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Nothing stays the same. Life is always changing. The same can be said for chronic illness and pain, which makes it difficult to sufficiently treat them. With that said, September was a month of transition.
Summer weather fought hard to stick around and tortured my body with a few ridiculous heatwaves. Then autumn came in and beat me with their storm stick! If the indecisiveness of the weather wasn’t enough to send my body into full-blown fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis flare, the schedule I had become accustomed to also changed.
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September In A Nutshell
I battled the weather flares the best that I could. Which to my dismay included many days of doing nothing but literally riding out the storm.
Instead of two or maybe three planned outings a month, I have one and sometimes two per week. This may not sound like a big deal, but it is when you have mastered the former schedule with as little downtime as possible.
I am in an experimentation phase. Trying to figure out how to adjust my schedule to allow for one late night per week when my body prefers being in bed much earlier. One or two late nights per month were easy to bounce back from. One or two per week is not.
One hope is that my body will adjust to a later daily schedule. Another is that my abdominal pain decreases which would make bouncing back a lot easier.
My Chronic Pain Life Treatments for September 2021
This is a list of chronic pain treatments and products I used this month.
- PEMF Therapy
- Red LED Light and Heat Therapy
- Solis 1100 Pain Management System
- Arnica Salve
- Good Night Lotion
- Cannabis (Homemade edibles)
- Liver Love Tincture
- Warm Water Exercise
- Power Wheelchair
- Grocery Delivery
You can view the products that I added to my pain management toolbox during September here.
The Rest of The Story
In addition, I followed my body’s lead regarding sleep. Well, to an extent. Typically, I am ready to fall asleep within two to three hours after eating a medical marijuana edible. Knowing this, I have been taking it later in the evening to help my body adapt. The only problem with this process is when experiencing abdominal tearing which requires daytime medicating. Daytime medicating messes up my pain relief and sleep schedules. Not to mention my work schedule.
I suffered one tear after another throughout September. My hope is to get a reprieve in October. We shall see.
I started and ended the month of September with horrible abdominal pain from tearing of muscles and adhesions from my bowels. Every day has been filled with heavy fatigue. I have been lucky to have the strength to put on my bathing suit to do my warm water stretches twice a week.
With that said, that is life. Nothing can be done to fix me. A year ago, this would have pissed me off. But after 20 plus years of living with pain, I know that it is just another season. It is more painful, but I will survive, I always do.
On a positive note, I got to spend a lot of time with my husband at my happy place and tried a ton of spooky treats. I’m thrilled to have met all of my blogging and freelancing goals for the month and then some.
If you are new to my blog or this chronic pain management series, you can read it from the beginning here.
What was September like for you?