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The Disabled Diva’s Blog Weekend Recap Feb 18-22, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Disabled Diva’s Blog Weekend Recap!

Feb 18-22, 2019

Cinematic Calisthenics: An Indoor Workout Than Anyone Can Do

Four ways I prevent leg cramps

How to have a pleasant bowel movement

The Disabled Diva’s Review of Earthley Good Night Lotion

Update on Soothing Skin Balm: It’s been four weeks since my daughter began using this balm on her eczema.  See the difference in her wrist! 

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook groups.

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Four ways I prevent leg cramps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weather changes, over use, lack of activity, these are just a few of the reasons that I experience spasms and cramps in my legs at night.  Sometimes it’s more of a nervous energy flowing through my legs that keeps me awake.  Other nights it’s muscle pain that is a product of a deeper pain.

No matter what the cause, restless, spasming, and cramping leg muscles ruin any chance I have of getting a good night’s sleep.

Prescription muscle relaxers failed me.  Believe it or not, muscle relaxers like Flexeril actually increased how often I experienced my symptoms and their severity.

In 2012 I slowly began addressing my symptoms from fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, degenerative disc disease, coccydynia, and abdominal adhesions with natural and alternative treatments.

Seven years later and I can say that I finally found a way to sleep through the night without my legs cramping or feeling restless.

Here are the four ways that I have been able to accomplish this:

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook groups. I am not a medical professional and am not issuing medical advice.

CBD

I use CBD vape or isolate each evening to help relax my muscles.  While high doses do relax them, I have to be careful as I will experience spasms as they relax.  CBD also helps to relax my anxious brain.  I often find that my legs are more restless and cramp more than usual when my mind is working overtime.

Stretching

Exercising too much or not enough is a problem.  No matter how little or much I walk or workout, stretching is what is most important.  Each night before bed, I use elastic bands to gently stretch my leg muscles.

Magnesium

I am magnesium deficient.  Always have been, probably always will be.  My body won’t tolerate supplements and it doesn’t matter how much magnesium rich foods I eat.  However, I have stumbled upon a magnesium rich lotion that does the trick.  Good Night Lotion is now part of my nightly routine.  I rub my legs, hips, lower back, tummy, shoulders, and neck down every night approximately 10-15 minutes before I am ready to crawl into bed. It helps reduce tension, pain, and relaxes my body clearing the way to a good night’s sleep. Click here to read my review of this product.

H2O

Water, water, and more water…. I cannot stress enough how important it is to stay hydrated.  They key is to drink it throughout the day.  Too much at night, results in multiple bathroom visits throughout my night.  Filling a marked bottle in the morning helps me stay on top of my hydration goals throughout the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to have a pleasant bowel movement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know that there are billions of cases of diarrhea reported every year?!?!

And that is just what is reported!!!!!!

Whether your diarrhea is caused by IBD, IBS, food poisoning, a side effect of a medication, or as in my case having your bowels under attack from abdominal adhesions, it’s safe to assume that none of us enjoy the experience.

What if I told you that cleaning up after yourself doesn’t have to be disgusting?

Wouldn’t it be nice to not fear clogging the toilet with the all the toilet paper you need to use in hopes of not staining your underwear?

What about not chaffing your rear end?

Today I am going to share some products that will make “making number two” less worrisome and painful while you are at home and on the go!

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook groups.

Once upon a throne

First up is my favorite product, the Squatty Potty!!  It really does make eliminating more comfortable! Personally, I feel like I clean out better when I use mine. And for those who want to poop better while away from home, there is a collapsible Porta Squatty!!! Click here to see all the available styles. There is one to fit your design style and budget!

Have you ever thought you were going to pass out from the stench while sitting on your throne?  How about fearing leaving someone’s bathroom smelling like a herd of cows left presents for them? I have!!! That’s where Unicorn Gold Potty Spray comes into play!!! Spray it over the toilet bowl before you squat and it locks stink in below the water line while keeping the drop zone smelling fresh! Click here to check out Unicorn Gold Potty Spray!  Also recommended: Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray and Flushie Pre-Toilet Spray.

Clean up

This next item makes a number two clean-up a much easier task! What is it you ask? Why it is a bidet!!!  I know, I know, bidets aren’t the norm in the United States, but they should be!  I have been using mine from Luxe Bidet since May of 2016 and I love it!! Seriously, while a little strange at first, I quickly took a liking to how much cleaner I felt, especially after a bout of diarrhea!  The best part is how much money my family has saved from using less toilet paper.  Click here to read my original review of the Luxe Bidet 185, here to check out the latest from Luxe Bidet like the 320, or here to compare it to the Refresh-It Bidet from Squatty Potty.

Not having access to a bidet while away from home shouldn’t mean that you can’t achieve an acceptable level of clean!  There is the option of a portable bidet! Click here to check out this affordable and convenient option.

For a squeaky clean rear while on the go, I like to use a toilet paper foam or spray!  They are environmentally safe, plus they soothe your bum while you clean it!  My top picks are: Toilet Paper Foam by Squatty Potty,  Pristine Toilet Paper Spray, and Refresh Liquid Wipe.

Although I haven’t tried these myself, I have heard that Shittens are fabulous for getting a great clean without worrying about getting any mess on your hands. They are basically a disposable, but not flushable, wipe.  Click here to see if Shittens are for you!

The aftermath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Give yourself a little chuckle when unclogging your bowl with the Poop Emoji Plunger from Squatty Potty! Click here to check it out! But for those who would rather have a hard working plunger, click here.

Last but not least….. let’s say despite all your best efforts, you ended up staining or soiling your clothing.  Before you decide to throw your clothes away, run them through the washer using OdorKlenz Liquid Laundry Additive.  I kid you not, this stuff works!!!! I used it as a last ditch effort to remove cat urine from a cherished blanket and IT WORKED! I had tried so many other things, but the stench was still there.  OdorKlenz Laundry additive, available in liquid and powder, is my go to stinky smell eliminator. It is also great for getting rid of the nasty smell that occurs with front loading washers!  Click here to check it out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Don’t Believe in That Disease

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used to think having to be retested for a disease whenever a new physician didn’t believe that I had it was frustrating.  I can’t tell you how many times I was told by a new doctor that they didn’t believe my diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis from another physician.  Each time they wasted my money and time by reordering all the same tests, that wow, surprise, had the same results.  Thankfully, they would accept their own results and move on.

My diagnosis of fibromyalgia has been more problematic. In fact it almost cost me my life……..

Soon after receiving my diagnosis of fibromyalgia, I began having abdominal pain. I began seeing my gynecologist way more than I ever did while pregnant with my daughter.  During one visit I mentioned my diagnosis of fibromyalgia and he said, and I quote “That’s not a real disease.”

Believe it or not, his thinking that fibromyalgia wasn’t a real illness actually helped me for the first two years.  Because he didn’t believe in it, he pushed my insurance provider to approve an exploratory surgery when all tests came back showing nothing wrong.  That surgery revealed that I had endometriosis and an extremely large ovarian cyst.  The cyst and adhesions had pulled my bladder, uterus, and left ovary towards my sidewall.  In addition, they not only pulled my left fallopian tube towards the sidewall, it had adhered and embedded itself into it!

The pain and symptoms returned within a year. Thankfully he still didn’t believe in my chronic illness and agreed to perform a hysterectomy.  That surgery revealed a belly full of adhesions and a bunch of ovarian cysts.  In addition to what was found in the prior surgery, adhesions were also pulling my rectum towards my sidewall.  So far so good, right?! In fact you may be wondering how this led to me almost losing my life. Less than six months later, the pain on my left side returned and……..

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook groups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was horrified when the pain returned.  My OBGYN had removed my uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes.  I had also had an appendectomy prior to the hysterectomy.  There wasn’t anything left that could be causing the pain that I was experiencing.  I returned to my gynecologist who after hearing about my pain, decided to blame my pain on fibromyalgia! The very disease he adamantly denied existence of became an easy way for him to get rid of a complicated patient.

Over the course of two years I went from one surgeon to another.  Not one would consider that I could still be experiencing problems from endometriosis or that it was possible that something went wrong with my hysterectomy.  One after the other opened my chart, without running any tests or performing any type of examination, and blamed fibromyalgia.

You may be thinking, wait a minute, those doctors believed that you had fibromyalgia!  I will never know whether they really believed that I had it or not, but I do know that they knew very little, if anything, about the disease.  When I would explain that his had never been one of my fibromyalgia symptoms, they would just say that they heard it was a symptom of it.  If they didn’t blame fibromyalgia, they told me that it was all in my head and that they would happily refer me to a psychiatrist.  Then they would close my file and leave the room…….

Two years, twenty surgeons, not one was willing to help me.  Each and everyone blamed an illness they knew little to nothing about and even denied until it became an easy scapegoat.  These men made me doubt my sanity, made everyone except for my husband and children think that I had lost my mind.  Friends and family believed that I was depressed, addicted to opioids (why else would someone go to the emergency room as much as I did), or that I wanted surgery for attention.  Funny thing about the last thing, is that all those who didn’t believe me, never helped out during the prior surgeries.  In the meantime my pain increased, I became weaker, and sicker.

Long story short, surgeon number twenty-one finally believed me and agreed to perform surgery.  What he found shocked me, the attending nurses, and the surgeon himself.  I had adhesions everywhere.  He had to scrape from my cervix up to my diaphragm. He also found that a large portion of my left fallopian tube had been left behind during the hysterectomy.  It was infected, covered in endometriosis, and was embedded into my sidewall.  Not only was it embedded into my sidewall, there was evidence of how it had adhered and embedded to other areas of the sidewall and was pulled out by adhesions.  If that wasn’t enough, my bowels were being strangled by adhesions.  But according to my original surgeon and 20 more, it was either fibromyalgia or in my head……..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My saga doesn’t end here. But the point of this post isn’t to share the entire story, but to demonstrate how if any of those surgeons had believed in or had any knowledge about fibromyalgia, I wouldn’t have had to suffer the way I did.  I have always despised my diagnosis of fibromyalgia and will continue to until doctors choose to learn more about it.  The ignorance of 22 surgeons almost cost me my life. As the surgeon who found the mess informed me, having my bowels strangled like they were would have killed me.

It doesn’t matter if a physician believes in fibromyalgia if they are not educated in it.

Have you ever been told that your disease isn’t real by a doctor?

Have serious unrelated symptoms/illnesses been overlooked because of your diagnosis of fibromyalgia or other disease?

The damage I suffered continues to haunt me and put my life at risk.  Don’t let the ignorance of one or twenty-one doctors put your life in danger. Had I given up, I wouldn’t be here to share my story with you today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love Yourself Enough to Schedule a Rest Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When is the last time that you rested?

I am not talking about spending the day in bed because your chronic illness flared and made leaving it impossible.

What I am talking about is, when did you last choose a day to relax, give your body a break, allow yourself to chill out in front of the television for no reason other than you wanted to?

The problem with having multiple chronic illnesses, is that until I got my pain under control two years ago, all my downtime was dictated by chronic pain.  Between 2001 and 2017, fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, endometriosis, degenerative disc disease, and coccydynia decided when I would be active or when I was able to leave the house or bed.

I felt like I had no control of the time in between.  I felt like all eyes were on me and that unless I was completely unable to leave my bed, I would be judged for not pushing myself to catch up on everything that I fell behind on while stuck in bed.

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The bad part about that way of thinking was that I wasn’t showing any love or consideration for myself.  My life became a fulltime punishment.  If I was in bed, I was being punished by my chronic illnesses.  If I was able to get out of bed, I was punished for the time when I couldn’t get out.  Over time I became bitter towards not only my family, but friends, acquaintances, and pretty much anybody who was alive.

My life completely changed in 2013. With my doctors unwilling to help me manage my chronic pain, I had to look elsewhere.  At the time I couldn’t see it, but it was actually a blessing in disguise as the route I chose was a natural and alternative one that really did change my life.  Click here to learn more about my pain management plan.  But the changes in my life were more than medicinal, I also began implementing many changes to how I lived and my attitude towards my body and chronic illnesses.  Discover what those changes were and how you can make them too in my eBook Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One important change was to allow myself to take a day “off” from life. To do whatever I wanted, even if that meant doing nothing but binge shows on Netflix or Hulu all day.  I had to love myself enough to not feel like everything I did was a punishment.  A day of planned rest may not always rejuvenate me physically, but it sure does wonder for my mental state.  Rest days allow me to clear my head, to breathe, to remember that I will be of no use if I continue to run myself into the ground.

A funny thing happened after I began allowing myself to enjoy life, I fell in love with living again.  I will always be chronically ill.  Yes, my chronic pain has been well managed for the past two years and continues to be, but there are no guarantees that this will always be the case.  I don’t know what the future holds.  What I do know is that no matter what my diseases decide to throw my way, no matter what new illnesses or injuries I accrue, I will never punish myself or my body the way that I did before.

I love myself enough to schedule rest days.

Do you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Disabled Diva’s Review of Earthley Elderberry Elixir

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In my quest to care for my health as naturally as possible, I decided to take the recommendation of a friend and try the herbal products from Earthley.  Those of you who are members of my product pick and making pain our bitch pain groups on Facebook may have seen the post where I shared what I ordered.  Want to know what I purchased? Click here to join my groups or wait for the next review to be published here.  Because it is flu season, I have decided to review the elderberry elixir first.

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook groups.

You probably know elderberries as delicious, sweet little berries. To be honest, I had never heard of elderberries before and had no clue that they are a potent cold and flu fighter too!!! They are loaded with tons of antioxidant properties.  So not only will it help prevent me from catching colds and the flu, it will help me fight them off better if I do get one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the reasons I have chosen the elderberry elixir from Earthley, is that most natural remedies that I have tried in the past took longer to reduce my symptoms than a prescription would have.  While I tried to muster through illnesses without a prescription, I really wanted something that could work as fast or faster.  And that is what this elixir does.  See the chart above to see the difference between using an elderberry elixir and the prescription medication Oseltamivir.

So far so good…. But does what looks good on paper really translate into those results in real life? So far, in my limited use, I would have to say YES!!

In case you didn’t know, Earthley offers FREE shipping on all orders over $50!!! I placed my order on Monday night, it was processed on Tuesday, and delivered on Thursday!

Before I share my experience with this product, I want to explain what has been going on with me health wise. I caught a nasty case of bronchitis back on Thanksgiving day.  I didn’t feel like myself again until New Year’s Day.  But even after that I was still experiencing a lot of drainage, way more than I typically do from seasonal allergies. I had also experienced a few sinus related headaches and pain around my eyes.

I took my first dose Thursday evening. The next morning I knew something was happening.  The first thing I noticed is that my head felt empty, not like brainless empty (ha ha), but not filled with fluid.  Seriously, I had no clue just how impacted my sinuses were until this moment.  With each dose, the pressure continues to decrease.  It really is an amazing feeling.  To be honest, I have never felt this kind of relief from any sinus product in the past, so to have something that is able to reduce it without putting harmful chemicals into my body is a wonderous thing.  It is Sunday evening as I write this review and the sensation that I feel is that of having all the mucus that was impacted around my eyes is being pulled to my nose.  Yesterday the pressure was located at the top of my nose, whereas this evening it is near my nostrils.  With any luck everything will come pouring out on Monday!! BTW I will update this post later in the week to share my results.

One thing I should mention is that I am also taking two other Earthley products with the elderberry elixir.  Because I felt like I was coming down with something, really had no idea how badly impacted my sinuses were, I combined Feel Better Fast and Immune-Biotic with my Elderberry Elixir.  Immune-Biotic is a short term use.  I will have to stop use of that in a few more days.  However, I may be able to stop sooner if my sinuses clear out like I predict.

I am looking forward to using this product daily, even when I am not fighting a cold. A close friend and her family uses this product and so far they have yet to catch any of the bugs or viruses that are knocking everyone else down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a few more reasons that I have chosen and suggest that you consider choosing the elderberry elixir from Earthley:

In addition to elderberries, they add in mullein (another potent respiratory remedy), clove and ginger (anti-inflammatory herbs), and astragalus (one of the best immune boosters). It is perfect for colds, coughs, sore throats, and more, in a shelf-stable elderberry drops tincture. Just add elderberry drops to water, juice, smoothie, or your preferred drink every day!
Whether you order the adult or children’s version you can be assured that neither contains:
sugars
colors
flavors
preservatives
artificial anything

One of my concerns was the taste.  While I will force myself to take something no matter how wretched it tastes or smells, my daughter won’t!!!  I have been adding it to a splash of juice and can’t even tell that I have added anything.  Thankfully, my daughter has had the same experience!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are you waiting for? Click here to visit Earthley yourself and learn even more about this fantastic product.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure anything.

*UPDATE 2/2/2019: My sinuses are clearer than they have ever been and I feel great.  I am now only taking the elderberry elixir daily and Feel Better Fast when I feel like I have extra mucus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Recap January 21-25 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life can be tough, but so are you!

CBD: Does the form you choose make a difference?

How to protect your immune system during flu season

Migraine Eclipse?

5 Benefits of Walking Indoors

The Disabled Diva’s Pain Management Plan

How to treat lower back pain at home and on the go

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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