Thursday, July 31, 2008

Don't Give In! Keep Moving to Keep Fighting!

Hello Everyone!

I want to talk to you today about something I mention quite often and that's to KEEP MOVING TO KEEP FIGHTING! When we stay still, sit too much, or lie down too often, we actually increase the amount of pain we feel with Fibromyalgia. One of the things my doctor coached me on from the very beginning was the vital importance of making sure I keep moving in order to get the toxins out of the muscles in my body and to help them stay relaxed. He coached my husband to make sure he encouraged me and kept me accountable to stay moving....ESPECIALLY when I have fibro flairs.

I found a GREAT way to keep myself moving and flexible that I can do in the privacy of my home. Leslie Sansone is a fitness expert who has developed several walking routines that are simple yet effective for healthy exercise without all of the "glamor hype". It's as if you pop in the DVD and you're instantly among friends of all shapes and sizes, who really sweat (and yes, from time to time even a little of their makeup runs) while you're having fun walking and getting your muscles moving. You get your muscles toned up and your metabolism rate up while you use her walking routines. Even on the worst days, you can pop in Leslie's DVD and move your body in order to combat fibro pain and fatigue.

I found my choice of her routines at Walmart for under $15.00. I chose "Walk Away Your Waistline" because it offers a toning belt for a little bit of resistance training to help tone the waistline and the arms while I'm walking. This is a little more advanced walking routine and offers 1,2, and 3 mile walks. It also offers a walk meter to tell you when you've reached each mile. On more challenging pain days I can do 1 mile and on better days I can do 2-3 depending on how I feel. You can see many of Leslie's videos by clicking here ---> or by doing a Google search under "Leslie Sansone".

**Note: I do not get paid in any way to endorse Leslie's programs. I simply love her routines and I love her style of encouragement.

Remember, being smart in business means being smart personally as well. Taking care of yourself gives you the power to fight for your quality of life both personally AND professionally. When you keep your muscles in motion, it is much easier to keep up with your pain management. This in turn keeps your mind free to focus on your business.

For those of you living with Allodynia, like me, it is important to pay attention to exercise that doesn't aggravate your symptoms. The walking routine I chose doesn't aggravate my pain the way some other exercise routines do because there is no full body floor contact. The only thing that is ever so slightly uncomfortable for me is the exercise belt because the materials sometimes don't feel good against my skin or when placed around my clothing. However it really IS so slight that it's manageable and I can still use it. I make sure to use comfortable materials in my shirts (like cotton) so that the texture doesn't aggravate my skin with the belt around it. I also have times when my hair brushing across my neck gives me the sensation of a sunburn on the skin, so I always wear my hair in a ponytail, or on more painful days I put it up in a bun with a scrunchy. Again, because there is no full body floor contact with the routine I chose, there is no problem with floor contact causing pressure against my head from a ponytail holder or scrunchy when I get my hair up off of my neck.

Now these may seem like silly things to mention, but if you have Allodynia you know what I mean right? Sometimes the pain sensors on our skin just hurt like crazy and anything touching it is awful. Anything that helps bring relief, no matter how simple or ordinary, is a welcome suggestion! Besides... it's nice to know you're not the only one out there who experiences these symptoms.

I know you can do it! Keep moving to keep fighting!

Here's to your success!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Fibromyalgia Pain Management!

Hello Everyone,

I have a quick story to tell with an ALERT attached to it that may help you.

This past week my husband and I took our kids to Six Flags Magic Mountain. It's a 51/2 - 6 hour drive from where we live... so I was pretty apprehensive knowing my pain would most likely flair without a few stops to stretch out and move my muscles. Not only that, but the prospect of all 8 of us in one van, managing 6 excited children, and looking forward to but also dreading the "payback" of enjoying all of the fun at Six Flags was looming on my mind.

4 days of intense fun, walking, climbing, and the bombarding fun of roller coaster thrill after roller coaster thrill took it's toll on my Fibro symptoms to be sure. I had shin splints, blisters, and nagging muscle bruising and soreness ALL OVER. The ride home was NO fun, but I didn't complain out loud.

Note: *(Make a promise to yourself to try and keep from constantly talking about your pain. I found out first hand that it makes our loved ones and friends feel helpless and tense because they can't do anything to help get rid of our pain most times. It's a different kind of "awful" for them. Keep "symptom talk" to a minimum. State it when appropriate and necessary, but be diligent to keep from describing everything all of the time. Let's face it, we Fibrofighters feel pain 24/7 and we could talk for days and days and still not describe or get across exactly how it feels to those who don't have it, amen? I discovered that when I am diligent about keeping my stated pain feelings to a minimum, my caregivers and friends are more alert to hear me when I need them too because they have not become "numb" to hearing it over and over.)

Okay, so back to the story... Last night we arrived home at about midnight and every part of me was physically exhausted and in severe muscular pain. I had fun with my family,...but I was PAYING big time! I absolutely detest the simple things Fibro robs from us, don't you?

At any rate, my son reminded me about a homeopathic remedy he has tried several times for muscle soreness. He had me pick some up the last time we visited Sprouts. He encouraged me to try it out to see if it would help me any.


Arnica Montana 6x by Hylands (**I'm not endorsing this particular website, I simply want to be able to show you a picture of what the product looks like. Please shop carefully before making purchases online) The bottle is only about 2 1/2-3 inches tall so when looking for it, check the shelves well.

I took Arnica Montana 6x by Hylands as directed on the bottle (Adults: Dissolve 4 tablets under the tongue 4 times a day. Children: Dissolve 2 tablets under the tongue 4 times a day) and I have to tell you I HAVE NO PAIN. No nothing.... no shin splints, no severe muscle pain, no aches, no swelling, and my blister pain after relieving the fluid pressure is almost at zero.

I highly recommend trying this product as directed for relief from muscle soreness. I haven't felt this much relief without traditional OTC or RX medication. I feel almost "normal" ! I say "almost" because I still have fatigue and dizziness that I experience on a day to day basis, however the pain and "flu-like" symptoms I normally feel every day are not present today after taking Arnica Montana 6x.

For more information I recommend doing Google searches under "Arnica Montana", "Arnica Montana for Fibromyalgia Pain", and "Arnica Montana 6x"

I know I'll be sticking this little bottle in my cupboard and in my purse from now on.

Here's to your success!