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    I'm really enjoying exercising!

    My health issues make it really difficult to exercise - particularly the Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. I faint pretty often, and because of that, I've always been terrified of doing any major exercise.

    But in the last few weeks, I've been slowly building up my tolerance when it comes to walking. Any time my sister comes over, we go for a walk that usually lasts just over an hour. I monitor my heart rate on my Fitbit, which is an absolute god send since it also helps me keep track of my weight loss progress and how well I sleep.

    My sister, despite being 5ft 1in, walks VERY fricking fast. I sometimes have to tell her to slow down, because I just can't keep up with her, haha. And I'm 5ft 7in! I have stumpy legs, damn it. But the fast pace means I lose more weight, so I try my hardest to catch up to her, hah.

    I'm really proud of myself. My step goal on my Fitbit is 6,000 steps a day. Which probably doesn't seem like a lot, but for me? With all my issues? I'd say 6,000 steps is ideal. Last week I managed to reach my step goal twice! Today, I walked into town (about 1.3miles), and reached 6k steps again! So, this week, I'm aiming to reach it three times, and maybe next week I'll try and go for four!

    I'm loving being close to my sister. It's only in the last 18months that we've bonded. I love what we talk about when we're out walking. I love my nephew and all the cute little cooing noises he does, like he's butting into the conversation, haha.

    I'm really proud of myself. My GP always says; "Remember, it's important to celebrate EVERY victory - even the little ones."

    So... I'm going to.

    #chronicillnesswarrior #ChronicPain #posturalorthostatictachycardia #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #NAFLD #Diabetes #IBS #InterstitialCystitis #GERD #EnlargedSpleen #Migraines #LiverDisease #Dysautonomia #BPD #Depression #Anxiety


    Is there something wrong with my stomach?

    Hey, everyone. I hope you’re all okay and staying safe and well.

    I have a bit of a strange question. I have several chronic health conditions, including Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Dysautonomia, Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome, IBS, Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, Diabetes, Interstitial Cystitis, Migraines, Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease and some mental health difficulties. So there’s a lot of stuff going on.

    Anyway, I regularly get stomach aches, or just an iffy stomach in general. I’ll sometimes go 2-5 days with a very minimal amount of food because I’m just not hungry and I feel sick. I’ve had lots of tests and scans and beyond having a Hiatal Hernia and some inflamed blood vessels in my stomach lining, they can’t find a reason behind this. But I’ve recently discovered that when I feel like this and/or I’m bloated… I can get it all to go away by drinking something fizzy. Doesn’t matter what it is, but as long as it’s fizzy… It almost instantly makes it better.

    Does anyone have any idea why this is? I do struggle to burp a lot - I always have. When I burp, they are tiny and don’t make much difference, even after I’ve drunk the fizzy stuff. I’m completely open to suggestions. I take all kinds of medication for my IBS and GERD. Antacids, Buscopan, Mebeverine, Metaclopramide (an anti-sickness). But they have a minimal effect when I have these stomach aches, bloating, nausea and loss of appetite.

    Thank you all in advance! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Stay safe!

    #ChronicPain #chronicillnesswarrior #POTS #EDS #Dysautonomia #GERD #IBS #nausea #NAFLD #LiverDisease #InterstitialCystitis #Diabetes #Migraines #BPD #HiatalHernia #Advice


    Friday Vibes

    Good evening! I hope you all had a great week. No matter what you go through, you can choose how you'll respond. In all things, choose to be joyful. No one can take that away.
    #chronicillnesswarrior #imjoyful
    #patientadvocate #oleyambassador
    #Gastroparesis #RareDisease #tpndependent
    #EDS #Zebra #Dysautonomia


    I really hate my crappy immune system.

    So, for years now my immune system has been awful. My doctor says it’s because of the variety of health issues I have. A heart condition, liver disease, kidney damage, enlarged spleen, diabetes, etc… When the pandemic started, I was told by every single doctor that I am at “extreme risk”. Tomorrow I’ll be having my 5th vaccine. I’m not looking forward to it.

    Anyway, since my nephew was born nearly a year ago, I seem to be catching ever bug, virus on infection that’s going around. I’m always careful - I wear a mask where I can, I wash my hands many many times in a day, I use hand sanitizer, and I still do social distancing.

    Last December I had a nasty cold that took nearly two weeks to go. Then in February I caught another one that knocked me on my ass. In May, my nephew passed on a particularly nasty/severe stomach bug that landed me in hospital. Five weeks ago I had ANOTHER cold… And now…? My baby nephew has passed on Bronchitis to me. I’m so exhausted. I haven’t felt this rough in a very long time. Before you ask, yes, I’ve done COVID tests. I’m negative.

    My fever keeps going up and down, with the highest being 39.9°C. I saw a doctor today, who said my lungs sound like Rice Krispies, what with how much they’re crackling and popping. I’ve been given antibiotics and two different inhalers today, since I keep coughing so bad I end up choking.

    Is there a way to improve my immune system? I can’t exactly get mad at a one year old baby. He really loves to play with me (mainly because no one else does - not even my sister), so I absolutely hate it when I have to stop because I’m in pain with my other conditions or feeling too unwell. I put him above everything else. I just want to try and find a way where he won’t get me sick all the time.

    Any advice you have would be GREATLY appreciated. And thank you all in advance.

    #chronicillnesswarrior #ChronicPain #PosturalOrthostaticTachycardiaSyndrome #Dysautonomia #LiverDisease #NAFLD #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #EDS #BPD #Diabetes #Migraines #InterstitialCystitis #WeakImmuneSystem #Immunocompromised #Advice


    My mum kinda pissed me off...

    So, I've been trying to lose weight for a long time, and I've slowly been losing it. I walk for 2-3 hours a week at a brisk pace, I've been really careful of what I eat and drink, too. A couple of weeks ago I had a review of my diabetes, and I was placed on a new medication that's going to help keep my blood sugars down. I'm still going to keep up with the diet and exercise, though. A nifty side effect of this drug (Dapagliflozin) is that it helps you lose weight, which my doctor thinks is a good idea.

    Exercising can be difficult for me because I have Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome - when I stand up, my blood pressure plummets so drastically I often faint, and to make up for the drop in blood pressure, my pulse skyrockets - often getting up to around 150-160bpm. It's a horrible condition and I truly hate how much it limits me.

    I've managed to drop my weight down to 95kg (209lbs), and I'm really pleased. And my mother said... "I wish I had a heart like yours. MY weight would fall off too if my heart rate was constantly over 150bpm."

    Like... Excuse me? I couldn't help but get really angry. I'm not even sure how I managed to hold my tongue. I would give ANYTHING to be healthy. To not have this condition so I could have more of a normal life, so I wouldn't have to live in fear of fainting in public. I'm not even sure that ONLY having tachycardia would make you lose weight... But if it does/did... I still wouldn't want it.

    I'm just seriously pissed off. Would YOU be pissed in a family member said this to you? My friend says I'm overreacting. But, if anything, I feel like I'm underreacting.

    #POTS #posturalorthostatictachycardia #Dysautonomia #chronicillnesswarrior #ChronicPain #Tachycardia #EhlersDanlos #EDS #NAFLD #Diabetes #BPD #Migraines #InterstitialCystitis #HeartCondition #WeightLoss #Exercise #ChronicFatigue

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    HPN Awareness Week

    It's HPN Awareness Week!! I have been on HPN since Sept 2019! This has truly been a lifesaver. I have more energy and have even gained weight back on it. So thankful for HPN (TPN)!!!
    #HPNawarenessWeek #oleyambassador #tpndependent #chronicillnesswarrior #patientadvocate

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    There is one task I have to do each week that I reeeeeally hate.

    And that thing is sorting out my meds and putting them into dosset boxes for the week. Ugh. It’s so boring and tedious, but it has to be done. I know that some pharmacies can do it for you, but the last time I trusted them to do that, they cocked up and I ended up being really unwell. So it’s just simpler that I do it myself.

    It’s just annoying. All the medication you see is just for seven days, and that doesn’t include some of my painkillers. The Paracetamol, Naproxen, Dihydrocodeine and Amitriptyline are put in a different box with four slots in a day.

    I get so many “friends” and “family” members that tell me I should try cutting out some of my medications. That I should try this diet or that diet, or that I should exercise or do yoga. That I should switch to more natural remedies, and that I should meditate.

    It makes me so angry! I swear they think I enjoy taking so much. I’m only on 15 different medications, when there was once a time when I took 21! I hate taking them. They give me bad acid reflux, dry mouth, dizziness, decreased appetite, etc… We’ve tried taking me off most of them, and my quality of life DRAMATICALLY reduced. I could barely sit up without fainting, and my bladder pain was excruciating, and my joints were so bad I’d sometimes cry when I had to walk for longer than 10minutes at a time.

    Sorry. I just needed a bit of a rant, I guess.

    On a completely unrelated note, I hope you’re all okay and staying warm now the weather’s turning cold. I’m actually having to sleep with thick, fluffy socks on. And I hate sleeping with socks on with a passion. But I have bad circulation and thus very cold feet even on warm days. Now it’s colder? Nope. I need toasty toes, or I’m worried they’ll fall off. 😂

    Stay safe, lovelies!

    #chronicillnesswarrior #ChronicPain #AutonomicDysfunction #PosturalOrthostaticTachycardiaSyndrome #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #NAFLD #InterstitialCystitis #Diabetes #Migraines #sciatica #Depression #BPD


    Mental Health Matters

    Check out my newest article. Everyone can benefit from therapy. We all go through something at some point in our life whether it be relationship issues, death, health or financial struggles. Take care of your mental health, as you would your physical health.
    #MentalHealth #takecareofyou #chronicillnesswarrior #patientadvocate


    Dysautonomia Awareness Month

    I know this month is full of awareness. For me, it represents Dysautonomia Awareness (Autonomic Dysfunction). It affects lots for me such as Orthostatic Hypotension, Hypoglycemia, Gastroparesis, Migraines, temperature dysregulation, Neurogenic Bladder, and much more. Check out the article for more information.
    #chronicillnesswarrior #patientadvocate


    Pain Awareness Month

    Did you know that September is Pain Awareness Month? As such, let me tell you a little about myself. I have many conditions that deal with chronic pain. I have had pain for over 26 years. I have used various treatments such as medications, ablations, physical and occupational therapy, nerve blocks, regular steroid injections, procedures, heat/cold therapy, rest, braces, and various creams. Nothing has truly gotten me free of the pain in the different body parts, but I can try to be as comfortable as possible with treatments and life adjustments. If you suffer from any form of pain, seek help from a professional, be it your primary, a chiropractor, alternative treatment or a specialist. #lifewithpain #chronicillnesswarrior

    #patientadvocate #socialhealth #EDS #DegenerativeDiscDisease #Gastroparesis #Migraines