As other sufferers know, symptoms can vary from day to day and throughout the day. As well as an overall plan to erode back the symptoms, I need to have strategies in place to help with the day to day problems.
Some of the things that help me are
- mirrors (August archives photos)
- essential oils (still experimenting but amazed so far)
- breathing out twice as long as in (August)
- breathing out twice as long as in to activate the parasympathetic nervous symptom almost every day (see resparate breathing machine November)
- distraction (September archives)
- magnesium for muscle spasm (September)
- fish/fish oil for inflamation (September)
- beetroot for liver protection and antidepressant (September)
- isometric exercises to reduce pain (September)
- epson salts warm bath (September)
- chilli cream (capsaicin)
- heat pack (September)
- graduated repetition of movements (September)
- pacing - move it or lose it
- deflated ball gives a great massage (see photo Sept)
- butterball bath bomb (Sept)
- water relaxes, calms,slows and improves breathing, helps sleep (Sept)
- Caring Doctors (Sept)
- letting go of worries and avoiding stress (Oct)
- actively seeking happiness (Oct)
- I will take vitamin C if I must have surgery as a precaution. (Nov - new research Dec advises 1gram)
- eat nutrient rich antioxidant foods. Eat smart. (Nov)
- use Prantal powder for hyperhydrosis (Nov)
- make a list of what works for me as a quick reference. (Nov)
- don't despair when I have a flare up. Refer to the list. (Nov)
- Doing the same movement in different ways to reinforce that "it's ok"
- Following a dental procedure which works for me (Nov - see links for research)
- Changing thinking, not "what can be done for me" but "what I can do for myself" (Nov)
- Eating Vitamin C rich foods up to 1 gram/day as it's the antioxidant that demolishes free radicals which cause inflamation. (Dec)
- Listen to music because it can change perception of pain. (Jan)
- Understanding that while it hurts it's not necessarilly harmful!!!
I am a sufferer not a professional. These things work for me about which I am very thankful.
If you think something may help you check first with your treating practitioners.