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... a friend, family member, therapist, support group, a virtual friend you've never met …here on The Mighty or elsewhere on social media, even just journaling it out can help! Inside can be a lonely place…I know! I suffer from a few illnesses and challenges (physical and mental) that are invisible…I sometimes feel “If they only knew…” but more and more I talk about it…migraines, neuropathy, HIV & aging in so many ways, PTSD, being a recovering addict, being Bipolar ..these are some of the things about me you can’t see just looking at me…but it doesn’t make them any less real! I just have to own them and know I’m no worse off or better than anyone else suffering their invisible challenges!
I have found this group to be an amazing place to support others … l share what I’ve been through, how I’ve suffered, what I’ve learned and the tools that I have found that help me on my path…and I have learned the hardest part…to ask for support myself! The responses to both parts can be so invigorating and feeling appreciated on one end, and getting help and feeling supported the other way!
Please take my hand and let me walk on the path of our challenging health problems together - I'll always listen… And I feel so blessed to know you've got my back too! It doesn't have to be a lonely path!
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Cheer each other on, lift each other up, and push each other to keep giving our bests! When you reach out to support others the strength you gain can help with depression and/or anxiety you yourself feel. Lend a hand when you think you need one the most. We all have something to offer, we all have been on different journeys, but may have more things in common than you think. What you have gained from holding on in your journey may help someone else when they need it the most and potentially put your situation in different perspective!
We lost my Dad 18 months ago and my Mom is very down, depressed, feeling weak and looking frail and very lonely in the big house they shared together for over 45 years. I want to help and feel a need to make her feel better … sometimes I know what to say and can be there for her, even when I am struggling…but it is important for me to also realize what I’m going through myself is valid and real, and it is ok to focus on my self care, step back and trust that others will be there for her.
In working with my life coach she reminded me how so much of the emotional energy I am spending on supporting her (and a best friend who is also deeply struggling with his addiction) could be spent on taking care of myself…then I can reach out and be that loving supportive person I want to be again. She reminded me of the old story that you are on a plane, it’s about to crash and the masks fall down. For me I then would immediately want to put the mask on my loved one next to be but in reality I can only truly be helpful if I put the mask on myself first! So I have a lot to offer my mom and others but right now I have to make my own self care the priority. There’s a balance between reaching out to support others or knowing when self care has to come first.
Yes, my Mom is really hurting and my first instinct is to rush to her aid, to be there 100% no matter how much time and energy it takes. But I am really struggling myself right now and the most important thing for me is to focus on my own self care! Today was my fifth day in a row with a migraine. They can be brutal, debilitating, not just the pounding headaches, but the incredible sensitivity to light and sound and the vertigo/dizzyness…and I feel weak & fatigued and can even feel worse the day AFTER a migraine; and I have been up at night with other health problems; have tweaked my back; and my Neuropathy has my feet and legs burning as always. These layers of physical health problems have created a window for my depression and emotional weakness to come in. I have to admit that it’s hard to not feel sorry for myself. Yet I have been calling and texting my Mom and my friend and expending time and energy I really don’t have to offer. This is my nature, as usual I have put others needs in front of my own☹️
I ask that if you feel comfortable can you please send me prayers or good energy while I negotiate this time. Today I’m the one needing the support…it is a time I am humbly trying to step back and ask for help…
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Circle up the wagons! We’re about to go nighty night!
Not sure how much rest I’d get in this bed, because I’d be too busy thinking about being out on the trails of the frontier looking for my piece of land! What do you guys think of it? #ChronicDepression #DistractMe #bed #ChronicIllness #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #ChronicPain #BackPain #ChronicPain #Lupus #MultipleSclerosis #Disability #DiabeticNeuropathy #Neuropathy #TheMighty #Gastroparesis #BackPain #HeartCondition #Pain
There are four types of diabetes-related neuropathy:
🔹 Peripheral- nerve damage, usually in the hands and feet.
🔹 Autonomic - damage to the nerves that manage every day body functions. These functions include blood pressure, heart rate, sweating, bowel and bladder emptying, and digestion.
🔹 Proximal- nerve damage in your hip, buttock, or thigh.
🔹 Focal- damage to single nerves, single nerve damage most often your hand, head, torso, or leg.
Neuropathy may have no symptoms at all in its earliest stages, but as the condition progresses, people start experiencing various forms of paresthesia. Symptoms include:
There is currently no cure for neuropathy pain. However, healthy blood sugar levels can slow the process and ease the pain of diabetic neuropathy. Your doctor can suggest changes to gently bring your levels down into the healthy zone such as:
🔹 Consuming a diet high in fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, and whole grains; moderate in fish, poultry, nuts, and beans; and low in red meat
🔹 Keeping your weight at a healthy level
🔹 Stress management
🔹 Exercising for at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week
🔹 Following doctor's instructions to take prescribed medication to lower your blood sugar as recommended
Other ways of easing diabetic neuropathy include:
🔹 Taking an Over-the-Counter Pain Reliever with doctor’s approval
🔹 Vitamin D from food and supplements
🔹 Avoid Smoking
🔹 Take a B Vitamin Complex
🔹 Soak in a Warm Bath
🔹 Take an Alpha-Lipoic Acid Supplement (600 mg daily)
🔹 Try Capsaicin Cream
🔹 Caring for your feet
🔹 Learning Relaxation Techniques
Sources: Healthline & WebMD
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Does anybody else have trouble explaining pain to Drs & others? I sometimes find it hard to put my pain into words. Doctors seem to have a select number of categories for pain. Burning, stabbing, pounding,pins & needles, shooting, sharp, dull, ache. Sometimes none of these apply and sometimes all of them apply. I've found people as well as Drs are dismissive if you can't fit your pain in one of their boxes. #Gastroparesis , #ChronicMigraineSyndrome #DiabeticNeuropathy , #occipital neuralgia, #Fibromyalgia ,#PrinzmetalsAngina , #costrochondritis , #hiatlhernia , #AcidReflux ,
How much time per day would you say you spend in bed? For me, it varies. I try to get up and move around for a few minutes, periodically, to help circulation, I help take care of the horses sometimes ( which I used to do entirely by myself ), exercise a little if I can, or take a ride with the hubby in the car ( Its been over two years since I’ve driven ), but the majority of my time is spent in bed. I’d say in a twelve hour period, I’m in bed around 10 of those hours. How about you? #ChronicIllness #chronicillnesswarrior #ChronicDepression #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #Fibromyalgia #ChronicEpsteinBarrVirus #Gastroparesis #Neuropathy #DiabeticNeuropathy #TheMighty #MentalHealth #Disability #Disabled #MultipleSclerosis #Lupus #AutoimmuneDisease
Hope you have a wonderful holiday season! #ChronicDepression #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #generalized Chronic Pain #TheMighty #Neuropathy #DiabeticNeuropathy #Gastroparesis #Disabled #DistractMe #Fibromyalgia #ChronicFatigue #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis