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Simple Fixes Can Make All The Difference

I’ve got to say, I was damn near having PTSD flashbacks watching this man walk. That’s exactly what shape I was in twenty years ago.  You don’t feel the pain as part of the memory,  but you just hunch your shoulders, tighten your muscles and hold your breath due to a combination muscle memory and fear… you fear that pain.  Once you know it, there’s no joking about it, and the thought of going back there can be absolutely paralyzing.

 

The pain was so excruciating, it felt like lightning strikes from even the slightest move in the wrong direction.  If you put your right hand on your hip, that little dip where your thumb is resting was the point of origin for the pain and it went straight down my leg.

 

My primary care doctor just kept handing me pills… 40 mg Oxycontin three times a day, which I kept telling them that they weren’t working, but that was the new miracle drug on the scene then so in their opinion it was about finding the right dosage, no matter how high the dosage or how often it was taken because it couldn’t NOT work; it was a miracle after all, right?
I was given Percocet for breakthrough pain (which was incredibly necessary since it was ALL breakthrough pain!) but still mixed with the Oxycontin I was taking.  Parkinson’s meds for the restless leg caused by a herniated disc,  Klonopin because the pain caused me to be really anxious (go figure) and a host of more pharmaceutical granola, including the 150 mg of Zoloft I was taking twice a day mainly due to the pain meds and my Depo-Provera shots.  I didn’t find out about Depo causing extreme depression until 7 years later.

 

No one thought to look at my neck even though they all knew what had happened to me in an earlier accident and the damage that was done.  It’s been twenty years and I’m still dealing with the nerve and muscle damage in my neck and left trapezius muscle.  At least now I know if this ever starts up again that the ice pack needs to go on my neck, not on my the back of my hip.

This really reinforces my dislike for allopathic practices, they treat the symptoms, they don’t work towards finding definitive answers regarding causative issues and never work towards curing or helping the body learn to help itself.  Holistic approaches, treating the patient instead of the symptom, homeopathic remedies that take so little to do so much with no side effects, addictions, OD’s, etc.  Considering the opioid problem we’re having in this country you’d think they’d shy away from things that are addictive or that you can OD from.

 

My gallbladder went rogue a couple of years ago and became my enemy.  It took me a week of pain so severe that I was ready to die. The pain was so severe that it grossly exceeded my natural childbirth.  I had a high fever joined with pain meds which caused me to hallucinate or pass out with horrific nightmares – that included feeling the pain from within the events of the nightmare.  If it was a choice of staying in the bed to die or going down the mile long gravel road that rattled your teeth loose that would cause even more pain, I was ready to die in that bed.

I finally had a brief window where the pain had subsided so I asked my roommate at the time to take me to the ER where they admitted me immediately.  Once the antibiotics started doing their job, the pain subsided as it should have (thank God!) and I didn’t need a whole lot of pain meds.  I asked for a couple Tylenol and was instead given a shot of morphine!  Why?  Because it was easier for the staff.  And again, it was over-medicating instead of dealing with the patient (in this case me) to see what’s going on instead of assuming.  I finally told them then to mark my chart to say that I am allergic to morphine to keep them from doing it again.

 

Watching that video, all I could think was how much pain I would have been spared, how much time that Kid wouldn’t have been so neglected as a result, and that still throws shadows on our relationship to this day.  How many people could be treated differently, not only with dignity but in partnership with their doctor to actively work together to solve or treat things to achieve the best outcomes for the patients?  I have fibromyalgia and talk to anyone who has it and they can tell you about the disrespect and mistreatment and/or lack of treatment that they have had because of it.

This country needs to stop being grabbed by the  ______  from the pharmaceutical companies that want us on multiple pills so they make multiple sales, and push for treatment because a cure doesn’t help their bottom line in perpetuity.

We need to be seen as patients, not as symptoms.  We’re not a pile of disconnected body parts, we’re all connected, and it means that we shouldn’t be treated as a series of separate body parts.  Maybe then we can return quality of live and work on being a healthier country overall.

 

We’ll talk again soon, 
Maggie  

 
 

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We’re Suffering and It’s Real, Too Real In Fact

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Once again I saw another human at the end of their rope because a friend, loved one, co-worker or any other allegedly sentient being on the planet did a number on them about their fibromyalgia.  

The stories are always the same… “you’re an attention seeker”, “you’re lazy and trying to get out of _____”, “it’s not really *a thing*, it’s just lazy doctors who want to dump people in a pile when they don’t want to find out what’s *really* wrong with you – or – there’s nothing wrong with you, everyone feels that way from time to time.”

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Speaking on behalf of our brothers and sisters, here and across the globe. Our pain and symptoms are very real, regardless if you “buy it” or not.  We do not need you to be patronizing, to offer us lip service, telling us what *you think* we want to hear, or have you be downright defiant and dismissive of what we are going through by claiming it to be “all in your head”, or that it’s a “b*llsh*t excuse the doctors use when they don’t know what’s wrong. To some degree. that last one is correct.  

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Doctors used to write off symptoms that they could not find the root cause, lumping them in a pile named fibromyalgia.  As a result, what’s happened is that someone finally noticed similarities in all of the patients’ symptoms in that pile. After that, they started recognizing that this is a real, somewhat treatable, currently incurable disease/condition.   It is unknown as to whether the cause of the symptoms are in the nerves or if it is in an area of the brain sending wrong signals which cause our symptoms or environmental sources. I’m inclined to believe it is the latter two, but I don’t know any more than anyone else.

Why are some people allergic to something and some else, even in their own family sometimes, are able to binge on.  I was born with several health problems including a severe intolerance to lactose and in those days (no old jokes please) there weren’t the options that there are now.  My sister came along 5 years later, spent 3-4 days a week in the hospital under an oxygen tent.  Once they were afraid that her heart could wind up damaged from all the epinephrine they were giving her, they finally agreed to allergy testing.

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Out of the 204 things that she was tested for, thankfully she was *only* allergic to… 196 of them.  Only… sheesh.  And guess what, none of ours overlapped and still haven’t.  I have spinal diseases, she had cancer,  She’s allergic to morphine and it doesn’t even work for me.  The list of differences goes on an on.   The same is true for fibro, we’re all alike, and we’re all different.

I read somewhere that fibro can be caused by a traumatic experience where you got hurt. For me that makes total sense, that’s when mine reared its ugly head, but you could put 200 people in a room and only perhaps  7% of us would be able to point to it as when fibro walked into our lives like a person you can’t stand who now won’t leave your house.

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Personally, I think we’re all f*cked to some degree because we are all members of what I refer to as  the Pop-Tart generation. So many things were not on the landscape until the 60’s with the ‘fortified with  vitamins and minerals”, why did it need to be fortified in the first place? Pop-Tarts were fortified with 5 vitamins when they started and now it’s 16 and calcium and fiber? Why was Tang nutritionally better than orange juice? Cold cereal was introduced, prior to this it was oatmeal, Cream-of-Wheat or grits, and we all know what the ingredient list looks like on the side of the box of cereal.  We started running public water to more families, fluoridated of course. Our bodies have been beaten like a bad boxer with no end in sight.  

We need acceptance, acknowledgment, better treatment, and a hope for a cure. Empathy and the willingness to take us our word for it won’t cost you a thing; much like manners, this is free to use and available 24/7 if you choose.

Thanks for listening

Maggie ॐ 
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Basic Ointment/Salve recipe

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All natural and completely adaptable, this is the base for any topical salve that you want to use. Add the essential oils according to the desired affects/remedy that you’re in need of.

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Before you do anything, get your containers. If you’re a frugalite like me you’ll keep your eyes out and bug your friends. Look at yard sales, thrift stores, friends who offer you a mint.. (you think I’m kidding). Yes you can buy them and that’s great too.

Ask friends to save them for you and offer them one in return or give it to them as a thank you gift. You want these clean and dry, preferably sterile. Throw them in boiling water for 5 minutes and let them dry. If you want to spray paint them to cover any designs (outside only) let them sit for about a day before you sterilize them.

Everything you need for these can be found at Mountain Rose Herbs or through the Simple Living General Store

Basic Ointment/Salve

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces beeswax, grated or shaved
  • 2 cup olive, almond, or coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil

Directions

Beeswax

1. Over very low heat, in a small pot or double boiler, melt oils and beeswax. You want that beeswax, grated, chopped, etc so that it will melt quickly and evenly. If you put a big chunk in, it will not only slow your overall melt time, but it can cause you to heat the other oils to a higher temperature that you want them to be at and they can smoke on you.

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2. Remove from heat and add vitamin E oil and any essential oils (see below) at this time. Stir with either a chopstick or wooden spoon dedicated to this project only since the oils will absorb into the wood, or with a metal spoon.

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3. Pour mixture into small sterilized jars (or a mason jar). Allow to cool on counter before storing in a cool, dark place. Use as needed on wounds. Will keep for approximately 5 years.

The suggested recipe modifications below will allow you to make your ointment/salve have a specific healing purpose. The suggested amounts can be modified anyway you would like, however they are based on the amount of the total salve recipe, so if you decide that you want to make half the batch into first aid ointment and half the batch into a muscle pain relief salve, divide the suggested amounts accordingly.

First Aid Salve

  • 30 drops tea tree oil – antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiviral, antibacterial
  • 35 drops lavender essential oil – analgesic, antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiviral, antibacterial
  • 20 drops chamomile oil – analgesic, anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory/antiphlogistic, anti-bacterial, nerve sedative, stimulates production of leucocytes

Muscle Relief (cannot be used on open wounds/broken skin)

  • 20 drops arnica oil (cannot be used in open wounds/broken skin) – analgesic – muscle pain, sprains, prevents bruising
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil – analgesic – muscle pain, sprains, rheumatism
  • 20 drops wintergreen essential oil (cannot be used in open wounds/broken skin) – cooling relief – lumbago, sciatica, neuralgia pain

Diaper Rash

  • 15 drops chamomile oil – analgesic, anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory/antiphlogistic, anti-bacterial, nerve sedative, stimulates production of leucocytes
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil – analgesic, antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiviral, antibacterial
  • 5 drops tea tree oil – antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiviral, antibacterial

Respiratory Care (for use on chest & feet)

  • 30 drops eucalyptus essential oil – antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, expectorant, catarrh, cough – asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, COPD
  • 20 drops wintergreen essential oil – analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, anti-tussive