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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

If you see me crying, know that you are witnessing pain that I hope you never have to feel.

Whether it is one single tear rolling down my cheek or many pouring out of my eyes, they still represent the kind of pain you secretly wish upon the most wickedest of people.

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Three ways I relieve chronic pain at Disneyland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After California legalized cannabis for recreational use in January of 2018, (it has been legal for medicinal use since 1996), Disneyland added marijuana and CBD to its list of items not permitted into their theme parks.  I will share my thoughts on this subject another day, but for today I want to share what I bring with me to get through a day in the parks without medical marijuana or CBD products.

*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.

Whether I was sitting in my wheelchair all day or walking everywhere as I do now, my spine takes a beating and must be tended to all day long.  To minimize swelling around my spine and in my hips I use a drug-free pain-relief device called Oska Pulse.  This little beauty is what made it possible for me to retire my wheelchair last year. It uses pulsed electromagnetic fields to reduce inflammation and pain like nothing I have ever tried.   While there are many PEMF therapy products available, this is the only one that is portable and safe to use wherever and whenever you want.  Click here to learn more about Oska Pulse.  FYI: As an Oska Pulse affiliate, I am able to offer you a discount of $55.00 when you enter my promotional code DIVA at checkout!

Click here to discover all the different pains and symptoms that this device has either greatly reduced or eliminated. Click here to visit Oska Wellness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The downside to only treating pain with Oska Pulse is that when I am in the parks, I need to address pain in more than one area of my body.  When my lower back and knees flare at the same time, I often (especially in the cooler months) place my PEMF device above the worst knee and a Thermacare heat wrap at the base of my spine.  In warmer months I will place my Oska Pulse near my spine and use icepacks on my knees.  Heat wraps help relax my back muscles and provide comfort and relief.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last, but not least, I bring along a blend of essential oils formulated for pain relief such as Mend.  While not as powerful as my CBD infused oils, they do help relax muscles and reduce pain well enough to keep me from having to leave earlier than I had planned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leave all CBD and cannabis products at home, in your car, or hotel room.  It is my hope that one day, as long as the guest can provide their medical marijuana certification, guests may be allowed to medicate with it in the parks, with the exception of flower because there are alternatives.  But until then, let’s respect Disneyland’s policy and find other ways to keep our pain levels low.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Favorite Pain Relief Device Just Got Better!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*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.

As you may already know, I have been successfully reducing pain and inflammation from fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, degenerative disc disease, and coccydynia with PEMF therapy. I use a portable device called Oska Pulse and run treatments on my pain sources all day long, every day, no matter where I am or what I am doing.

My device, which is the original version runs 30 minute treatment sessions. Having to turn it on every 30 minutes has been one of my complaints, especially when napping. I and many others requested a longer treatment running time and my friends at Oska Wellness listened. From this day forward, the drug free pain relief device that people like me are falling in love with every day now has a 90 minute treatment time and extended battery life!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you were waiting to get one, now is the time!!! The latest version sells for the same price as its predecessor, $399, but you can get it for $344 when you use my discount code DIVA at checkout.

Click here to order your device today and don’t forget that discount code DIVA will save you $55 off the new device!

Click here to discover all the different ways that Oska Pulse has improved my chronic life. It has done more than relieve chronic pain, it has reduced the frequency and severity of my migraines, sinus pain, bouts with bronchitis, and more…..

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What are you waiting for? You have nothing to lose but pain!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Recap 1/5/2019

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly recap:

Say Goodbye to 2018
My New Year’s Wish For You!
Quit or Modify? The Choice is Yours!
Two Things You Must Know About Planning
The Disabled Diva’s Winter Workout Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retiring My Wheelchair

 

For those of you that are new to my blog, I have been chronically ill for 18 years.  I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, endometriosis, and degenerative disc disease.  When I was first diagnosed my doctors never warned me that I might end up having to rely on mobility aids to get around.  Nor was I told to emotionally prepare myself for the possibility of becoming dependent on my family and friends in order to leave the house.  Yet 7 years into my chronic life that is exactly what happened.

Long story short

How far or long I could walk without experiencing excruciating pain decreased as each year passed by.  By 2007 I required use of a wheelchair for all major outings like a day at Disneyland or the zoo.  At the same time I had to also begin using a walker to maintain balance and to have a place to sit and rest my feet often for all other outings.  Then in 2012 my dependence on mobility aids reached a new level.  My walker began gathering dust because my body required that I use my wheelchair for every outing.  This meant that my family and friends had to push me around church, the grocery store, and restaurants.  The daily pain I was experiencing in the bones and muscles of my feet, hips, sacrum, and spine was horrific.  My doctors were of no help.  They said that I would never improve and the only thing they could do was to continue addressing each symptom with another pill.

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Not giving up without a fight

My doctor’s plan was the same as it had been for 12 years, more pills.  Not once during that period did I ever experience any kind of relief.  Although I accepted my body’s needs and did everything I could to meet its demands, I refused to continue treating my chronic illnesses and pain the way I had been which was obviously NOT working.

*Disclosure: I am not a medical professional. I am NOT issuing medical advice. I am only sharing my experience. 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.

Step one of my plan was to stop all of my pharmaceutical treatments and to give my body time to completely rid them from my system.  My second step was to begin treating my diseases with MMJ (medical marijuana).  This included a combination of THC and CBD.  The rest of my treatment plan included but was not limited to using ice packs, heating pads, and massage therapy.  While not all of my friends or family were supportive, I had enough support to give it a try.  Looking back over the past few years,  it is clear that I would have been missing out on a better life if I had allowed the opinions of others and the stigma of using MMJ prevent me from trying it.

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Strange things are happening

Two major improvements occurred immediately.  The first was regaining the use of my pointer finger and thumb on my right hand.  In the years prior I had lost full use of those digits because of joint inflammation.  Within months of using MMJ daily, I not only regained usage, I could make a loose fist without pain! A year later, I was able to make a tight fist.  The second extraordinary improvement was in regards to sleep.  Before MMJ I was lucky to get 4 hours of sleep per night and that was only when I could sleep.  It became normal for me to experience 2-4 sleepless nights per week.  As soon as I began medicating with marijuana I began experiencing what is known as restorative sleep.  I was sleeping 8-10 hours per night and my sleepless nights decreased to 1 or 2 per month. Reaching a restorative sleep level resulted in my having more energy during the day.  But that’s not all! By the time I entered my 5th year of medicating with marijuana my body surprised me by allowing me go grocery shopping at least once a week without having to use a mobility aid.  However, that wasn’t good enough for me, I wanted MORE!

 

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The Game Changer

In December of 2016 I was asked to try Oska Pulse, an electronic and wearable device that uses pulsed electromagnetic fields to reduce pain and promote healing.  I was skeptical, because let’s face it, if this type of therapy could really work my doctors would have surely suggested it, right?  While hesitant to believe that this device could improve my life and health, I figured I had nothing to lose by trying it.  I began by only using it for a couple of hours a day, a few days a week.  After a two months I noticed that it was doing more than reducing inflammation and pain in my knee.  My stamina was increasing and my daily pain levels were dropping.  This combination allowed me to begin exercising more frequently.  I began using it for 10 hours a day, every day, in March of 2017 and that was when I discovered how amazing this device really is.  I wasn’t the only one, friends and family who have witnessed most or all of my chronic life were equally astonished.  Within the first month of using it daily I experienced relief from abdominal pain due to adhesions from endometriosis and surgical scarring.  This was after 14 years of living with horrific pain as the adhesions pulled and ripped from my abdominal sidewall and internal organs. Today that pain feels like a distant memory. That relief alone was enough to make a believer out of me.  But there was more! A few months later the pain that had consumed my feet since 1999 had disappeared.  The next improvement was one that not one of my doctors thought would ever improve.  Yet after 3 months of daily PEMF treatments with Oska Pulse, the non-stop agonizing pain that had invaded my spine, sacrum, and hips in 2011 was gone!!! Since then PEMF therapy along with MMJ, ice, heat, massage, dietary changes, and exercising has made it possible to heal a torn abdominal muscle without surgery and is why………. Wait for it………… As of January 2018 I am no longer dependent on my wheelchair or need to be pushed around!!!

Let’s get real

Have I been healed? NO! I still have flares, just not as many and the duration of them has also drastically decreased.  I still experience pain, but my daily pain levels are significantly lower than they have ever been.  Before MMJ my daily pain level was stuck between 8-10.  After I began medicating with marijuana it lowered to 6-9.  Since adding daily PEMF treatments my daily pain level fluctuates between zero and 5.  That’s right, I actually experience pain free days!  In the past month my family and I began going on daily power walks and last week I did something that I never thought I would ever be able to do again.  Last Wednesday my daughter and I started our morning by driving to Newport Beach.  While there we walked up and down the boardwalk and pier.  After we strolled through the streets dreaming about which beach house we would live in if we won the lottery.

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A year ago that would have been the end of my day and I would have paid for it with days of bedrest. While extraordinary compared to where I was in the months leading up to where I was a year ago, it was nothing compared to what happened next.  From the beach we drove to Disneyland where we spent a couple of hours riding our favorite thrill rides, Space Mountain and Thunder Mountain.  The remarkable thing is that I did this all on foot!!! No wheelchair! While I needed my walker for our second adventure of the day, it was the first time since 2006 that I was able to spend more than 30 minutes on my feet at Disneyland.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would ever be possible.  While waiting in line for Thunder Mountain, my daughter expressed how strange it felt to be with me in the standard queue versus the handicapped queue (I left my walker at the exit of the ride).  Tears welled up in my eyes because while it felt fantastic to be in the “normal” queue, after so many years of having to use the handicap entrances it felt odd to me too.

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Promo code DIVA will save you $55. While I am an affiliate for Oska Pulse, that is NOT why I share my story. I share my experience with this device because I want everyone to feel as good as I do.

Are you experiencing improvements in regards to your chronic pain and symptoms or are you continually getting worse?  Do you want to try something different?

To learn more about PEMF therapy with Oska Pulse I invite you to visit my friends at Oska Wellness.  When you are ready to give it a try my discount code DIVA will save you $55. **Update> As of January 8, 2019, the Oska Pulse pain relief device now comes with a treatment span of 90 minutes!

How will Oska Pulse help you?  The only way to know is to give it a try! You have nothing to lose except pain.

How I treat my chronic illnesses is just one of the many changes that needed to take place in order for me to begin dominating my chronic life.  Find out what the rest were and how they will improve your life in my book: Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life.

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Was Depression to Blame for My Chronic Pain?

Was Depression to Blame

for My Chronic Pain?

By: Cynthia

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Is depression painful? Yes!  Can depression cause physical pain?  Yes!  Was depression the source of my chronic pain from fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, degenerative disc disease, endometriosis, and coccydynia?  NO!!

Many of us who suffer from one or more painful chronic illnesses battle depression at least once during our chronic lives.  However, I am curious how many were depressed prior to chronic pain becoming apart of their daily lives.  I wasn’t.  I did battle depression three years prior to being diagnosed with fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis.  At that time I was struggling to conceive my youngest child and it was no longer an issue once I became pregnant.  While going through that period of my life I had been diagnosed with psoriasis, but my doctor and I both dismissed my increased inflammation and joint pain on my depressive state.  Had either of us taken my symptoms seriously I do believe I would have been diagnosed with the other conditions much sooner.  I wasn’t depressed during my pregnancy or afterwards.  I didn’t meet up with my old friend depression until much later and that was from living without hope of relief from non-stop pain for six months.

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There have been several occasions during my chronic life when my doctors chose to blame my chronic pain and their inability to decrease it on depression.  Was I depressed?  Of course I was, my life had come to a standstill, I was in pain all of the time, and I was losing all sense of my identity.  My doctors used my depression as a way to get out of helping me, a way to avoid having to prescribe narcotics for pains that were increasingly becoming worse. During the two year period of having to hunt for a surgeon to help me after my botched hysterectomy was the worst.  Nobody wanted to touch me.  I was told by several  surgeons that the pain was from being depressed and/or all in my head and that I needed to see a psychiatrist.  If surgeon number 21 hadn’t agreed to help me I probably would have had myself committed as the other surgeons did a great job of causing me to doubt my own sanity.  I had hoped this type of mistreatment by a physician was over after that surgery proved that my pain wasn’t caused by depression, but instead from the gross negligence of the surgeon who performed my hysterectomy.  But it wasn’t.  Time and time again, whenever my doctors felt frustrated because they couldn’t reduce my pain or they didn’t want to prescribe opioids, they pulled out the depression card.  Over and over I told them that my pain wasn’t caused from depression, but that pain was the source of my depression.  It wasn’t until I completely quit all of my doctor’s prescribed protocols in 2012 that I was able to prove my point.  After giving my body time to detox from all of my prescriptions I began seeking alternative treatments.  Unlike everything my doctors prescribed, my new treatments didn’t mask my pain, they addressed it.  Little by little my pain has decreased and now in 2017 I am doing better than I have since 2003.  Within days of experiencing relief like I had never known my depressive state began to fade.  I traded my tears for smiles and anger for joy.  I wasn’t healed, but my treatments eliminated the widespread pain I had been experiencing for so many years which made it possible to focus on my key pain source areas.

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Doctors who blame depression before addressing the real pain source are playing a dangerous game.  Blaming depression can delay care of a serious physical issue.  It can cause further damage.  And in my opinion it is a copout for not having to deal with a patient who isn’t easy to treat.  By the time I had the surgery that proved my pain wasn’t in my head, adhesions had began strangling my bowels.  I could have died had I listened to those other surgeon and gone to a psychiatrist instead of continuing to search for a surgeon to help me.  Blaming depression without helping reduce a patient’s pain will only make things worse.  Imagine being told that your pain is being caused by depression, that all you had to do to feel better is to work through your emotions.  So you try, but guess what??!!!  It doesn’t help!!  Why, because it is your physical pain that is fueling your depression.  It is the reason you can’t work, play with your kids, clean your house, or be intimate with your spouse.

I am not saying that depression shouldn’t be addressed, because it definitely needs to be.  What I am saying is that our doctors need to work harder to find the real sources of our pain and be more open minded in regards to therapies that do not require a prescription.  Without helping us reduce our pain our depression will only grow deeper.  For many of us pain reduction is the only weapon needed to defeat depression.

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