Preventative MIGRAINE medication

Preventative migraines medications are finally available and that is exciting news for all those who suffer.

REDUCE MONTHLY MIGRAINES by 50% or more for many people!

After 50 years of headaches, I used an injectable medication for three months, and it reduced my migraines. In just three months! I have used it since February of 2020 with the same excellent results. I want everyone who has migraines or knows those who do to hear about CPRGs.

Most medications are for use after the symptoms begin. Wouldn’t it be better to treat the cause and not have the headache start?

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Quick Stress Reduction Tools

Crisis from the stress of the pandemic
Photo by Markus Winkler

Quick stress reduction tools are needed now more than ever! Has your pain increased over the last few months? Well, stress and pain go hand in hand.

The American Psychological Association’s article Stress Effects on the Body states: “Chronic stress causes the muscles in the body to be in a more or less constant state of guardedness. For example, …migraine headaches are associated with chronic muscle tension in the area of the shoulders, neck, and head.

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Body Scanning for Pain Management

Picture of an artist body to view the whole body when body scanning.

What is Body Scanning?

Body Scanning is a great pain management tool. I originally learned it in physical therapy while being treated for fibromyalgia. The PT taught me to scan my body and to notice any areas of discomfort, aches, or pain. Elizabeth Scott, MS in her article Body Scan Meditation stated, “The goal is not to relieve the pain completely, but to get to know it and learn from it so you can better manage it.”

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To Be Healed Does Not Equal Cured

To be healed does not equal to be cured when you have chronic pain because the chronic pain is persistent, incurable, and permanent.

Neon question mark to symbolizing understand healing does not mean cured.

But who doesn’t want to be free of all symptoms of a disease or a condition?

How much has it cost you physically and emotionally to NOT be healed?

If you are not cured of your chronic pain symptoms, does it mean you will never feel well?

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National Migraine & Pain Headache Awareness Month

June is National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month

This is a quick blog to let you know some great sites for head pain. Take the time to research new treatment options.

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Metaphors for Chronic Pain

I found new metaphors for my chronic pain while sitting in the Tillamook Rainforest for four days with no technology to distract me. During this period, I listened for wisdom.

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Chronic Pain “It Is What It Is”

I watched Jerry Seinfeld’s “23 Hours to Kill” on Netflix last night. He was speaking about phrases that he doesn’t like and the first one he said was, “It is what it is.”

My husband and I started laughing because I use it when people ask about my chronic pain.

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Coronavirus and Chronic Pain

Coming Home to the Coronavirus

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Vacation!!!

I am currently on vacation and wrote this three days before we left. My husband and I feel excited and ready to go.

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Weather and Chronic Pain?

Weather and chronic pain go hand in hand. You may have heard someone say, “It’s going to rain tomorrow. I can feel it in my bones.”

What is Barometric Pressure?

Barometer to indicate barometric pressure.

“…barometric pressure is the measurement of air pressure in the atmosphere…” Read the Setra Systems blog to understand it from the scientific aspect.

Changes in barometric pressure affect many people with chronic pain. Weather and chronic pain work together.

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GOALS CHANGE with Chronic Pain

I used to have up to 100 goals a year and I completed them. I then created systems to work more efficiently so I could take on MORE while parenting, spending time with my husband, family, girlfriends and volunteering.

I loved goals. I had them created for 5, 10 and 20 years into the future.

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Does Chronic Pain Control You?

How do you Heal?

Back pain.

Does chronic pain control you? Do you have days where the damage exists and controls your thoughts? Are you depressed about the things you can no longer do? Is thriving is so far away from where you are that you can only imagine being controlled by your pain?

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I Believe in Spring

Purple and pink crocuses dot the grass. Daffodils push up through the rain-soaked earth. The daphne’s fragrance permeates the air.

The next day I woke up to a light dusting of snow. Then a mighty deluge of Oregon rain for a few days. And yesterday the sun popped out. This all happened in one week.

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Just For Today Let Other’s Words Soothe Your Pain

Look for words that uplift you

If you are having a day where your thoughts keep turning to your pain, search out other’s writing that uplifts you. Sometimes just reading another point of view, can pull you into a new place and reduce your discomfort.

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Chronic or Persistent Pain Basics

You need Chronic or Persistent Pain Basics in your pain management tools. If you are in the midst of a flare, this becomes even more important, so I am keeping this simple. Here’s a review of many of the tools that I have posted in past blogs.

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9 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Chronic Pain

Use this list to start the New Year and consciously reduce your pain.

Trust that they work. There is a reason that you’ve probably heard most of these suggestions. Why? Because they consistently help!

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Make your pain management tools list for the new year!

What tools are you using daily to help you with your pain?

Because chronic pain is so taxing on your mind and body, you need to take action to reduce it. You can look up how all the items on this list help reduce pain and you will find evidence-based proof. It’s science!

The New Year is a great time to update your existing list or build one for the first time.

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Chronic Pain and Self-Care

If this is your season of celebration, please take a moment for your own self-care.

What can you do during this potentially busy season?

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Shapeshifting Relieves Chronic Pain

What? Really? How? Shapeshifting?

In mythology, fairy tales, or shamanic lore, shapeshifting is typically defined as when humans change into someone or something else. One of the most common examples in movies and books is a werewolf. If you were bitten by a werewolf, you would then transform from a man into a wolf at every full moon. Completely!

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Words and Chronic Pain

“Never own a disease. Reduce the amount of time you talk about it. Refuse to allow illness a place in your consciousness.” RawforBeauty.com

Every time I read this it stops me in my tracks just as pain can stop me. I think about this and work on it daily in order to thrive. When my symptoms flare, it’s as if the disease is working to find a place in my consciousness.

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Holidays and Chronic Pain

Do you have to keep doing all the holiday traditions?

What is most important?

Is it your family? Is it your friends?  Buying presents? Wrapping presents? Stuffing stockings? Decorating? Cooking? Cleaning? Caring for the emotional health of everyone else?

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Chronic Pain Support Groups

I am in several online support groups for Trigeminal Neuralgia and Occipital and Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia. I have learned so much about these conditions, what gives relief, and what procedures have been successful for others because I joined five years ago.

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Distraction is the Most Powerful Analgesic

The Number one Thing you can do for Pain Relief

Distraction is the most powerful analgesic because it helps you stop catastrophizing every ache and pain. “… it appears to involve competition for attention between a highly salient sensation (pain) and consciously directed focus on some other information processing activity.” How Does Distraction Work in the Management of Pain?

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Brain Surgery

I recently had brain surgery to cure Trigeminal, Occipital and Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia.

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Friendship Distracts From Chronic Pain

Last month, I got to see two of my long-time girlfriends that I have known since 1997. You know. The kind that distance and time do not matter and when you get together it is as if no time has passed. This was not only good for my soul, but it was amazing how this visit distracted from my aches and pains.

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Track Your Chronic Pain Health History

Without any notice, my neurologist of nearly three years quit. I was assigned to a new one and six months later the entire practice was no longer covered by my health insurance plan.

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I Retired From Who I Was Because of Chronic Pain

I retired from being me

At the beginning of the pain, I was just trying to get through each day. I went from doctor to doctor trying to figure out what was wrong with me while still living, working, volunteering, partnering, laughing and doing activities of daily life.

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The Benefits of Chronic Pain

Note that it is probably too soon to see the advantages if you have just been diagnosed with chronic pain. Trust me. I live with a number of persistent pain diseases. There will come a time when you can’t help but reflect on the changes you have made.

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Pain Does Not Equal Harm

Pain does not equal harm. What? I admit that this was one of the hardest things for me to understand. How can that be? But I have nerves that are spasming. How is this not damaging them? Are you sure they are not getting torn each time this happens? No?

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Gratitude Heals Chronic Pain

I did not say, “Cures Chronic Pain.” I have permanent incurable diseases however; I am healed more every day by the actions I take.

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Trigeminal Neuralgia and Chronic Pain

A quick blog today.

My video of my TN story posted today on the US Pain Foundation’s site. Click here to view the video.

Please know that there are many organizations putting research dollars into your chronic pain disease and offering helpful ideas on how to thrive in your daily life.

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Sites Talking About Pain Awareness Month

In honor of attention being focused on those who live with chronic pain, I thought I would make a quick list of sites that are concentrating on helping you improve your life!

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September is National Pain Awareness Month

You don’t have to do much searching on the Internet to find good pain resources for most diseases. Leaving the comfort of your home to find credible information and support is difficult if you are in the midst pain flares. What a gift to have this access at your fingertips.

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Distraction and Chronic Pain

I read somewhere that “Distraction is the most powerful analgesic of all.” I cannot find who said it, but I want to give thanks to this idea.

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Hearing “You Manifested Your Illness” Causes More Pain

I have heard the following clichés during my years with chronic illnesses:

You attracted this for a reason. Think positive. Think happy thoughts. God never gives you more than you can handle. When one door closes another one opens. Your pain can be a blessing if you look at it from the right perspective.

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Tasers, Metaphors and Chronic Pain

The Taser like pains raged through my head again. My medications seemed to be less effective as time passed with this permanent and incurable disease of Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN). I told others that it felt like a Taser was shot into my head. People with neuralgia pain will often use this descriptor. I certainly did. Still do. Yet I have never been tased.

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Scan your body to reduce chronic pain

I was having lightening like stabs and jolts in the left side of my head, and jaw and eye and I automatically started scanning my body. This is a process I learned over 25 years ago when I was first diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. The goal was to notice what was happening in all areas, not just those that felt painful.

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Chronic Pain and the Silver Linings

My longtime friend was telling me about another procedure she had for her bladder. She spent the last few years dealing with the after effects of cancer and radiation.

She said with her usual good humor and sarcasm, “Well at least I have a family camping trip coming up. Silver linings!”

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Flares and Chronic Pain

The recent flare was gone…

As I opened my eyes this morning, I knew the recent flare was gone. The low burning and ache that is always with me was still there, but the last three day’s assault to my body and psyche had dissipated.

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I am not ill. I just have chronic pain.

“The problem with complaining about your health is that it tends to draw us to the actual experience of illness…” A complaint Free World

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Is Your Chronic Pain Permanent and Incurable?

Permanent and incurable

“Can you accept that your pain is permanent and incurable?” asked my Acceptance and Commitment therapist during our second session.

Permanent and incurable? I felt the question in my gut. Heavy. Weighty. Dark. Sticky. As if a shadow had run across my whole being in that moment and landed in my gut.

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You Did Not Attract Your Chronic Pain

You did not ask for this. You did not attract this. You owe no karmic debt.

You simply have chronic pain. Do not add more punishment to what you are already going through or allow others to chastise you with their words.

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Virtual Reality Reduces Chronic Pain

Virtual Reality Headset

Do you have chronic pain?

Imagine finding a simple and inexpensive tool to help manage your pain. You can purchase a cardboard Virtual Reality Headset for as little as $10 and then get free VR games in the App store.

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