Ian Cleary

Pain and Emotions

February 20, 2014IanChronic Pain/ Fibromyalgia, In the News & ResearchComments Off on Pain and Emotions

As we discover more about the brain’s fundamental role in Chronic Pain, we are seeing the importance of taking a broad perspective when making changes. Just because medication does’t work for example, doesn’t mean it is hopeless. Medication can only do so much, and sometimes the work required is beyond the ability of drugs to […]

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Anxiety and the Lightning Process

February 19, 2014IanDepression, anxiety and other conditions, In the News & Research, Inspirational & General InterestComments Off on Anxiety and the Lightning Process

Time to bust a myth around anxiety. MYTH – Anxiety is all in the mind If you approach anxiety like it is ‘All in the Mind’ and just about anxious thoughts you miss the fact that it is just as much about a habitual physical response. Anxiety is not just about thoughts. Trying to beat […]

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A few thoughts about sleep and fatigue

January 31, 2014IanDepression, anxiety and other conditions, In the News & Research, UncategorizedComments Off on A few thoughts about sleep and fatigue

Sleep is such a normal part of every person’s life. It’s one of those things (like health/digestion/ energy) that you don’t think about it much until it’s not working. Then you really think about it. But when it comes to sleep, HOW you think about it matters. It really matters. Why? Because the brain is […]

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Why things hurt

July 25, 2013IanChronic Pain/ Fibromyalgia, In the News & ResearchComments Off on Why things hurt

NATIONAL PAIN WEEK As entertaining as always, Professor Moseley explains ‘Why things Hurt’ highlighting the role that beliefs, expectation, past experience, even language plays in the production of pain. Enjoy.

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What organ do we use to hear?

A simple enough question right? Well our body is not that simple. We collect information through sound waves through our ears, but what we actually ‘hear’ is determined by our brain – and our brain takes in far more than just sound. It also takes in other sensory information including vision, smell, taste and importantly […]

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CFS Awareness Day & Mothers Day

May 17, 2013IanChronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, In the News & Research, Inspirational & General InterestComments Off on CFS Awareness Day & Mothers Day

My gorgeous wife’s recent article on celebrating Mothers Day AND celebrating CFS recovery last Sunday.  

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ME/CFS Awareness Day – May 12

ME/CFS International Awareness Day  – May 12 Psst. Pass it on. Tell the world. But please be aware of this …… it’s horrible but not hopeless! It is vitally important that people understand that conditions like CFS, ME, MCS or Fibromyalgia are horrible, real and debilitating physical conditions & that sufferers are not putting it on, […]

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Stress and Illness

Chronic Dwelling = Chronic Inflammation A recent study out of the UK showed that when people were asked to think about a negative event the levels of C-reactive protein, which is a marker of tissue inflammation, rose. The levels stayed elevated for an hour but could also be normalized by changing focus. This is an […]

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CFS & Childhood Trauma

A number of recent studies draw links between childhood trauma & CFS. For some this supports the ‘all in the head’ argument about CFS. However when you see CFS in the physical terms of being stuck in an automatic physical stress response then it makes sense that a traumatic unbringing can be is one of […]

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Australian study findings on Stress Response supports Lightning Process theory

Stress-response systems in people with chronic fatigue syndrome are signalling to the body that it is not safe to relax, creating a state of high alert that can be likened to post-traumatic stress disorder, new research suggests. This has been the understanding behind the Lightning Process approach for 12 years –  looking at how we […]

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