The Disabled Diva’s Four Month
Oska Pulse Anniversary
July 24, 2017 marks my four month anniversary of using Oska Pulse as part of my daily treatment plan. For those who are new to my blog, I have been combatting chronic pain from fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, and endometriosis for over 17 years. I followed my doctor’s protocols for the first 12 years. Not only did I not improve during this time, I never experienced any relief, and my conditions did nothing by get worse. Five years ago I stopped all pharmaceutical treatments and began treating my conditions with medical marijuana. I immediately experienced some relief and improvements. In the past five years I went from not being able to stand, sit, or walk for five minutes to be able to go grocery shopping on foot using the shopping cart for balance. Last year abdominal adhesions from endometriosis and surgical scarring attacked my bowels. They were literally killing me. Then something amazing happened. Last fall I was asked to try Oska Pulse. I did and was impressed with how quickly it addressed inflammation in my knee when I experienced swelling after overuse. But I didn’t realize how much more I could benefit from this drug-free device if I were to use it on a daily basis. That is until March 24, 2017.
Disclaimer: While I originally received this product as a gift to review via Chronic Illness Bloggers and am an affiliate for Oska Wellness, my original review and my entire Oska Pulse series were not influenced by the company. All thoughts, opinions, and experiences are mine and mine alone.
On March 24th I received a message from Julie Ryan, founder of Chronic Illness Bloggers and she mentioned how her Oska Pulse was helping her recover from her latest endo related surgery. My first thought was, why the heck didn’t I think of treating my abdomen with mine!!??? From that day forward I committed to use my Oska Pulse every day and the results have been amazing.
To my surprise I experienced relief from abdominal adhesions immediately. Within the first 48 hours I stopped feeling the excruciating ripping pain that has plagued me since 2004. The pain was caused by adhesions ripping from my sidewall and internal organs. Not only that but I could finally eat without experiencing bloating, nausea, or explosive diarrhea. My bowels had been set free! The only pain I felt was muscle tenderness throughout my abdomen which was a normal sensation that I have always experienced after the adhesions ripped from them. Until now the only way I could rip the adhesions enough to free them from my internal organs was to ride the thrill rides at Disneyland over and over. I would exit the rides in tears because of the pain. Now I enjoy the rides and no longer experience abdominal pain while riding them.
Continued improvement with abdominal adhesions.
I began treating my right knee during my workouts to reduce and sometimes eliminate the need to treat it afterwards. I had surgery on this knee in 2002. There were loose bone fragments and cartilage floating around my knee that would become lodged in the joint. I would have to use crutches until the fragments moved. Since that surgery I have experienced extreme swelling whenever I walked for a few minutes or exercised. With Oska Pulse I experience relief from pain and reduce swelling with 2-4 treatments when I begin treatment after exercising or walking. Later I discovered that I was able to cut down my after treatment by strapping it above my knee while working out. Some days my knee doesn’t require after treatments and on others it only needs 1 or 2. The key I found is to treat it as soon as I notice swelling or pain and to not let it fester.
My stamina increased. My productivity increased. While medical marijuana increased the amount of good days I experienced each month, it was Oska Pulse that gave me more good than bad days. I began sleeping better too!
For the first time in 17 years I went to bed without having to find a way to get comfortable from hip pain. I hadn’t even been focused on treating my hips, but because I had concentrated my treatment on my abdomen Oska Pulse was also treating my hips! Oska Pulse works within a 22 inch radius. Click here to learn more. The only time I have experienced extreme hip pain since was during our move in June and that was because I was standing and bending more than I had in 7 years. But because of my Oska Pulse, I was up and ready to go the next day.
For the first time since 2004 I could sleep on my stomach, have my sweet Chihuahua Zeva the Diva curl up on my lap, and poke my belly without pain!
I would have been just as thrilled with my Oska Pulse if my improvements stopped here, but they didn’t and I just want to climb up to the top of the Matterhorn at Disneyland and shout out how much I love my little blue friend. For the first time since 2011 I experienced complete relief from lower back pain, specifically in my sacrum and tailbone. Again, like my hips I had not concentrated my treatment to that area but it was treating it while I focused on my abdomen. After 3 days without pain in that region I made a mistake. I went to Disneyland and rode the new Guardian’s of the Galaxy Mission Breakout ride. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, it is the ride formally known as the Tower of Terror. The ride itself is an elevator shaft that guests sit in while being dropped repeatedly. While I love the ride, being dropped on my tailbone and jarring my spine was not a good idea and I paid for it. In the past few years it has taken 3-6 weeks for me to just reduce my pain level. This time I was only completely down for ONE day and my pain was reduced to a level that didn’t stop me from doing what I wanted afterwards.
Three weeks after injuring my spine at Disneyland, I am once again pain-free. I only experience pain in that area when I push too hard, do something stupid, or when I am experiencing a weather related flare.
Which brings me to my next improvement. In the past month the only flares that have knocked me down and sent me to bed were weather related or my own stupidity of riding an attraction that wasn’t spine friendly.
I have been able to decrease how much medical marijuana I use!
I can walk more throughout the week! In fact last week I spent the day at Ocean Beach in San Diego with my family and walked approximately 2 miles throughout the course of the day!! Click here to hear about my day. Granted it wasn’t all at once and there were many breaks, but I haven’t been able to be that active in one day in I don’t know how long!! The next day I was tender, but still able to work on projects and future blog posts while sitting in my recliner. The rest of the week I was able to exercise anywhere from 30-60 minutes per day!
Last week I realized that it had been 4 weeks since I last experienced any bladder leakage. Last summer one of the surgeons I consulted with said that my pelvic floor was collapsing. I have had to wear a pad or a diaper for the past 2 years. Currently I have been wearing one if I am going somewhere that I am not familiar with the restroom locations. It’s taking me a little while to process the fact that wetting myself is no longer a daily problem.
And last but not least Oska Pulse has decreased the amount of nerve pain that was the result of a surgical error in 2008. During that surgery my surgeon sliced a set of nerves between my left thigh and vagina while releasing my cervix. Since then I have experienced daily nerve pain deep inside and it would shoot down my leg and across my pelvis. I have also lost feeling and use of that leg at least once a day in the past 9 years. In the past month I have only lost feeling in that leg twice and my nerve pain is no longer maddening. This too was something that my doctors said would never improve.
Let’s get real
Am I cured? No. Do I still have bad days? Yes. But like I stated earlier, in the past 6 weeks all extreme flares have been weather related or from my own stupidity. My good days not only outnumber my bad, my bad days aren’t as bad as they used to be. Speaking of weather related flares, by using Oska Pulse throughout them my recovery time has decreased. The most one of those flares has knocked me down for has been 3 days. My weather related flares begin with swelling around my spine, this leads to nerve pain down my leg and up through my skull. My pain points are in my lower back and neck. I alternate treating each area with Oska Pulse and ice.
Oska Pulse has truly given me a new lease on life. I am doing more and having loads of fun! I cry when I think of how remarkable this is because just five years ago I was ready to commit suicide. I couldn’t imagine living with the pain that my conditions had caused. I had lost all hope. I prayed for a miracle and while he took his time, God answered. I no longer have to do what my doctors said, which was to deal with the pain for the rest of my life. Their only solution was to heavily drug me with morphine, which was not an option for me.
Keep this in mind if you are considering using Oska Pulse, improvement takes time! To achieve results you must commit to using it!! I use mine daily from the moment I wake up until I go to bed. I take it everywhere! Be patient. It was totally amazing that I experienced relief from abdominal pain so quickly, but not all of my improvements occurred that fast. Some took weeks and months. I can’t wait to see where I am at in four more months and then a year and so on and so on…..
You seriously have nothing to lose except pain!
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