Learning To Live Mindfully When You Have A Chronic Condition 

Mindfulness is an incomparable tool to get past the mental struggles caused by pain and reduced mobility.Employing “mindfulness” also known as “restful alertness” can be described as being present in the moment. Training your mind to stay in the moment and not wander to anxiety and fear-driven thoughts will keep anxiety and stress at bay.

In 2015 there was a clinical trial study done Mindfulness meditation was been shown in clinical trial studies to reduce chronic pain by up to 57 percent.  

57 percent is a great number. Just think if you had 25 percent less pain, or 50 percent.

Just think what  that would do for so many and their overall happiness , quality of life. 
Living with chronic pain and illness can be intolerable. Even  for some after taking the maximum dose of painkillers, the aching soon returns with a vengeance. You want to do something, anything, to stop the pain, but whatever you try seems to fail. Moving hurts. Doing nothing hurts. Ignoring it hurts.

But it’s not just the pain that hurts; your mind can start to suffer as you desperately try to find a way of escaping. Pointed and bitter questions can begin nagging at your soul: What will happen if I don’t recover? What if it gets worse? I can’t cope with this . ~ Please, I just want it to stop~
It’s only natural to want to fight back against pain and illness in times such as these, but what if this struggle actually made your suffering worse?
 What if it was more effective to explore the sensations of pain and illness as they rose and fell in your body? 
This may seem like the worst thing imaginable, but the latest medical advances show that it can be more powerful than the most commonly prescribed painkillers.
I know when I was first diagnosed with Avascular Necrosis \Osteonecrosis my pain was so intense so mind bending at times I could not even think clearly.
I hate pills all pills and I didn’t want to take them but at first I did but I noticed it just eased the pain the pain never actually went away. 

Then in my searches for a good honest qualified orthopedic doctor who would help me by trying new things vs always wanting to inject me with steroids or hand me an rx for them with the phrase “Well Deb we just have to wait until the knee collapses and then we can replace it”

SAY WHAT !!

I would leave their offices frustrated and furious. Vowing to find my own relief, treatment etc

I was scared to death about what was going to happen to my mobility, my job why wasn’t any ortho interested in actually helping me vs waiting for my knee to collapse and then replace it?
I read book after book 

Seeking out my own remedy 

I Spoke to (paying copays and X-rays and Mri’s & blood test along the way) 

Orthopedics 

Physical Therapists

Osteopath’s

Rheumatologist’s

Endocrinologist’s

Vascular Specialists 

Hematologist’s

The best they came up with we will wait until your knee joint collapses and replace it. 

So many areas of physicians: osteopathic and allopathic and naturopathic 
Let’s learn the difference 

I mean I felt cheated-  My family doctor at that time was a DO –

Doctor of Osteopath Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs, are fully licensed physicians who practice in all areas of medicine. Emphasizing a whole-person approach to treatment and care, DOs are trained to listen and partner with their patients to help them get healthy and stay well. DOs receive special training in the musculoskeletal system, your body’s interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones. By combining this knowledge with the latest advances in medical technology, they offer patients the most comprehensive care available in medicine today. Osteopathic physicians focus on prevention, tuning into how a patient’s lifestyle and environment can impact their wellbeing. DOs strive to help you be truly healthy in mind, body and spirit — not just free of symptoms.
I think mine was either absent that day or became so busy seeing patients he forgot what his title really meant.  I got none of the treatment or knowledge of the above definition. 

Naturopathic physicians combine the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Steeped in traditional healing methods, principles and practices, naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. By using protocols that minimize the risk of harm, naturopathic physicians help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health. It is the naturopathic physician’s role to identify and remove barriers to good health by helping to create a healing internal and external environment. NDs treat all medical conditions and can provide both individual and family health care. Among the most common ailments they treat are allergies, chronic pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, obesity, respiratory conditions, heart disease, fertility problems, menopause, adrenal fatigue, cancer, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. NDs can perform minor surgeries, such as removing cysts or stitching up superficial wounds. However, they do not practice major surgery. NDs are trained to utilize prescription drugs, although the emphasis of naturopathic medicine is the use of natural healing agents.

Allopathic Physician MD Nurses and physicians are on the front line of medicine. As practitioners, they work in solo or group practices examining patients and obtaining medical histories; ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests; and prescribing and administering treatment for patients suffering from injury or disease. They also counsel patients about illness, injuries, health conditions and preventive healthcare (diet/fitness, smoking cessation, etc.).

In hospitals, they provide emergency care, perform surgery and care for patients with injuries or life-threatening illnesses like cancer or serious conditions like asthma. In laboratories across the country, physician researchers look for the cause of illnesses and for new and better ways to treat all kinds of diseases and injuries. They run medical centers and teach future generations of physicians and other health care practitioners.
They all sound great right? So what happens to many doctors when they come across a patient who’s medical is difficult,challenging. Sometimes it seems they don’t have time or want to make time because either they are to busy or they aren’t very knowledgeable in that area of  condition disease or illness. So they seem fudge through it. 

Many never think outside the box. 

If this happens move on. Find a new Dr. 
I Spoke to herbalists and a  naturopath  or two , one  I really wish was covered by insurance. The other was just interested in $.
But the one that I would love to see if I could afford her was so knowledgeable in the brief time I met her and sat down for about an hour and just spoke to her she gave me general suggestions that honestly have helped me more than others I paid to see regularly.

I learned to be more mindful 

I learned to do basic meditation 

I changed the way I was thinking 

I began to exercise again this time I had a plan. 

I started a journal and a food log which I could see if what I was eating contributed to my pain. And my feeling when I ate. I will get into that tomorrow.
 I exercised whether in pain or no pain. I started out with 5 minutes 3-4x a day on a recumbent bike to see how my joints felt. 
Then went to 7 minutes, then 10 then 15

I did my research on supplements 

I started to take herbology classes 

I was living in the moment and being mindful about everything.

I began transforming my pain into a glorious and grateful  appreciation  for which is right in front of me.  

Eating Healthy and taking my supplements and Exercising a new mindful way and added meditation was working. ,

It wasn’t over night but in a couple weeks I noticed I felt happier, not as still all the time, and pain was not as intense as usual.

Over time I noticed more improvements.

I then quit smoking after 40 years 

I can tell you meditation and diet and any exercise helps .

Try it 

Talk to your doctor and what do you have to lose. 

To be continued tomorrow….

Check out these  cute videos and learn about meditation and mindfulness 
Meditation Info https://youtu.be/rqoxYKtEWEc
Beginners Guide to Meditation https://youtu.be/w6T02g5hnT4
How being Mindful Empowers Us https://youtu.be/vzKryaN44ss
MeditationVideo          https://youtu.be/YeeDo-c3lDI

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