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Tips To Help Manage Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain is defined by the Cleveland Clinic as pain that last months or years and happens in all parts of the body. It interferes with daily life and can lead to depression and anxiety. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone with chronic pain that depression and anxiety get thrown into the mix. On top of literally having pain all the time, there’s now mental health issues to top it all off. Getting diagnosed with with chronic pain due to any number of conditions is a rollercoaster in of itself. As I’m sure …

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Hysterectomy Recovery

My hysterectomy was 8 weeks ago and I’m happy to report I’m feeling well! I had my post operation appointments 2 weeks ago with both surgeons. I’ve been cleared by my doctors to resume normal activities and can begin exercising again etc. I do have some minor issues going on but nothing that is preventing me from doing what I want/need. I ended up getting my appendix removed during my hysterectomy which I knew ahead of time was a possibility. There was endometriosis and fibroids on my appendix so they removed it along with my …

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Why I’m Having A Hysterectomy

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had pelvic pain and horrendous menstrual cycles. Even at young age, the go to was to be on birth control pills to try to lessen the severity of my periods. Newsflash – it didn’t work! It was a band-aid fix, if that. From ruptured ovarian cysts in Afghanistan to laparoscopic surgery to remove free fluid in my belly, it has been an uphill and painful journey. I’ve been on various forms of birth control over the years in effort to skip or minimize periods. Some of them …

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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 …