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Gentle Movement Helps Relieve Chronic Pain

Have you ever found yourself feeling as though your body is limiting you, constantly weighed down by discomfort and pain? It's akin to carrying a heavy burden, making it challenging to move with ease and freedom.

Shift your thinking to: With each gentle movement, I honor my body's needs and embrace the freedom of movement. I cultivate gratitude for my body's strength and resilience, finding joy in every stretch.

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Incorporate gentle movement or stretching into your daily routine. Start with simple stretches that target areas of tension or discomfort, such as neck rolls, shoulder stretches, or hamstring stretches. Move slowly and mindfully, paying attention to how your body feels with each movement. You can also explore gentle yoga or tai chi practices, focusing on fluid movements and deep breathing to promote relaxation and flexibility.

#MentalHealth #ChronicPain #Anxiety #Depression #autoimmune

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Heart Attack Last Night #Christians On The Mighty #Depression #GeneralizedAnxietyDisorder #Cancer #Diabetes #autoimmune Diseases

Last night I had a 2nd serious heart attack since the one in 2000. I’ve been having slight afib flutters periodically for weeks but my limited time with my GP last week was taken up completely with a much more urgent issue, and my cardiologist app’t is only weeks away. WHOMP! 🧨⚡️Outta nowhere!!
I’m going thru these deep crying times, because I know I have to find a good home for my beloved 1 yr old cat right away. And I JUST told my children I was diagnosed with cancer last week! One conversation was especially difficult, although I’ve talked with them about my failing health and plans for my death. I know now, it can be seriously closer than I thought, and I know it is coming. Tomorrow certainly is never promised. I have a lot of cleaning to do. I’m posting this while resting. Will wait till after Easter to talk again with my kiddos and grands, God willing. “Be still and know that I AM God.” 🙌
Well I’m here until I’m not and Surfing Life with The Lord is One AMAZING RIDE! Trust in Him with All your Heart , Live Confidently, Love 💕 Yourself as He loved you before He gave you birth, then love One Another all day, everyday and pass it on. Pray non-stop by offering your life as homage to the glorious person He made you to leave your “Specialness”-imprint in this Life, as no one else BUT you ever can! Surround yourself with Peace and an abundance of Joy, & give that healing hope all away often. Be the Blessing you want to receive to those who least deserve it. With thanksgiving and praise to God, Our Father, in the Holy Name of Jesus Christ, His Son and Lord, thru the infinite power of His Holy Spirit, Amen. This one was really rough. Till whenever, blessings.
Thanx for listening. ♥️

Sacredsavage @ iameveryoneeverywhere

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East Meets West: How Alternative Therapies Complement & Help my Sjogren's Journey

As a Reiki Master practitioner and a student of yoga for 25 years, I have personally benefited from complementary modalities over the years -- long before my Sjogren's diagnosis (a serious, complex systemic autoimmune disease).

Before I launch into how I have personally experienced positive benefits from complementary therapies, remember that you have full autonomy over your body. What works for me may not appeal to you, and/or work for your body's specific needs and your symptoms.

Listen and pay attention to the signs and messages your body sends you. Do not push your body to the point of extreme pain, or allow any practitioner to tell you what you should do with your body. You know your body the best!

As a Sjogren's patient, I deal with a myriad of complex systemic issues and also have severe spinal stenosis so I deal with physical limitations. In the past, I hiked long distances but I can still enjoy outdoor walks in nature albeit my walking mileage is reduced. I am also a former dance fitness instructor so dancing and movement have always brought me great joy in my life.

While I also take prescription medication for Sjogren's and see multiple Western healthcare specialists, I also listen to what my body needs outside the parameters of Western-based medicine. I see a Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncturist and I have found pain relief and ease of my symptoms through regular acupuncture sessions.

If acupuncture sounds too invasive or you dislike the thought of needles (although acupuncture needles are small and painless), there are other modalities such as gentle massage, Reiki (which can either be done hands-on or hands off), Bowen therapy, craniosacral therapy, EFT/tapping, myofascial release, aromatherapy, sound healing, and yoga nidra.

Reiki is a non-invasive healing modality. Studies show that reiki can help reduce stress and anxiety, and ease pain and help relieve symptoms related to chronic illness. Like acupuncture and massage, it is recommended to have Reiki sessions done on a regular basis.

While I personally tout the benefits of yin yoga to stretch my connective tissue and lubricate joints, I understand that yoga is not an option for some patients based on their limited mobility.

While other yoga styles focus on the muscles (Yan style of practice), yin yoga is a passive practice that holds yoga poses/stretches between 3 to 5 minutes. Chair yoga is another option if you are unable to sit or lie down on the floor.

Last year I added qigong to my daily self-care routine. Qigong is a gentle movement practice rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It coordinates breathwork and meditation as you move through a series of slow-paced body postures and flowing movements. Qigong is very relaxing and as someone who deals with bouts of anxiety, it helps ground me and release tension and stress.

If interested in exploring alternative therapy modalities, along with Western medical care, I encourage you to be curious and ask yourself what sounds or feels good to your body.

Discuss with your doctors before starting a new movement practice such as yoga or quigong. Vet practitioners and research them online. Make sure they are certified and licensed practitioners. Read their client testimonials and reviews. Ideally, they should have experience working with clients who have a chronic illness.

There is no "one-size-fits-all" when it comes to exploring non-Western complementary therapies. If one doesn't work out for you, try out a different modality or practitioners. Look into community-based acupuncture centers which usually offer lower rates or research your insurance plan to find out if acupuncture is covered (some plans sometimes cover massage therapy).

Self-care is not selfish and dealing with a chronic illness can drain us not only physically but emotionally and mentally. I have personally benefited from looking outside Western medicine to help ease my physical pain and bring me comfort and peace throughout my chronic illness journey. I encourage you to find what works for you and remember you are not alone in your journey.

#sjogrens #autoimmune #Reiki #Acupuncture #massagetherapy #traditionalchinesemedicine

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Sick again

I’m sick. Again. Face redness, swollen glands under my jaw, mouth sores, pain, fatigue, brain fog, mood swings, headaches, loss of appetite, sleepless but so tired - sick. I see the rheumatologist in two days, but I have little hope of getting any more answers. It’s exhausting to be sick all the time. Although, I prefer the predictability of past times of consistent illness to the unpredictability of the flares I experience now. I need answers so that we can start treating the illness instead of just the symptoms. I’m so ready for true physical rest.
#Undiagnosed #autoimmune #Lupus ? #sjogrens ?

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Behçet’s Disease

I have a friend who was diagnosed today with Behçet’s disease. It’s rare overall but is rarer here in Canada. After doing some brief online research, this looks like it’s going to be really rough for her (she’s currently admitted in a hospital out of town for testing better than she could receive here). I personally have ME/CFS and POTS, so I know the generic how to help somebody with chronic illness tips, but wondering if anybody here has Behcets or knows somebody with Behcets and can give me some advice on how to support her? Thanks in advance :)
#BehcetsDisease #autoimmune

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