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Finding the PEMF device that fits your needs

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Choosing a PEMF pain relief device is not an easy decision.  There are many things to consider when comparing PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic fields) devices.  How much will it cost? Does it address your needs? Will it fit your lifestyle?
Throughout the past two years I have shared how PEMF therapy with Oska Pulse has relieved most of my chronic pain, but how it has also addressed many other debilitating symptoms from my chronic illnesses.  Click here to read my progress from the beginning.  What you may not know is how PEMF therapy might benefit you.  I am including a plethora of third party reports detailing how PEMF therapy has been shown to improve specific diseases and symptoms.  Click here to access reports.  If that isn’t enough to convince you, you may want to check out PEMF – The Fifth Element of Health: Learn Why Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy Supercharges Your Health Like Nothing Else! By Bryant A. Meyers

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This book explains how the new science of PEMF therapy (a branch of energy medicine), based on modern quantum field theory, is the solution to this problem, with the many benefits listed below:
• eliminate pain and inflammation naturally
• get deep, rejuvenating sleep
• increase your energy and vitality
• feel younger, stronger, and more flexible
• keep your bones strong and healthy
• help your body with healing and regeneration
• improve circulation and heart health
• plus many more benefits
Click here to order PEMF – The Fifth Element of Health: Learn Why Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy Supercharges Your Health Like Nothing Else! By Bryant A. Meyers in paperback or Kindle version.

Now let’s talk about the device!

As you know, I use Oska Pulse from Oska Wellness.  But did you know that there are other brands available too?  Below are some options, including Oska Pulse, to help you decide which product is best for you.

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1. Oska Pulse

Instead of just blocking pain, Oska Pulse works at the cellular level to provide longer term pain relief, increase circulation, reduce inflammation and improve mobility.
Oska Pulse uses Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Technology to boost the body’s ability to repair injured cells. Oska Pulse does not need to be in direct contact with the skin to be effective and there is no tingling or sensitivity. 100% drug-free Oska Pulse is an FDA-registered alternative to opioids for the ongoing relief of back, knee, neck, joint, muscle and chronic pain. There are no known side effects and it cannot be overused. I run treatments anywhere between 4-10 hours a day, depending on my pain level and what symptoms I am addressing. Oska Pulse oscillates through a series of frequencies during its programmed 30-minute operation cycle. All frequencies are within the range of 1 -150Hz. The intensity of the PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic field) is approximately 0.9milliTesla, which is similar to the output of a television remote control.
Cons: Treatments only last 30 minutes. Device only has a 22 inch radius and works best within a 10 inch range, limiting the area of your body that is being treated at a time. Cannot treat shoulder and feet at the same time.
Pro:  The ten inch range can treat areas near the location you choose to treat. Click here to see demonstration. It comes with a strap to place device on your body so you can continue on with your life. I wear and run my device from the moment I wake up and until I go to bed. The device is portable and doesn’t have to be plugged in to use.  It can be used anywhere.  Oska Pulse is eligible for Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Account reimbursement.  My discount code DIVA saves you $55 when you purchase via Oska Wellness’s site.
Cost:  $344 when purchased through Oska Wellness and you apply promo code DIVA at checkout. Click here to orderDiscount does NOT apply when you purchase at FSA or HSA stores.  However, you can still submit your receipts and be reimbursed later after purchasing from the Oska Wellness site.  Oska Wellness offers a payment plan of 3 easy payments.  Discount codes are cannot be applied to payment plan.
Click here to order with discount code DIVA  
or  $399 when purchased through Amazon.  Special promotion via Amazon: 6 Month Financing: For a limited time, purchase $149 or more using the Amazon.com Store Card and pay no interest if paid in full within 6 months. Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the promotional balance is not paid in full within 6 months. Minimum monthly payments required. Subject to credit approval. Click here for details.
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2. OMI Ring PEMF Therapy Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field Therapy System

 The OMI PEMF Therapy Ring is designed for use with extremities, joints, head or neck areas. It measures a little over 8 inches across in the center. It is not flexible and does not open. The OMI PEMF Therapy Ring provides a field strength between 20 and 70 Microtesla depending on the frequency being used.  The OMI PEMF Therapy Ring uses a square wave. The electromagnetic pulses on this device go towards the center of the ring which provide direct nerve and cell stimulation for specific or targeted areas. Since the pulses of this PEMF therapy ring go towards the center of the ring, it is NOT recommended for back areas as there is little effect outside the ring itself.
Con: The device is not flexible and cannot be used on backs.  It is not portable and must be plugged in while in use.
Pro: Received great reviews for helping with pain in feet, legs, arms, and neck. Qualifies for 6 month financing via Amazon Store Card. Click here for details.
Cost: $365
Click here to learn more about and/or order the Omi PEMF Therapy Ring

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3. The OMI PEMF Therapy Pad

This device is battery operated only. (4 AAA Batteries Included)  Some of the most common uses for the Pulse Pad include: Minor Pain Relief, Stress Relief, Reduced Inflammation and Increased Circulation. The OMI PEMF Therapy Pulse Pad is designed for use with any local body application.  It measures a little over 6 X 10 inches across in the center. It is soft but not flexible, provides a field strength between 20 and 30 Microtesla, and uses square wave. The pulses from this device are from the applicator side of the pad which provide direct nerve or cell stimulation for specific areas.
Con: Ongoing cost of replacing batteries. Not able to wear and go about your life.
Pro: Ability to take with you. Affordability.
Cost: $180  For a limited time, purchase $149 or more using the Amazon.com Store Card and pay no interest if paid in full within 6 months. Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the promotional balance is not paid in full within 6 months. Minimum monthly payments required. Subject to credit approval. Click here for details.
Click here to learn more about and/or purchase the OMI PEMF Ring

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4. OMI Full Body Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field Therapy System

 The full body OMI PEMF Therapy Mat is used for assistance with a wide variety of health concerns that include: Pain Relief including Chronic Pain, Stress Relief, Reduced Inflammation, Increased Circulation, Better Sleep and many more. The OMI PEMF Therapy Mat is designed for full body use and measures 65 X 20 inches and has a quad fold design for compact storage. The OMI PEMF Therapy mat provides a field strength between 20 and 66 Microtesla depending on the frequency being used and it uses a square wave. It has 8 pure copper coils. These copper coils provide even pulsed electromagnetic fields to the whole body. The pulses from this device are from the top side of the mat which provide direct nerve and cell stimulation for the whole body.
Con: Not able to use on the go.
Pro: Folds easy for travel and storage. Receive treatment while you sleep.
Cost: $1,200
12 Month Financing: For a limited time, purchase $599 or more using the Amazon.com Store Card and pay no interest for 12 months on your entire order if paid in full in 12 months. Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the promotional balance is not paid in full within 12 months. Minimum monthly payments required. Subject to credit approval. Click here to apply.
Click here to lean more and/or to purchase the OMI PEMF

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5. MediCrystal Bio-magnetic Photon Amethyst Agate Mat

It may bring immediate soothing for joint, muscle and soft tissues pains and stiffness, reduce or eliminate arthritis, rheumatism, chemotherapy, lyme, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis symptoms, insomnia, sport trauma, minor strains and other conditions. The Midsize mat is easy to handle yet enough big for the whole body therapy.
Con: Not wearable.
Pro: Comes in two different sizes. Treats entire body while sleeping.  Click here to find out how to get a free pillow!
Cost: Mini 32″L x 20″W $449
Midsize 59″L x 24″W $845
Click here to learn more about this product and/or to purchase it.

Disclaimer:  Content on this site is for reference purposes and is not intended to substitute for advice given by a physician, pharmacist, or other licensed health-care professional. You should not use this information as self-diagnosis or for treating a health problem or disease. Contact your health-care provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem. Information and statements  are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. Prices and product availability may change without notice.

I credit PEMF therapy for getting me out of my wheelchair and onto my feet, but the truth is nothing would have helped had I not been willing and ready to make changes to my how I lived my life.  Find out what those changes were and be challenged to make your own in my eBook Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life
Con: You will be told things that you may not be ready to hear.
Pro: Your life will improve when you begin making the changes I describe in the book.
Price $5
Click here to order and download your copy today!

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The Disabled Diva’s Top Ten Spoonie Costume Suggestions for Halloween

Still looking for that perfect Halloween costume? You know one that doesn’t bind, pinch, or scratch.  One that gives when your joints or muscles swell.  Most importantly one that you can put on with little effort because you don’t want to waste any of your spoons (energy). Here are some comfortable, yet fun options!

 

 

 

 

 

 

What will you be this Halloween?

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A picture is worth a thousand words

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I am sure you have heard the phrase “A picture is worth a thousand words”, but not all of those words are a true reflection of the picture.  Those of us who suffer from one or more chronic illnesses are often unfairly criticized and judged.  If we are happy, we are accused of being”high” or not as ill as we claim to be.  If we are sad, we are accused of being depressed.  If we are experiencing a period of pain that keeps us from leaving the house, we are told that we need to get out.  When we do get out those same people doubt the severity of our conditions.  If we don’t share our story we are accused of hiding something.  Those who only share the hardships of living with a chronic illness are accused of being attention seekers and those who only share their good moments are accused of not being sick at all.  Then there are people like Yolanda Hadid from RHOBH (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) that share both, the good and the bad, that really drives people crazy.

I recently watched season 6 of RHOBH on Hulu.  First I want to applaud Yolanda for having the courage to share her battle with Lyme Disease with viewers.  She doesn’t need the money, she could have easily declined to continue filming, but instead she made an invisible illness visible to the whole world. For this she is a chronic hero in my book.  The behavior of her so called friends could be blamed on the producers creating drama, but the sad truth is that their shameful behavior is exactly what most of us with a chronic illness face everyday of our lives. Her “friends” not only doubted her diagnosis, they also discounted the severity of her condition.  She was accused of having Munchausen syndrome (a condition in which someone fakes an illness for attention).  Some said she was probably just depressed.  Others couldn’t understand how she could be as sick as she claimed when she would post pictures of herself on vacation or having lunch with friends, and this my friends is the subject of this post.

Her “friends” said that her Instagram posts were confusing.  They didn’t understand how she could post a picture of receiving a treatment one day and then one of her smiling and enjoying life the next.  Instead of talking to her they chose to gossip about her all season long.  They assumed that the happy pictures represented a healthy moment.  I can understand why they would as typically when an otherwise healthy person becomes ill, they aren’t out enjoying life until they are healed.  But waiting is not an option for the chronically ill.  For those unaware, chronic means long lasting-without end.  We must embrace every moment of joy or life that we possibly can, otherwise we would never live at all.  Unlike most people we are not going to get better in 6 weeks, 7 months, or in 8 years.  And in most cases our conditions will only get worse as time goes by.  The chronically ill live different lives compared to our healthy friends and family.  The amount of time we spend outside of our bedrooms, houses, or doctor’s office is minimal.  Every outing comes with a price tag.  The payment for enjoying the simplest of normalcy includes a spike in physical pain, fatigue, guilt, remorse, and more.  Increased pain and fatigue result in spending more time in bed.  We feel guilty when the fallout of a simple moment like when having lunch with friends causes us to cancel other plans.  Sometimes our pain is so intense after an outing that we regret ever leaving the house at all.

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What bothers me the most about this confusion is that these women would most likely be singing a different tune if Yolanda had been diagnosed with a terminal condition.  If her doctors had said you only have a year left to live, those women would have been cheering her on and encouraging her to go out and grasp every moment of joy that she could.  They wouldn’t have told her to stay in bed and wait until she was healed before going on vacation.  They wouldn’t have suggested that she wasn’t dying when she chose to go out to lunch or spend time with her husband.  Even more annoying is that her “friends” opinions were solely based upon their perception of a picture. If they were to have spoken to her instead of gossiping, she could have shared what was really going on.  Instead of thinking that she must not be that sick if she was able to pose for picture with her mother on a yacht, they may have learned that the few minutes it took to stand and smile caused her to spend the rest of her day in bed.  Or that it took all of her strength to attempt appearing normal for her mom, even if was just for a moment.  Just because you see someone with a chronic illness smiling, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t in pain.  My pictures from Disneyland only tell a portion of the story.  Yes, I am enjoying that moment, but what you don’t see are my bowels being twisted and pulled in unnatural directions.  You don’t see my physical pain.  Most importantly you can’t see what happened afterwards.  You didn’t witness how I cried alone in the restroom because my body wanted to crawl back into bed while I just wanted to have one “normal” day with my family.

A picture may tell a thousand words, but those words are meaningless and often misguided if the person telling the story doesn’t have the whole story.  Instead of creating a distorted storyline for the picture, talk to the person.  The chronically ill should ever be discouraged from going out and enjoying life. My prayer this holiday season is that my chronically ill friends will enjoy the season and do what they can without worrying about their friends and family doubting their illness.

Wishing you a day filled with many reasons to smile,

The Disabled Diva

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Tips for staying warm when the weather outside is not

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As my mobility decreased over the years I had to find new ways to stay warm, whether I was inside and outside. Because I am physically moving less than I did before I find myself feeling cold more often, even in temperatures that never bothered me in the past.  Because I am unable to walk briskly or do some jumping jacks to get my blood moving, I have had to come up with new ways to stay warm so that I could still enjoy cooler weather outdoor outings with my family and friends.  As I scrolled through my Facebook feed this morning I noticed that many had posted pictures of snow and ice.  While beautiful, those pictures chilled me to my bones.  Don’t get me wrong, I like snow, I just don’t like living in it.  I have lived in two states that both experienced heavy winter snow and God willing I will never live in that type of climate again.  For me snow is something to look at in pictures or to visit once every five years for a day! Not a fan!! Anyways, the other day I was sharing tips about staying warm in the cold when outside and not having the option of warming up by moving around a lot with a family member and decided to share my outdoor and indoor tips.

Tip #1  Outside/Inside Fleece Leggings.  These have been a life saver! Depending on the weather, I either wear them alone with a long shirt or sweater or I wear them under jeans or sweatpants.  They not only help keep my legs warm, they also comfort the nerve pain in my left leg that is exasperated by colder temperatures.  I have found that Ross carries the best quality fleece lined leggings for the lowest price.  Most of mine are also water resistant.   The outer fabric of my leggings are Lycra.  Because of this I am able to ride Splash Mountain or The Grizzly River Run in Disneyland during the winter months.  Water never seeps through to my legs and it just wicks off of my pants!  Because they are warmer than traditional leggings, I can spend a good portion of my winter Disneyland days without a blanket over my legs.  As for the cold evenings, yes we do experience some cold weather in Southern California, the combination of my fleece lined leggings and a fleece blanket over my legs while in my wheelchair keeps my limbs nice and toasty.

Tip #2  Outside/Inside  ThermaCare Heat Wraps/ Bum warmers. These are great for when you need to warm up and don’t have access to a heated blanket or heating pad.  I recommend these to my able and disabled friends and family all the time.  However, I do not purchase the ThermaCare brand itself because I think they are over priced.  You are lucky if you can find a ThermaCare 2 pack for around $5! Instead I purchase 5 heating wraps for $5 by purchasing a generic brand that comes 1 to a box from Dollar Tree! Not only are they cheaper, but they stay in place better than ThermaCare and the heat lasts longer!!! Heat wraps are fabulous for those who are attending outdoor sporting events or a late night at Disneyland! So remember this the next time you have an outdoor outing that will prevent you from moving around to warm up.  Placing one near my neck and one on my lower back really helps keep me from feeling like I have ice moving through my veins.  Bum warmers are great for keeping your rear end warm, especially while sitting in a wheelchair or any seat for that matter.  It doesn’t matter how many layers I wear or how thick of a blanket I put over my legs, my backend is not covered and bum warmers solve that problem.

****Before using any heat wrap, please read my warning******

Tip #3 Inside Electric blankets, heating pads, and reusable heating wraps. Obviously these are indoor only options unless you will be somewhere with access to an electrical outlet or microwave.  I tend to overheat while I sleep, so I prefer to not use a heated blanket or heating pad in bed.  However, I like a little extra warmth as I am falling asleep.  I achieve this with my Sootheze Kitty Collar Wrap.  I warm my wrap up in the microwave prior to going to bed, wrap it around my neck or other area that needs soothing and drift off to sleep without worrying about being burned while asleep.  I love how my Sootheze wrap relaxes and warms my neck!

Tip #4 Outside/Inside Move your body! It doesn’t matter if you are confined to a wheelchair or are able bodied, you need to move that body!! For the able bodied, get up and move. Walk briskly, do some jumping jacks, stretch, it doesn’t matter what you do, just move! For those of us that suffer from chronic pain and/or have to use a wheelchair for most or all outings, it is a little more difficult to get our blood flowing than it is for the able bodied, but it is not impossible.  Here are a few ways I move my body while in my wheelchair.  When my legs allow me to do so, I do leg lifts.  However, I mostly move my upper body.  I will do different arm movements like punching the air.  When my muscles permit, I will do twists.  Even if the only thing you can do is move your head, do it!!

Tip #5 Outside/Inside Fleece lap blankets or Snuggies. I go no where without a fleece lap blanket, even in the summer!  On a cool summer night, the warmth of a fleece blanket on my legs is just what I need to keep the nerve pain in my leg at a lower level.  I use my Snuggie, (the blanket with arms), in the car.  This way the temperature can be set to keep the majority of passengers from sweating when I am chilled and they are not.  My Snuggie is a generic knock off that I found at Big Lot’s years ago and I prefer it over the original brand.  Mine is crushed fleece and has Velcro in the back around the neck to keep it in place.

Tip #6 Outside Gloves, hats, and scarves. I know this sounds obvious, but think about how many times you left the house thinking you wouldn’t need them to only wish you had them with you.  Although I live in Southern California, we do experience frigid evening weather during the winter months.  There are also times in the summer when the air is a tad bit too cool for me as well.  Because of this I always keep a pair of gloves, a knit beanie, and a scarf in my care bag. (My care bag is sort of like a diaper bag, I keep items that provide me comfort when additional pain strikes while away from the house). In the summer I carry a lighter weight scarf and a heavier one in the winter.

Tip #7  Outside/Inside Goggles.  Before you go thinking that I have lost my mind, here me out. When the air is cold and the wind is blowing, my eyes water like crazy.  The same thing happens to me when riding several of Disneyland’s faster rides.  Some of these rides are indoors, but the fans that blast cold air onto me drive my eyes crazy.  I exit my favorite rides looking like I was terrified because of the tears running down my cheeks.  To solve this I began closing my eyes on these attractions and while it helped, it also took away from the experience.  Then it hit me…… GOGGLES!!  I placed a pair of clear safety goggles over my glasses and voila, no more tears AND I could see and enjoy everything. A couple of friends laughed at this suggestion until I made them try it.  Guess what?  They loved it!!! I later realized that my goggles would also be great during period of heavy winds.  While not the most attractive solution, it is a solution that keeps the cold air from making my eyes water.

Don’t let old man winter keep you from enjoying outdoor activities or outings this year.  Prepare and plan so that you can make memories without freezing!

Wishing you a day filled with warm and gentle hugs!

The Disabled Diva

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