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How Charlie’s Angels Prepared Me to Live with a Chronic Illness

Pictured Charlie's Angels. Title: How charlie's angels prepared me to live with a chronic illness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Charlie’s Angels Prepared Me to Live with a Chronic Illness

I may have been born in the late 60’s, but I am a child of the 70’s!

One of my favorite television shows of the seventies was Charlie’s Angels.  Not only did I never miss an episode, the following day I would make my friends act them out with me! For those of you who are not familiar with this show, Charlie had a private detective agency and he hired three sexy women that he called angels.  The original angels were Farrah Fawcett as Jill Munroe, Kate Jackson as Sabrina Duncan, and Jaclyn Smith as Kelly Garrett.  They were badass women kicking butt and uncovering mysteries.

I wanted to be an Angel, Jill in particular because, well, hello that hair!!!!!

Little did I know that a show about beautiful, strong, and intelligent women would also give me the “know how” I would need to surviving life with not just one, but multiple chronic illnesses!

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Look for clues

When I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, degenerative disc disease, coccydynia, and endometriosis, I had no clue that each chronic illness would lead to a life of searching….

Searching for what you ask? What not would be easier to answer, but whether you have one chronic illness or a slew of them, the life of the chronically ill is spent searching for ways to relieve pain, new symptoms, reoccurrence of old symptoms, side-effects, and treatments. The chronically ill spend a lot of time investigating their bodies, the fluids that come out of them, their mental status, abilities and disabilities.

Thankfully Charlie’s Angels taught me to never give up and that there is always an explanation.  My doctors may have given up, but I will never give up searching for the source of my chronic illnesses.

Trust my instincts

Like any good detective, I have learned to trust my instincts.  I received my first chronic illness diagnosis in 2001 and since then I have had countless tests come back and show nothing wrong when I went in with a complaint of pain.  Thanks to my Angel training I knew not to accept that answer and kept pushing the issue and presenting new clues to my doctors.  In several cases, tests showed absolutely nothing wrong with me, but surgeries revealed the truth.  The findings of each surgery proved and validated my complaints by being something that no test could have ever revealed.

Trusting my instincts has saved my life countless times and will until I am no longer able to speak for myself.  I can never stress enough how important it is to be your own advocate!

Know when to fight

Like a well trained private eye, I know how to protect myself.  While I may not be punching or handcuffing my enemies, I have to fight to receive the care I deserve and need.  I have learned when fighting a doctor about a diagnosis or test is worth my time or not.  Sometimes my energy is better spent finding a new physician.

I have also learned to listen to my body.  It will let me know if the situation is urgent or if it can wait a little longer.  This instinct also helps me get through life.  I have learned what levels of pain and exhaustion can be pushed through and what cannot.

Teamwork works

Living alone, void of any assistance from others when you have a chronic illness is possible, but it’s not realistic.  Whether you are married or not, it is best to have a team.

First you need a medical team that is working together and not against each other.  They and you, need to be on the same page about treatment of the disease and pain.

Then you need your personal team.  You need someone that you can confide in, because trust me there are going to be days when you just need to vent your fears without terrifying your spouse/partner.  My husband is a fantastic team member that I don’t ever want to be without.  He has witnessed the horrific treatment from surgeons and has been there for me at the absolute worst moments of my illnesses.  Other teammates that are beneficial are folks to help with transportation, provide an occasional meal, or to tidy up your home when you are at your worst.   No matter what, you need someone in your life to make you laugh, because without laughter we are only left with sorrow.

Be sure to train one or more of your team to be your patient advocate.  You may not always be alert enough to express your requests or needs.  Having someone who can speak for you when you are unable is invaluable!!!

Thanks to the skills I learned from Charlie’s Angels, I continue to fight pain, solve symptom mysteries, and refuse to give up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Disabled Diva’s Blog Weekend Recap March 4, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Disabled Diva’s Blog Weekend Recap!

March 4-8, 2019

Tears: I hold them back, until pain pushes them out

Spring Clean Your Chronic Life

Mobility Aids: Everybody uses them

What I have learned from using PEMF daily for two years!

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Spring Clean Your Chronic Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Think spring cleaning only involves giving your home a good cleaning?

Think again!

Disinfect Your Diet

Clean up your personal care products

Spruce up your view!

Spring Cleaning doesn’t have to be painful

Sanitize your social circle

Five ways to make your home chronically safe and friendly

Scrub away negative thoughts

Spring Clean your social media feed

Cleanse your calendar!

 

 

The Disabled Diva’s Blog Weekend Recap Feb 25 – March 1, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Disabled Diva’s Blog Weekend Recap!

Feb 25 – March 1, 2019

March Madness Fitness Challenge

Packing for your chronic illnesses

What Happens When I Live My Old Life

Fibro Farts

Telling me that it could be worse won’t make me feel better

One PEMF Device, Two Years, Tons of Pain Relief!

 

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One PEMF Device, Two Years, Tons of Pain Relief!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two years!!!

I am not always thrilled to try new pain relief products.  I am skeptical and rightfully so as most really don’t help to the extent that someone who lives with excruciating chronic pain needs.  My attitude was no different when I was asked to try Oska Pulse.  I figured the worst case scenario would be that it didn’t work and I could warn my readers before they forked over several hundreds of dollars.  Thankfully I decided to give it a chance, because as you will see, it has changed my life.

*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.

I began using PEMF therapy with Oska Pulse in late November 2016.  I wasn’t diligent about running daily treatments, yet I still experienced enough pain relief to know that this device was something special. On March 24, 2017 I began using my drug free pain relief device in the manner it should be, daily and often.  That is when I experienced what this device could truly do.  I remember how giddy I felt after the first pain that my doctors said I would never live without, disappeared.  Then the next and the next….. I was so excited and couldn’t wait to see what the future held.

To keep track of and to share my results, I began blogging about my experience.  Click here to read all of my PEMF therapy posts.  Short on time? No worries, I have the highlights covered below!

 

Background

I have experienced chronic pain from fibromyalgia, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, endometriosis, degenerative disc disease, and coccydynia since the mid nineties.  My first diagnosis, psoriasis, was received in February of 2001.  The rest minus coccydynia were received between the fall of 2003 through the spring of 2004.  Coccydynia was added in early 2008 after falling and breaking my tailbone for the first time.  In 2011 my doctors said that my degenerative discs were bone on bone.  The pain was unbelievable and completely devastating.  I couldn’t walk, sit, or stand for more than five minutes.  I had to use a wheelchair for all outings and still had to limit how long I sat, even on a donut hole pillow.

There was some improvement after I stopped following my doctor’s pain relief protocol and swapped it for a natural and alternative approach.  By the time I tried PEMF therapy, I had been following this approach for several years and was able to walk through a grocery store once a week without too much pain.

I had no idea what to expect with PEMF therapy.  Because I had made peace with having to use a wheelchair, I would have been happy to use it a little less…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four months

Click here to watch my video explaining the improvements I experienced up to the four month mark.

No time? Here are the highlights:

  1. Adhesions no longer holding my bowels hostage
  2. No longer needed days to recover from exercising
  3. Decrease in sacrum pain
  4. Decreased how often I needed pain relief medication during daytime hours

Six months

Click here to watch my video explaining the improvements I experienced up to the six month mark.

  1. Full relief from sacrum pain
  2. Nerve pain from surgical error is no longer a daily pain
  3. Was able to walk 2 miles without needing days to recover

One year

Click here to read my one year recap.

  1. Retired my wheelchair
  2. Only experiencing weather related flares, but they are less often and less painful than in the past.
  3. Ability to walk farther increased
  4. Increased energy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today

In the past year I have had to use my wheelchair twice.  Once for a day at Disneyland after a car accident injury and the other time because of abdominal pain.  The abdominal pain was from having my internal organs once again under attack from adhesions.  As you may remember, they were one of the first things I experienced relief with when I began using my device full time in March of 2017.  I believe it was in my 6th months recap that I address how I tested the device by not using it on my belly for a couple of days, how the pain returned, but then went away after focusing treatment on it again.

Well, during the time that I was recovering from the car accident, I focused all treatment on my neck and shoulder. Months later after I healed from the accident, I fell while walking and once again treatment was not focused on my abdomen.  Then just as I was ready to refocus on my belly, I came down with bronchitis and needed my device to keep my chest from becoming too congested.  During that time, adhesions resumed their mayhem.

Eight months was too long to not have fulltime treatment on my abdominal adhesions.  Because my HMO has made it clear that surgery is no longer an option for me, PEMF therapy is my only hope for continual relief and is why I am purchasing a second device, just for me.  This way I can run the fulltime treatments that my belly requires, while using the second device to go after problem areas as they cry out.  Some days it is my knees, sacrum, neck, or feet.  Some days, my belly is the only area that needs addressing, but it needs it every day.

Most days, when my abdominal pain is lower, I am able to walk all day at Disneyland using my rollator and not need time to recover.  Outside of the problems brought on by my abdominal adhesions, I only experience weather related flares from my other chronic illnesses.  Fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, degenerative disc disease, and coccydynia no longer rule my life!!!!  I do!!

I can drive without pain! I can shop without pain! I have regained all the independence that I had not only lost, but that my doctors said I would never have again!

Did it take time? YES!!

Was it worth it?  YES!!

Click here to learn more about this amazing drug free pain relief device.

Use discount code DIVA to save $55.00 when you are ready to give it a try!

Because seriously, you have nothing to lose except pain!

Click here for a list of all the different illnesses, pains, conditions, and symptoms that PEMF therapy has been shown to help.

Click here to compare Oska Pulse with other available brands of PEMF devices

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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! 

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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:

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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