Exercise and Chronic Pain

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One of the most consistent recommendations in cognitive behavioural therapy approaches for chronic pain is for people to exercise. Exercise is thought to help reduce pain, improve physical fitness and support participating in social, professional and domestic activities. By being fit people can manage their daily activities at a lower percentage of their maximum aerobic capacity and, hopefully, minimise the risk of flare-up.

While the overall premise of exercise is clear, the details of how often, what kind and the best approach for recovery after exercising are rather less. The problem for people with chronic pain is that moving HURTS.  Some people have even argued that chronic pain is, in essence, an activity intolerance disorder.

Daenen, Varkey, Kellmann & Nijs (2014) have attempted to clarify the state of play in exercise for chronic pain, and propose some interesting guidelines for clinicians. You see, one type of chronic pain is not…

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Northwest Arkansas Razorback Greenway

I thought I would share a few photos that I took during today’s lunch hour walk along Frisco and Tsa La Gi Trails, which are part of the Northwest Arkansas Razorback Greenway. Continue reading

Sunday Fun Day

I am thrilled to report that today was a GOOD day.  Yes, it was completely necessary and appropriate to capitalize every letter in the word “good” and use bold font, because (as my fellow spoonies will understand) days like this can be few and far between.

I woke up to my alarm clock at 9:00 am, which I reluctantly set on a Sunday, because I knew I had plans for the day and without an alarm, I inevitably sleep until well after 12:00 pm and sometimes all day long.

I started my daily routine, beginning with my morning meds and drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes (I know, I know … I am trying to quit and will hopefully succeed soon) while waiting for them to kick in and the worst A.M. pain levels to subside.  Luckily that happened relatively quickly.

Billy and I watched Sunday Morning and Face The Nation and then I took a shower and got ready to go visit my Mom.  Unfortunately, my Dad had to work all weekend (again) but even though I missed spending time with him, I enjoyed spending time with my Mom and was glad to keep her company, as she often gets lonely on the weekends that Dad has to work. Continue reading

Recommended Read : Stray by Andrea K Höst (Touchstone Series – Book #1)

Andrea K Höst’s Touchstone series instantly took hold of my curious mind and interest in all things unknown and never let go.  I absolutely loved this book, which I downloaded for free via Book Gorilla, and I was instantly hooked and knew that I had to have the complete series.

I am frugal by nature, and out of necessity due to never-ending medical bills, so I was VERY thankful when my friend (and boss) purchased the second book (Lab Rat One – Touchstone #2) and third book (Caszandra – Touchstone #3) for me, because I probably wouldn’t have splurged on them myself and had I not had them, I would’ve missed out on an amazing continuation of this unique story.  I was equally elated when I discovered Gratuitous Epilogue – Touchstone Extra.

This series may have originally been written for a slightly younger target audience but it definitely has appeal for people of all ages.  I am not usually a lover of the sci-fi genre but I have always loved all things paranormal and this book has a little of both.  Written in the form of the main character’s diary, the format is different from anything that I had read before and I found it very appealing, intelligent, easy, and fun to read. Continue reading

I LOVE this! It is a perfect follow-up to the broken parts of myself that were expressed in my blog post yesterday. I am trying to teach myself to adapt to the limitations of chronic illness and pain and I WILL learn to weave my own parachute out of those broken pieces. It may take time, some trial and error, and a lot of baby steps but I believe we can all get there if we set our minds to it.

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We made it through another week! Yay!

Today’s Feel Good Friday quote is by American poet, William Stafford:

“I have woven a parachute out of everything broken.”

I absolutely loved the visuals that came when I read this one.  So many times we allow the brokenness of our dreams, expectations, desires, and life to bury us.  We need to embrace the suck, stand back up, and go.  Use it to soften the landing, propel you forward, to go places, to better ourselves, and to help others.

Not strong enough to build your own parachute?  Find a friend who is going through the same thing.  Join a support group.  Know that you are not alone in your sorrow or suffering.  Together you can weave a beautiful tapestry and a strong parachute.

May you have a wonderful weekend.

Yours, Lisa

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Seeking Motivation

Attention fellow spoonies!  We are seeking your thoughts, ideas, advice, coping techniques, and wisdom!

We all know that chronic illness and pain (invisible or otherwise) can and will steal endless things from our lives.

Sometimes it can teach us a few positive things as well, such as a different outlook on life, the ability to appreciate the small things, a greater sense of compassion, more empathy for others, a desire to advocate for our ourselves and others, learning to listen to your body, better eating habits, patience, etc. but what chronic illness takes from us often feels like so much more (because the reality for most of us is that it takes WAY more than it gives).

As I have mentioned before, one of the most difficult and heart-wrenching things that it has taken from my life is the ability to look forward to something;  ANYTHING!  This seems to be a recurring theme and problem that I continue to struggle with.

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My New Favorite Breakfast

I stumbled upon a breakfast option that I find quick, easy, healthy, and quite delicious so I thought I would share it with all of you!

I find myself craving it most mornings (or at least on the days that I feel well enough to eat before noon) and I’ve been trying to eat it even when I don’t feel like it, because I have a feeling it’s doing my body good.

If you are wondering what this delicious dish could be; it’s basically my version of a yogurt parfait. Continue reading

I made a decision the week before last.  In the midst of an Endometriosis flare-up, I decided that I was going to push through and force myself to go to work and complete my normal daily activities, NO MATTER WHAT.  Well, as long as it was physically possible anyway.  I have had many flare-ups that render me completely, 100% incapacitated and during those I would not have been able to simply “will my way through it.”  This one however, I could and so I did.

Did I succeed?  Yes.

Did I feel good about myself?  Yes.

Was it a good idea?  In hindsight, no.

Do I regret it?  Yes and no.

Will I do it again?  I’m not sure yet. Continue reading