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Love Yourself Enough to Schedule a Rest Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When is the last time that you rested?

I am not talking about spending the day in bed because your chronic illness flared and made leaving it impossible.

What I am talking about is, when did you last choose a day to relax, give your body a break, allow yourself to chill out in front of the television for no reason other than you wanted to?

The problem with having multiple chronic illnesses, is that until I got my pain under control two years ago, all my downtime was dictated by chronic pain.  Between 2001 and 2017, fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, endometriosis, degenerative disc disease, and coccydynia decided when I would be active or when I was able to leave the house or bed.

I felt like I had no control of the time in between.  I felt like all eyes were on me and that unless I was completely unable to leave my bed, I would be judged for not pushing myself to catch up on everything that I fell behind on while stuck in bed.

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The bad part about that way of thinking was that I wasn’t showing any love or consideration for myself.  My life became a fulltime punishment.  If I was in bed, I was being punished by my chronic illnesses.  If I was able to get out of bed, I was punished for the time when I couldn’t get out.  Over time I became bitter towards not only my family, but friends, acquaintances, and pretty much anybody who was alive.

My life completely changed in 2013. With my doctors unwilling to help me manage my chronic pain, I had to look elsewhere.  At the time I couldn’t see it, but it was actually a blessing in disguise as the route I chose was a natural and alternative one that really did change my life.  Click here to learn more about my pain management plan.  But the changes in my life were more than medicinal, I also began implementing many changes to how I lived and my attitude towards my body and chronic illnesses.  Discover what those changes were and how you can make them too in my eBook Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One important change was to allow myself to take a day “off” from life. To do whatever I wanted, even if that meant doing nothing but binge shows on Netflix or Hulu all day.  I had to love myself enough to not feel like everything I did was a punishment.  A day of planned rest may not always rejuvenate me physically, but it sure does wonder for my mental state.  Rest days allow me to clear my head, to breathe, to remember that I will be of no use if I continue to run myself into the ground.

A funny thing happened after I began allowing myself to enjoy life, I fell in love with living again.  I will always be chronically ill.  Yes, my chronic pain has been well managed for the past two years and continues to be, but there are no guarantees that this will always be the case.  I don’t know what the future holds.  What I do know is that no matter what my diseases decide to throw my way, no matter what new illnesses or injuries I accrue, I will never punish myself or my body the way that I did before.

I love myself enough to schedule rest days.

Do you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cannabis for chronic pain: Choosing how to take it

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cannabis for chronic pain: Choosing how to take it

This article is part of an ongoing series. Click here to read entire series.

Now that you have found a legal way to find out if cannabis will help relieve your chronic pain, it is time to figure out which way to consume it. The perk of visiting a state that has legalized recreational marijuana is that you will have access to some amazing products.  Today I am going to cover several different methods of medicating with cannabis and how you decide which form fits your lifestyle, needs, and budget.

Edibles

 

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Edibles were my first choice when I began combatting chronic pain with cannabis six years ago and there were several reasons for this.  The first being that I didn’t want to smoke around my family.  My daughter was young, I couldn’t risk my husband failing a drug test at work, and my neighbors at the time were not ones who needed to know what I was doing.  Thankfully edibles turned out to be the best thing to start out with.  Unlike the high from vaping or smoking, the high from edibles lasts much longer.  If I smoked a joint before bed, pain would wake up halfway through the night.  The high from an edible can last anywhere from 6-10 hours which provided me the best sleep of my life!  Edibles are also easier to micro-dose with.  It was easy to breakdown an edible and know a close approximation of how much cannabis was in each piece.  Another reason I liked edibles is that they are discreet.  My favorite reason for loving edibles is the cost! When I first began medicating with cannabis, I didn’t have a large budget.  In fact I often only spent $50 a month.  I did this by purchasing edibles that could be broken down easily and that wouldn’t go stale before I finished them.  Cheeba Chews and FlavrX candies are two of my favorite brands. I currently purchased a 200mg candy bar from LaFamilia that is so strong that I only need half of one square at night.  There are 12 squares.  That one bar that I purchased for $15 is going to yield me 24 nights of rest!

My average dose for evening is 5-10mgs. This dosage gifts me with the restorative sleep that I had been without for 13 years.  When I needed to micro-dose during the day I would only take 1-2mgs.  After awhile I rarely needed any to get through the day and was only medicating at night.  The thing to remember with edibles is that while the effect lasts longer than other forms, it also can take longer to take effect.  You may not feel the effect from an edible for up to three hours after consuming it.  This can make it a little tricky to time your nighttime meds.  Even if you take the same amount of the same product every night at the same time, when it hits will never be the same.  Because of this you will want to make sure that you won’t need to drive or do anything of major importance after taking your meds.  They could hit you within 30 minutes or not for several hours.  Generally, if I don’t feel something after an hour, I will have a little more.  If you have never consumed cannabis, I recommend starting at 2-3mgs and work up from there.  While you don’t have to worry about overdosing on cannabis, a lot of first timers are either put off of or become afraid of the high when they consume more than they were ready for.  Take it slow, do it on a regular basis, and overtime you will notice your overall pain level reduced.  The only real con, besides how long it can take to take effect, I can think of with edibles is that outside of sometimes having the choice between a hybrid, sativa, or indica, most edibles don’t share what strain was used.

Flower

One of the perks of smoking is that the high and the relief it brings hits quickly.  If I find myself in need of instant relief, but also want a solid night’s sleep, I take a few hits from my pipe after eating an edible.  Because I stopped needing the all night relief that edibles bring two years ago, I have been trying other forms of consumption.  Some nights I just want to medicate and be done, while other nights I want to savor the smell and flavor of it.  Smoking cannabis is something to be enjoyed and not rushed.  To be honest, I wasn’t able to appreciate the wonder of flower when I first began medicating with it because I was only focused on relieving my pain and falling asleep.

Pros of medicating with flower is that you can pick strains that have qualities that address your needs.  For example you can choose strains that work better for sleep, creativity, nausea, pain, anxiety, etc… Don’t just pick a strain at random and then say that cannabis doesn’t help you.  You may have picked a strain that would NOT help you.  To get the best results you will have to do some research.  My go to sites for strain reviews are Leafly and Weedmaps.  Another pro is that the high hits fast.

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There are few cons to medicating with flower.  The smell, everyone will know what you are doing.  The cost, flower, especially quality flower can get quite pricey.  Shop around and find a dispensary that gives the best deals.  Shopping during sales helps to keep my flower budget from growing out of control.  Figuring out your dosage is not as easy with flower, which makes it harder to micro-dose with. Last but not least, you cannot smoke it anywhere you want.  Most places that have legalized it for medicinal and recreational use have made it illegal to smoke in vehicles or in public places.

 

 

 

Vape

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Vaping has quickly become one of my preferred ways to medicate with cannabis.  As for as anyone watching all they will assume is that I am vaping nicotine.  Vaping does produce vapor when exhaling, most do not have the odor that flower does.  Most cartridges come with a 510 thread that will fit most battery pens.  Pictured to the left is my combo pack from Bio CBD+.  The battery pen also works with the THC cartridges that I purchase from my dispensary.

Just like with smoking flower, the high and relief hits quickly, often within 5-15 minutes.  While there are nights when I take anywhere from 6-8 hits from my pen, there are some where I only need two or three.  Start slow.  Try two hits, then wait a good 20-30 minutes before taking another hit.  I love vaping and will be ordering an herb vaporizer later this month.  With that I will be able to vape flower and then later use the dried herb to make my own cannabutter.  Talk about pulling double duty and saving money!!!  The only cons I have found with vaping is that not all brands share what strain was used.  That is one of the reasons that I love FlavrX.  Knowing which strain I am purchasing helps me find the ones that best address my symptoms.  BTW Tropical Trainwreck is fantastic from muscle relaxation!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tinctures

So you want something discreet, like edibles, but you want something that takes effect quickly like flower…. Tinctures may be for you.  With a tincture you just place a few drops of the liquid under your tongue and voila, you should be feeling better within 15 minutes.

Personally, I haven’t really noticed how long the effect of tinctures lasts when compared to flower or edibles, mainly because I don’t use them often.  While discreet, it creates a mess in my bag if the cap comes loose, not to mention expensive over the contents that spills out.  Most tinctures also taste terrible! I prefer using tinctures for toothaches or to quickly medicate in bed if I wake up to pain that won’t let me fall back to sleep.  Tinctures are fairly easy to micro-dose with and unless you are holding a billboard, no one will know that you are medicating.

While there are other ways to medicate with cannabis, these are the top 4 that you should consider for your test run.  Just remember that if you are traveling to try cannabis, don’t go crazy purchasing a bunch of products.  It is federally illegal to possess cannabis and cross any of the United State’s borders, this includes state borders.  You can not visit, purchase, and try cannabis in California and return to Arizona with the remainder of your stash.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finding the PEMF device that fits your needs

 

 

choosing a pemf device that fits your needs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?

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I have a pre-existing condition

I have a pre-existing condition

Like many Americans I have a pre-existing health condition and am worried about what will happen with the latest healthcare bill that our government is trying to push through.  I will be honest, I was never a fan of Obamacare, but there was one thing that I did like and benefited from.  The provision for pre-existing conditions was the best thing about Obamacare.  It helped those with chronic illnesses continue care whether they were forced or chose to change their healthcare plan.

Why the provision is so important

Living with one or more painful chronic diseases is expensive whether our medications, tests, and assistive devices are covered or not.  Continuing coverage makes it less costly.  Even with insurance I have racked up tens of thousands of dollars in medical debt, but that amount would have been much higher without it.  Truth be told, without health insurance I probably wouldn’t have any debt because I wouldn’t have gone to the doctor.  Without continuing coverage I would have been even more miserable than I was and wouldn’t have been diagnosed with other conditions because I wouldn’t have wanted to risk having the symptoms blamed on my pre-existing ones.  Not understanding all that was going on with my body would have prevented me from learning how to treat or manage them whether I chose to do so pharmaceutically or naturally.

Without continuing coverage for pre-existing conditions patients with chronic or terminal diseases won’t be able to afford proper testing, monitoring, or medications that help them live a better life.  I know this because it is exactly what happened to me before Obamacare mandated that pre-existing conditions be covered.  My husband’s employer switched insurance plans.  Employees were not given an option other than to pay the ridiculously high premium of COBRA to stay with their current plan.  If we had chosen COBRA we couldn’t have afforded my medications or medical care, we would have had to give up eating and using electricity to pay the premium.  In order to not live like cavemen and not wanting to hunt neighborhood animals for dinner, we moved to the new plan.  We were immediately told that it would be anywhere from 12-18 months until they would cover my pre-existing conditions. I was lucky to have a fabulous primary care doctor at that time.  He discounted his cash pay rate and instead of seeing me and prescribing my medication monthly, he agreed to see me once every three months, he also was willing to write scripts that I had been receiving from specialists.  Obviously this was before the government cracked down on doctor’s prescribing opioids.  At that time I could have never afforded to pay cash for my doctor’s appointments and full price for my prescriptions on a monthly basis.  Thank God I didn’t have to have bloodwork done to monitor how my meds were affecting my body because paying hundreds or thousands of dollars for lab work was not an option.

 

What will happen if we aren’t covered

Without this provision good people will have to either give up medical care and the medications they rely on or live on the street and go hungry in order to get medical care.  Is that really what we want to see?  Without this provision people will die.  The terminally ill won’t be able to afford to extend their lives.  The chronically ill may choose to commit suicide because they can’t afford what they need for pain relief or complications from their pre-existing conditions will make them even sicker.  Unfortunately, many chronic illnesses have overlapping and similar symptoms and physicians are quick to blame what we have first before searching for new answers. Can you afford thousands of dollars a month in medical expenses?  I know I can’t.  Oh and before you suggest that no one will go hungry or homeless if they apply for welfare assistance, that isn’t an option for many.  Anyone above the poverty level will not qualify for assistance even though their medical expenses would have them living under it.  Another possible outcome of people no longer being assured of continuing care is a higher divorce rate.  Without this provision I wouldn’t qualify for assistance of any kind based on my husband’s income alone. But if we divorced I could keep a roof over my head, food on my table, and receive the medical care I require. Families shouldn’t have to be torn apart and people shouldn’t have to even consider these kind of measures in order to continue their care.  One last thing, just because individual states have the option to keep this provision it won’t help those who live elsewhere or guarantee that those who do live there will be fully covered.  Can you imagine uprooting your life and that of your family just to afford your prescriptions?  Because states would only have a limited pool of resources to fund it, starting over somewhere new is risky as you might not get the care you need after all.

What can we do?

Contact your state’s senators! Tell them that how important this provision is.  Give examples of how losing it will financially ruin you, make it personal.  While I currently treat my conditions outside of my healthcare provider, I am always at risk of having abdominal adhesions from endometriosis and internal scarring severally attack my bowels at any moment and require surgery.  This would be considered a pre-existing condition and would financially ruin me.

Contact your senator today! Click here for a list of United State Senators.


 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Oska Pulse Frequency and Distance Demonstration

Oska Pulse Frequency and Distance Demonstration

I have had several people inquire about how the Oska Pulse frequency works at different ranges. Here is a video from Steve Collins of Oska Wellness, in which he answers this question and more!

Now that you have seen the demonstration, you can see how I am treating more than the area that I am focusing on.

Ready to begin your Oska Pulse journey?

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The Disabled Diva’s Oska Pulse Journey Week 4

The Disabled Diva’s Oska Pulse Journey Week 4

How using this device is like watching paint dry and an update on my improvement.

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Click here to embark on your own Oska Pulse journey and be sure to use promo code DIVA to save $55

To help with the cost, pay with PayPal’s 6 month no pay payment plan.  Not sure if Oska Pulse will help you? Check out these studies!  The good folks at Oska Wellness will let you return it within 30 days no questions asked.

You have nothing to lose except pain!

Click here to watch week five!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Oska Pulse Journey Week Three: More than a pain relief device

My Oska Pulse Journey Week Three

Find out how the Oska Pulse is more than a pain relief device and how it is actually preventing pain in my latest update.  In addition I share other conditions and illnesses that this type of therapy has shown been proven to help with.

 

Still not convinced? See the research for yourself.

List of all conditions/illnesses and how this therapy helps each

How PEMF therapy helps with pelvic pain

Ready to begin your Oska Pulse journey?

Click here to order your Oska Pulse today! Be sure to use promo code DIVA to save $55

Not sure if Oska Pulse will help you? The good folks at Oska Wellness will let you return it within 30 days no questions asked.

You have nothing to lose except pain!

Read and watch my journey from the beginning or click here for the next post

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