My Chronic Pain Relief Update May 2021 – Living With Fibromyalgia And Psoriatic Arthritis

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Can you believe we are almost halfway through 2021??!!

While I am happy that things are getting back to normal, it also makes me a little sad. At least here in California, I feel like our world went from a nice slow crawl (the perfect spoonie pace) to high speed. Maybe it would be different if I, too, were ready to move at a faster speed. But I am not. Outside of a few outings, which I am not complaining about, I spend the rest of my time bed or couch-bound.

With that said, I tried being a little too normal this month and am paying the price for it. Find out what I did, what I won’t do again, and the mistake I will probably continue to make for the rest of my life.

Pain Relief Update May 2021

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My Chronic Pain Relief Treatments for May 2021

I have continued daily PEMF therapy treatments. I have been alternating between my ActiPatch and Oska Pulse devices. The reason for this is although I love not having to continually turn on the ActiPatch device, I do feel I need to run it longer to achieve the same results I have with Oska Pulse.

May continued to require all-night relief that only comes from cannabis edibles. After suffering a new abdominal muscle tear, daytime use was also needed for much of the month.

Some nights I applied a CBD balm on my belly. Others I used Good Night Lotion and also applied it to my feet, legs, hips, and lower back.

Benadryl and Soothing Skin Balm (My daughter uses this for eczema) were still needed a few times this month. I feel like my body is reacting to everything I put in it.

I wasn’t sure how Solis 1100 would fit into my pain management plan, but now I cannot imagine my life without it. It is a lifesaver for hip, lower back, and knee pain when I am out and sitting in my power wheelchair all day. I apply treatment before leaving home and return in less pain than if I had not used it.


Hallelujah! Another migraine-free month!!!

I have had some weather fatigue, but it is hard to tell how much since these flares have occurred after full days at Disneyland.

In regards to fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis, my pain level and flares continue to decrease.


No change in weight, which is a miracle considering I haven’t made an effort and spent a few days indulging at Disneyland.

Speaking of Disneyland. I let my excitement get the best of me. I went on five rides, and three were ones that I really should not have. Because of this, I suffered a new abdominal tear on my left side. It didn’t seem that bad at first. That is until it triggered a firestorm of inflammation across my belly which caused two other recently healed tears to reopen.

I am still unable to lift, bend, twist, or walk for more than a few minutes. The additional inflammation creates an awful level of fatigue that I hope ends soon.

Chronic Pain Relief Modifications for May 2021

Being that I have been sofa and bed-bound, Walmart+ has been a lifesaver!

I do not leave home without my power wheelchair.

And to make our home more accessible, we are making changes that will put the items I use and need most on shelves I can access without bending.

Game Plan For The Next 30 Days

To really test the difference between my PEMF devices, I will solely treat my spine with my original Oska Pulse.

The ultimate goal for June is to NOT have another muscle tear!!! And to keep the inflammation low enough to not reopen former tears.

I will be put to the test during one of our June Disneyland visits. I know I need to stay off of rides, but…….. With the opening of Avengers Campus, I do not know if I cannot restrain myself from not going on the new Spider-Man ride!

Refraining from trying something new or doing something I used after my acute pain subsides is a mistake I know will be repeated. This is something that I need to put more effort into to enjoy more low to no pain days.

Until next month!

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Published by Cynthia Covert

Diagnosed in 2001 with psoriasis, followed by fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, endometriosis, and later a botched hysterectomy turned her world upside down. Cynthia shares her experience, advice, and tips for how to make life with chronic pain easier and less painful.

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