10 Things to Inspire You This Month

February is traditionally the month we celebrate the heart, be it Valentines Day with candy hearts, Go Red for Women, or the American Heart Month. It also happens to be the month of my wedding anniversary, so hearts and celebrations abound for me!

My mother recently suffered a stroke, as a result of a poor-functioning heart. So in honor of mom, I wanted to do something different this month. Heart Disease is responsible for 1 in 4 deaths in the U. S., making it the number one cause. As February is the American Heart Association’s American Heart Month, I wanted to share 10 tips to inspire you to know the signs and to keep your heart healthy.

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My Doctor Suggested CBD Oil for Pain

“The greatest evil is physical pain.”

If you know me or have read my posts, you know that I avoid drugs and prefer natural approaches and lifestyle choices to cope with my fibromyalgia and chronic back pain. That is not to say I don’t use any drugs, it’s just that I minimize what I take due to my heightened sensitivity to side effects.

There has been a lot written about CBD oil the past few years, especially as more states begin legalizing marijuana. It’s even made its way onto the pages of my beauty magazines. But since I am reluctant to use drugs (legal or otherwise), and I work for the government, I have never considered this as an option until recently.

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10 Things to Inspire You This Month

Setbacks aren’t failures. They are opportunities to overcome.

Life with chronic pain or a chronic condition is never predictable. You never know if you’ll wake up feeling good or bad. This has been my life for the last 20 years. I count myself lucky that I have been able to cope as well as I have, still work full-time, and find some time for activities I enjoy. So when you suffer a setback like two-weeks and counting of a lower back/disc pain, you just have to prioritize what gets done and what doesn’t. Setbacks aren’t failures. They are opportunities to overcome.

“The beautiful thing about setbacks is, they introduce us to our strengths.”

~ Robin Sharma

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Letter Board No. 2

As someone with chronic pain and fibromyalgia, I often feel like I have more than my fair share of hardships. But on the path of life, I cannot let that get me down. I have to believe I am only given that which I can handle.

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”

~ C. S. Lewis

Boy, someone must think I can handle A LOT! I missed posting this for #MotivationMonday because of a flare up of my shoulder pain and then somehow after my morning yoga, my back decided to give out. 😦  And while I wanted to post the above quote on my letter board this week, I fell short on Ps and Rs. So this is Plan B… 😃 Always have a Plan B!

There are days when we might feel ordinary. But I feel like everyone has a story to tell and gifts to share. Everyone is remarkable and extraordinary in their own right and will find more of the same along their journey. So remember…. “We meet no ordinary people in our lives.”

I hope you carry that thought with you throughout your day and your encounters. Have an extraordinary day!

Cheers!

Cynthia

5 Tips for Gastro Pain Relief

Bloating, gas pain, and cramps are just a few of the symptoms that lead you to seek fast relief.

One of the common complaints that goes along with fibromyalgia is gastrointestinal problems. Bloating, gas pain, diarrhea, and cramps are just a few of the symptoms. IBS and food intolerances are some of the causes. But even if you don’t have fibromyalgia, a little holiday over-indulgence can leave you feeling this way. And when those symptoms start in, you are looking for fast relief! Continue reading “5 Tips for Gastro Pain Relief”

Diagnosing Chronic Pain

“Doctors don’t know what causes fibromyalgia, but it most likely involves a variety of factors working together.”

Here are some ugly truths: Women and men experience pain differently. Doctors are less likely to treat women’s pain. Health issues that disproportionately affect women are not studied as much as those affecting men. It can take women multiple visits and sometimes years to diagnose their medical issues and chronic illnesses. And when painful conditions like Endometriosis and Fibromyalgia don’t have a simple test for diagnosing, those visits and months and years can prove both emotionally and physically draining when you’re already in pain and still having to fight for a diagnosis.

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Diagnosing Chronic Shoulder Pain

Practicing medicine is just that, practicing. Sometimes you have to fight for a diagnosis.

This post is long overdue, but I just couldn’t write it until I felt I had a positive update. As someone who lives with chronic pain from neck and back issues, alongside my fatigue and pain from fibromyalgia, it’s sometimes hard to differentiate a new pain from the same old aches and pains.

“Sometimes the curiosity can kill the soul but leave the pain.” ~Alice in Wonderland

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