Living With Chronic Pain: How I Got My Life Back

During one of the very stressful years of my entire life, while I was battling Type II Diabetes, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.

Before I had visited the Rheumatologist, I believed it had been just joint ailments and some arthritis, since I was entering my 40’s and thought it had been to be expected. However, when the pain of violent electric shocks began to affect all of my body, I sought assistance from a professional. It had been learning to be a debilitating condition that has been affecting our and professional life.

For quite some time after I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, I have been prescribed the next:

  1. Gabapentin
  2. Cmybalta
  3. Piroxicam
  4. Lyrica
  5. Tramadol
  6. Baclofen
  7. Steroid shots in the neck and shoulder area

And at one time, I was on 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 at the same time.

The pain was still present and the medial side affects of the medications made my brain so foggy, I could hardly concentrate at the job, affecting my livelihood and income.

I was on most of these pills and still in excruciating pain. Tramadol 100mg Why? That which was the purpose? For a time, I had my daughter to simply help with the chores and help me dress, but after my daughter moved out, I hired a nurse to simply help me dress and bathe and an expert cleaning service to simply help with the chores.

Shortly after the final steroid shot, I made a bold decision to avoid ALL of the medications. Nothing was working and my standard of living was horrible. My Rheumatologist was not happy to say the least.

I slowly weened myself off the medicines and sought assistance from a Holistic doctor I had heard so much about. Here’s where I learned how to make use of spices to heal my body and how to call home a chemical-free life on a natural diet.

I thought I was eating healthy, but I was not. I thought that having instant oatmeal for breakfast was good for me, and a lean cuisine or healthy choice frozen entrée for lunch was healthy for the body. Dinner was usually a Zaxby’s salad drenched in fattening dressings. I was also using saccharin sweeteners in my oatmeal, coffee and non-sugar cereals. She cringed when I told her that last one. Ha!

I learned a great deal from her about chemicals in processed and frozen foods, and began only eating foods that I made from scratch with fresh ingredients, utilising the spice blends that were healing for high sugars and inflammation. A number of the spices are:

  • Turmeric
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Ground Clove
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Curry powder
  • Oregano

I also no further eat red meat and limit starches altogether, unless it’s’cheat day’only one item allowed – then I can’t wait to truly have a sandwich with bread.Yummm! J

She also instructed me to cook everything in a wok using organic coconut oil. Nearly all of my lunches are either beans or a delightful salad with Annies organic dressing. For dinner, I’m usually cooking up Asian cuisines with boneless and skinless chicken, shrimp, or scallops, veggie blends, Thai jasmine rice or Asian rice noodles, and yummy sauces.

I also learned foods which make you’feel’full, such as beans, any kind, black, kidney, etc. and cook those with the spice blend as well. I see that sautéed kale (with coconut oil and spice blend) also fills me up!

I also found comfort in CBD oil, which helped with a few of the chronic pain, and allowed me to restart my workout routine, which I sorely missed for over four years. Having a home exercise space allows you to join anytime and my Fitbit motivates me by logging my steps and workouts, and cheering me on when I complete personal goals.

In addition, I have found comfort in essential oil blends that decrease my anxiety, appetite and relieve pain. I have an entire shelf of authentic oils to deal with almost anything!

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