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Holiday Stress Relief

The holidays are a time to enjoy family and gatherings, delicious meals, and decorating the tree & the house.

There never seems to be enough time to accommodate all the traditions and activities while still maintaining your normal life buying gifts or preparing your home for company also adds up rather quickly.

Family situations are another factor that add to increased stress levels during this time of year. Getting the right gift. Or worried you cannot afford gifts because your company laid off.

Whether it’s dealing with family members who are ill, or kids acting up or just deciding where to celebrate the holidays or who to invite can be a struggle in itself.

Worried that your Uncle drinks to much and falls into the Christmas tree. Or cousin sue is off so busy using drugs and doesn’t even bother to show up at all.

Or if you live hundreds of miles away facing they holiday alone can be stressful and also bring about sadness and anxiety.

When your living with a chronic condition we are often hard on ourselves because we can’t always do the things we used to do.

Let’s face it Holidays are Stressful!

And even though we can’t wave a magic wand and make it all disappear there are a few ways to help ease our stress and anxiety.

Because stress can lead to many things that can effect our health and mental wellness including, but not limited to:

Elevated blood pressure

Exhaustion

Headaches

Moodiness

Trouble sleeping

Anxiety

Depression

More pain if you suffer from a chronic condition

While holiday stress may seem quite inevitable, don’t worry, there are many ways to naturally cope with holiday stress!

Methods such as acupuncture, massage therapy, hydrotherapy aromatherapy, yoga, meditation, and exercise can help bust up the stress.

Acupressure

isan effective form of stimulation used to help relax the muscles. If done regularly, this method of self-massage can sustain improvement and minimize recurrence of symptoms. Be patient and consistent when practicing acupressure on them. A simple way to stimulate these points is to press firmly with a finger in a rotary movement or an up-and-down movement for several minutes at a time. It is recommended that you use this information under the guidance of your physician.

Massage therapy appears to have few risks when performed by a trained practitioner. However, massage therapists should take some precautions in people with certain health conditions.Make sure they are licensed. Examples

In Swedish massage, the therapist uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration, and tapping. Sports massage is similar to Swedish massage, adapted specifically to the needs of athletes. Among the many other examples are deep tissue massage and trigger point massage, which focuses on myofascial trigger points muscle “knots” that are painful when pressed and can cause symptoms elsewhere in the body.

Hydrotherapy

Water in all of its forms, such as liquid, steam or ice, continues to be a therapeutic method of helping people feel better during stressful times in life. Hydrotherapy is a popular and effective way to help people ease life’s stressors. Research has shown a link between starting hydrotherapy and seeing a decrease in a person’s depression or anxiety levels.

The idea of hydrotherapy originated in the 19th century with Sebastian Kneipp’s water therapy practices designed to rid the body of toxins. Now, hydrotherapy is a widely used method to treat many different medical ailments or chronic issues, such as stress and chronic pain.

Aromatherapy Essential Oils for Stress Relief and Sleep. Scents are powerful a simple smell can immediately trigger a powerful memory, place, or person.

Essential oils like lavender have even been shown to react the same way biochemically that anti-anxiety medications do with certain neuroreceptors.

LavenderLavender essential oil is the most used essential oil in the world today. Today, lavender oil benefits for your body include the following:

lowers anxiety and emotional stress,Improve brain function Improve sleep. It’s relaxing to Spray some on your pillows.

Vetiver oil

Vetiver is known as a sacred herb valued because of its uplifting, soothing, healing and protective properties. It’s a natural body cooler making it extremely popular in tropical countries. In fact, in India and Sri Lanka it’s known as the “oil of tranquility.”

Ylang Ylang

This popular essential oil can treat anxiety and depression due to its calming and uplifting effects. Ylang ylang helps with cheerfulness, courage, optimism and soothes fearfulness. It may calm heart agitation and nervous palpitations and is a moderately strong sedative, which can help with insomnia.

Bergamot is commonly found in Earl Grey tea and has a distinctive floral taste and aroma. Bergamot oil is calming and often used to treat depression by providing energy; however, it can also help with insomnia induce relaxation and reduce agitation.

Chamomile

A peaceful, calming scent, chamomile benefits inner harmony and decreases irritability, overthinking, anxiety and worry. An explorative study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine on the antidepressant activity in chamomile found that this essential oil “may provide clinically meaningful antidepressant activity that occurs in addition to its previously observed anxiolytic activity.”

Yoga

Practicing yoga is proven to calm you It can lower your blood pressure, provide relief for chronic back pain and even relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Check with your doctor if you have muscle skeleton issues before starting

Meditation

Anaturally hypervigilant brain is not well-suited to modern life and can easily turn into an anxious mind. If you want to overcome anxiety without medication, mindfulness meditation is a proven way to reduce anxiety and stress and improve your overall well-being. It does more than temporarily help you relax.

How to meditate: Simple meditation for beginners

1. Sit or lie comfortably. You may even want to invest in a meditation chair or cushion.

2. Close your eyes.

3. Make no effort to control the breath; simply breathe naturally.

4. Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation.

5. Start with 5 minutes a day twice a day then build up to 15 minutes

Exercise

Stress is an inevitable part of life. Seven out of ten adults in the United States say they experience stress or anxiety daily, and most say it interferes at least moderately with their lives. Exercising Body and Mind

The physical benefits of exercise-improving physical condition and fighting disease—have long been established, and physicians always encourage staying physically active. Exercise is also considered vital for maintaining mental fitness, and it can reduce stress. Studies show that it is very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and at enhancing overall cognitive function. This can be especially helpful when stress has depleted your energy or ability to concentrate.

When stress affects the brain, with its many nerve connections, the rest of the body feels the impact as well. So it stands to reason that if your body feels better, so does your mind. Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins—chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers—and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress. Meditation, acupuncture, massage therapy, even breathing deeply can cause your body to produce endorphins. And conventional wisdom holds that a workout of low to moderate intensity makes you feel energized and healthy.

Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. Even five minutes of aerobic exercise can stimulate anti-anxiety effects.

Prayer

When stress & anxiety’s got you in its grip, it’s hard to avoid worrying. But there’s a technique that can help. I call it “breathing prayer

Try this: Close your eyes and inhale slowly, imagining pulling the Spirit in so fully that it fills every pore of your body. Make sure your stomach expands; you want to be pregnant with peace. Exhale slowly through your nose.

You can pray while you do this (though if you’re anxious when you start, you probably won’t think of it until after a few breaths, when your head starts to clear). Simple prayers work best:

While inhaling

While exhaling

Come Holy Spirit…

fill my heart

Lord Jesus…

grant me your peace

Lord Jesus…

I love you

If you practice when you’re not in the throes of wild anxiety, it will be easier to pray this way when you are. But “breathing prayer” is a good addition to any regular prayer time. Anything that clears the head and calms the body frees us up to hear God better. And that’s what prayer is all about.

Always Check with your doctor if you have muscle skeleton issues before starting any yoga or exercise program.

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Pain Chronic Pain

Once we accept the reality of the current moment (no matter how unpleasant it may be) for what it is, and not what we wish it were, we can turn our attention to ways to improve it. This I find true in any situation.

Living with chronic pain can throw your life upside down.

It’s hard to believe that I can and have managed my rare disease Osteonecrosis (knee) pain. And my Osteoarthritis pain.

But the pain of spondylolisthesis somedays is truly unbearable. It can just take a fabulous day day and screw it all up.

Today is one of those days.

I try to stay busy , and positive when I really would like to go somewhere and just scream at the top of my lungs.

I don’t think my neighbors would appreciate it. So I bang away at the keyboard.

Since the weather in NE Ohio has changed I am having more and more days in pain.

And in the days when all the above hurt I’m down right miserable. Thank Hod that hasn’t happened yet , but then fall and winter have only begun….

I’m grateful today it’s just my back although it feels as if I have been kicked in my L5S1 several times.

Besides having spondylolisthesis I also for the past decade or longer been dealing with osteoarthritis and osteonecrosis since 2014.

If you don’t know what they are I will explain below.

Osteoarthritis

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.

In normal joints, a firm, rubbery material called cartilage covers the end of each bone. Cartilage provides a smooth, gliding surface for joint motion and acts as a cushion between the bones. In OA, the cartilage breaks down, causing pain, swelling and problems moving the joint. As OA worsens over time, bones may break down and develop growths called spurs. Bits of bone or cartilage may chip off and float around in the joint. In the body, an inflammatory process occurs and cytokines (proteins) and enzymes develop that further damage the cartilage. In the final stages of OA, the cartilage wears away and bone rubs against bone leading to joint damage and more pain.

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. Lucky me I developed Osteoarthritis at age 45.

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

Osteonecrosis What it is….

Osteonecrosis of the Knee. Osteonecrosis of the knee (also known as avascular necrosis) and if in the knee from a meniscus tear also called Ahlbacks Disease is a painful condition that occurs when the blood supply to a section of bone in the femur (thighbone) or tibia (shinbone) is disrupted.

I have Osteonecrosis of the medial femoral condyle due to a meniscus tear in 2014. Strange no one wanted to fix it or have any treatment plan.

This pain is like no other. Your area of Osteonecrosis is ice cold yet it often can feel like it was hit by a lightening bolt.

Weather plays a huge factor for me and my pain. I used to love winter now I can barely tolerate a cool fall day. I dread winter.

I get sick of being in pain. If it’s not the knees it’s back or hands it’s just enough to jack up my day or make things more difficult than they already are.

I have found that plant based lifestyle has helped my osteoarthritis and osteonecrosis a lot. I can’t understand why I haven’t lost a ton of weight though. I mean I don’t eat half the unhealthy calories I used to . But hey the doctors says it’s a slow thyroid.

I just wish these 40 lbs would come off it would also help my bones.

But maybe that will just take time.

If you haven’t tried a plant based lifestyle I would highly recommend it.

My cholesterol numbers are fantastic and all my doctors are impressed especially since I rarely need pain medication vs taking 2 a day like I did 3 years ago.

I truly believe that food can be your medicine or your poison.

The choice is yours.

I will be posting a lot of info and recipes

I don’t always eat perfect but life is about compromise and I follow a 90 / 10 rule.

It’s ok to have a cookie or small cupcake just make sure you eat as best as you can most of the time .

Living food is the way to go.

It may not take away all your pain but wouldn’t it be a benefit if it took away a lot of it ? And made it more managed?

Absolutely!!!

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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 …..

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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

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Walk To Be Spontaneously Happy

Walking is an ideal daily exercise for a wide variety of reasons – including its beneficial impact on body, mind and spirit!

Walking as a way to get daily exercise, it can help strengthen major organs in the body, promote bone density , boost the immune system, lead to a more positive outlook and more.

If your new to exercise always clear it with your doctor. Don’t over do it. Gradually build up to it.

I gave bone problems Osteonecrosis,Osteoarthritis and Spondylolisthesis. I was told to limit my weight bearing but just standing is weight bearing, and then one doctor told me exercise all I want it will help your knee collapse faster !! WTH needless to say he was fired.

But I do need to move.

I started out with 10 minutes after a couple weeks 15 minutes snd so on.

Some days I can walk 40 minutes other days 15 depends on pain level.

When I’m in a lot of pain which usually comes with winter and cold months.

I ride my recumbent bike at least 15-30 minutes a day.

But walking clears the head, gets us in touch with nature it gets me from a funk to happiness

Spontaneously Happy

I used to love winter now because of my bones I really dread it.

If you can’t walk , if in a wheelchair or scooter getting out in nature is still good for the soul.

Photos and Video I took in Millcreek Park in various locations of park .

I really miss hiking : but for now walking will do.

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Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps

Vegetarian lettuce wraps with tofu and mushrooms.

194 Calories
Makes 4
Ingredients:
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons canola or grapeseed oil
1 (12- to 14-ounce) package extra-firm tofu (do not use silken)
8 ounces baby bella (cremini) mushrooms, finely chopped
1 (8-ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (omit if sensitive to spice)
4 green onions, thinly sliced, divided
8 large inner leaves romaine lettuce (from a romaine heart) or butter lettuce leaves
Optional for serving: grated carrots, additional red pepper flakes

Directions:
In a small bowl, stir together the hoisin, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil. Set aside.
Press the tofu between paper towels to squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Refresh the paper towels and press again. Heat the 2 teaspoons canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Once the oil is hot, crumble in the tofu, breaking it into very small pieces as it cooks. Continue cooking for 5 minutes, then add the diced mushrooms.

Continue cooking until any tofu liquid cooks off and the tofu starts to turn golden, about 3 to 5 minutes more.

Stir in the water chestnuts, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, and say half of the green onions and cook 30 seconds more.

Pour the sauce over the top of the tofu mixture and stir to coat.

Cook just until you hear bubbling and the sauce is warmed through, 30 to 60 seconds.
Spoon tofu mixture into individual lettuce leaves.

Top with remaining green onions, grated carrots, and additional red pepper flakes as desired.
Eat immediately.

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Body Image & Self Esteem With Chronic Pain

Somedays it's really hard to feel good about yourself when your body keeps betraying you. Before your diagnosis, you felt pretty good about your body. Or maybe you’ve always struggled with body acceptance and tended to focus on your self-perceived flaws rather than your beauty. Now your AVN is forcing you to deal with a different reality.

When you have a chronic pain like like AVN Avascular Necrosis, you face physical limitations, chronic pain and changing plans for the day,week,future.

Chronic pain can negatively affect your body image and self esteem and confidence And we cant forget about the social stigma that may come with any illness it to can deal an additional blow to your selfworth.

People with physical disabilities can face daily challenges of being seen as different or even inferior.

Positive Body Image

 

Get involved in activities that promote a positive attitude.

Work to challenge stereotypes and prejudices against anyone with a chronic condition

Focus on and develop your abilities so you can feel good about the things you can do.

Appreciate yourself as a whole person. Don’t be defined by your illness.

Remember you are beautiful.

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Various Relaxation Techniques

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With so much stress that comes with having a chronic condition and the world we live in is full of several fast paced situations , hurry here, hurry there , doctor appointments, tests,people with little to no patience and they want us to move a bit faster!
Excuse You! But I have a bone disease and I am going as fast as I can.
People judging us
It can be overwhelming
It's no wonder at the end of a day we can't sleep.

I think personally everyone needs to learn how to just open our mind relax and chill a little.

Relaxation Techniques
Using the Relaxation Response to Relieve Stress

For many of us, relaxation means zoning out in front of the TV at the end of a stressful day.

But this does little to reduce the damaging effects of stress.

To effectively combat stress, we need to activate the body's natural relaxation response.
You can do this by practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, rhythmic exercise, and yoga or chair yoga if you are challenged with Bone and joint issues.

Fitting these activities into your life can help reduce everyday stress, boost your energy and mood, and improve your mental and physical health..

What is the relaxation response? Well based on what I have read …
When stress overwhelms your nervous system, your body is flooded with chemicals that prepare you for "fight or flight."
This stress response can be lifesaving in emergency situations where you need to act quickly.
But when it’s constantly activated by the stresses of everyday life, it can wear your body down and take a toll on your emotional health.

No one can avoid all stress, but you can counteract its detrimental effects by learning how to produce the relaxation response, a state of deep rest that is the polar opposite of the stress response. The relaxation response puts the brakes on stress and brings your body and mind back into a state of equilibrium.
When the relaxation response is activated, your:
heart rate slows down
breathing becomes slower and deeper
blood pressure drops or stabilizes
muscles relax
blood flow to the brain increases

In addition to its calming physical effects, the relaxation response also increases energy and focus, combats illness, relieves aches and pains, heightens problem-solving abilities, and boosts motivation and productivity. Best of all, anyone can reap these benefits with regular practice.
How to produce the relaxation response
Simply laying on the couch, reading, or watching TV while sometimes relaxing isn’t going to produce the physical and psychological benefits of the relaxation response. For that, you’ll need to actively practice a relaxation technique.
Finding the relaxation technique that’s best for you may be interesting because there is no single relaxation technique that is best for everyone.
So I am going to touch base on a few and post their YouTube links below.

The right relaxation technique is the one that resonates with you, fits your lifestyle, and is able to focus your mind and interrupt your everyday thoughts to elicit the relaxation response. You may even find that alternating or combining different techniques provide the best results.

How you react to stress may also influence the relaxation technique that works best for you:

The “fight” response. If you tend to become angry, agitated, or keyed up under stress, you will respond best to stress relief activities that quiet you down, such as meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, or guided imagery.
The “flight” response. If you tend to become depressed, withdrawn, or spaced out under stress, you will respond best to stress relief activities that are stimulating and energize your nervous system, such as rhythmic exercise, massage, mindfulness, or power yoga.

The immobilization response. If you’ve experienced some type of trauma and tend to “freeze” or become “stuck” under stress, your challenge is to first rouse your nervous system to a fight or flight response (above) so you can employ the applicable stress relief techniques.
To do this, choose physical activity that engages both your arms and legs, such as running, dancing, or tai chi, and perform it mindfully, focusing on the sensations in your limbs as you move.

Deep breathing
With its focus on full, cleansing breaths, deep breathing is a simple yet powerful relaxation technique. It’s easy to learn, can be practiced almost anywhere, and provides a quick way to get your stress levels in check. Deep breathing is the cornerstone of many other relaxation practices, too, and can be combined with other relaxing elements such as aromatherapy and music. All you really need is a few minutes and a place to stretch out.
How to practice deep breathing
The key to deep breathing is to breathe deeply from the abdomen, getting as much fresh air as possible in your lungs. When you take deep breaths from the abdomen, rather than shallow breaths from your upper chest, you inhale more oxygen. The more oxygen you get, the less tense, short of breath, and anxious you feel.
Sit comfortably with your back straight. Put one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach.
Breathe in through your nose. The hand on your stomach should rise. The hand on your chest should move very little.
Exhale through your mouth, pushing out as much air as you can while contracting your abdominal muscles. The hand on your stomach should move in as you exhale, but your other hand should move very little.
Continue to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Try to inhale enough so that your lower abdomen rises and falls. Count slowly as you exhale.

If you find it difficult breathing from your abdomen while sitting up, try lying down. Put a small book on your stomach, and breathe so that the book rises as you inhale and falls as you exhale.

Progressive muscle relaxation
Progressive muscle relaxation is a two-step process in which you systematically tense and relax different muscle groups in the body. With regular practice, it gives you an intimate familiarity with what tension as well as complete relaxation feels like in different parts of the body. This can help you to you react to the first signs of the muscular tension that accompanies stress. And as your body relaxes, so will your mind.

Progressive muscle relaxation can be combined with deep breathing for additional stress relief.
Practicing progressive muscle relaxation
Consult with your doctor first if you have a history of muscle spasms, back problems, or other serious injuries that may be aggravated by tensing muscles.
Start at your feet and work your way up to your face, trying to only tense those muscles intended.
1. Loosen clothing, take off your shoes, and get comfortable.
2. Take a few minutes to breathe in and out in slow, deep breaths.
3. When you’re ready, shift your attention to your right foot. Take a moment to focus on the way it feels.
4. Slowly tense the muscles in your right foot, squeezing as tightly as you can. Hold for a count of 10.
5. Relax your foot. Focus on the tension flowing away and how your foot feels as it becomes limp and loose.
6. Stay in this relaxed state for a moment, breathing deeply and slowly.
7. Shift your attention to your left foot. Follow the same sequence of muscle tension and release.
8. Move slowly up through your body, contracting and relaxing the different muscle groups.
9. It may take some practice at first, but try not to tense muscles other than those intended.

Mindfulness meditation
Rather than worrying about the future or dwelling on the past, mindfulness meditation switches the focus to what’s happening right now, enabling you to be fully engaged in the present moment.

Meditations that cultivate mindfulness have long been used to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and other negative emotions. Some of these meditations bring you into the present by focusing your attention on a single repetitive action, such as your breathing, a few repeated words, or the flickering light of a candle. Other forms of mindfulness meditation encourage you to follow and then release internal thoughts or sensations. Mindfulness can also be applied to activities such as walking, exercising, or eating.
A basic mindfulness exercise:
1. Sit on a straight-backed chair or cross-legged on the floor.
2. Focus on an aspect of your breathing, such as the sensation of air flowing into your nostrils and out of your mouth, or your belly rising and falling.
3. Once you've narrowed your concentration in this way, begin to widen your focus. Become aware of sounds, sensations, and thoughts.
4. Embrace and consider each thought or sensation without judging it good or bad. If your mind starts to race, return your focus to your breathing. Then expand your awareness again.

Body scan meditation
This is a type of meditation that that focuses your attention on various parts of your body. Like progressive muscle relaxation, you start with your feet and work your way up. But instead of tensing and relaxing muscles, you simply focus on the way each part of your body feels, without labeling the sensations as either “good” or “bad”.
Practicing body scan meditation
Lie on your back, legs uncrossed, arms relaxed at your sides, eyes open or closed. Focus on your breathing for about two minutes until you start to feel relaxed.
Turn your focus to the toes of your right foot. Notice any sensations you feel while continuing to also focus on your breathing. Imagine each deep breath flowing to your toes. Remain focused on this area for one to two minutes.
Move your focus to the sole of your right foot. Tune in to any sensations you feel in that part of your body and imagine each breath flowing from the sole of your foot. After one or two minutes, move your focus to your right ankle and repeat. Move to your calf, knee, thigh, hip, and then repeat the sequence for your left leg. From there, move up the torso, through the lower back and abdomen, the upper back and chest, and the shoulders. Pay close attention to any area of the body that causes you pain or discomfort.
After completing the body scan, relax for a while in silence and stillness, noting how your body feels. Then slowly open your eyes and stretch, if necessary.
Rhythmic movement and mindful exercise
The idea of exercising may not sound particularly soothing, but rhythmic exercise that gets you into a flow of repetitive movement can be very relaxing. Examples include:
Running
Walking
Swimming
Dancing
Rowing
Climbing
For maximum stress relief, add mindfulness to your workout
While simply engaging in rhythmic exercise will help you relieve stress, if you add a mindfulness component on top, you’ll get even more benefit.
As with meditation, mindful exercise requires being fully engaged in the present moment—paying attention to how your body feels right now, rather than your daily worries or concerns. In order to “turn off” your thoughts, focus on the sensations in your limbs and how your breathing complements your movement.
If you’re walking or running, for example, focus on the sensation of your feet touching the ground, the rhythm of your breath, and the feeling of the wind against your face. If your mind wanders to other thoughts, gently return to focusing on your breathing and movement.
Visualization
Visualization, or guided imagery, is a variation on traditional meditation that involves imagining a scene in which you feel at peace, free to let go of all tension and anxiety. Choose whatever setting is most calming to you, whether it’s a tropical beach, a favorite childhood spot, or a quiet wooded glen.
You can practice visualization on your own or with a therapist (or an audio recording of a therapist) guiding you through the imagery. You can also choose to do your visualization in silence or use listening aids, such as soothing music or a sound machine or recording that matches your chosen setting—the sound of ocean waves if you’ve chosen a beach, for example.
Practicing visualization
Close your eyes and imagine your restful place. Picture it as vividly as you can—everything you can see, hear, smell, taste, and feel. Just “looking” at it like you would a photograph is not enough. Visualization works best if you incorporate as many sensory details as possible.
For example, if you are thinking about a dock on a quiet lake:
See the sun setting over the water
Hear the birds singing
Smell the pine trees
Feel the cool water on your bare feet
Taste the fresh, clean air
Enjoy the feeling of your worries drifting away as you slowly explore your restful place. When you are ready, gently open your eyes and come back to the present.
Don't worry if you sometimes zone out or lose track of where you are during a visualization session. This is normal. You may also experience feelings of heaviness in your limbs, muscle twitches, or yawning. Again, these are normal responses.
Yoga and tai chi
Yoga involves a series of both moving and stationary poses, combined with deep breathing. As well as reducing anxiety and stress, yoga can also improve flexibility, strength, balance, and stamina. Since injuries can happen when yoga is practiced incorrectly, it’s best to learn by attending group classes, hiring a private teacher, or at least following video instructions. Once you’ve learned the basics, you can practice alone or with others, tailoring your practice as you see fit.

If you’re unsure whether a specific yoga class is appropriate for stress relief, call the studio or ask the teacher.
Tai chi
If you’ve seen a group of people in the park slowly moving in synch, you’ve probably witnessed tai chi. Tai chi is a self-paced, non-competitive series of slow, flowing body movements. By focusing your mind on the movements and your breathing, you keep your attention on the present, which clears the mind and leads to a relaxed state.
Tai chi is a safe, low-impact option for people of all ages and fitness levels, including older adults and those recovering from injuries. As with yoga, it's best learned in a class or from a private instructor. Once you’ve learned the basics, you can practice alone or with others.
Self-massage
You’re probably already aware how much a professional massage at a spa or health club can help reduce stress, relieve pain, and ease muscle tension. What you may not be aware of is that you can experience many of the same benefits at home or work by practicing self-massage—or trading massages with a loved one.
Try taking a few minutes to massage yourself at your desk between tasks, on the couch at the end of a hectic day, or in bed to help you unwind before sleep. To enhance relaxation, you can use aromatic oil, scented lotion, or combine self-message with mindfulness or deep breathing techniques.

Starting a regular relaxation practice
Learning the basics of these relaxation techniques isn’t difficult, but it takes regular practice to truly harness their stress-relieving power. Most stress experts recommend setting aside at least 10 to 20 minutes a day for your relaxation practice. If you’d like to maximize the benefits, aim for 30 minutes to an hour.
Tips for making relaxation techniques part of your life
Set aside time in your daily schedule. If possible, schedule a set time once or twice a day for your practice. If your schedule is already packed, remember that many relaxation techniques can be practiced while you’re doing other things. Try meditating while commuting on the bus or train, taking a yoga or tai chi break at lunchtime, or practicing mindful walking while exercising your dog.
Don't practice when you're sleepy. These techniques are so relaxing that they can make you very sleepy. However, you will get the most benefit if you practice when you’re fully alert. Avoid practicing close to bedtime or after a heavy meal or alcohol.
Expect ups and downs. Don’t be discouraged if you skip a few days or even a few weeks. Just get started again and slowly build up to your old momentum.
If you exercise, improve the relaxation benefits by adopting mindfulness. Instead of zoning out or staring at a TV as you exercise, try focusing your attention on your body. If you’re resistance training, for example, focus on coordinating your breathing with your movements and pay attention to how your body feels as you raise and lower weights.

Here is a few links I use to
relax
reduce pain
help me sleep better

These are my favorites and I listen to it daily and a few I listen to now and then

Daily
Mindfulness
https://youtu.be/-2zdUXve6fQ

Stress Relief and Confidence
https://youtu.be/-KMngzCWgTw

Morning Meditation for Healing
https://youtu.be/q9ZR_CJhuLc

Reiki for pain relief
https://youtu.be/3nJtajgAb34

Relax Video Male Voice
https://youtu.be/_jD3VxSGM-k

https://youtu.be/oA_rY4N8XJA

Sounds for Anxiety depression
https://youtu.be/AmqDOA-JALg

Meditation Sounds for pain relief
https://youtu.be/XiNne25uMK8

To help you sleep
https://youtu.be/xQ6xgDI7Whc

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Posted in Arthritis, Avascular Necrosis, Awareness, Blessed, Bone Health, Chronic Pain, Diagnosed, Eat Healthy, Factor V Leiden, Herbal, Inflammation, Meditation, Mindfulness, Osteonecrosis, Uncategorized

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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Osteonecrosis – The Pain and Learning What It Is

Welcome to ChronicallyGratefulDebla

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Hi and Thank you for dropping by :  I am Deborah L. Andio and I am new at this blogging thing so bear with me. I am starting this blog because I want to raise awareness  and share my experience since being diagnosed with several conditions

Osteoarthritis

Osteonecrosis in Knee from Trauma

Hashimoto Thyroiditis Hypothyroidism

Factor V Leiden

Spondylolethesis L 5 S 1
Im focusing today on Osteonecrosis

My Diagnosis

I  was diagnosed in 2014 after my was injured from exercising and I felt like I was stuck in the knee by lightening.

It dropped me almost to the floor so of course I called my doctor went in and he thought i may have torn my meniscus.  I tried pt for a few weeks and a couple cortisone injections over 3 months but it kept getting worse. The pain was nothing else I had ever imagined or experienced.

I insisted he stop giving me injections as its not helping  and I suggested he look to see whats going on in knee as its worse after several weeks .

He said we would get X-ray well that just shown up that my Osteoarthritis  hasn’t progressed thankfully. OK so that’s not worse yet my pain is so intense I can hardly concentrate  at times. It has me not able to work , at first I went  down to Part Time but now I can barely walk  feet with out feeling like a knife is being jammed in my knee….

I am now scared and go back to doctor and I am pissed off, I have to stick to my guns here and not allow him to dismiss me or my pain.

I broke down and asked him for something for pain and he looked at me as if I was some junky. I told him look I have been your patient for over  years I wouldn’t ask if I was not hurting a lot. I also told him if you would get off his ass and try to help me figure out why I’m still hurting maybe we can treat this correctly.

He apologized and said we need an MRI and he gave me a script for  pain pills.

A week later I get MRI and a few days later I go back to dr’s to hear results and he said I think we need to get you in to a orthopedic asap.

Ok well then lets go…

So days later was the soonest i can see this ortho

He immediately said I review you MRI and your knee looks like butter. Butter I ask thinking wtf is that mean….

He then told me I had osteonecrosis in my rt knee and eventually I will need a knee replacement, he also confirmed the medial meniscus tear of the femoral condyle.

I asked can we fix the meniscus he said no it would cause more problems. So I asked whats the plan of action he said when your knee collapses we will replace it until then lets give you a kenalog …..it will help pain . So I agreed.

So i got the shot and asked him so what is osteonecrosis he said it when the bone dies.

All I heard was death…..I got very scared I asked what was in that shot as my knee is on fire he said cortisone…….

I’m like no way those make my pain worse

He then suggest i return in a few weeks and shifted my ass out the door.

No personality no explanation of what was happening or what i could do to my knee nothing………another dismissive docttor..

I  get in my car and i just cried , what is happening to me. Will this pain ever go away ?  Why have i neverheard of this osteonecrosis before.

And that’s where I chose to become a leader and pioneer for this cause…

Its a rare condition but you can get it many ways  yet it falls under rare disease

For the next few months day in and day out I read, spoke to many doctors some knowledgeable and some I wouldn’t want fixing a stuffed animal let alone my knee.

I found ut that more doctors know very little about this than are knowledgeable…

Thats how my awareness and advocacy started for Osteonecrosis aka Avascular Necrosis.

My plans were to gather all my info start a support group not a gossip page but an actual page where you can learn, I wanted to list good qualified doctors and eventually write a booklet and book and I am proud to say I have done all but the book  but I am working on that.

I am proud of my booklet that/s finished i mail it free to members of my group to help them see they are not alone and they can share it with family friends and doctors and they also can gain real understanding of what we go through. Because unless you have , you have no idea how painful it is.

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I so appreciate you taking the time from your day to read this and hopefully join me regularly …

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Now if you dont know what osteonecrosis is

Read here  I wrote this awareness Booklet  this is what I share and I want you to learn about it also

AVN Awareness Booklet

Osteo meaning bone and necrosis means death .
Most commonly this occurs in the knee, hip, shoulder, ankle, elbow,hand ,wrist but also can occur really anywhere else in your body that you have a bone   or joint . Including the jaw and spin

I started a fb support group because I know so many are suffering worse than I am and I am determined to make a difference.
If you have Osteonecrosis aka Avascular Necrosis or know someone please share the link to the support group and this blog
The AVN /ON Facebook group above is a private group, which I administrate and I also have some fabulous women helping me run it as well.
 This is a wonderful forum to ask questions, give our experiences and ideas but not medical advice  and help connect with others from all over the world.
The formal name of my f b support group is
We like to talk and educate share stories and jokes funny pictures and experiences we are not a gossip group and we have rules.
We also require anyone wanting to join to answer  three questions if they fail to answer them they are denied.
My other links
Thank You and God Bless you and I hope you have a pain-free day
Much Love

Debbie

 

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