One Lovely Blog Award – 7 Random Facts About Me

I am honoured and thankful to Nicole, at Born a Lemon, for nominating me for a “One Lovely Blog” award! I still have a long way to go with my blog but this award encourages me to work harder at it. As per the award guidelines here are… 7 Random Facts about Me: I own a glittery ten-pin bowling ball with my old bowling name … Continue reading One Lovely Blog Award – 7 Random Facts About Me

How drawing, music and photography have helped me, a non-artist, deal with chronic pain

Six years ago if you had told me that drawing or music could assist me in dealing with my pain I would have said, “no way, I am not an artist and I need medical treatment not art or music”.  Interestingly as the years passed and my pain and disability increased, I opened up to the idea of utilizing the Arts to help me deal with the … Continue reading How drawing, music and photography have helped me, a non-artist, deal with chronic pain

Have your hobbies changed since you have chronic pain?

Like most people with chronic pain or illness, I have had to say goodbye to many beloved hobbies. Gone are my world travelling days, my biking adventures, and, often, even my waterfront strolls. So I have had to search out hobbies I can physically manage. My new hobbies have slowly evolved over the past few years. There are some I tried, like sewing, that ended up … Continue reading Have your hobbies changed since you have chronic pain?

Affirmations to use during a pain flare-up

I use affirmations, on a daily basis, to deal with my pain. I seriously couldn’t function without them. In a pain flare-up they prevent me from entering a spiral of negative thoughts that in the past led to depression and even suicidal thoughts. Sometimes I only have to repeat the affirmations a couple of times, while other times I have to read them over and … Continue reading Affirmations to use during a pain flare-up

When Pain Flare-ups Cause Panic

Tomorrow my boyfriend arrives to visit me. He lives a 12-hour drive away from me and comes to visit every two to three weeks. Normally I would be very excited but I am in panic because I am having a major pain flare-up. I am mad that my pain has flared right before he is coming. My mind races about how disappointed he will be … Continue reading When Pain Flare-ups Cause Panic

Eating for Chronic Pain – what to eat and what to avoid

Recent research is showing links between certain foods and chronic pain. I have reviewed this research extensively and summarized below, what foods and drinks can ease chronic pain and what ones can increase pain.  *Please keep in mind that these are general suggestions and should be tailored to your existing health conditions.* EASE PAIN by eating/drinking: Ginger – lowers inflammation and muscle pain. Onions – contain phytochemicals that … Continue reading Eating for Chronic Pain – what to eat and what to avoid

Vitamins and Supplements for Chronic Pain

Although there are no vitamins or supplements to “cure” chronic pain there is increasing research showing some vitamins and supplements may ease pain for some individuals and for some types of pain. I have summarized the research below. Fish Oil (2-4 grams of DHA + EPA/day) – major anti-inflammatory and helps with all types of pain Magnesium Citrate – helps with muscle spasms and weakness … Continue reading Vitamins and Supplements for Chronic Pain

The journey of chronic pain

I have had a life-long passion for off-the-beaten-path travelling. By the age of thirty-five I had travelled to eighteen countries and my list of future trips was lengthy and included a camping adventure in Kenya and Tanzania. In October 2008 little did I realize when I stepped off the plane from a trip to Europe that this would be my last trip overseas indefinitely. Four days … Continue reading The journey of chronic pain