Reblog: And the facets strike again…..

Wow, my friend Beck has been through the wringer. But she has given me some ideas on my own back pain. I will be looking into facet joints today!

Lydia!

painintheBECK

My memory being what it is, I have to make a list of talking points before my call with the doc. Since the office recommends “checking in” 15 minutes before the zoom call starts, I use that time to make sure I’ve remembered everything that’s happened since our last appointment. I had eight things to tell him. It started out as three, then I started thinking back. It’s always good when that happens before I hang up.

Anyway, here are the eight things:
1) That freaky shoulder/chest wall pain. I got to tell you before I was able to tell my doc about it. That pain has almost disappeared, just twinges every now and again. Nothing like when it first happened.
2) My left arm. From shoulder to fingertips, I’m having issues. Chills, soreness, numbness, etc. This is especially fun since I’m left handed. Since the additional CRPS diagnosis in…

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Reblog – Self-Care for the Worn Out Soul

I am reblogging this because it is the perfect reminder for me on what can get me through my current flare-up of pain and anxiety. It is a very insightful and inspiring look at self-care.

Lydia!

Madison Hornsby

I was introduced to the concept of self-care when I was a senior in high school. I had heard the term thrown around a good bit, but I mostly wrote it off as something that was selfish and unnecessary. Boy was I wrong.

When I began struggling with depression and anxiety, I sought out any and every avenue of treatment that I thought might alleviate my suffering. Initially, I was very hesitant to learn more about self-care and resisted incorporating it into my daily routine. My strict religious upbringing had conditioned me to avoid anything that had the word “self” in it.

The truth is, if you neglect yourself, you’ll have nothing to give to others. I was passionate about serving other people and this concept really hit home for me.

I remember someone provided me with the analogy of airplane safety. In the event of a decrease in oxygen…

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Reblog – A Chronic Disease Management Plan – Do You Have One?

A very thorough and thoughtful insight into chronic illness management from my dear friend Sam Moss from “My Medical Musings”. This is good reading for both people with chronic illness and those that care for them.

Lydia!

My Medical Musings

At the start of a new week or month, I have a, “what’s on your calendar?” segment on my Facebook Forum, Medical Musings with Friends.

The idea is to take a quiet moment, to think about what lies ahead. We muse about how we are feeling, what we are concerned about, what we are excited about.

Appointments, celebrations and milestones are shared by members, so together we can support and encourage each other.

Sharing those thoughts in a safe place, like an online chronic illness group, is really cathartic. Writing down your thoughts and speaking about them, can help provide clarity in the midst of pain and disease.

Uncertainty often encompasses life at every turn when living with chronic disease. Having friends to turn to, online or otherwise, who are walking in your shoes, can provide so much comfort.

The Chronic Disease Curveball

Sometimes though, when our pain or disease…

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