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Did the hellish pain from October carry into November?
Were my birthday and Thanksgiving plans ruined?
Find out what my life with fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, bowel endometriosis, and adhesions was like!
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This month was a dark one. With the time change, the sky is pitch dark by 5PM. But that wasn’t the only darkness. Pain, exhaustion, and wondering if it would ever end sent me into a deep pit of depression.
The majority of this month was spent crying. The hardest part was knowing that many of my friends and family would argue about the quality of my life. I have heard them refer to people living with similar health issues that they felt had little to no quality. This is why I share little on personal accounts. I don’t have the energy to prove why my life is worth living.
A Glimmer of Hope
By mid-month, my abdominal pain had increased. I began worrying about whether or not I planned too much over the Thanksgiving holiday. I had already spent my birthday in bed.
To my surprise, I woke up without abdominal swelling the Sunday before Thanksgiving. It returned that afternoon, but not nearly as bad as it had been for the past two months.
The following day I woke once again without swelling, and we headed off to a day of fun at Disneyland. The most magical part of the day was that the swelling didn’t return until that evening. The only downside was a psoriasis outbreak all over my face.
Thanksgiving day went just as well. We spent even more time at Disneyland, and I didn’t swell at all.
I didn’t go on any rides which I think helped considerably.
Although I could still feel rips and internal wounds, the lack of swelling reduced my pain level. I felt alive again.
My November 2021 Restrictions
I was able to drive twice this month. Both outings were to nearby places, but it felt great to do it. But I also knew that my body wasn’t ready for more.
The first half of the month was spent working from bed. A reduction in abdominal swelling allowed me to move my workplace to the living room recliner.
My power wheelchair was the mobility aid that made all of my outings possible. Grocery delivery and online shopping helped conserve energy and gave me the strength to spend quality time with my husband.
My Chronic Pain Life Treatments for November 2021
This list lists chronic pain treatments and products I used this month.
- PEMF Therapy – The device I use is Oska Pulse.
Oska Pulse is a non-invasive pulsed electromagnetic therapy device intended to relieve or reduce all major types of pain, including back, shoulder, neck, knee, muscle, and joint.
(Disclosure: this is an affiliate link, and I will receive a commission if you decide to purchase from Oska, Inc. using this link. This link also offers a discount on the cost of the device when you checkout. )
- Red LED Light and Heat Therapy
- Solis 1100 Pain Management System
- Arnica Salve
- Aromalief Hemp Lotion
- Good Night Lotion
- Cannabis (Homemade edibles)
- Liver Love Tincture
- Warm Water Exercise
- Power Wheelchair
- Grocery Delivery
My Chronic Life November: The Rest of The Story
On a positive note, I had lots to celebrate!
- I celebrated my 5th anniversary of writing for Psoriatic-Arthritis.com.
- Published a sponsored article for Alike Health App.
- Published three more articles for Healthgrades. 7 Things Not to Say to Someone With Psoriatic Arthritis, How to Survive the Holidays With Psoriatic Arthritis, and Do You Know Your Psoriatic Arthritis Type? Why You Need to Find Out.
- And became a community leader in WEBmd’s new psoriatic arthritis Facebook group. Join me for PsA conversation, tips, and resources!
How did your chronic illness behave during November?
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