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Carla D-Great new adventures and an Amazing Life

Discussion in 'Member's "BackYardHerds" Journals' started by Carla D, Nov 1, 2018.

  1. Mar 8, 2019
    Carla D

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    Yes, I believe much of this is a HUGE flare up. I’ve never had any flare ups until a year and a half ago. I pretty much told my doctor I don’t have fibromyalgia because I don’t have flare ups. But, she assures me that what I’ve been experiencing this year is most definitely a flare of sorts. I’ve had a fibromyalgia diagnosis since 1995 or so. I’d never experienced a flare until recently. This fibromyalgia has been changing when I was told it’s not a progressive condition when I was diagnosed. Now doctors are saying it’s a progressive and ever changing condition. Right now I’m so miffed I don’t know what to think, believe, or even expect anymore with this. We

    I’m not asking my doctor for complete relief or even long term medication. But, if this is a flare why won’t they help me manage my flare? For most people a flare lasts them anywhere from a few hours to a week or so. Why is this one hanging on for the better part of two months?
     
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    Baymule

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    I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner. Let me call BYH’s resident health specialist.

    @Devonviolet
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    There now. The call has gone ringing out through the forest, over the rivers, she shall answer shortly.

    DV you might have to back up a few pages. Carla D needs your help.
     
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    Devonviolet

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    I saw Carla’s post a few days ago, but was in the midst of helping Joe’s kids.

    Carla and I have talked, via PM, and I made some suggestions. As Carla has said, fibromyalgia is a difficult condition, for which there are no easy answers. Having fibromyalgia myself, I can sure epathize with Carla. :hugs However, I don’t think mine is as bad as her’s. Mine seems to focus mainly on my lower extremities, although I do have all over body pain at times. The cats INSIST upon walking on me, when I am in my recliner. Wherever they put their paws causes me to scream out in pain!

    After having surgery on my leg, my fibromyalgia flared big time, being much worse on the right leg, than the left. Having to wear the walking boot made it a lot worse, due to constant pressure of the walking boot, which I couldn’t take off. Now that I can take the boot off it isn’t as bad.

    There are some non-pharmaceutical recommendations that I can make, for pain.They may or may not work, as each body and condition is different:

    1. Arnica Montana - this is a homeopathic remedy, that is taken orally. It is in the form of a small pellet. Three or four pellets are put under the tongue, and allowed to dissolve. Without getting into the complex “science” of how it works, basically the essense of the arnica montana plant absorbs through the buccal tissues under the tongue and goes into the blood stream, causing systemic pain relief.

    It comes in a variety of strengths and sizes. The strongest (200C) is generally used for acute pain and the next strength down (30C) is used for chronic pain. I have both strengths on hand. Generally speaking, as you use the 30C on a consistent basis, the hope is that you can eventually decrease frequency and eventually not need it.

    When I am having acute pain, I take 4 pellets, wait 15 minutes take 4 pellets, wait 15 minutes and take it again. Then I see how my pain is. Once tha pain is better controlled, I go to scheduling it 3 or 4 times a day. That seems to manage my acute pain.

    For chronic pain, I get it under control with the above scheduling and then go to 30C, as scheduled above. For flares, go back to 200C.

    The beauty of homeopathic remedies is that there are no side effects, they are not addictive and they do not interract with any pharmaceutical or over the counter medications.

    This is where I get my Arnica Montana:

    https://www.homeopathyworks.com/arnica-montana-pills/

    2. Wild Lettuce (aka Wild Opium) - a natural (legal), non-narcotic “opiod” like non-addicting, plant based pain reliever.

    I just learned about this last summer, and for me it really works. From what I can tell, this “weed” only grows in certain areas, and we are blessed that it grows here in Texas. I am working on cultivating it this summer.

    I’m not sure exactly how it works, except that there is a bitter, white sap that runs through the leaves and stems of this weed, that grows upwards of 6-8 feet tall. This plant was and I’m guessing still is used by native Indians, for pain relief.

    The only side effects, that I have found are sleepiness (in me) and diarrhea (in DH).

    Wild Lettuce can be used orally or topically, and it can be found in four forms:
    A. Tea - the dried leaves and stems can be added to boiling water, allowed to seep into a strong tea and sipped. I have only done this once, and a little goes a long way, if allowed to steep for 30+ minutes.
    B. Tincture - dried leaves and stems are placed in alcohol. Many people use vodka, which is 90 proof. However, I recently found Everclear, which is a 190+ proof clear alcohol. The benefit of the stronger brew, is that is is more effective at pulling the healing essence out of the plant material.
    C. Glycerite - dried leaves and stems are slightly rehydrated with a small amount of water, to allow for better hydration when combined with organic glycerine. This mixture is slightly heated for 8-12 hours, to pull the healing essense out of the plant material. This is great for generalized pain, headache, and works amazingly well for aggrivating coughs, by placing a teaspoon in the mouth and gradually swallowing. The only issue I, personally, have with this form, is that it has too many carbs, for my low carb diet. So I have gone to the tea form.
    D. Thick sap, which is processed using the tea, in No.1 above. I haven’t made this yet, so I can’t say much either way about it. I do plan to make some this summer, after I harvest my first batch of wild lettuce.

    3. My Violet’s Lotion is a very effective, topical pain reliever. I use it often for my fibromyalgia pain, as well as RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome), sore muscles and joints, and the aggrevating itch from mosquito and chigger bites, wasp stings and poison ivy rash. This lotion has 12 very powerful anti-inflammatory essential oils, which not only work on the surface, of the skin but absorb into the skin allowing it to work on joints, as well.

    4 I recently started making a modified “Magnesium Oil” with essential oils, which is proving to be amazingly effective. I have been using is on my husband’s back and neck, combined with deep tissue massage, and he has found that over time, his severe pain is greatly reduced. My daughter got a bottle for Christmas and now swears by it for her lower back pain. Most recently a friend, who is bent over with severe scoliosis, was trying to hide her pain when she was here for a visit. However, not much gets by me, and I offered to give her a massage, using my Magnesium Oil. When I was finished working her back over, she stood up straight, and was amazed at how quickly it worked to relieve her pain. She kept laughing and saying, “I can stand up straight!!!”
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    In addition to the above natural methods of controlling pain, I also believe that diet can have a big (both positive and negative) impact on fibromyalgia and really chronic pain of many kinds.

    I believe that the toxins in our environment can build up in our cells and increase inflammation. There are way too many forms of inflammation, to go into details here. However, I do believe that by adjusting our diet to avoid processed foods, diet drinks and alcohol, sugar and by drinking lots of pure/filtered water, to flush toxins, we can minimize most, if not all inflammation a great deal. I believe that sugar and modern day wheat are the worst culprits, in our diets, when it comes to inflammation. I have noticed since I totally cut out sugar and all grains, from my diet, my fibromyalgia and joint pain are a lot better.

    Okay, @Baymule. Now you did it!!! At first I wasn’t sure what I could say, to help Carla. But, you (Bay) have unleased a BOOK, from me this day. :lol:
     
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  4. Mar 8, 2019
    Bruce

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    They haven't had enough pain. Get enough and you pray to die.
     
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    Carla D

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    That is almost where I’ve been this last month.
     
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    Baymule

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    See? I told you she'd show up. I use the Arnicare, I love the stuff. I use both the pills and the rub on cream, so does my husband. I have even given the pills to the dogs when they got snakebit by copperheads.

    I have her Violet's Lotion too. I don't have fibromyalgia, I have a bad knee, with the cartilage gone. The lotion gives me relief.

    Wait until @Devonviolet gets started on diet and fermented foods. She and I both have Chemical sensitivities, to the point where we can use NO perfumes, cleaning agents, scented laundry detergent, candles, anything with a smell. She has it worse them me, just walking into Lowes with all those products outgassing, knocks her for a loop. Needless to say, we both lead a pure, chemical free life. You might look into that for yourself.

    What cleaning products do you use? Look at the list of chemicals and look them up. Toxins. What about air freshener? Don't get it on your skin, don't ingest it, but suck it into your lungs? Laundry products, dryer sheets that make your clothes smell good, contain benzine-a carcinogen. Your clothes are soaked in chemicals, right next to your skin, to be absorbed. Furniture polish, oven cleaner, the list goes on and on. Start paying attention to what you use. The poison soup that you are exposed to daily could contribute to your flare up.
     
  7. Mar 14, 2019
    Carla D

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    I have made many friends in here the last several months. I’ve even stood my ground when unsolicited advice came my way. There are a couple if not more people who are upset with me. That’s fine. I would stand up for myself again if the same situation were to arise again. I’m going to logout for some time. I don’t know when I’ll be back. Things are picking up on the farm. It has been raining very steadily if not heavy the last 30 hours. Half of our snow is gone now. But we have standing water to deal with now. The water has nowhere to go right now because the ground is still frozen. Back half of our barn has standing water in it now. Not sure where we are going to put everyone, but we go get them on dry land. I’m not sure when I will be logging in again. Take care and good luck to all of you.
    Carla
     
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    I know this may sound unconventional and not everyone believes in these types of things. So if you dont I can totally respect that. Have you ever considered energy healing, such as reiki or acupuncture. I have found through personal experience, that when I get severe headaches, to the point I feel I am going to throw up, that I need to sit down and meditate and clear all the stagnant energy left in my system.

    I have seen cases of people with fibromyalgia that have gone through energy healing and had a significant decrease in their pain. If you have tried everything else and nothing changed it may be worth a shot.

    I wish you the best of luck Carla, and I hope you know just how strong you are.
     
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    Bruce

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    :(
    Was it something I said??

    Take care of yourself and please do come back.
     
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    Carla D

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    No it wasn’t anything you said. It was basically two people and they know who they are. They may have realized what they said because I went back and there is nothing in that thread where they posted. I’m going to assume it was taken down Beloit didn’t pertain to the thread. Right now we are in another emergency. It’s been raining heavy for the last day and a half. There is nowhere for it to go. The ground is still quite frozen. We had major piles of snow. Not no more. They are half the size they were three days ago because of all of the rain. We have major flooding going on. The only animals not in immediate danger at the moment are the goats and the rabbits. My sisters-in-law has standing water in her basement which sits about 10 feet higher than the barn. We have three very pregnant pigs that are scheduled to farrow in two weeks with two more behind them two or three see further out. We have nowhere to put them. There isn’t a dry place on the entire farm other thethe mound septic system. There are farmers who are on the brink of losing more than we are. The entire back third of our barn is under water. That’s where we have our youngest pigs. The barn is also the area our teenage and senior pigs go to get out of the weather. This is bad. I think we are going to be forced to find a place off the farm to farrow their litters. The goats would be up to their necks in water had we gotten them out where we planned on putting them.
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