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Hydration Challenge

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Are you drinking enough water?
I admit that I struggle with this big time!!!
But every once in awhile I thought I was doing okay…..
I WAS WRONG!!!
To help bring my water intake up to par and to help others reach their appropriate level I have issued a 5 day water challenge in The Disabled Diva’s Fitness Buddies group on Facebook.
The challenge starts tomorrow and I posted details on how to figure out your daily intake in the group this morning.
Click here to join the group
While properly hydrating our bodies won’t cure us of our chronic illnesses, it will improve our skin, increase energy, promote weight loss, flush out toxins, and more!

Don’t worry about joining after we start, I am always issuing challenges and this one will return again soon!

See you in the group!

Cynthia, The disABLED Diva

 

 

 

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Surviving a Heatwave and Excessive Temperatures with Fibromyalgia and PsA

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Thanks to my numerous alternative and natural treatments, I’ve been able to decrease and eliminate many flare-ups and daily symptoms that I have experienced from fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis.  This year I can add less downtime due to excessive heat and heatwaves to that list!! In fact despite a triple digit heatwave heading towards southern California, I was still able to go to Disneyland to celebrate Independence Day with my family.

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Until last year summer, excessive heat and heatwaves were responsible for triggering fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis flares that left me in bed for most of the summer instead of going to the beach or Disneyland.  Most days were spent lying in my bed or recliner praying for the pain to end.  Living in Arizona was the worst, because there wasn’t just an occasional heatwave, the entire summer was considered extreme heat. I rarely left the house during the summer and when I did, I was miserable. Living in California is so much better.  In fact, I experienced the difference long before I made changes to how I treated my chronic illnesses.  Triple digits are not common here and my body and I fell in love with the summer weather.  Although I was still getting knocked down from heatwaves, my body wasn’t being punished by the weather on a daily basis.

How excessive heat affected me

Excessive heat and heatwaves would completely knock me down.  I would experience extreme muscle and mental fatigue, joint/bone pain, muscle/joint inflammation,  increased nerve pain, swelling around my spine which would then shoot nerve pain not only down my legs but up through my neck and skull too. I would also experience inflammation around my skull. I would struggle to open my eyes and speak coherently. Forget sitting up, my entire world would spin out of control each time I tried.

These symptoms would often start as early as 3 days prior to the heatwave hitting or anywhere from 2 to 24 hours before. These flares would last until the pressure pushing in the heat began to decline. Depending on how long it took for the pressure to decrease, I would be knocked down for 2 to 5 days. There were times when I would be lucky to have one or two good days a month during the summer season. When living where my summer temperatures were considered extreme heat for over 3 months I was basically down that entire time.  I felt like my skin was on fire and as though it and my muscles were being pulled from my bones.  Imagine how it would feel to have someone take a screwdriver and attempt to pry them open, that is the pain that I was told I would never be able to escape.

How changing my treatment plan brought back my love of summer

In the past 6 years, since I began treating my conditions naturally and alternatively, the amount of time I spend in bed continues to decrease. In fact, in the past year the amount of time I have lost to a heatwave can be accounted for on one hand. Instead of losing a complete day though, I only lose portions.  I experience the symptoms in smaller degrees. For example the fatigue that used to plague me 24/7 throughout a heatwave, now only requires that I take a nap or two and/or that maybe I sleep in an hour or two later than normal and or go to bed an hour or two more than I prefer.  I am no longer tortured by uncontrollable nerve pain. My muscle/joint pain is minimal compared to what I used to deal with as I can still function for a good portion of the day without dealing with pain that used to bring tears to my eyes. Another perk is that I don’t have to medicate myself into a mental stupor to get that pain level down.

How I’m winning the battle

To begin winning I had to take ownership over my healthcare and accept that I, not my doctor is responsible for my health.  He/she can suggest and prescribe things, but I have the final say over what goes in and on my body.  Since what I had done for twelve years failed to help me it was time to make some changes.  Click here to find out what changes I made and click here to discover which symptoms I addressed first.  This is why I have been able to decrease the severity of my flares and symptoms in all realms, not just with heat waves. Now when I feel a heatwave, yes I  feel them and often way before the weatherman predicts them, I address my symptoms immediately. The moment I feel swelling in my hips and sacrum, I alternate icing the areas, running pemf treatments, and applying a topical CBD oil. The same goes for when I feel any pressure or inflammation  around my spine and neck. By keeping those areas happy and keeping the pressure, swelling, and pain from getting out of control is what has been helping me. I also try to see my chiropractor, because an adjustment also helps relieve some of the pressure around my spine that I’m unable to relieve myself. Throughout the day I need nothing besides ice my Oska Pulse and a topical CBD oil to get through the day.  I will smoke or vape medical marijuana before bed or a little earlier depending on  how drastically I was able to decrease the swelling and keep it under control. But this is nothing new as I have a little medical marijuana before bed every night to help with insomnia. Click here to find out all the different ways that PEMF therapy has been improving my life since November of 2016.

The gift that keeps on giving

My pain management plan is the gift that keeps on giving.  With each passing year and new addition or tweak to my plan,  my pain and severity of my chronic illnesses decreases and my life improves. Because of my winning combination I was able to go out yesterday,  even though we are expecting triple digits tomorrow! It is why I am able to work today instead of spending my entire day in bed.   I began feeling the symptoms from this impending heatwave on Sunday. That is also when I began addressing the symptoms.  I didn’t wait and allow them to get out of control, I addressed them immediately.  Because the methods  I use are effective for my body, I was able to celebrate the 4th of July with family at Disneyland.  It was the best Independence Day that I have had since being diagnosed with fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis in 2003.

What about you?

Did you get to celebrate the 4th with family or friends or were you home alone in bed praying for the pain to end?  Look back at your past year. How many social engagements did you have to cancel?  How many holidays did you have to stay home while your family went out? Does your chronic pain ruin plans and/or holidays for your spouse and children? Have you made changes to how you treat your chronic pain and the symptoms from your chronic illnesses that limit how much you are physically able to do? If not, why not? There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all pain management plan for any chronic illness including fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis. I am not saying that my plan is the best or even that it is the plan for you, I do however invite you to look at it to see if there isn’t something in my plan that could help you. I know you don’t enjoy having to cancel plans or spend the holidays in bed.  I know that because that was once me and I hated it.

If you are winning the Battle of excessive heat and your chronic illnesses I’d love to hear how you’re doing it. Be sure to share in the comments what you use, what you do, and how you are reclaiming your life. And as always if you have any questions about how I manage my chronic illnesses and my chronic pain and how I am winning my battle with them please ask.

 

Follow the following links to learn more

My pain management plan (which includes CBD and PEMF therapy)

Which symptoms I addressed first

Join The Disabled Diva’s Facebook groups!

Fitness Buddies – This group is for those wanting to be accountable for the choices they make in regards to their health and body.

Alternative Pain Fighting Forum – This group is to learn about and share alternative and natural ways to fight chronic pain.

Ready to reclaim your life?

Purchase and download my eBook Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life

 

 

Toxic homes, weight loss, cannabis, and finding an exercise routine!

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Toxic homes, weight loss, cannabis, and finding an exercise routine!

It is going to be a busy week!!

First….. Only 7 days left to watch The Cannabis 101 Summit!
Click here to start watching now!

 

Over in The Disabled Diva’s Alternative Pain Fighting Forum on FB I shared which cannabis strain is aiding me in my weight loss efforts and will be chatting more about it this week. I also went live to talk about marijuana edibles last week.  This week I will be popping in to talk more about weight and cannabis, plus to further discuss the Cannabis Summit.    Click here to join the group to learn more!  

Toxic Home Transformation Summit begins Monday June 25th!!
Click here to register
Then join me to discuss the talks on FB by clicking here

Do you struggle with creating and keeping up with a regular exercise routine? Join me in The Disabled Diva’s Fitness Buddies fb group before Thursday where I will go LIVE to discuss ways to find a schedule that you can adhere to!  Click here to join.

I look forward to learning and chatting with you all week long!!

Cynthia,

The disABLED Diva

 

Is your home keeping you sick?

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Is your home making you sick? Sadly, it probably is and you just don’t know it.  Later this month, June 25th to be exact, I will be attending a free online summit that is all about transforming our toxic homes.

The Toxic Home Transformation Summit is a free online event that is bringing together a bunch of experts to help us identify the areas of our homes that are making us sicker or sicker than we have to be.  Do you even know where to begin searching for these toxins or what to do when you discover them?  I sure the heck don’t!!!

Join me and thousands of others who will be watching this free online event from June 25th thru July 9th. Click here to register for FREE.  Then click here to join me for an online discussion on Facebook! Prior to the event you can join me in discussing three early release videos that are only available to those who register early!!

What can we expect to learn?

+Do-it-yourself “green” cleaning methods
+ Health-promoting (and inexpensive!) building and decorating materials
+ Vibrational frequencies that harm (and heal!)
+ The FACTS about detoxification (it’s important!)
+ Real-life “home detox” tips from families who’ve done it

+ Deal with mold, bacteria and fungus
+ Keep your “toxic body burden” as low as possible
+ Address carpet, paint, furniture, air and other “indoor” toxins
+ Replace everyday products with non-toxic alternatives
+ Understand chemical exposures you never considered

And so much more!!!! One thing I learned from watching one of the early release videos, is that no matter what I use to combat certain symptoms, it will be worthless if the problem is stemming from my home and not my body!

Don’t have time to watch all of these amazing talks during the free summit?  That’s okay! You can purchase all the talks, transcripts, and guides to watch whenever you want!

Click here to register for the free event or to order all this amazing information today!

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Knocking out sinus pain with PEMF

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Are seasonal allergies preventing you from enjoying life?  Springtime blooms used to make me miserable.  Swollen/watery/itchy eyes, a stuffy/runny nose, and painful facial pressure left me with no other option other than to pop daily allergy pills.  Sometimes a second or third was needed, which left me drowsy or knocked me out completely.  That is until this year!

Fifteen months ago I began using PEMF therapy with Oska Pulse daily.  If you haven’t heard of it, Oska Pulse is a drug-free pain-relief device that uses pulsed electromagnetic fields.  Since I have reaped the benefits of pain-relief in regards to my chronic illnesses which include but are not limited to; fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, degenerative disc disease, endometriosis, etc.  What I didn’t expect to experience was improvement in regards to my seasonal allergies.

PEMF therapy hasn’t cured me from my seasonal allergies.  Instead it has reduced the amount of inflammation that I experience.  In the past 15 months I have continually reduced the amount of allergy medication that I was taking.  Instead of taking one or more pills on a daily basis, this spring I have only needed one or three pills per month! When I feel my sinuses swelling I run one or more PEMF treatments on my face or forehead.  That alone is usually all I need to reduce the inflammation and pain. The longer I wait to treat, the more treatments I have to run.

To be able to reduce pain and inflammation without putting drugs into my system is a wonderful feeling.  I am not a doctor or scientist, I can’t explain how this device works.  What I can do is suggest that you click here to read about a study about PEMF therapy and sinusitis.  I also suggest that you click here to learn more about how PEMF therapy combats inflammation.  You may also follow my progress and see how all the different ways that PEMF therapy has improved my health and life by clicking here.

When you’re done checking out those reports and my experience, click here to visit my friends at Oska Wellness.  They can answer all of your questions!  Ooooh and don’t forget to enter promo code DIVA at checkout to save $55.

PEMF therapy with Oska Pulse is one part of my natural and alternative pain management plan.  Click here to learn how I have been winning the battle with my chronic illnesses.

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What if Cinderella had retrieved her glass slipper?

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Had Cinderella gone back for her shoe, she would have had two shoes, but she wouldn’t have become a princess.
How often you find yourself going back and trying to do things that you haven’t been able to do since you became chronically ill only to discover that nothing had changed, that it was still too difficult to do? I am not saying that desiring to do some of those activities is altogether terrible, but have you considered that there may be a whole new set of activities waiting to be discovered?
It’s not like Cinderella never wore two shoes again, she just wore different shoes.
You can spend your life constantly looking backwards in search of lost shoes or you can accept your loss and slip your foot into a new pair. A new pair of shoes may not be the same as your old ones, they may feel restrictive at first or a little wobbly, but as long as you don’t toss them in the back of your closet they will lead you on great adventures!
Need help moving forward in your chronic life?
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Communication is key whether you have chronic pain, a mental illness, or both

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Communication is key whether you have chronic pain, a mental illness, or both

Do you or someone you love live with a mental illness?  You are NOT alone!  Depression, anxiety, OCD, Bipolar, and addiction are just a few of the many mental illnesses that millions of people battle every day.  According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), approximately 1 out of every 5 adults in the United States, that’s 43.8 million people, experience mental illness in a given year.  That is more than the entire population of California alone!!! They also estimate that 1 in 25 adults or 9.8 million experience a serious mental illness in a given year that significantly interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.

 

In the May 2018 issue of Women’s Health Magazine, there is an article about mental health and relationships. If we are not careful mental and chronic illnesses can create unwanted distance between us and our loved ones. The article not only discusses the impact that a mental illness can have on a marriage, but also the parent/child relationship and friendships too.  They show both sides of the story as well as offer helpful tips for both people in the relationship.

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One approach mentioned in the article is to develop code phrases.  I applied this strategy to my own life and relationships several years ago.  At first is was to signal how I was unable to think clearly or function because of physical pain from my chronic illnesses.  Later I also learned to use to express when I was struggling with depression or anxiety.

Whether I am struggling with extreme physical pain, anxiety, or depression I find it difficult to leave the house, get out of bed, hold a conversation, express my feelings, or make major decisions.  I lose control over my emotions and the filter between my brain and mouth malfunctions.  Instead of expressing my thoughts and feelings in a kind or practical manner, I blurt out short and often demanding phrases that are hurtful or just rude in tone.  This would frustrate and hurt my husband, children, family, and friends.

My solution was to create a code phrase.  I use phrases like “nobody’s home” or “can’t process” to express that I am not functioning like I should and am not in the state of mind to be able to make major decisions or answer a bunch of questions. These phrases not hurtful and they fully express my current mental and physical state at that moment.  These phrases are not a pass to get out of dealing with problems or issues. Avoidance will only make matters worse. Instead, they give me time to be able to recover from my episode which allows me to think clearly.  This practice has opened deeper discussions with my loved ones and has improved how we communicate.

Honesty and communication are key when dealing with a chronic or mental illness, no matter what the relationship is.  You can learn more tips and coping strategies in the May issue of Women’s Health Magazine (click here for a digital or print subscription) or visit NAMI for tips and mental health support.

Remember, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!! Do NOT allow the stigma of mental illness keep you from reaching out for help, support, and care.  If you are considering suicide, I beg and urge you to contact a suicide prevention line ASAP! Below are a few suicide prevention hotline and online chat resources.

United States:  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

CALL TOLL FREE

1-800-273-8255

CHAT ONLINE

 

United Kingdom: Samaritans  116 123 (UK) 116 123 (ROI)

 

Canada: Crisis Services Canada

CALL TOLL FREE
1.833.456.4566

Chat online

TEXT WITH US
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For residents of Quebec, call 1 866 APPELLE (1 866 277 3553)

 

 

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