Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, & Neurofeedback Procedure

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Neurofeedback is also known as electroencephalogram (EEG) biofeedback. It is a process that is based on electrical brain activity. It involves training the brain in which researchers can study how it functions through the use of electrodes that are applied to the scalp. The neurofeedback procedure can help relieve chronic pain in fibromyalgia patients by studying and regulating brain activity.

Please note I am not a doctor. Although this article has undergone extensive research, you should always consult with your doctor. Talk to your doctor about any questions or concerns you may have about your condition. Do not replace the following information with your doctor’s advice.

Dealing with Chronic Pain

Before discussing how the neurofeedback procedure works, let’s look at chronic pain in fibromyalgia patients. Chronic pain is defined as persistent pain that can lasts from weeks to years. Fibromyalgia patients try to cope with the widespread chronic pain that is associated with the condition. Besides dealing with the chronic pain associated with fibromyalgia, patients may also have other symptoms, such as fatigue, difficulty sleeping, depression, and more.

Dealing with chronic pain can be difficult for people living with fibromyalgia. However, there are options. You can practice coping strategies, such as meditation or deep-breathing exercises. Another option is that you can try neurofeedback therapy.

Neurofeedback Procedure

How does it work?

Researchers do not know exactly how or why neurofeedback works. However, the procedure has been known to help with relaxation and pain relief.

In addition to extensive pain, fibromyalgia patients may also experience other conditions that can greatly impact their day-to-day lives, including chronic fatigue, mood disorders, and mental health issues. Neurofeedback can help relieve pain and possibly other conditions associated with fibromyalgia by focusing on the brain. The brain is where neuronal signals are processed and transferred, which is important to consider while exploring the topic of pain.

The neurofeedback procedure involves the process in which you receive feedback from your brain about what your mental state is like. With this information, you can determine what are pain related areas. Therefore, this can help change and train your brain as well as measure your brain activity in relation to your pain.

It may take time to observe and analyze your responses, but most sessions tend to last between 30 to 60 minutes. Make sure to talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about the procedure. Although your therapist may suggest the neurofeedback procedure, it is always a good idea to discuss any new technique related to your health with your doctor.

Are there any side effects?

Fortunately, this procedure is considered as a safe method and it has no known side effects. However, this does not mean that this procedure is necessarily right for you. Before starting the procedure, make sure to discuss it with your doctor first.

Can I do it myself?

It can get expensive, but there may be commercial devices available. It can be available as a handheld device. Additionally, you may be able to connect it to the computer, which makes it accessible and easier to observe your responses. However, this option should be considered very carefully. Before doing it yourself you should be aware of the possibility of scams. Do not trust all manufacturers. This is why it is important to discuss all options with your doctor. Your doctor may recommend you should at least begin the procedure with a professional, especially because learning about the method can take time.

Pros and Cons

In conclusion, the neurofeedback procedure can be a great option to relieve pain in fibromyalgia patients. Let’s look at some pros and cons associated with the procedure:

Pros

  • If neurofeedback is successful, you may be able to train your brain to cope with certain symptoms, including chronic pain.
  • You may be able to eventually learn to complete the procedure at home and on your own.
  • It may decrease the amount of medication needed for certain symptoms.
  • It is a noninvasive treatment.
  • There are no known side effects or risks.

Cons

  • The procedure can take time.
  • It can be expensive.
  • It’s not for everyone.

There is a lot of information regarding the neurofeedback procedure, which can get a bit overwhelming. However, your doctor is there to help you. Make sure to contact your doctor to address any of your questions or concerns. Because neurofeedback involves your health, you should consider this procedure carefully. It is important to reach out to a health care professional who you trust before starting the neurofeedback procedure.

 
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#Excerpt2 “The Raygin War” by Larry Gerovac

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Title: The Raygin WarRaygin War cover

Author: Larry Gerovac

Genre: Science-Fiction

The Raygin War is a futuristic sci-fi story about an alien race that evolved from Carrion beetles. 25 years after first contact the aliens return with a fleet to invade human space. To stop the invasion the military puts all its hope into a single person. He’s an old school soldier who started his career as a ground pounder in the Sniper Corps. Mac has been involved in about every conflict the military has participated in. His skill as a sniper earned him the respect of every soldier who ever worked with him. He is a self-taught killer. On the battlefield he has no equal. Whether it was killing the opponent in hand-to-hand combat, killing them with a weapon, or just plain old out maneuvering them Mac was the best the military had ever seen. When the Raygin war starts Mac is forced into a leadership role he wanted nothing to do with. Will Mac’s experience and talent be enough to neutralize the alien invasion? All is not what it seems. Read the Raygin War to see if the human race will survive and remain free.

 

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Grasping what the captain was about to ask her she said, “I can’t captain. The aliens are killing us. I can’t think straight, I’m too scared.”

“We’re all scared lieutenant. If these walking bugs come to the bridge, you may be able to save a few of us if you can communicate with them.”

The lieutenant looked around the bridge and realized the captain was right. Everyone looked scared. She took a deep breath, exhaled. “I’ll try.”

“Walk me through what you’re thinking lieutenant.”

“Well, since they attacked us, and they shot unarmed colonists, I’d call them an aggressive species. I’m sure they have a strong sense of survival. Most bugs do. Avoid eye contact. If they evolved from insects, we have nothing in common communication wise. Many bugs use chemical scents to communicate. Some can make noises with their bodies, but nothing like what we are used to. The lieutenant’s eyes went white as she thought about what she learned in school. “Many bugs are omnivorous, captain. What if they see us as food?”

Sparks started flying from the heavy security barrier on the bridge. The massive door began to melt like ice on a hot day. The crew watched in fear.

“Everyone stay seated. Keep your eyes on me, or Lieutenant Muween. Whatever you do, do not stare at the aliens. Security, put your weapons on the floor.”

The door melted and made a molten mess on the floor. An alien in body armor stepped forward followed by two companions. Their job seemed to be to secure the bridge. One stood on the liquefied metal as if unconcerned. The alien armor design appeared to be stronger than human armor.

The captain hoped the lieutenant could keep her composure. The aliens were butt ugly. They had long antennae hanging forward over their heads. Their arms and legs ended in fingered claws. Instead of a neck they had a thorax followed by a hard-shelled abdomen. Hissing noises were coming from the bodies of a couple aliens on the bridge. Six more entered, followed by an alien with a red decal on its body armor. He appeared to be the leader.

The alien with the red decal reached up and removed a partial helmet, exposing two large black eyes. It moved its two maxillary palp appendages, designed to help cram food into its big mouth. The creature walked up to Lieutenant Muween and stood inches from her face. She breathed in, trying to calm her nerves. The smell emitted by the bug leader was like thousands of sweet flowers. It was too much for the lieutenant’s olfactory senses. She turned her head and vomited.

 

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Mac positioned himself before the troops and said, “Everyone relax! Let me give you a few insights and rules. First off, call me Mac. You will find colonist duty to be informal by military standards. Unlike many of you, I chose this assignment. You military ground pounders forced to be here, life sucks and you got a shitty billet. Don’t whine to me about it. Next, as long as we aren’t in a firefight and the lieutenant gives you an order like, get me coffee, bring me a pen, or order this part, do it. If we are in a firefight and he tells you to do something, don’t do it. Tell him he has to go through me.”

“By a show of hands, how many of you are conscripts.” Out of 60 troops, fourteen held up their hands. This didn’t surprise him. Young fleet soldiers all wanted to see action, not watch plants grow while on colonist duty. The military filled in with conscripts when they didn’t have enough regulars. Most conscripts would become Third platoon and get special attention. “How many of you have been in action?” Half the troops raised their hands. Mac shook his head. “I mean real action. Where you had to shoot at an enemy because they were trying to kill you. Show me those hands again.” This time, ten people held up their hands.

Mac looked at all ten experienced troopers. “Tinker, is that you.”

“Yeah Mac, it’s me.”

“Well ain’t that the shits.”

Everyone laughed.

Mac smiled. “How’d you wind up here?”

“I volunteered when I found out you were here.”

Mac used a hand signal telling Tinker to not say a word. “Did everyone hear what he said? Now there’s someone who knows how to suck up. Come see me after this training session. You troops with experience, I’ll be expecting lots of help from you. For now, put on one of the backpacks by the door and follow me.”

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Larry GerovacAuthor Bio

Larry Gerovac was born in the shadows of the steel mills, oil refineries, and railroad yards of the Midwestern United States. He is a Navy Veteran and a first generation American. He writes in the genre of Science, Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Horror.

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“Wolf Hollow: Wolf Hollow Shifters, Book 1” by Nikki Jefford

Wolf Hollow: Wolf Hollow Shifters, Book 1

by Nikki Jefford

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Werewolves & Shifters

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An attraction that threatens the future of the pack…

Spirited, stubborn, and deeply loyal wolf shifter, Sasha feels the pressure from her pack to claim another pureblood, yet no one is brazen enough to defy the elders and toy with her . . . no one besides a hotheaded half-breed.

Tabor, a rebellious outcast, is the hollow’s only wizard shifter. Constantly overlooked despite his strengths, Tabor believes Sasha is as shortsighted as the rest of the pack until she proves there’s more to her than a blindly obedient lapdog.

Unable to resist the proud and sensual pureblood, Tabor would risk everything to claim her. Despite her vanishing bloodline, Sasha can’t resist the charismatic half-breed, even as the elders set her up to breed with another pureblood.

Predators are closing in, threatening the strength and stability of their pack, and there are shifters within Wolf Hollow willing to do anything to prevent the pair from mating.

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“Justice for the Black Knight” by Jerri Blair

Justice for the Black Knight

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Genre: Thriller & Suspense/Literary Fiction/African-American/Legal

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This award winning legal thriller tells the story of Freddie Edwards, a black man on trial for the brutal murder of an elderly white man. Was Freddie a monster or a hero when he took the old man’s life? How did he come to be at the place that so dramatically changed his life?

This book examines the moment of the crime from every perspective, and leaves it to the reader to decide what Freddie’s fate should be.

Beautiful relationships wrapped in a dark mystery from the distant past impact this trial for his life. His sister Ruby and old friend Annabelle became friends during the shadow of the Great Depression, crossing the boundaries that separated them by race. These two old friends are reunited at Freddie’s murder trial. Neither of them want to believe their childhood hero would commit such a heinous crime. To them, Freddie was always the “Black Knight” who rescued them from childhood traumas.

But now, Freddie finds himself on trial for the brutal murder of an elderly man of stellar reputation, facing the death penalty, represented by an incompetent attorney, and unlikely to receive the justice he thinks, but isn’t sure, he deserves. They have only one choice. They must delve into the past to discover evidence that can save him from the electric chair. Their choice takes them through a journey through the horror that all of them have tried for years to forget.

Justice for the Black Knight is the story of a 1981 trial, where Annabelle and Ruby reach back into the past to try to prove that Freddie is a hero instead of a villain. It is an inspirational tale of friendship extending beyond the borders of race, which also takes an exciting and realistic look at the process of obtaining justice through the legal system.

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“Cremas, Christmas Cookies, and Crooks (A Cape Bay Cafe Mystery Book 6)” by Harper Lin

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Cremas, Christmas Cookies, and Crooks (A Cape Bay Cafe Mystery Book 6)

by Harper Lin

Genre: Cozy/Mystery/Culinary/Animals

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It’s almost Christmastime in Cape Bay, and another murder has everyone in town talking. A despised new drama teacher at the local high school is killed in the school’s parking lot. The police arrest a beloved teacher, Mrs. Crowsdale, but everyone else thinks she is too nice to murder anyone. Mike, however, says they have solid evidence that proves she did it.

Sammy is particularly devastated. Mrs. Crowsdale was her favorite teacher and still her hero. Sammy begs Fran to find the real culprit. Fran isn’t so sure. Mike would be angry with her for butting in on another case. And what if more danger befalls her? After all, there are some pretty dangerous people in town…

Includes 3 special holiday recipes!

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Song Lyric Sunday | “The Lady in Red” – Chris de Burgh

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is girl(s).”

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I went a bit further with the theme, choosing an adult form of girl(s)…lady.

The Lady in Red was released in June 1986  by British-Irish singer-songwriter Chris de Burgh as the second single from his album Into the Light. The song was responsible for introducing de Burgh’s music to a mainstream audience worldwide.

The song was written in reference to (though not specifically about) his wife, Diane. On the British TV series This Is Your Life, de Burgh said that the song was inspired by the memory of when he first saw Diane, and how men so often cannot even remember what their wives were wearing when they first met.

The song was a massive hit across the world, quickly becoming de Burgh’s best-selling single and his signature song, transforming him from a cult artist into a household name in many countries. It reached the number one position in Canada, the UK, Ireland, the Flanders region of Belgium and Norway. It also reached number three in the United States during the spring of 1987.

 

FUN FACTS:

  • Despite the song’s worldwide appeal, it tends to divide public opinion and it was voted the tenth most annoying song of all time in a poll commissioned by Dotmusic in 2000. It was one of only two singles in the top ten which were not novelty songs.
  • It was also voted the third worst song of the 1980s by readers of Rolling Stone.
  • In a 2001 poll of more than 50,000 Channel 4 viewers and readers of The Observer, the song was voted the fourth most hated UK number-one single.
  • Neil Norman of The Independent argued in 2006: “Only James Blunt has managed to come up with a song more irritating than Chris de Burgh’s Lady in Red.

To be fair, during the height of the song’s popularity, it was hard to turn on a music station and not hear it…several times! Still, it’s a great song.

 

Enjoy!

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The Lady in Red

[Verse 1]
I’ve never seen you looking so lovely as you did tonight
I’ve never seen you shine so bright
I’ve never seen so many men ask you if you wanted to dance

They’re looking for a little romance
Given half a chance
And I have never seen that dress you’re wearing
Or the highlights in your hair that catch your eyes
I have been blind

[Chorus]
The lady in red is dancing with me
Cheek to cheek
There’s nobody here
It’s just you and me
It’s where I want to be
But I hardly know this beauty by my side
I’ll never forget the way you look tonight

[Verse 2]
I’ve never seen you looking so gorgeous as you did tonight
I’ve never seen you shine so bright
You were amazing
I’ve never seen so many people want to be there by your side

And when you turned to me and smiled
It took my breath away
And I have never had such a feeling
Such a feeling of complete and utter love
As I do tonight

[Chorus]

The lady in red is dancing with me
Cheek to cheek
There’s nobody here
It’s just you and me
It’s where I want to be
But I hardly know this beauty by my side
I’ll never forget the way you look tonight

I never will forget the way you look tonight
The lady in red
The lady in red
The lady in red, my lady in red

I love you

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