Sunday, June 24, 2012

KaleidoPain NEWS: Ever Changing Colors of Chronicity, 6-24-12


“To get the true value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with.”
~Mark Twain

My life is more than a waiting period, it is a journey, and how I perceive it and improve upon it is solely up to me.


*Tips for writing your own affirmations
*Tips on journaling


Are your drains clogged? – Lymphatic Massage

*Celeste’s Blogspeak Links for May and June now available.


In honor of migraine awareness, “Food additives, tyramine, nitrates, Sulfites, sodium benzoate, and msg."

Mayo Clinic on Meditation: A simple, fast way to reduce stress.

Nutritional expert Deirdre Rawlings speaks up on Heartburn? Acid Reflux? You Could be Among the 20% of Americans With GERD, Celeste contributing author to her EBook series, Fibromyalgia Insider Secrets: 10 Top Experts.

FEATURING Q&A by Celeste at Sharecare

How are fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome different?

How are blood tests used to treat fibromyalgia?

Can nerve stimulation help fibromyalgia?

*Follow all answers by Celeste at

INSPIRING MOMENTS: Giving forward momentum a shove

What is spirituality?


Don’t miss this issue of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Life from the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association, making a difference in our lives. I am happy to report I was the catalyst that connected two of my favorites, Dr. Kevin White and the NFMCPA.


Dr. Jesse Stoff Welcomes More Information About Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.” PR News. Fantastic recognition of IACFS/ME “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: A Primer for Clinical Practitioners.”

Link directly to the Primer on TheseThree Website,

The Truth About the Drug Companies by Marcia Angell . Written in 2004, but what has changed? Nothing! If anything, it’s worse, we must ask why, and what can we do?

Immune cells gobble up healthy but idle brain cells.




Toussaint LL, Whipple MO, Abboud LL, Vincent A, Wahner-Roedler DL. A mind-body technique for symptoms related to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. Explore (NY). 2012 Mar-Apr;8(2):92-8. [A very small single-blind, randomized controlled trial of 44 participants, but only 21 made it to the end. The dropout rate was not indicated in the conclusion of the study, but should be a very important finding to report & skews the findings statement submitted in the abstract. I believe in mind-body strategies for coping, but that is true for ALL chronic illness. The Amygdala is the center of emotions, why this study was done only for FM and CFS means it is not a comprehensive study for mind-body work. Cc]

Lu X, Hui-Chan CW, Tsang WW. 2012. Tai Chi, arterial compliance, and muscle strength in older adults. Eur J Prev Cardiol. [Apr 4 Epub ahead of print]. [Discussed in the book, if you have done T’ai Chi, you understand this is a very gentle form of movement that requires flowing purposeful movement and can be very beneficial. Cc]

*See all featured research for June at


"Trigger Point Therapy for Headaches & Migraines" by Valerie DeLaune. New Harbinger: Oakland, 2008.
A wonderful timeless book for indentifying and treating myofascial trigger points related to migraines. As a patient, RN, author and fibromyalgia expert at Sharecare, I found this book to be particularly helpful in addressing the myofascial component of a common comorbid condition to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. I am particularly impressed with the connection Valerie DeLaune makes with the work of the pioneers to understanding the myofascial Janet Travell and David Simons.

SNEAK PEEK (Cooper & Miller, Healing Arts Press: Vermont, 2010 )

“Understanding and Treating Pain” ©

Pain intolerance happens when you are bombarded by painful stimuli or impulses. As a result, your other body systems start to break down. Severe pain can become so extreme that it can cause vomiting or total decompensation — losing all defense mechanisms and grasp on reality. (Excerpt, Chapter Four)

*You can review “about the book” including the Table of Contents of Integrative Therapies…at About the Books


Philip Getson, DO, Assistant Professor, Drexel University College of Medicine, Department of Neurology, Philadelphia, PA, discusses thermography and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).


Shingles: What you should know.


Celeste you are our hero! When you sit down and want to cry with your pain, feel defeated in its' vast processes, find doubt in your direction please know this: You, Celeste Cooper are literally saving lives. People are killing themselves over these syndromes. People need support. You always need to take care of you first, and never fault yourself for any time outs necessary. However, know that you are on my champion list.

I am so grateful for the many supportive comments that come my way.  It is for each of you that continue to provide what I hope is helpful information.  In healing, harmony and hope, Celeste


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