What Happens When I Live My Old Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What happens when I live my old life

I received my cluster of diagnoses during the early 2000’s.  During that time not one doctor urged, nudged, or hinted to me that I needed to make changes to how I lived my life.  Not ONE!!!

Instead of issuing warnings or advice to improve the quality of my life, my doctors insisted that they would be able to find the right pill(s) to offset my symptoms and pain.  Of course everything they tried failed.  Click here if you would like to take a peek at the pain management plan that finally helped reduce the pain I experience from fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, degenerative disc disease, coccydynia, and abdominal adhesions from endometriosis and surgical scarring.

Between the false hope my doctors were issuing and the pressure from friends and family to get better, making changes to how I lived never crossed my mind.  But it should have and here is why:

When I live my old life:

  • I ignore the needs of my body/chronic illnesses
  • I injure myself more often
  • I spend more time in bed than actually living my life
  • My family loses precious time with me
  • I spend more time and money seeing doctors and visiting emergency rooms
  • I took no responsibility towards reducing my pain.  I trusted and followed everything my doctors said.

*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.

Why changes had to be made

  • The longer I ignored the needs of my body/illnesses, the sicker I became and more damage was done to my body
  • Refusing to accept the need to use a mobility aid created more opportunities to fall, which I did often.  Each fall resulted with either a broken bone or blood clot.
  • I was killing myself
  • My family needed me
  • I would rather take my family to Disneyland, then to spend money and time in the emergency room over an injury that could have been prevented had I listened to my body, done things differently, or utilized a mobility aid.
  • I had to take responsibility and to accept that my doctor may never be able to help me.

 

Changes that literally changed my chronic life

  • I made friends with my diseases.  I got to know them and my body so well that I after awhile I could feel the beginning stages of a flare coming on.  In the past, I just pushed until I collapsed.
  • Using mobility aids may have been hard to accept on an emotional level, but when I look back and see how little I have fallen since I began using them, I know I made the right decision.
  • By recognizing and addressing signs of a flare or physical distress I am able to avoid complications like my body mimicking a stroke or muscles freezing to the point of feeling rock hard for months on end.
  • Spending the amount of time that I do in caring for my body, doing things differently, accepting what I can’t do, and letting go of unrealistic expectations has gifted me with less time in bed and more out making memories with my family.
  • I took responsibility and charge over my care.  I researched and tried alternative treatments. While I may spend more money on those treatments than any pill that my insurance would cover, I save by not having to visit my doctor for a refill every month and not visiting the emergency room throughout the year. Click here to read about my pain management plan.

All of these changes, plus others that you can read about in my eBook Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life, has restored my independence.  Going grocery shopping no longer makes me anxious, because I can finally do it without needing a day or two to recuperate.  I can drive and clean my house again.

Now I am not saying that everyone who reads my book and follows my pain management plan will have the same results.  The changes you need to make may differ, but no matter what, any change that involves listening to and respecting your body/disease is going to improve your life.

Don’t make the mistake I did by waiting 12 years before even accepting that there was no way I could go on living like I used to.

Living our old lives doesn’t make us strong, instead it makes us weaker.

Living our old lives does more than increase our physical pain, it hurts us and our loved ones emotionally too.

Are you still living your old life? 

Whether you are or not, I challenge you to examine your day to day life and pick one area/task that could be done differently, in a way that won’t increase your pain level.  Then make that change.  You don’t have to change every aspect of your life immediately, take your time and make your changes one step at a time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fibro Farts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fibro Farts

You may have heard of fibro fog, but what about fibro farts?

That’s right friends! We have yet another “F” word to contend with!

So what’s the deal?

Many people who have fibromyalgia also suffer from excessive bloating and gas.  Mine is also caused by adhesions that have wrapped themselves around my digestive system. There are many reasons inside and outside of the digestive tract that can cause it to become inflamed or obstructed.

The body living with fibromyalgia is always inflamed, which makes it work overtime.  So sporting a Buddha-belly shouldn’t really be such a surprise.

*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.

How to avoid them

  • Drink water
  • Watch what you eat and avoid foods that are known to cause inflammation such as sugar, wheat, and artificial sweeteners.
  • Exercise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let it blow!

Let’s get real, there are going to be times when we stray from our diets or just want to indulge a little….  Also, as every fibro warrior out there knows, this wretched disease doesn’t need a reason to make us miserable, it does a great job on its own.  So no matter how careful you are, you may still end up with a case of the fibro farts.  Here are a few ways to let them blow in style!

  • Embrace an expandable wardrobe: Choose clothing that look and feel good whether your belly is flat or bloated.
  • Let them blow!  Don’t hold them in! Worried about someone hearing or smelling them? Step into a large group or find a quiet corner and let loose.
  • Invest in panties or disposable fart filters
  • Don’t worry, everyone passes gas, you won’t be the first or the last to let one rip!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How many times have you explained your chronic illness to someone and their response was “It could be worse”?

I would be a millionaire if I had even a penny for every time I was told this.

I don’t believe that the majority of people who say this to us, do it with the intention of hurting.  I truly believe that they think they are offering words of comfort.

However, the reality is that those words, no matter what intention they were said with, cut deep into the heart of someone living with a chronic illness.  And here is why saying “It could be worse” should be avoided:

  • It makes the chronically ill person feel that their illness isn’t as important, painful, or difficult to deal with as a terminal diagnosis.
  • Those words are often misheard and translated into “Stop your whining, you can complain when you have a serious disease”

*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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The truth is that things could always be worse.  Even for someone receiving a terminal diagnosis, things could always be worse.

I am just as guilty as anybody else who has uttered those words. However, after being cut by them for so many years, I have come up with ways to say them without invalidating the severity of what someone is going through. For example: When the words “It could be worse” pass through my lips I follow up with…..

  • , but that doesn’t make what you are going through any less terrifying.  How are you coping?
  • , but that isn’t here nor there…. What do you need from me? How can I help you?

When followed with a validating comment and question, I am less apt to throw up walls or to emotionally shut down.  Instead, I feel safer to open up and have a discussion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have someone in your life who likes to remind you of how much worse things could be, talk to them.  Share how it makes you feel and offer alternative words for them to communicate with.  It may feel awkward at first, but the more we talk to our friends and family about what they say, the better we all get at communicating with each other.  Just remember, to talk, not yell or attack!  Not everyone will get it.  In that case, just let it go….. because seriously, there is so much more to worry about when you are fighting chronic illnesses like fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, degenerative disc disease, and abdominal adhesions.

How do you react to hearing “It could be worse”?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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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.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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