Posted in Ahlbacks Disease, Arthritis, Avascular Necrosis, Awareness, Bone Health, Chronic Pain, Disclaimer, Eat Healthy, exercise, Factor V Leiden, Food Is Thy Medicine, Inflammation, Mindfulness, osteoarthritis, Pain, Positivity, Uncategorized, Weather, Winter

Knee Pain In The Winter

Knees not feeling great this time of year?
Do you need a thermometer to let you know when the temperatures change outside?
Or do your joints painfully serve as your weather forecast? Unfortunately, for many who suffer from osteoarthritis or other inflammatory conditions, cold weather can cause havoc on already vulnerable parts of your body.
What causes the pain?
The Barometric pressure drops in winter. Researchers believe that when this happens, inflamed areas of our bodies (knees, hips, hands, elbows, and shoulders) swell. Swelling can irritate nerves, which results in increased pain.

Also low vitamin D levels add to pain

You may need more of the sunshine vitamin, suggests new research from the Clinical Journal of Pain.

Compared to those osteoarthritis sufferers with adequate vitamin D levels, those short on D reported significantly more knee pain and loss of function, according to the study data. Those results held regardless of a person’s weight, although the obese study participants were more likely to suffer from a vitamin D deficiency.

There are several different ways low D might mess with your knees, roughly 42% of Americans are dangerously low when it comes to vitamin D. You get most of your D from sun exposure.

A simple blood test from your doctor can determine whether you’re low in the vitamin, If you’re deficient, taking a vitamin D supplement for several months can help you raise your levels. While it’s difficult to get too much D, the amount you need depends on your weight and body composition. Your body stores vitamin D in the fat cells, meaning those with greater amounts of body fat require more of the vitamin to limit pain and loss of function.

Another good reason to keep vitamin D levels in good range is low D doubles your risk for dementia.

Ways to Keep knees warm and ease pain this winter
Thermacare heat wraps
I love these they help pain and keep my joints warm which allows me to move easier

Eat a balanced diet I have personally had great pain relief since changing to mostly plant based diet.

Follow a healthy diet by including seasonal fruits, vegetables, nuts grains,seeds .

It is essential for people who are already suffering from joint and knee pain to include foods rich in Vitamin K, D and C (like oranges, spinach, cabbage and tomatoes) into their diet; as they play an important role in the production of cartilage and helps the body absorb calcium thus strengthening the bones.

I also have learned hydration is also important for pain relief. Try to drink plenty of water or herbal teas, like nettle tea , chamomile ,ginger tea as our dehydration reduces flexibility, which can increase the chances of injury. Supplements with vitamin D or fish oil is recommended as it is rich in omega 3 which helps decrease inflammation. Stay away from unhealthy drinks. Alcohol, tea, coffee, and other aerated drinks reduce the amount of calcium you absorb, and weaken bones.

Swap your caffeine-fuelled drinks with water and fresh juices.

Stay Active
Exercise regularly. It not only helps you lose weight but also increases flexibility and strengthens the muscles that support the knee ( walking, swimming or cycling). Your knees experience about three to four times your body weight when you walk, so lose weight to help your knees.
Always check with your Doctor before starting any new exercise.

Fun Fact :

Keep your feet warm. Your big toe is your body’s thermostat, so keep it warm and your whole body will be warm.

.

Posted in Ahlbacks Disease, Arthritis, Blessed, Bone Health, Cardiovascular, Delicious, Eat Healthy, Family Tradition, Food, Food Is Thy Medicine, Foodie, Inflammation, Lemon, Life, Parsley, Pasta, Recipes, Uncategorized, Vegetables

Pasta and Chimichurri Sauce

I love to cook. But sometimes when your not feeling up to par I like something healthy and fast without ordering take out.

This dish is on the table in no time.

Enjoy

Pasta and Chimichurri

16oz angel hair pasta

Sauce

1 1/2 cup parsley

2 fresh basil leaves

4 cloves garlic

Juice of half a lemon (1-2 tbsp)

1 cup olive oil

2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

½ tsp ground black pepper

Salt to taste

Parmesan for topping (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. In a large pot of salted water, cook pasta 1 minute less than package instructions

2. Drain pasta

3. In a food processor, combine parsley, basil,, garlic, lemon juice, red pepper flakes and olive oil until a pesto-like sauce forms.

4. Put pasta back in (slightly cooled) pot and pour 1/4 cup sauce over the pasta. Toss with tongs until evenly coated.Add more if required.

5. Add salt and pepper to taste and toss.

6. Top with parmesan, if desired.

Store any unused sauce in frig in airtight mason jar. Store up to 2 weeks

Sauce can also be used on chicken, turkey ,beef,fish or shrimp as a marinade.

I also make my sauce the day before so flavors get in the oil.

Tip when I would use on steak or chicken with a twist I also would add 1 roasted jalapeño and also add 1 handful of cilantro to above mixture.

Posted in Ahlbacks Disease, Ancestry, Arthritis, AtomicBlonde, Avascular Necrosis, Awareness, Blessed, Bone Health, Eat Healthy, Factor V Leiden, Inflammation, Osteonecrosis, The Mighty

My Story From The Mighty

I have a rare, degenerative bone disease called osteonecrosis, or avascular necrosis (AVN). It is a painful, debilitating disease without a cure. Many doctors don’t know how to treat it. AVN essentially cuts off the blood supply to the affected bone and the bone begins to die, becoming necrotic.

“Osteo” means bone and “necrosis” means death. It is most often found in the hips, knees, shoulders, and ankles and sometimes spine. You may have osteonecrosis in one or more bones. It can strike at any age, any gender. In people with healthy bones, new bone is always replacing old bone. This process keeps bones strong and also happens when children grow or if a bone is injured. In osteonecrosis, bone breaks down faster than the body’s ability to make strong, new bone. If you do not get treatment, the disease worsens and the bones in the joints break down. You may not be able to bend or move the affected joint very well, and you may have intense pain in the joint.

For the newly diagnosed, here is some information I hope you will find helpful. First of all, you are not alone. We know what it’s like to first hear you have osteonecrosis. I recall I was in shock the day I was told, as I never heard of the disease. I was told it was “bone death” and it seemed like I was frozen in time and disbelief when I heard these words. So what the heck does all that mean? Am I dying?

The answer is no, but one or more of the bones are.

At the time, my orthopedist had told me nothing more and sent me on my merry way. Gee, thanks. I do wish there was more research on this disease, and maybe someday there will be. It’s sad when many doctors get frustrated because they don’t know all that much about the disease either. We definitely need more studies. To try and find answers, I rushed home and sought out my old friend “doctor” Google. I cried, got pissed off and wondered “why me?” Why was this happening to me? I was only 51 at the time, (I’m now 53), so I asked the doctor about the plan of action, in order to try and get on with my job and my life. I was told at 51 I was “too young” for knee replacement, so let’s wait until knee collapses,as they only last 10-15 years, so for now I would have to deal with it. I still haven’t had any surgery. I did have steroid injections, which later I was told can make it worse. Then I read steroids are a cause for Osteonecrosis!😳

strong>The doctors predicted the osteonecrosis came from trauma to my knee when I tore my meniscus exercising. (I always knew exercise was hazardous to your health!) It took me several weeks, if not months to really get over the shock of it all. I have learned now to accept it and just make the best out of it.< strong>I do plan on getting PRP injections as my AVN has changed very little in two years, although pain is greater. The MRI and X-rays show a slight change, which is a good thing, but the pain is really exhausting.< strong>Sometimes I see my pain as a sign of weakness or a personal defect I should be able to overcome, but deep down I know I have to be strong, as I deal with this pain every single day. Oftentimes, I try to ignore it and go about my day, but it’s not that easy. Even when I try to push it to the back of my head to focus on cleaning, cooking or work, the pain starts to scream again leaving me frustrated and at times defeated. This is when the issue of self-esteem can come into play, as I just don’t feel like the same kind, loving hard working person I know I am. It’s difficult with osteonecrosis to do what you want with your time, even when you try. Either one knee doesn’t bend, or your hip, so you become frustrated, as simple things like cleaning the bathtub are now challenging.< strong>AVN pain isn’t just constant pain, though that would be more than enough for anyone to handle. The truth is the pain can bring about other health issues, or is caused by an underlying health issue. When you are in pain it can be very hard to think beyond the pain and see the big picture. You may not realize it could be making you tired, sleepless, cranky, and ruining your concentration and self-esteem. Sometimes all of this can cause you to isolate yourself. If you love someone who is struggling with this rare disease, learn about the disease so you can recognize the symptoms easier. Try to show a little extra compassion, as you now know why they are feeling that way. After all, it could happen to you.< strong>Although I hate this being in limbo feeling, I am carrying on as best as I can and you can as well. My advice is to seek out doctors knowledgeable about AVN, check for underlying causes and eat a good, clean diet. Try to find ways to help ease your pain. Don’t stop living, but be more cautious and try not to over do it. You will have great days and days that may suck. You have to be able to forgive yourself on those days you aren’t able to do anything. Never allow your condition to get you so “down in the dumps,” you have a hard time crawling out.< strong>And lastly, it’s great to have a support group. It’s crucial. I have been fortunate to have family, friends and a whole community of others in similar circumstances. I started a support group and people from several countries with this disease have joined. While people in your family and friends might not be able to fully understand the disease, we do. We have it and you are never alone.< strong>To stay strong, something I always reference back to is this saying:< strong>Fate whispers to the warrior, “you cannot withstand the storm.”And the warrior whispers back,< strong>“I am the storm.”< strong> < strong>Update — it’s been 3 years since my diagnosis and 1 year+ since I wrote that article —I did have a Prp injection and it has helped. Diet and eating real food no processed has helped most of all. < strong>More info coming soon < strong>https://themighty.com/2016/07/receiving-an-osteonecrosis-diagnosis-what-to-know/?utm_source=search&utm_medium=site&utm_term=Osteonecrosis%2520< a href=”https://themighty.com/author/deborah-andio/”>Deborah Andio< strong>

< strong>I’m finding the new me. < strong>Stay tuned more to come …..

Posted in Ahlbacks Disease, Ancestry, Arthritis, AtomicBlonde, Avascular Necrosis, Awareness, Blessed, Bone Health, BreakThroughCrew, Chronic Pain, Clinical Trials, Diagnosed, Eat Healthy, Factor V Leiden, Food, Happiness, History, Inflammation, Life, Mindfulness, OA, osteoarthritis, Osteonecrosis, Osteoporosis, Pain, SONK, SPONK, Stem Cell, StopTheClot, Uncategorized, WegoHealth

Bone & Joint Action Week October 12-20

Bone and Joint Action Week is held annually October 12-20 with activities focused on disorders including arthritis, back pain, Osteonecrosis,Osteoarthritis trauma, pediatric conditions, and osteoporosis. The themes and their related activities are designed to raise awareness worldwide about prevention, disease management and treatment.

Statistics on Avascular Necrosis (AVN, Osteonecrosis, Aseptic Necrosis, Ischaemic Necrosis, Femoral Head Necrosis)

Frequency depends on the site involved. The most common site is the hip; other locations include the carpals, talus, and humerus. In most countries, exact figures on incidence and prevalence are unknown.

One Japanese survey estimated that 2500-3300 cases of AVN of the hip occur each year; of which, 34.7% were a result of corticosteroid abuse, 21.8% to alcohol abuse, and 37.1% to idiopathic mechanisms. A French study reported AVN in 4.3% of allogenic bone marrow transplant recipients.

Race: No racial predilection exists except for AVN associated with sickle cell disease and hemoglobin S and SC disease, which predominantly are diagnosed in people of African and Mediteranean descent.

Sex: The male-to-female ratio depends on the underlying cause, although primary AVN is more prevalent in men. The overall male-to-female ratio is 8:1.

Age: Age at onset depends on the underlying cause. Primary AVN most often occurs during the fourth or fifth decade and is bilateral in 40-80% of cases. On average, women present almost 10 years later than men.

Risk Factors for Avascular Necrosis (AVN, Osteonecrosis, Aseptic Necrosis, Ischaemic Necrosis, Femoral Head Necrosis)

Avascular necrosis has several causes. Loss of blood supply to the bone can be caused by an injury (trauma-related avascular necrosis or joint dislocation) or by certain risk factors (nontraumatic avascular necrosis), such as some medications (usually steroid basesd), steroid abuse in general, blood coagulation disorders like sickle cell, Factor V, FactorViii, MTHFR, eNOS and more, chemo and radiation infections in the Bone vascular issues such as vascularitis or alcohol abuse. Increased pressure within the bone also is associated with avascular necrosis. The pressure within the bone causes the blood vessels to narrow, making it hard for the vessels to deliver enough blood to the bone cells.Many deep sea divers get Avascular Necrosis from a condition known as the bends. Gaucher disease.

Progression of Avascular Necrosis (AVN, Osteonecrosis, Aseptic Necrosis, Ischaemic Necrosis, Femoral Head Necrosis)

Hip Stages of avn-on

1-4

The natural history of osteonecrosis is directly linked to the size and level of the necrosis. Very small lesions (involvement of less than 15% of the femoral head) may resolve without any further treatment. Conversly, lesions involving greater than 50% of the femoral head progress to collapse, and ultimately require in total hip arthroplasty.

Symptoms of Avascular Necrosis (AVN, Osteonecrosis, Aseptic Necrosis, Ischaemic Necrosis, Femoral Head Necrosis)

In the early stages of avascular necrosis, patients may be asymptomatic. However, as the disease progresses most patients will begin to experience joint pain; at first, only when putting weight on the affected joint, and eventually even when resting. Pain usually develops gradually and may be mild or severe.

If the level of necrosis progresses further and the bone and surrounding joint surface collapse, pain may develop or dramatically increase.

The pain may be severe enough to limit the patient’s range of motion in the affected joint.

In some cases, particularly those involving the hip, disabling osteoarthritis may develop.

The period of time between the first symptoms and loss of joint function is different for each patient, ranging from several months to more than a year.

How is Avascular Necrosis (AVN, Osteonecrosis, Aseptic Necrosis, Ischaemic Necrosis, Femoral Head Necrosis) Diagnosed?

In the earliest stages of Avascular necrosis plain x-rays are often normal. A magnetic resonance image (MRI) is the key that allows us to detect AVN at its earliest stage.

Osteonecrosis develops when the blood supply to a segment of bone is disrupted. Without adequate nourishment, the affected portion of bone dies and gradually collapses. As a result, the articular cartilage covering the bone also collapses, leading to disabling arthritis.

Osteonecrosis of the knee can affect anyone, but is more common in people over the age of 60. Woman are three times more likely than men to develop the condition.

Risk Factors

It is not always known what causes the lack of blood supply, but doctors have identified a number of risk factors that make someone more likely to develop osteonecrosis.

Injury. A knee injury—such as a stress fracture or dislocation, meniscus tear, bruised patella or combined with some type of trauma to the knee, can damage blood vessels and reduce blood flow to the affected bone.

Oral corticosteroid medications.

Many diseases, such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis, are treated with oral steroid medications.

Although it is not known exactly why these medications can lead to osteonecrosis, research shows that there is a connection between the disease and long-term steroid use. Steroid-induced osteonecrosis frequently affects multiple joints in the body.

Medical conditions.

Osteonecrosis of the knee is associated with medical conditions, such as obesity, sickle cell anemia, and lupus.

Transplants. Organ transplantation, especially kidney transplant, is associated with osteonecrosis.

Excessive alcohol use.

Overconsumption of alcohol over time can cause fatty deposits to form in the blood vessels as well as elevated cortisone levels, resulting in a decreased blood supply to the bone.

Chemo therapy and radiation Non-traumatic osteonecrosis of bone is recognized as a potential complication in solid-tumour cancer patients receiving treatment with cytotoxic chemotherapy.

Regardless of the cause, if osteonecrosis is not identified and treated early, it can develop into severe osteoarthritis. And for some with osteoarthritis before avn the disease is even more painful.

Knee stages of avn-on

1-4

Checkout ChronicallyGratefulDebla.com

#AvascularNecrosis

#Osteonecrosis

#Osteoarthritis

#Arthritis

#BoneAndJointHealth

#BonePain

#Awareness

#Spondylolisthesis

#Spondy

#ChronicPain

#RheumatoidArthritis

#Spoonie

Checkout

ChronicallyGratefulDebla.com

Thank you for visiting

If you found this information helpful please subscribe, like and share anything you see in here.

Together we can make a difference and help so many Men ,Women and Children.

Have a blessed and Pain-free Day.

Posted in Ahlbacks Disease, Arthritis, AtomicBlonde, Avascular Necrosis, Awareness, Bone Health, Cardiovascular, Chronic Pain, Delicious, Eat Healthy, Factor V Leiden, Flush not Blush, Foodie, Hypothyroidism, Inflammation, Life, OA, osteoarthritis, Osteonecrosis, Pain, Positivity, Uncategorized

Basics To Use Food As Thy Medicine

The few basics you need to know to help pain management due to chronic inflammation with food .

1. Eat the rainbow: Consume 10-12 servings of vegetables each day , and make a couple of those servings fruit, if you like.

2. Cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower are best.

3. Restrict dairy and grains: Eat dairy products in limited quantities. When choosing grains, stay away from simple carbohydrates with refined sugar.

4. Opt for whole grains, including barley, buckwheat, oats, quinoa, brown rice, rye, spelt and wheat.

5. Avoid red meat: Eat red meat the way most of us eat turkey right now a few times a year. Have it on very special occasions, very infrequently. Instead, include fish as the “meat” or eat vegetarian main dishes. Chicken is neutral not harmful but not beneficial in the anti-inflammatory sense.

Get down to your ideal weight; weight loss on its own is anti-inflammatory.

Get daily exercise in the form of walking.

Manage your stress.

It is the overall diet and lifestyle and not just the individual foods, that control inflammation.

“For a chronic pain patient like me who was suffering, I went slightly extreme form of the diet so that was no red meat, no flour or sugar or simple carbohydrate and no dairy.

I did that for a month.

I do eat chicken or tuna once a week now. Beef maybe every other month.

I listen to what my body is saying now.

Before I just planned dinner and we ate whatever. It was delicious then but it was all the wrong foods or to much of them and not enough good clean healthy living food.

Now we eat for life.

#EatForLife

More ways to help chronic inflammation is to exercise. I know it’s hard when your in pain. But our body’s were meant to move. We have to move.

Exercise is an added benefit, particularly if people are overweight. “If there is any extra weight, you will need to try to lose it, I’m in that boat also. I need to drop a good 40lbs . But when I was first diagnosed with all these bones issues I was in so much pain I couldn’t move. I could barely think and function.

Ultimately, what we all need to know is that inflammation comes from a biochemical reaction initiated by your immune system or wound-healing coagulation system.

Specific foods can promote or shut down the inflammatory cycle.

For instance, simple carbohydrates like cakes,pies,sugar,chips,crisps,promote it, while good clean carbohydrates like fruits vegetables shut it down.

Don’t be afraid of carbohydrates just eat the good healthy ones 85 percent of the time then you can indulge now and then in a piece of pie.

Nutrition that supports a lifestyle rich in anti-inflammatory foods is the key to anti-inflammation and chronic pain management,

Although there are no magic foods, putting the right combination of foods into your diet can produce remarkable results.

I never knew until I took a class you should never really eat meat and potatoes together at a meal.

And it’s best to eat your fresh fruit by itself as a mid day snack.

Now let’s talk nightshades

I love many of them and eat them often and it doesn’t make my pain worse.

Nightshade vegetables are members of the Solanaceae family of flowering plants. Most nightshade plants aren’t edible such as tobacco and the deadly herb, belladonna.

A handful of nightshade vegetables, however, are edible and well-known staples in our diets, including:

tomatoes

eggplant

potatoes

peppers

All nightshade plants contain compounds called alkaloids. One alkaloid found in nightshade vegetables, solanine, may be toxic in large quantities or in a green potato. There’s no evidence solanine is harmful in typical food amounts. And solanine isn’t only found in nightshades—blueberries, huckleberries, and artichokes contain it, too.

Thanks to anecdotal evidence, nightshade vegetables have earned a bad reputation for causing inflammation in the body.

But not everyone with painful joints who eliminates nightshades from their diet experiences pain relief and some evidence suggests that the nutrition content of nightshades may help with arthritis symptoms.

What the research says about nightshade vegetables and arthritis

According to the Arthritis Foundation, the belief that eating nightshade vegetables worsens arthritis is a myth. They claim people with arthritis may benefit from the high nutrition content in nightshades.

For example, researchers in one 2011 study found that inflammation and DNA damage was reduced in healthy men who ate yellow or purple potatoes, which are nightshade vegetables, for six weeks.

Health benefits of popular nightshades

Most nightshade vegetables contain an abundance of nutrients. They’re also readily-available and easy-to-prepare. In some cases, the benefits of eating nightshade vegetables may outweigh any inflammation risk.

1. Peppers

Peppers, including bell peppers and chili peppers, are low in fat and calories.

They’re a good source of nutrients such as:

vitamin C

fiber

vitamin K

B vitamins

The capsaicin in chili peppers may relieve arthritis pain by reducing a specific pain transmitter in your nerves called Substance P. Capsaicin, which is a common ingredient in many pain-relieving creams. It may cause mild burning or a skin reaction when applied topically.

2. Potatoes

The white potato often gets a bad rap because it’s a starchy carb, but all varieties of potatoes are nutritionally-dense. They can be a part of a healthy diet when eaten in moderation and not fried or slathered in butter and sour cream.

Potatoes are fat-free and a good source of fiber. Fiber helps to keep you fuller longer so you may eat less. Since they contain sodium and potassium, potatoes also help keep your electrolytes in balance.

They’re also a good source of:

vitamin C

vitamin B6

niacin

manganese

iron

copper

folate

The healthiest potato is a baked potato. Add herbs and a dollop of Greek yogurt instead of butter and sour cream. Don’t be shy about trying different varieties, especially since pigmented potatoes may give you an anti-inflammatory bang for your buck.

3. Tomatoes

Technically, tomatoes aren’t a vegetable; they’re a fruit. They contain all four of the carotenoid antioxidants, which include:

lycopene

beta-carotene

alpha-carotene

lutein

Lycopene is the most powerful carotenoid. It’s thought to help prevent some types of cancer, help prevent heart disease, and boost immunity. Some research has shown tomatoes have anti-inflammatory abilities, although more research is needed. 

Tomatoes are a good source of:

vitamin E

vitamin A

potassium

calcium

vitamin K

vitamin B

Add fresh, diced tomatoes to a green salad or make fresh tomato juice. Tomatoes are delicious in vegetable soup and chili, too.

4. Eggplant

Like tomatoes, eggplant is also a fruit. It has no fat or cholesterol. Eggplant isn’t high in any one vitamin or mineral, but it contains small amounts of most essential vitamins and minerals.

According to one 2015 study, eggplant stalk extract may help reduce inflammation. More research is needed to determine if eggplant fruit has the same abilities.

To enjoy eggplant in your diet, go beyond a fat- and calorie-laden eggplant Parmesan casserole. Instead, try sprinkling sliced eggplant with olive oil and herbs, then roasting or grilling. You can also steam eggplant, or add sautéed slices to your favorite veggie pizza.

This is not medical advice this is based on how I eat to help my pain.

As well as just a few studies showing how good food is.

Posted in Ahlbacks Disease, Ancestry, Arthritis, AtomicBlonde, Avascular Necrosis, Baking, Blessed, Bone Health, Cardiovascular, Chronic Pain, Delicious, Desserts, Eat Healthy, Food, Foodie, Hacks, Homegrown, Inflammation, Pain, Plant, Recipes, Stevia, Sugar Alternative

I Started To Cut Out Added Sugar & Use This: Homemade Stevia Liquid

We have to cut out all the added sugar or try to cut back at least !!

It is no secret that people today ingest far too much sugar. According to the NHS, adults should not be consuming more than 30g of added sugars per day.

But we consume 3x that amount !

It’s no wonder why were becoming fat

and unhealthy

In 1700, the average person consumed approximately 4.9 grams of sugar each day (1.81 kg per year). That’s about 1 teaspoon.

·         In 1800, the average person consumed approximately 22.4 grams of sugar each day (10.2 kg per year). That’s about 5 teaspoons

·         In 1900, the average person consumed approximately 112 grams of sugar each day (40.8 kg per year). That’s 28 teaspoons

·         In 2009, 50 per cent of Americans consumed approximately 227 grams of sugar each day – equating to 81.6 kg per year. That’s almost 58 teaspoons !!!

We wonder why we’re sick! And living with chronic pain.

I mean it’s in everything. From Cookies where we expect it to me to tomato sauce and yogurt. Things you never would expect to have sugar and it’s causing us to be fat and unhealthy and full of inflammation.

I’m trying to cut out added sugar and it was very hard.

Once you get past a few weeks you will feel better.

Food tastes better also and coffee does to .

I do use hazelnut coffee mate . And I’m not going to lie I still will eat a couple chips ahoy thin cookies or a mini cupcake or two now and then.

But I am really trying to get off the sugar. I have to admit it’s harder than when I stopped smoking.

I have learned through my herbology classes how to make my own liquid stevia.

And it’s helped me cut back a lot on the sugar. I just can’t drink things like tea without some sweetness in it.

So now actually make my own Stevia extract and dilute it, and other Stevia liquid flavor it etc..

I learned a lot in the herbology classes I take.

I buy all my herbs from mountains rose herbs.

I also just put the dry leaves in a beverage hot or cold.

I stopped buying Stevia at the store.

Also raw honey is good to use as a substitute.

Anything processed with a strange chemical or an artificial ingredients added is never good.

You can use fresh stevia leaves as a sweetener in beverages, such as tea and lemonade, or in sauces. A few fresh stevia and mint leaves make a great herbal tea when steeped in a cup of boiling water.

Add fresh stevia leaves to beverages or foods as a sweet, edible garnish. Although the fresh leaves are less sweet than dried leaves, they’re still much sweeter than sugar. Taste-test your beverage before serving to ensure you don’t over-sweeten your drink.

Use dry stevia leaves to make a powdered sweetener. Bundle and hang fresh stevia plant stems upside down in a warm, dry location until the leaves are thoroughly dry, then strip the leaves from the stems.

Fill a blender, food processor or coffee grinder to half full with dry leaves and process at high speed for a few seconds.

Store the powdered sweetener in an airtight container. Use the powder in recipes that call for a sweetener, but make adjustments in the amount used due to its dense sweetness.

A general rule of thumb is that 2 to 3 tablespoons of stevia powder equals 1 cup of sugar.

Use dry stevia leaves to make a syrup for sweetening beverages, sauces or other syrups. Add one cup of warm water to one-quarter cup of fresh, finely crushed stevia leaves.

Put the mixture in an airtight container and allow it to set for 24 hours before straining the leaves from the mixture. You can cook the strained mixture on low heat, reducing it to a more concentrated syrup. The syrup should last for several years, if kept in an airtight container in your refrigerator.

Things You Will Need

* Blender

* Measuring cups

* Strainer

* Airtight container

• Glass amber color and dropper

I also make my own liquid stevia extract for baking etc…

Stevia extract recipe.

Vodka

Organic Stevia Leafs Dried

Glass mason jar

Fill a clean glass jar 1/4 to 1/3 full with stevia leaf. Cover the herb with vodka and pour to the very top. Allow to steep for 24-48 hours, taking care not to let it extract any longer than that to avoid bitterness. Strain and bottle it in a dark amber glass dropper bottle.

Vanilla Stevia Extract Recipe

Chop 1 vanilla bean and add to strained stevia extract. Allow to infuse for 2 to 6 weeks. Strain and bottle it in an amber bottle with dropper.

Lemon Stevia Extract

Fill your jar 1/3 full with organic lemon peel

Cover completely with strained stevia extract.

Allow to infuse for 1 to 4 weeks, tasting along the way. Strain and bottle in amber glass bottle with dropper

HOW TO USE HOMEMADE STEVIA EXTRACT

Add 1-2 drops to your favorite beverages (I especially love using homemade stevia extract to sweeten my coffee or tea!) A little bit goes a long way, so start with small amounts.

I found I had  to use a bit more of my homemade stevia to get the desired level of sweetness, as compared to the store-bought stevia I’ve tried.

But I think the sweetness will depends on how long you heated the extract and how many leaves you used.

This is a Stevia Plant.

Your dry stevia leaves can be used to make a healthy syrup for sweetening beverages, sauces, or even other syrups. A teaspoon of stevia syrup is as sweet as a cup of sugar.

Take 2 cups of warm water and add it to half a cup of dried stevia leaves.  Put the mixture in a glass jar and let it steep for 24 hours. Strain the leaves from the mixture.

Cook the strained mixture on low heat, reducing it to a concentrated syrup. The syrup should last for at least a year if kept in an airtight container in your refrigerator.

Conversion chart

1 cup of sugar is equal to – 1 teaspoon of stevia leaf powder or 1 teaspoon of stevia extract.

1 tablespoon of sugar is equal to – .25 teaspoon of stevia powder or 6-9 drops of stevia extract.

1 teaspoon of sugar is equal to – a pinch of stevia powder or 2-4 drops of stevia extract.

Stevia is becoming a popular plant and is readily available at most local nurseries.

If grown inside or outside it will flourish.

Thankfully it has few pests and is easy to grow and preserve.

Now that you know how to use it, you be adding stevia to your garden or window seal.

Another Recipe

Extract

With Alcohol cooked off.

• 1 glass jar with a tight fitting lid

• Dried Stevia leaves. They can be crumbled, chopped or powdered

• Vodka or Rum

Using a ratio of 2 parts stevia to 3 parts liquid, place one cup of stevia in the jar and cover it with 1.5 cups of alcohol.

Shake the mixture well and let it sit for no more than 36 hours. (it will become bitter if you steep it longer than 36 hours) Strain through muslin or a coffee filter and pour the tincture into a dark colored bottle.

To remove the alcohol: once the 36 hours are up, simmer the mixture on low heat for 30 minutes, stirring regularly.

Be careful not to boil.  When it cools, strain and bottle as above.

This mixture should be kept in the refrigerator, where it will store for six months.

.

.

Posted in Ahlbacks Disease, Arthritis, AtomicBlonde, Avascular Necrosis, Awareness, Bone Health, Chronic Pain, Endocrinologist, Factor V Leiden, Inflammation, OA, Osteonecrosis, Stem Cell Injections, Thyroid, Uncategorized, Vision

People With Chronic Pain Are Suffering While Addicts & Junkies Are Being Coddled.

What does it say when heroin and opioid addicts are given better treatment than a person living with chronic pain?!

Now please don’t go thinking I lack compassion and am being cruel honestly it’s not my intention.

But I am sick of hearing about the opioid crisis every day, especially when

they throw chronic pain sufferers in the same category as a junkie!

News Flash ……….Were Not

Or a person that is suffering with cancer. I just don’t understand it.

Yes I understand that their is a problem in this country with some abusing drugs whether prescribed or illegal.

But not everyone falls into that category.

Why are so many Doctors,Pharmacies, Government Officials patient profiling?

We as a society look down on racial profiling, gender profiling but why is it ok to patient profile?!

Thank God I have an excellent family doctor.

Many people in government and now pharmacies don’t make their job any easier.

In fact they make it hard for decent doctors who don’t over prescribe and patients who don’t abuse drugs or who don’t doctor shop.

All the red tape they have.

Now we have government and pharmacies in our doctor patient relationship.

Telling the public that they will now be limited and controlled on how much medication they receive and that their legitimate diagnosed ongoing pain doesn’t matter.

But we care more about addicts & junkies who choose to shoot heroin over and over again. They choose that life !! Chronic pain suffering is not a choice it’s many individuals reality.

Many people myself included suffer from several painful chronic conditions.

NSAIDS don’t do crap for the pain I feel most days . I have tried many of them. And sometimes the pain medication takes the edge off so I can get things done. No one wants to be in pain. My body has less pain so I can then function more.

But I find that taking CuraMed Curcumin helps me more than a rx for an NSAID.

So I limit my own use of rx pain meds.

And most people I know don’t want to have to take a pills to have pain relief.

But we will,when we need to.

NSAIDs will for some It really depends on your pain and your condition or disease.

Some of the conditions I have Osteonecrosis for one is rare. And has been said it’s second in pain to bone cancer.

More on Osteonecrosis below.

I bilateral pars fracture in L5S1

Lumbar spondylolysis this is a condition in the lower back where there is a defect or fracture in the part of the vertebra known as the pars interarticularis. The pars interarticularis, also known as the isthmus, is a segment of bone that connects the facet joints at the back of the spine. It is a small, thin part of the vertebra that has a poor blood supply, which makes it susceptible to stress fractures. No NSAID can help this. A pain pill barely helps but at least it helps somewhat.

Fractures of the pars interarticularis, known as spondylolysis, usually occur at the L5-S1 level,and rarely at L4-L5 or higher. They can occur on one side of the vertebra or on both. Lucky me mine is in both sides L5S1

SPONDYLOLYSIS

A pars fracture is also known as a stress fracture, or as spondylolysis. Spondylolisthesis is often the result of spondylolysis. In non-medical terms, this means a stress fracture causes the forward slippage of a vertebral body. The stress fracture occurs through a fragile part of the vertebral bone called the “pars” and is often broken on both sides. The fracture may be the result of a direct trauma, by a focused strain usually from athletic activity, or from a genetic weakness in this area of the bone. This is a thin bone that can break with repeated use; imagine a paperclip that has been bent over and over and finally breaks. 

Spondylolysis sometimes causes spondylolisthesis, which it did in my case.

This is when one vertebra slips forward on the vertebra below it.

Symptoms include a deep painful constant ache in the lower back, pain that is worse with movement, and tightness in the hamstrings. If the vertebral slippage is severe, nerve roots can be compressed.

The pars functions as a bony hook and when fractured the posterior support for the vertebrae is broken. It can cause a forward slippage with time. Which mine has about 22 -25 percent.

I also have Spontaneous Osteonecrosis of the Knee, also known as Ahlback’s disease is the result of vascular arterial insufficiency to the medial femoral condyle of the knee resulting in necrosis and destruction of bone. It is often unilateral and can be associated with a meniscal tear.

Osteo means Bone Necrosis means

💀

No orthopedic wants to fix it, trust me I have been to more than 5 but less than 10 for their professional opinions

The stem cell procedure is 8 to 10kusd insurance doesn’t cover any part of stem cell injections that can actually help save the bone.

All the orthopedic doctors I seen said to wait until my knee bone crumbles and collapses and then they will saw out the old bone and give me an artificial knee.

I don’t know about you but to that is totally unacceptable!

A TKR Total Knee Replacement and PKR Partial Knee Replacement-cost 30-40,000usd some places more.

Your basically sawing off the patients bone and replacing it with fake parts

Vs using the patients own stem cells to help heal their own body.

For much less money.

It’s a no brainer

And I also have Osteoarthritis NSAIDs will help this but so does my CuraMed Curcumin so I take that instead.

Sometimes called degenerative joint disease or degenerative arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common chronic condition of the joints, affecting approximately 27 million Americans. OA can affect any joint, but it occurs most often in knees, hips, lower back and neck, small joints of the fingers and the bases of the thumb and big toe.

Who’s Affected?

Although OA occurs in people of all ages, osteoarthritis is most common in people older than 65. Common risk factors include increasing age, obesity, previous joint injury, overuse of the joint, weak thigh muscles, and genes.

One in two adults will develop symptoms of knee OA during their lives.

One in four adults will development symptoms of hip OA by age 85.

One in 12 people 60 years or older have hand OA.

So if you add all these together my bones are jacked.

And yet the government wants me to suffer?

Now I will say

I don’t like pain pills I do need them occasionally it’s nice to know that if I need one or for pain I won’t have to jump through fire to get them.

What pisses me off is that junkies od get free narcan over and over often it takes 2-3 doses to revive them. And yet even faced with death they still don’t learn.

And go right back to it knowing it will either kill them now or later. More free narcan and hey we’ll pay for you to go to rehab as well.

And I can’t get insurance to even pay anything towards stem cell injections, that could possibly get me off disability and back to a career in eye care that I loved.

People in chronic pain want their lives back. We would gladly give up all medication to live and function pain free or even with less pain.

We become so used to our pain being a 5 that in days it’s a 3 we feel fabulous, where you may be on the sofa in pain at a level 3 we’re rejoicing. But pain level 7-8 and beyond are sometimes there also and we are down.

I wish the insurance companies would get on board with stem cell injections and Prp injections it can help so many.

So we can’t get the treatment we want because it’s so expensive and not everyone can afford the injections.

Because there is no payment plan.

For pain I take CuraMed Curcumin 1x a day.

5000 iu vitamin

1000 mg krill oil

300mg Coq10

Now and then I will take a pain pill.

It’s a blessing when my knee and back don’t hurt. But usually the back always hurts somedays a lot more than others.

I just think it’s a disservice for people with pain , constant legitimate pain to have to suffer.

I see junkies get free narcan,free rehab yet a girl in my bone disease support group who wants to live and us fighting every day to live has to pain for chemo.

It’s wrong.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/amp/cvs-limit-opioid-prescriptions-7-day-supply-n803486

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcnews.com/storyline/americas-heroin-epidemic/amp/ohio-limits-opioid-prescriptions-just-seven-days-n740531

Posted in Ahlbacks Disease, Arthritis, AtomicBlonde, Avascular Necrosis, Awareness, Baking, Blessed, Bone Health, Breakthrough Crew, BreakThroughCrew, Candy, Cardiovascular, Chronic Pain, Clinical Trials, Croatian Family, Delicious, Desserts, Diagnosed, Disclaimer, Eat Healthy, Endocrinologist, Factor V Leiden, Family Tradition, Opinions, Thoughts, Uncategorized

Blogs

I think I will be starting a new blog just for recipes

Opinions? I really want your opinions

Since I am a health leader and advocate who lives with several chronic conditions

Should I focus on just that or have a mix

Posted in Ahlbacks Disease, Avascular Necrosis, Awareness, Bone Health, Diagnosed, Pain, SONK, SPONK, Uncategorized, WegoHealth

SPONK-SONK

Spontaneous Osteonecrosis of the Knee, also known as Ahlback’s disease is the result of vascular arterial insufficiency to the medial femoral condyle of the knee resulting in necrosis and destruction of bone. It is often unilateral and can be associated with a meniscal tear.

I was diagnosed in 2014 after I suffered a medial meniscus tear and ended up with SPONK Spontaneous Osteonecrosis of the Knee, also known as Ahlback’s disease

Posted in Ahlbacks Disease, Arthritis, Avascular Necrosis, Bone Health, Chronic Pain, Diagnosed, Faith, Herbal, Inflammation, Uncategorized

My New Homemade Pain Rub. 

Real pure essential oils are not cheap. So don’t be fooled by cheap oils. You want them pure.
Essential oils have so many uses, including for serious health problems. This ointment uses the three powerful essentials oils, frankincense, ginger and myrrh, alongside the solid carrier oil, coconut oil.

It’s believed that frankincense oil transmits messages to the limbic system of the brain, which is known to influence the nervous system. It can help improve circulation and lower symptoms of joint pain or muscle pain related to conditions like arthritis, digestive disorders and even asthma.

Ginger essential oil is also made up of about 90 percent sesquiterpenes, which are defensive agents that have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

The bioactive ingredients in ginger essential oil, especially gingerol, have been thoroughly evaluated clinically, and the research suggests that ginger should be used on a regular basis.

A component of ginger essential oil, called Zingibain, is responsible for the oil’s anti-inflammatory properties. This important component provides pain relief and helps ease muscle aches, arthritis discomfort, migraines and also works as a headache remedy.

Lastly, myrrh essential oil also contains sesquiterpenes as well as another primary active compounds called terpenoids, both of which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

Mix all four ingredients into a bowl until well blended. Place this DIY arthritis ointment into a glass jar with a lid for continued use.

Simply massage the ointment in the areas where you feel pain. I use twice daily.

You can also take it to your masseuse and ask him or her to use it while performing a mild massage.

Do not use on open cuts ,sores or stitches
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Pain Ointment with Frankincense, Ginger and Myrrh

Total Time: 5 minutes

20-25 uses from one recipe

INGREDIENTS:

* 30 drops pure frankincense essential oil

* 15 drops pure ginger essential oil

* 30 drops myrrh essential oil

* 5-6 ounces unrefined coconut oil.                  ( I use 6oz)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Mix all ingredients into a bowl until well blended.

2. Place into a small glass Mason jar with a lid for continued use.

3. Label what it is

4. List all ingredients and how many of each.

5. Store in a cool dark place.

6. Massage the ointment in the areas where you feel pain. I Use once twice daily.

7. Keep away from children and animals

8. Wash hands after use.

**I store mine in the refrigerator but I don’t have any small children in my home **
I also am an adult and have not ever used on a child for pain.

Thus is not medical advice just information on what has helped me.

Never use without your doctors consent

Posted in Ahlbacks Disease, Arthritis, Avascular Necrosis, Bone Health, Chronic Pain, Diagnosed, Eat Healthy, Faith, Inflammation, Osteonecrosis, Pain, Uncategorized

I Am Your Voice ~ AVN-ON-OA

I am the voice of the newly diagnosed and all Avascular Necrosis/Osteonecrosis and Osteoarthritis patients.

There is a struggle that newly diagnosed patients know all too well.

The anger, the pain and the fear of the unknown can have our heads spinning in all different directions day in and day out as the body deteriorates while the brain wanders through all of the possibilities.

Maybe they are wrong , maybe I was misdiagnosed.

I cant possibly have a rare disease/condition. And osteoarthritis both! I already gave spondylolisthesis how much pain can a body endure.

What will I do ?

I have no information

And no place to find support.

Look no further

I’m just like you
I have Osteonecrosis and Osteoarthritis Spondylolisthesis,Factor V, Hypothyroidism and I’m sick of these diagnoses every year it’s something new.

I am a voice in the community of those of us who are suffering with Avascular Necrosis/Osteonecrosis , and many other conditions.

We are the enduring, we are strong, we are afraid, we will make it.

#Osteonecrosis

#Osteoarthritis

#AvascularNecrosis

How you can become an advocate.

First- Advocate for yourself and be an example. Try to take good care of yourself.

You won’t be able to advocate and educate others until you know how to advocate and take care of yourself. Don’t spread yourself to thin. Learn to say no and please learn to listen to your body and rest when it needs rest.

Try to work with your doctors to build a relationship with them and all your health care providers

Understand your rights as a patient. 

See Link: https://www.hhs.gov/answers/health-care/what-are-my-health-care-rights/index.html

Patient Rights

Don’t be afraid to fire your doctor if needed be.

Research Research and Research….

Learn all you can about your disease, including who can get it, how and why many people seem to have it, stages of the disease if any,how it is diagnosed, what treatments are offered or suggested, and if they don’t offer or suggest anything new or cutting edge ask…..what current research and or studies say.

You need to become the expert and stay up to date, because new data is always being published.

Education

Commit to making sure you are a credible source of information by fact-checking multiple sources before you share news or articles.

Be an educator not a divider.

Turn your interests into ways that you can link to educate on your disease or disorder.

Example: I love cooking ,herbology , photography and writing soooo I have a blog that educates and also discusses the importance of good clean food ,giving your body the best nutrition possible to help combat inflammation,pain etc