Friday, January 12, 2007

Here's my list which is really helps me stay focused.

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.

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