chronic illness

5 Ways to Cope with Chronic Pain

I first wrote this in May 2020 for my Instagram. I updated it a bit to post on my blog.

Before I give a few tips that help me,  I want to give a little background on how my journey with chronic pain started. I was diagnosed with Endometriosis at age 19. I had been dealing with symptoms of Endometriosis for years,  but it wasn’t until I had a very painful ruptured ovarian cyst when I was deployed in the Middle East and subsequently was medically evacuated home that I got my official diagnosis.  I was fortunate to have birth control regulate a lot of my symptoms for about 2 years until I experienced ruptured ovarian cysts again and was hospitalized for about 4 days and has surgery to remove the free floating fluid from the ruptured cysts in my belly. This was only just the beginning of having an actual name for what was happening to me,  chronic pain and chronic illness.I was subsequently diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis,  Hashimotos Thyroiditis,  Insomnia, migraines and most recently, Fibromyalgia.

1) Know your limitations.  Seriously.  I know in the moment you may feel good, but don’t push yourself to the point where you need to spend the next day or two (or three) resting because you over did it.

2) Pay attention to your triggers and also to what types of environments and situations may make you flare up. For example,  if you know eating a certain type of food or doing a certain exercise will cause pain for days after,  skip it! Find an alternative, seriously, I promise you, there’s something just as good out there that won’t leave you in agony.

3) Give your body the rest and support it needs. Literally rest. Try to get a good night’s sleep every night, nap if you need to. Sit in a comfy chair and just relax. Supporting your body sometimes means not doing anything at all, and that’s okay. Just remember,  sometimes resting is exactly what you need to do to cope with chronic pain.

4) Find out what support aids help you the most. Does CBD oil work well for you? A heating pad?  Epsom salt bath? Find out what provides a little relief, and try to implement it as often as needed.

5) If you don’t feel your current medication regiment is working, advocate for yourself and discuss with your doctor. There are so many medications out there, it may just be trial and error initially.

What tips do you have to add?

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Winter Holiday Outfit Ideas

Holiday Outfit ideas! There’s a lot of different price points on this list. Let me know if you’re interested in seeing a list like this for kiddos and men! Or if you’d like to see some more neutral clothing.

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My Postpartum Journey

Postpartum is different for each and every birthing person, each and every time they give birth. My recovery from my second pregnancy with Sawyer has been a lot more challenging than it was with Colt after my first pregnancy.

My Postpartum journey has had a lot of challenges this time including Postpartum depression. My pregnancy and delivery with Sawyer was much more difficult and traumatic than my pregnancy, labor and delivery with Colt.

Postpartum depression can show up at anytime following the birth of a child. For some parents, it may be immediately after giving birth, for others it could be months or even years down the road. For me, it hit a few weeks after Sawyer was born and I am still in the midst of it. Having a second baby brings on all the emotions and feelings as it is, but also having postpartum depression just hits different. I opted to notify my PCP and we increased my antidepressants and we are going to check back in a month to see if I’ve had any improvement. I’m also going to start therapy again. These options are what work best for me with my Postpartum depression and it may not be what works for you.

I won’t go into all the warning signs of postpartum depression in this post, I’ll save that for another time. Just know you aren’t alone and so many other mommas and parents are going through it too. Feel free to reach out if you want some peer support 💜

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