If you've followed me long enough you know that chronic pain is a part of my life, has influenced, and driven much of my life's journey to find relief. I share my experiences and hopefully inspire others, even with my lows. It's an ambitious path. It's a painful path. It's also the path that has led me to a clearer understanding of who I am as a woman who is experiencing what it is to be human, drive to keep searching, and to find gratitude in the experience for what I can do to find relief and share with others who feel alone. Chronic pain turns lives upside down but has been an event that led me into my new passion of studies to become an Ayurvedic practitioner. I do everything I can in the world of eastern medicine to feel my best but I find times where it's necessary to ask for assistance with western medicine. Finding that healthy balance is key. I am so very grateful for my pain management doctor. Alternative medicine is always a first and supported by @alwaysrps. Today I went in for Facet Injections as I have Facet Syndrome and slight herniations in multiple lumbar discs. These have worked very well for me in the past and have allowed me to feel relief and stay active.
Sometimes it takes things beyond eastern medicine to make it so I can get out of bed and complete the most important task of my day which is getting outside and walking my dog #ibelieveinbear. In addition to occasional injections I have daily Ayurvedic rituals, I avoid foods that promote inflammation (night shades) , and get body work such as massage and polarity therapy to relieve the emotional stress that blocks energy flow and encourages pain.
Never stop searching. It took 22 years to diagnose my Ankylosing Spondylitis (inflammatory spine disease) and Ehlers Danlos type 3 syndrome. Doctors discounted my pain for those 20 years but I knew in my gut that something wasn't right and this ambition to feel better and be a better version of myself, never rested. No one wants to be diagnosed with something but if you have pain and know something is wrong, finding a diagnosis can only help you fight the good fight to find relief. I am here for you. Keep fighting the good fight👊🏼