormone enhances it. The brain is our primary health managing organ, and it’s incredibly sensitive. We can see that damage to a small part of the brain has devastating consequences, we see this clearly in stroke patients, Parkinson’s disease, and concussions in athletes.
Even though we can’t choose the adversities that come against us, we can choose how we let them effect us. We choose to let them make us better or bitter. We can choose to heal, then use these adversities to teach us, help us grow, and use us them to help others.
Arthritis causes severe pain and stiffness to the affected joints. People with this condition find it hard to do their regular tasks with ease. It is because their affected parts become stiff and painful. Sometimes, the pain becomes severe, and the person feels helpless to do any movement. Dealing with arthritis is difficult, as it restricts the flow and reduces mobility eventually.
According to NCBI, “Almost 50 million (22.2%) adult Americans over 18 were diagnosed with arthritis in 2007–2009, most prominently osteoarthritis and the autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis. A projected increase to 67 million is anticipated by 2030 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2010).“