Back Pain: The facts and what to do if you have it

Low back pain is very common, and most people have it at some point in their lives. It affects people of all ages and all socio-economic statuses. It is the leading cause of disability worldwide and the number of people affected is increasing.

The good news, however, is that 90% of people recover from back pain within 6-8 weeks and less than 1% of back pain has a serious cause.

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Katherine Sewell
Menopause and Fatigue

‘‘Menopause fatigue sometimes referred to as crashing fatigue, is defined as sudden and overwhelming feelings of weakness, exhaustion and reduced energy levels that can leave you emotionally and mentally drained.’’ http://menopausehealthmatters.com

This excellent article explains more about fatigue that can occur around the menopause and how it differs from Chronic fatigue syndrome. It also have useful tips about coping with this type of fatigue too.

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Katherine Sewell
Planning a Holiday ( tips and advice for travellers with Persist Pain, Fibromyalgia and CFS/ME)

Does the very thought of planning a holiday leave you feeling exhausted?

The thought of a long journey and sleeping in a different bed is enough to raise your anxiety levels before you even consider the expectations of yourself or others regarding what you will actually do whilst on holiday.

Isn’t it supposed to be pleasurable or at the very least somewhat relaxing?

The following advice , all supplied by our clients might help.

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Katherine Sewell
What is 'GET' or Graded Exercise Therapy?

GET' stands for 'Graded Exercise Therapy'. It is an approach for building physical activity in a person's life by being consistent, making gradual changes and responding to setbacks.

Graded Exercise Therapy..Who's it for?

It can be used as a treatment for people with physical injuries, persistent pain, fatigue, mild depression and other medical conditions. It is also an approach which can be used by people without any particular medical condition to improve general overall wellbeing. The approach is most effective and safest if it is carried out with guidance from a health professional.

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Katherine Sewell
Does dehydration affect fatigue? Are you drinking enough? (a chart to tell you)

What you need to know about keeping hydrated.

Making sure that you are drinking is important for health and prevents dehydration.  You should aim to drink at least 1.6 to 2 litres (approx. 3 to 4 pints) of fluid per day to stay hydrated.  This is the same as about eight glasses or mugs of fluid.

Sometimes people are not aware that they are mildly dehydrated and by the time they feel thirsty they may be more moderately affected.    Don’t forget that with warmer weather the fluid you will lose through sweating will be higher.

Checking the colour of your urine is an easy way to assess your own hydration level.  Use this urine chart to see if you need to drink more.

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Katherine Sewell
Tips for easy eating when you are unwell

When you are feeling unwell it is far more challenging to eat well.  Having the energy or inclination to spend time preparing food can seem daunting.  Many people find that they lose their normal appetite and enjoyment of food and eating can become a chore.  Some people also feel less like eating if they are low in mood or concerned about their health.

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Katherine Sewell