Goodnighties Supports National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is May 12, 2012
Highland Park, Illinois (PRWEB) May 10, 2012
Even before Goodnighties Recovery Sleepwear recently traveled the proverbial ‘Yellow Brick Road’ to sales success through an appearance on a well-known national daytime talk show, a quiet following for the amazing fabric used in making Goodnighties Recovery Sleepwear had begun. This unsuspecting and now surprised group, those with chronic pain issues like fibromyalgia, began finding sleep relief from Goodnighties unique patented fabric.
Helping pain sufferers was not the original plan for this brand but a welcome byproduct of American innovation. The patented ionization process in Goodnighties is called IonX, developed to stimulate blood flow to strained muscles and has been used for years in professional athletic apparel. “We knew the fabric was very comfortable and contributed to a more restful sleep but we were unaware of the positive benefits it would have for chronic pain sufferers.”, said Goodnighties owner, Marcia Bacon.
For chronic pain sufferers, it all began when patient advocate writer and fibromyalgia patient herself, Karen Lee Richards first tried Goodnighties for her own pain issues in May 2010. Ms. Richards is a noted spokesperson for fibromaylgia after co-founding the National Fibromyalgia Association before awareness of this debilitating condition moved into mainstream vernacular. Her experience as Executive Editor of Fibromyalgia ‘Aware’ magazine had exposed Ms. Richards to many ‘remedies’ for fibromyalgia pain that ultimately were found not to be very effective. Prior to testing Goodnighties sleepwear she was skeptical at best. “Fortunately I found even after the first night of wearing Goodnighties, that I was sleeping much better and my worst pain (in lower back and left hip) were gone. I couldn’t have been more surprised! ”, said Ms. Richards. “When I sleep more restfully, I find my fibromyalgia pain cycles are better controlled during the day and Goodnighties is something that has really filled the gap for me.”, said Ms. Richards.
“I've been wearing Goodnighties for almost two years and I'm just as happy with them now as I was that first night. I can't imagine ever sleeping without them again,” she continued.
Recently, announced through HealthCentral.com, Ms. Richards has partnered with Dawn Marcus, MD a board-certified neurologist and professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, on a detailed anonymous survey to better understand the impact fibromyalgia has on personal relationships with family and friends. The survey link will be available through June 5th, 2012. Dr. Marcus specializes in pain management, with a special focus on fibromyalgia research and treatment. She has authored numerous books on chronic pain including her newest book, “The Women’s Fibromyalgia Toolkit.” The data collected from this survey will be used to better understand these personal challenges from a patient’s viewpoint as well as to educate healthcare professionals.
As awareness continues on treatments for fibromyalgia - global activities are planned throughout the month. Goodnighties has also partnered with the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA) where Goodnighties is available through their not-for-profit website- a perfect Mother's Day Gift! Better sleep is a great gift!
Quick Facts…. and Resources
Fibromyalgia is characterized by chronic widespread pain and tenderness. Most patients have additional symptoms as well such as severe fatigue, an inability to get refreshing sleep, and problems with memory and concentration. Fibromyalgia is estimated to affect between 2-5% of the population. Although approximately 75-85% of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia are women, it does affect men and children as well. There is no cure for fibromyalgia but a comprehensive care plan that includes education, medication, exercise, lifestyle changes and often related therapies like massage or yoga can help patients manage their symptoms.
NFMCPA The mission of the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA) is to build a united patient and health care community to create a strong voice and organizational base to educate and execute advocacy programs regarding access to care, research, diagnosis and treatment for people suffering with chronic pain from fibromyalgia and overlapping conditions.
Dawn Marcus, MD is a board-certified neurologist and professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She specializes in pain management, with a special focus on fibromyalgia research and treatment. She has authored numerous books on chronic pain including her newest book, The Woman's Fibromyalgia Tool kit.
Karen Lee Richards is a writer and patient advocate as well as a fibromyalgia patient. She co-founded the National Fibromyalgia Association and was Executive Editor of Fibromyalgia AWARE magazine. She currently serves as a health guide on HealthCentral's chronic pain site and is a supplement research reporter for ProHealth, Inc.