Category Archives: Chronic Life

May Fitness Buddy Challenge: May The Force Be With Us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH US

Have you joined The Disabled Diva’s Fitness Buddy group on Facebook?

Current members, scroll below to read this month’s challenge rules.

If not, it is time you joined the fun!

This group is for anyone who needs a little accountability and encouragement to help them stick to their fitness goals.  You could have fibromyalgia, an autoimmune disease, arthritis, diabetes, MS, or any other chronic illness.  In fact, you don’t even need to be ill.  I needed motivation and encouragement before I was chronically ill just as much as I do now!

The group goal is to move our bodies every day.  This means in whatever form of exercise you are able to do.  If you can go for walks, that’s perfect and if not, that’s perfect too! Whether you run around the block, walk to the end of your driveway, or stretch your muscles every morning, you are welcome.

This group is not about killing yourself or triggering a flare in order to exercise your chronic body.  Instead, it is about figuring out how to incorporate physical movement into your day without having it disrupt your life.

Each month a challenge is issued.  Members earn entries to win Starbucks and Amazon eGift cards just by following a few simple rules.

Sound fun?

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The Disabled Diva’s Blog Weekly Recap April 29-May 3, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Disabled Diva Blog Weekend Recap April 29 – May 3, 2019

Tips that will make going to the movies with chronic pain enjoyable again

Bed Rest Just Got Better

The Disabled Diva’s Pain Management Plan

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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The Disabled Diva’s Pain Management Plan

The Disabled Diva’s Pain Management Plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram you have surely noticed the improvements that I have experienced in the past year.  I have been receiving a lot of messages from followers asking about my pain management plan, so today I am sharing it with you.  There is no ONE thing that has taken my pain levels back to what they were before my chronic illnesses took over my body 24/7, it’s a combination of natural and alternative therapies that work together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*This post was originally written in April of 2018 and updated in May of 2019.

For those of you who don’t know me, I was diagnosed with psoriasis in 2001, fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis in 2003, endometriosis in 2004, reoccurring abdominal adhesions in 2005 due to endo and surgical scarring, coccydynia in 2008,  degenerative disc disease in 2011, and costochondritis in 2019.

I followed pharmaceutical protocols until 2012 when my health deteriorated to the point of not being able to walk, sit, or stand for more than 5 minutes without experiencing excruciating pain.  I was also in the emergency room several times a year for extremely painful urinary tract infections.  By 2012 most of my life was spent in bed.  That fall I tried medical marijuana, liked the relief it gave me, decided that I wanted to go that route, but not until I allowed my body to detox from all its pharmaceutical medications.  A funny thing happened after my detox, I experienced a reduction of nerve pain and never again experienced another urinary tract infection.

Once I had detoxed from all my prescriptions I began creating my own pain management program.  To be clear, I am not suggesting you do the same, only you can decide what is best for your body. Click here to find out how I addressed my pain and symptoms one at a time.

*Disclosure: I am not a medical professional and I am NOT issuing medical advice. I am just sharing how I treat my chronic pain. This post contains 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.

 

 

Medical Marijuana (MMJ)

I began by using marijuana-infused edibles.  While they took longer to take effect than smoking, vaping, or using tinctures, it stayed in my system longer which provided longer-lasting periods of relief.  Finally, after years of not being able to sleep for more than 4-6 hours a night, that was if I was lucky, I began sleeping a full 8-10 hours every night.  The only exception is when I experience a spike in pain from an incoming heat wave or storm pressure.  After a few weeks of using MMJ, I regained use of my left thumb and pointer finger.  Those joints had been so swollen that I hadn’t been able to bend them for years.  After a few months, I was able to make a loose fist and a year later I could finally make a tight fist.  Nerve pain was no longer a daily issue, instead, it only occurred when experiencing an extreme heat wave or storm.

MMJ did something else that was pretty amazing.  Unlike opioids, MMJ didn’t mask my pain.  Instead, it eliminated the reactionary and widespread pain I had experienced since the beginning and reduced the pain felt from my pain sources to a tingle.  This made it possible for me to recognize the sources of my pain, know what areas needed to be addressed, and what I should avoid doing to not aggravate those areas.

 

I also treat my pets with CBD. Click here for my list of preferred brands.

By the fall of 2015, I was able to drive myself to the grocery store, shop at one store without using a wheelchair, and occasionally walk short distances at Disneyland.  By the end of 2016, I could walk through two stores without needing weeks to recover.  The only condition that I didn’t experience any relief with was with my abdominal adhesions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I continue to use MMJ to this day. However, unlike the early years, I no longer need it during the day and only use it before bed.  While I still like how easy it is to microdose with edibles, vaping has become my favorite way to medicate.  I do however use various CBD products occasionally during the day to combat anxiety and depression.  I also use topical CBD oils and lotions.

Like I was when I first decided to use cannabis for pain relief, you may fear the expense since it is not covered by insurance.  To this day I am learning how to cut my cannabis budget, yet still have the same if not better relief.  One of those ways is with dry vaping.  I discuss it and review various MMJ and CBD products in my Facebook group Making Chronic Pain My Bitch with The Disabled Diva.

My top two go to CBD product manufacturers are BioCBD+  and FlavX.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Intake

In 2016 I began recognizing how certain foods were increasing my pain and inflammation levels and began making changes.  The changes I made at first were minor but helpful.  Last year I began tracking everything I consumed and noted how I felt.  This made it possible for me to recognize even more foods that were causing harm.  I started out in 2018 determined to get serious about what I ate.  My diet consists mostly of fruits, vegetables, nuts, smoothie bowls, and granola.  I still eat out occasionally but try to make the best choices when I do.  Funny thing is that by recognizing how certain foods were causing more pain and making sicker, I lost my craving for them.  What I ate was never the cause of my chronic illnesses, but my former diet did make them worse.  I no longer comfort myself with the foods that I used to crave because there is no comfort in knowing that I am creating more pain and inflammation.  Losing weight is another benefit, again while not the cause of my diseases, losing weight has helped reduce pain and gives my doctors one less thing to blame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PEMF Therapy

I was introduced to PEMF therapy in November of 2016.  I was skeptical at first, but even though I only used it a few times a week I still experienced pain relief and increased stamina.  It wasn’t until I heard that my device may be able to reduce the pain and symptoms from abdominal adhesions (they were strangling my bowels) that I began using it daily.  Since the end of March 2017, I have used my device daily and when I say daily I mean that I use it from the moment I wake up and until I go to bed.  PEMF therapy with Oska Pulse immediately loosened the hold that adhesions had on my bowels.  Within four months the pain that I experienced in my feet, spine, hips, and sacrum were no longer a daily issue.  In fact, those areas only hurt when I push too far or from high pressure pushing in a heatwave or storm.  After 6 months I was able to walk farther than I had since the fall of 2003.  By January of 2018, I began walking .75 miles a day, then increased to 1.65 miles a day, to early 2019 where I was walking 4-6 miles every day!! I stopped using my wheelchair for outings in January 2018 and only use my walker when I am at Disneyland and am going to be on my feet for more than several hours.

***On April 11, 2019, I was diagnosed with multiple broken ribs.  I am currently on bed rest until the end of May.  Until they heal to the point of being able to walk, stand, or sit without pain I have to use my wheelchair for outings.  I am treating my ribs with rest, ice, cannabis, and PEMF therapy. Both cannabis and PEMF therapy are replacing NSAIDS which would have been prescribed if for the fact that I am allergic to them.

Click here to follow my journey from the beginning.  Click here to visit Oska Wellness. Promo code DIVA will save you $55 at checkout.

Full disclosure: I am an affiliate of Oska Wellness, but only because the product truly delivers on its promise of pain relief and reduction of inflammation.  This device is what has pushed my pain management to another level.  My daily pain level is between 0-4.  I experience fewer flares and the ones I do experience are less painful than before, don’t last as long, and I recover from them faster.

 

 

Exercise

Because of the improvements I have experienced from MMJ, dietary changes, and PEMF therapy, when not recovering from an injury, I have been able to exercise every day.  My physical abilities didn’t occur overnight.  I started with slow 5 minute walks and increased as my body allowed me.  I keep myself accountable and offer support, encouragement, and motivation to others in The Disabled Diva’s Fitness Buddies.

Other helpful treatments

In addition to the four major aspects of my pain relief plan, I also use heat, ice, and massage.

While I don’t often suffer from psoriasis breakouts, I do find relief from them with a fabulous natural soothing skin balm that has done wonders for my daughter’s eczema.  Click here to read my review.

To put an end to nightly leg cramps/spasms, I began applying Good Night Lotion to my feet and legs before bedtime.  I also use it to decrease muscle tension in my neck and shoulders.  Click here to read my review.

I have also replaced over the counter cold and allergy medication with herbal tinctures.  I credit these tinctures for making it possible to avoid the crud that my husband and friends caught in April.  Click here to learn more about my favorite herbal remedies.

I am always open to trying new things that are holistic, natural, or out of the norm.  I have learned to listen to my body and to work with it instead of against it.  My pain management plan has made it possible to know which areas need addressing on a daily basis.

I have not been healed.  My conditions are not curable.  However, I rarely spend an entire day in bed anymore and I am doing things that my doctors said I would never be able to do again.

I am happy to address any questions you may have.  No matter how you choose to combat your chronic pain, know that there is hope! Don’t give up! Keep searching and trying new things.

 

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Bed Rest Just Got Better

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bed Rest Just Got Better

If I have learned anything in my 20 years of living with multiple chronic illnesses such as psoriatic disease, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, and degenerative disc disease to name a few it is that comfort is a necessity when riding out a flare. Not just flares, but also when prescribed bed rest after an injury or surgery.

After being diagnosed with multiple broken ribs and being prescribed six weeks of bed rest, I wasted no time finding and purchasing products that would provide comfort during my recovery period.

The product I am reviewing today has taken my bed rest experience to a new level.

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Tips that will make going to the movies with chronic pain enjoyable again

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips that will make going to the movies with chronic pain enjoyable again!

Before chronic pain from fibromyalgia, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, degenerative disc disease, coccydynia, and endometriosis took over my life, I used to go to the movie theater at least once a week.

As my pain increased and other painful health issues were added to my collection of diagnoses, my love for spending the afternoon watching movies at a theater turned into loathing.

I gave up.

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.

Instead of getting excited for the release of a new movie, I dreaded having to avoid spoilers while waiting for it to stream on Netflix or Hulu.

Then a few years ago, I realized that although going to the theater every weekend might not be possible, I could still go and enjoy the movies I was most passionate about.  All I had to do was let go of my pride, get creative, and find solutions to what was making it such a torturous event.

I may have broken ribs, but I was NOT about to allow them to keep me from seeing Avengers: Endgame in theaters.

I could have tried avoiding spoilers and waited a few weeks until I felt better, but I didn’t want to.

Instead, I assessed my needs and came up with a plan that allowed me to go and make it through the movie without too much additional pain.

Here is what I did and how it can help you!

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The Disabled Diva’s Blog Weekly Recap April 22-26, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Disabled Diva Blog Weekend Recap

April 22-26, 2019

  1. How and why I am continuing to use straws despite California’s straw law.

Being put on bedrest has put some kinks in my life… A little online shopping is smoothing them out…. Join The Disabled Diva’s Product Picks group on Facebook to find out what I purchased, why I purchased those items, and how they can help you too!

Want to learn more about cannabis and chronic pain? Join Making Pain My Bitch with The Disabled Diva

Looking for daily encouragement and accountability in your fitness quest? Join Fitness Buddies!

Love Disneyland and want to learn and share more tips about visiting the park? Join Disneyability

Need a laugh or want to hang out with others who understand what it is like to live with chronic pain and illness? Join Spoon Rest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How and why I am continuing to use straws despite California’s straw law.

Why I continue to use straws despite CALIFORNIA'S straw law

There are so many little things that either improve or make living as normally as possible despite having a chronic illness.

With California’s recent straw law, I’ve discovered how important plastic straws are to my own chronic life.

This post is not an environmental or political debate. Instead its purpose is to showcase why some people need plastic straws and to share some options for those who live in or plan to visit California.

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