Living life with a chronic illness is definitely not easy. But I do my best to push through all the barriers this illness puts in front of me! In my heart and mind, I believe maintaining a positive outlook on all situations in life will carry us through to much better times! I hope you find the information that I provide both helpful and inspirational!
Since Friday afternoon I have been battling with a nasty headache, which I think was more an evil migraine. It started when I was still working and I had to force myself through the last part of the day, which even though I work at home was difficult to make it until 5:00. I know some would say the migraine and pain came from stress, but I actually disagree with this. Yes, I did get a little worked up about a loan I was working because I was a little confused about what I had to do next, but I did get everything figured out and was fine.
I have been working with my new company for three weeks and I still love my job. During the initial few weeks after training, we are all supposed to work on the loans that are assigned to us, and then the team lead would review our work before we could proceed with changing the status to “complete”. Well on Friday while I was dealing with the start of my nasty migraine, my team lead told me I did not need to have my work reviewed anymore and could proceed on my own. I am not sure why I was so shocked by this because I do understand the work, but to be told this during the end of my third week was a good feeling and made me feel confident. This is the same team lead that told me during my second week on the job I was going to be his “rock star”, so I guess I have a lot to live up to!
When I did finally make it through my horrible painful day on Friday, I laid down with an ice pack on my head around 11:00 PM and did not really get up until late Saturday. Not only am I dealing with a migraine from hell, but my entire body aches. I do not know where this is all coming from. It has been incredibly hot in the south, but I do not leave my house so I don’t know why the heat would be causing me so many issues.
As I am trying to write this I can feel the pain starting back up again, not that it actually stopped it just eased up some. Dealing with pain is not easy and can cause some stress. Trying to understand why the pain has to be this severe is something that can’t be understood. Normally, I can deal with pain, but I am not able to deal with head pain.
Headaches/migraines will have me in the bed with an ice pack and nothing helps. It has been a frustrating weekend that is almost over. I can only hope the headache/migraine will leave me alone as the week starts. I promise I have done everything I know to get rid of the pain, but at this point, nothing is working. I am staying hydrated and even trying to eat.
Do y’all ever get massive migraines or pain in general? How do y’all deal with this? I would like to believe I am a strong person, but I am losing that strength dealing with all this pain. Any advice y’all may have would be greatly appreciated.
Thank y’all for visiting my site today. I do hope your weekend has been lovely, you have been able to enjoy it, and you have stayed safe. Please know that even though I am struggling with pain issues right now, I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and many positive vibes!
June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. For June, the goal is to raise awareness, further educate those unaware about migraines and headaches, and show support to those that deal with these issues. Due to the vast about of information and to try to maintain length, there will be other posts with even more information about migraines and headaches.
Migraines are the third most common disease globally estimating 14.77% of the world’s population suffers from migraines. Approximately 38 million United States citizens deal with this pain. Of the American’s that battle with migraines, about 85% are women. The vast majority of migraine sufferers experience an episode once or twice a month, more than 4 million others endures chronic daily migraines. It is an exceedingly debilitating condition causing not just a simple headache but can come along with nausea, vomiting, visual disturbances, utmost sensitivity to sound and, light and tingling or numbness in the face. Nearly 25% of migraine attacks may include an aura, which is a visual disturbance that lasts less than an hour.
Unfortunately, children can be affected by migraines. Of the children that experience migraines they typically have their first episode before age 12. Even though at younger ages boys suffer more from migraines than girls, once in the adolescent year’s girls end up dealing with migraines more than boys of the same age.
Migraines are a crucial public health concern, but they continue to be misunderstood, under-diagnosed, and under-treated. More than half of migraine suffers are never diagnosed properly. Many that suffer do not pursue medical attention for their pain because like individuals battling other chronic illnesses, there are extremely high costs for medical services, minuscule support, and restricted access to proper quality of care.
While we are in National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month it is important to recognize the International Classification of Headache Disorders, published by the International Headache Society, which used to classify more than 150 types of primary and secondary disorders.
I will begin with primary headache disorders which are divided into four groups:
1. Migraines- I briefly touched on this at the beginning of this post, but allow me to give a slightly deeper description. A migraine headache is distinguished by throbbing and pulsating pain caused by an activation of nerve fibers residing within the walls of the brain blood vessels that travel within the meninges. Just to quickly explain, meninges are the three membranes lining the skull and vertebral canal and encloses the brain and spinal cord.
Migraine headaches are repetitive episodes of throbbing pain ranging from moderate to severe in intensity. These typically affect one side of the head at a time. If an episode goes untreated it can potentially last anywhere from 4-72 hours.
Various factors can trigger the migraine cycle to begin and could differ from person to person, but may include sudden weather or environment changes, too much or not enough sleep, strong fragrances, emotion, stress, overexerting yourself, loud noises, motion sickness, low blood sugar, skipping meals, tobacco, depression, anxiety, head trauma, hangover, certain medications, hormonal changes, and bright or flashing lights. The cause in 50% of migraine sufferers were foods and ingredients. A few examples of the foods and ingredients that can trigger a migraine are aspartame, caffeine, or withdrawal from caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, aged cheeses, monosodium glutamate, numerous fruits and nuts, fermented or pickled goods, yeast, and cured or processed meats.
The four phases of a migraine, which all can be apparent during an episode, are:
1. Premonitory symptoms occurring up to 24 hours before developing a migraine. These symptoms can include food cravings, incomprehensible changes in moods, unmanageable yawning, fluid retention, and escalated urination.
2. Auras occur in some people causing them to immediately before and during the migraine see flashing or bright lights. Other people may experience muscle weakness or a feeling of being touched or grabbed.
3. Headaches can start and gradually build in severity, ultimately becoming a migraine. However, it is possible to suffer a migraine without a headache.
4. Postdrome can occur after a migraine, which is when someone feels exhausted or confused. This phase can potentially last up to 24 hours before the individual feels healthy again.
Besides the two main types of migraines, I will provide details on; there are eight others forms people may experience. I will share only the names of the additional types in this post but will do another post with the details in the next few days. The eight other types of migraines include Abdominal migraine, Basilar-type migraine, Hemiplegic migraine, menstrual-related migraine, Migraine without headache, Ophthalmologic migraine, Retinal migraine, and Status Migrainosus migraine. The following are the details regarding the two main migraine types.
1. Migraine with aura, also known as a classic migraine. Symptoms can show about 10-60 minutes before the headache begins and last no more than an hour. The symptoms may include visual disturbances, difficulty speaking, numbness, or muscle weakness on one side of the body, a sensation of tingling in the bands or face, nausea, loss of appetite, heightened sensitivity to light, sound, and smell.
2. Migraine without aura also knows as a common migraine. The symptoms with this type include headache pain that happens without warning and typically felt on one side of the head, nausea, confusion, fatigue, blurred vision, altered moods, and an intense sensitivity to light, sound, or noise.
The most common type of headache is a tension headache, which was previously known as a muscle-contraction headache. This type of headache suggests the role of stress and mental or emotional pain triggers pain and contracting muscles in the neck, face, scalp, and jaw, missed meals, depression, anxiety, not enough sleep, or sleep apnea.
The pain that accompanies tension headache can range anywhere from mild to moderate and anything in between. Typically this feels like constant pressure is being forced onto the front of the face or to the head or neck. It can also feel like something is being tightened around the head and is felt on both sides of the head. Those that suffer from tension headaches may become very sensitive to light and sound, but do not go through the pre-headache aura that comes along with migraines. Tension headaches will begin to fade once the period of stress or other related causes ends.
Tension headache tends to begin during adolescence and reach the utmost activity in the 30’s. These headaches do affect women somewhat more than men.
Tension headache has two different forms:
1.Episodic tension headaches happen between 10 and 15 days each month and can last anywhere between 30 minutes to several days. Even though the pain is not disabling, the intensity of pain tends to increase with the regularity of the episodes.
2.Chronic tension headaches often happens more than 15 days monthly over 3 months. The pain involved with this form of headache is consistent over days or even months, it is felt on both sides of the head and can become extreme and disabling.
Both depression and anxiety can be the source of tension headaches. These can occur in the early morning or evenings when conflicts at home or work are expected. The various other causes include posture that strains the head or neck muscles, degenerative arthritis in the neck, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
Cluster headaches are the most extreme form of primary headaches. This form of headache involves unforeseen, exceedingly painful headaches occurring in clusters. They typically occur at the same time of day and night for several weeks at a time. Cluster headaches affect one side of the head, frequently behind or around one eye, and may lead up to migraine-like aura and nausea. The pain involved peaks 5-10 minutes following the onset and persists at the same intensity up to 3 hours. Some will endure restlessness and agitation, changes in heart rate and blood pressure, and increased sensitivity to light, sound, or smell.
Cluster headaches can start at any age but typically begin between 20 and 50 years old. This form of headache commonly affects that smoke more than those that do not smoke and is seen more frequently in men than women. Cluster headache episodes do not last as long as migraines. Ordinarily, people will have 1-3 cluster headaches a day, with 2 cluster periods yearly, possibly separated by months free from any symptoms. Cluster periods are commonly inaccurately thought to be allergies because they do occur seasonally, normally in the spring or fall. It has been suggested that inconsistencies in the body’s sleep-wake cycle could be a cause of cluster headaches.
Thank you for visiting my site today. I am sorry this post was so incredibly long, but there is a lot of important information that needs to be shared. In my next few posts I will explain the miscellaneous primary headache forms, secondary headache disorders, treatments and diagnostics. I do hope the information in this post was helpful and offered some sort of comfort. Personally, I deal with migraines and tension headaches far too much and understand many others do as well. I want to encourage your comments because I know they will be amazing and even help others, including myself! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, and many positive vibes!
Happy Monday y’all! I hope you had a lovely weekend and you are ready for a new week. Chances are where you live is still under a stay at home order and you might still be working from home. Now, if you are not under any specific orders, please still stay as safe as you possibly can. Never forget that your life and your health matter! Once again, I did not really leave my house this past weekend. The only time I went out was to pick up a prescription, which was unfortunately at the grocery store that did not have a drive-up. I did wear a mask and gloves, which there was only 4 others doing the same, but at least I was safe and did not bring anything unsafe home to my family.
I know I have been blogging more over the past few weeks, but did not do anything over the weekend. For some reason, I was feeling very fatigued and experienced a lot of pain and did not have the energy. It was hard enough going out to pick up my prescription and I only want to put a post out when it is worth reading. I have already done posts about two awareness’s, but there are still two more I will be completing before the end of the month, one is Stress Awareness and the other is Alcohol Awareness, both are important topics to discuss!
I do want to share a quote with y’all that I found to be great and motivating, but I do hope you will find it to be a good motivator! I do hope you have a good start to the new week and you are feeling well.
There is no telling how much longer this pandemic will be continue to be a challenge for us, but please always do your best to stay safe! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love , comfort, and many positive vibes!
How many times throughout your life has someone told you that you stress and worry too much? I am not proud to admit this, but I can’t count how many times I have heard those words and normally from various people. I have always asked myself one question, is everyone else right and I am the one that is in the wrong? Truthfully, I tend to always answer this same way, half of the time they are dead wrong, but half the time I am the one in the wrong.
I am about to be brutally honest with myself and y’all. One thing I find completely impossible is turning my brain off. It seems that my brain has only two speeds, fast and overdrive without the ability to sit on idle. I feel like my thoughts are always running in circles, kind of like that hamster at the pet store and their wheel. When I am faced with a difficult situation, I managed to think of a million complex ways to approach the circumstances and just as many potential outcomes. It is kind of like I am always in the middle of another war with myself.
No matter what anyone else says, there will always be a few situations that are going to cause me a colossal amount of stress. These stressors can range anywhere from mild, which could be viewed as positive stress, to massive resulting in negative stress.
Recently, I gained some valuable knowledge that I wanted to share with y’all and I do hope you will find this information to be beneficial and helpful in your daily life.
I started this post off discussing stress, but I wanted to dig a little deeper into this topic that impacts all of our lives at some point. My entire life I have only viewed stress as a negative and unhealthy behavior. While stress does have many characteristics that can be viewed as negative, it can also have a positive side. Positive stress can be referred to as eustress which is short-term and even a little exciting. This type of stress is a motivator that can improve our performance. A few examples of eustress are starting a new job or receiving a promotion, getting married, buying a new home, moving, going on vacation, and many more things we look forward to. Overall, this occurs when situations are viewed as an opportunity that will pave the road to good results.
On the other hand, negative stress also known as distress has an entirely meaning and happens to be the type I am more familiar with. This is any negative emotions we feel such as anger, fear, anxiety, and or frustration. This type of stress is typically felt when we feel threatened and lose control of the situation.
Negative stress is followed by so many other factors that can be masked and even dismissed, but it does not go away that easy. This stress can be a short-term or long-term challenge that can cause anxiety to overflow, like when you share a coke bottle. Negative stress can decrease creativity and impair problem-solving and decision-making abilities. By allowing pent-up energy from stress to build up, it will only continue to escalate causing even more damage to the brain-mind body.
This form of stress also has the potential to create a fight or flight response. Our bodies go through many awful changes when we experience this reaction including increased blood pressure, heart rate, and perspiration, slowing indigestion, and a great deal of tension in our muscles. Things can get worse when in distress leading to mental and physical problems.
I am going to share just a few examples of negative stress which include a death of a loved one, divorce, separation or relationship issues, unemployment, legal troubles, financial problems, and there are many more issues that can lead to difficult and painful times.
For those of us that live with a chronic illness, stress does nothing but add extra difficulties to our already heavily burdened life. No one can avoid stress because it can and does impact everyone’s life at some point, so we need to try finding ways to heal ourselves and each other relax a lot more. Logically, we all understand that the pressures from stress can potentially create additional health risks and issues at any moment, so let us work together with ideas that may help us to relax and stay calm.
Y’all probably already have ways that help you stay calm, but I am going to share with y’all 6 ways that may help maintain a relaxed state of mind!
Thank y’all for stopping by my site today. Not only do I hope you enjoyed this post, but I hope it provided you with some helpful information. There is no doubt about it life often Try to worry less by identify what you do and don’t have any control over. After you have determined what you have absolutely no control over it, focus your attention on anything that can distract you, even if it is only for a short time. Sometimes simple distraction can give you just the right amount of peace and comfort.
Know what your limits are and set boundaries. Once you have established your limits and boundaries focus only on what you can do and be proud of this accomplishment. Small accomplishments can lead to HUGE success!
Learn how to forgive yourself. Any regrets you have from the past needs to be left behind, that is what the past is for. Moving forward leads to where the future is and considering the past can’t be changed, worrying about it isn’t going to fix anything and it just isn’t worth it!
Remind yourself it is okay to say “NO”. if you are feeling unwell, exhausted, or both, pushing yourself will only result in negative consequences. Family and friends will understand if you need to back out of plans at the last minute and if they don’t, that is on them, NOT you!
Daily exercise is good for the mind and soul. The exercise doesn’t need to be anything more than you can tolerate, just know and remember your limits. Exercise is not a competition, so try to enjoy!
Stimulate your mind. We all tend to stress a lot more when we have nothing to focus our attention and energy on. This is a perfect opportunity to find a new hobby. The sky is the limit with this, so have fun and enjoy this!
adds additional stress to our lives, but we must find ways to handle it better and without causing us extra health issues. I have always heard that stress is a silent killer and I believe that now more than ever. Y’all already know that my week did not start off the best due to a nasty headache/migraine, but it ended even worse than it started. I am okay, but I am not ready to talk about it yet. I have not processed everything yet and it is still way to fresh, but I do promise as soon as I am ready to share, I will. I hope your weekend is going great and you are feeling well. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love , comfort, and many positive vibes!
Good morning y’all! I hope your week has been great with LOTS of happiness! There is great news to Thursday, tomorrow is finally Friday! The week has been unusually long, but I do believe it is because of time change. It never matters if we set the clocks ahead or set the clocks back, it messes with our internal clocks! Granted my drive to work in the mornings is sunshine, but the drive home is dark and after a long day I just want to close my eyes!
Heck on Wednesday the apartment community I work at had a resident function and I did not leave until 7. Talk about a long day, I was at work for almost 11 hours! It was way too many hours for me and I should have said something to my manager. There is already a letter on file from my doctor stating I should not work more than 5 days in a row and may need to have less hours some days because it puts way too much stress on my body and that will only cause me too many problems. Let’s face it though, how many people in management actually care more about their employees and less about the bottom line with revenue?
We have almost made it through another week and I am happy to say, I do not work the weekend! A weekend with no plans sounds so great to me right now! Recently I saw the quote I am sharing with y’all and found it incredibly uplifting, which I hope you will as well!
Thank you so much for visiting my site today! I hope you have a fantastic Friday Eve and you are feeling well! As always I do look forward to reading what you think about the quote I have shared with you. Please remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love , comfort, and many positive vibes!
If you are anything like me and remain stubborn, you might not give much thought to the importance of sleep. I often prefer to just avoid the feelings of fatigue and I just keep moving along. Even though I probably have experienced one or both before, I never knew exactly what it meant sleep deprived or sleep deficiency until writing this and now I have a lot of information to share with y’all.
The bottom line is, sleep is crucial for good health and well-being throughout our lives. The amount, quality of and sleeping during the right times can assist in protecting our mental health, physical health, quality of our life and even our own safety.
While we are asleep, our bodies are working to support both healthy brain function and maintaining our physical health. Sleep also enhances our learning, problem-solving skills, the ability to pay attention, making decisions and our own creativity.
Our immune system relies heavily on sleep in order to remain healthy and to continue defending own bodies against foreign and harmful substances. This should really grab the attention of all of us, especially those of us that already have weaker immune system, and heighten our desire to change our sleep patterns so our immune system can be stronger.
Deep sleep triggers our body to release hormones that promote normal growth. The hormone that is released during heavy sleep actually boosts muscle mass and helps repair cells and tissues. This hormone also maintains a healthy balance between the feelings hunger and feeling full.
We just briefly went over some of the positives regarding getting the proper amount of sleep; let’s now go over the negative aspects to not getting enough sleep. Sleep deficiency can alter parts of the brain, including trouble making decisions, solving problems and controlling our emotions and behaviors. Sleep deficiency also can lead to depression, risk taking behaviors and can go as far as suicide.
Ongoing sleep deficiency has been linked to many other risks, including obesity, heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke. Continued sleep deficiency can drastically change responses from the immune system which will make it fighting against common infections very difficult.
After only a few nights of losing as little as 1-2 hours of sleep our ability to function is compromised and causes us to be less productive than if we actually got the sleep needed. For some reason it was shocking to me that after only losing a few hours of sleep a couple nights in a row can and does cause so many issues for us. I know that my sleep patterns are not good and I very rarely get enough sleep, which really needs to change!
Another thing I would have NEVER expected is sleepiness causes just as many if not more accidents than drunk driving. It is a fact that about 100,000 accidents and 1,500 deaths yearly are due to driving without enough sleep. The reason this caught my eye so much is because I have always refused to get behind the wheel of a car after even just one drink, but yet I drive most of the time without enough sleep.
The chart below is from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). These are recommendations for what is proper sleep.
Age Recommended amount of sleep
4-12 months old 12-16 hours, including naps
1-2 years old 11-14 hours, including naps
3-5 years old 10-13 hours
6-12 years old 9-12 hours
13-18 years old 8-10 hours
18 and older 7-8 hours
Sleep deprivation and sleep deficiency can affect people of any age, race and ethnicity. However, the list below shows who could be at a greater risk:
Has limited time to sleep, such as caregivers, those working longer hours and or working more than one job.
Those with a work schedule that conflicts with their internal clocks, like shift workers.
Making lifestyle choices preventing sleep. For instance taking medicine to stay awake during the day, abusing alcohol and or drugs.
Undiagnosed or untreated medical problems, such as stress, anxiety or sleep disorders.
Having a medical condition or taking medication that interferes with sleep.
There are actually a few medical conditions that have been linked to sleep disorders such as; heart failure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, depression and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Sleep deficiency can cause you to feel very sleepy during the day and not feeling refreshed and alert when you wake up. This can cause a person to have a variety of issues to deal with like problems learning, focusing, trouble making decisions, memory issues, controlling emotions and behaviors, coping with change and taking longer to complete tasks. If you feel you could doze off during any of the following symptoms you might be experiencing sleep deficiency:
Sitting to read a book or watching TV
Sitting in a public place; like a movie theater, meeting at work or classroom
Riding in a car for an hour without a break
Sitting and talking to someone
Sitting quietly after lunch
Sitting in traffic for a few minutes
Once you have realized that you are sleep deprived it is vital to start taking the proper steps to improve for the sake of your own health. If we start getting enough sleep nightly we may find we are not only happier, but also more productive.
Steps to improve our sleep habits may include:
Trying to keep the same sleep schedule daily, even on the weekends. Limiting the difference to no more than one hour is important. Going to bed later and sleeping in on the weekends can and will disrupt the body’s internal clock.
Use the hour before bedtime as quiet time. Avoid strenuous activities and bright artificial light from the TV or computer screen. The light that comes from a TV or computer screen can signal the brain that it is time to be awake.
Avoid heavy and or large meals within a few hours prior to bedtime. Also avoid alcohol before bedtime.
Avoid nicotine, caffeine, tea, soda and chocolate. The effects from these can last up to 8 hours, which could make it difficult to fall asleep.
Spend time outside and be active during the day.
Keep your bedroom quiet, cool and dark.
Take a hot bath or try other relaxation techniques before bedtime.
Adults should limit nap-time. If a nap is necessary, it should not be more than 20 minutes.
Thank y’all for visiting my site today. The topic of proper sleep has always been an issue for me. It seems as soon as I lay my head down my thoughts start getting out of control and run on high speed. I do the best I can, but still never get the right amount of sleep. Do y’all deal with this issue and if so what do you do about it?
I hope you are enjoying your weekend the best you can. I think the weekend went by way too fast and our new week starts again tomorrow. Maybe the weekend went by fast because of the time change, but that should actually make the weekend longer. I am looking forward to reading your thoughts on this post and I know you will have excellent ideas. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love , comfort, and may positive vibes!
Last Wednesday was a pretty crazy day for me. First, I left work early so I could be with my husband at our older cat Chloe’s doctor’s appointment. Chloe is 14 years old and always been very healthy, but she has been losing a lot of weight lately and we knew it wasn’t normal. My poor baby was so scared in the short car ride and even more so waiting in the exam room. Even though Chloe was getting her blood drawn and the doctor got a urine sample from her, she was surprisingly very well behaved. Chloe has a very unique little personality and does not put up with anything she doesn’t like, but she is also incredibly sweet and lovable.
The results from all of Chloe’s tests were not horrible, but they were not great either. My husband and I did some research prior to the appointment, so we would be prepared for the results. However, there is NO amount of research that could have prepared us for the results. Our 14 year old sweet baby girl has early stage kidney failure. We are trying to start the new food that will help her, but so far she doesn’t like it. This is just going to take a lot of patience and persistence to get her to eat the new food!
The evening part of Wednesday was not all that great either. Well it was more the late night part of Wednesday. For the first time in my life, I had two falls. The first fall happened around one in the morning and wasn’t that bad because I landed on my knees. The second fall happened shortly after the first around 1:30 am and it was horrible. I still do not know 100% what I hit my head on, the only thing I can think of is the window panel.
I immediately had a huge lump right above my left eye. My husband was so worried he took me to the emergency room. I was still pretty out of it when we were talking to the nurses and stayed that way when the doctor finally came in. The ER doctor had me wipe the sore that was showing, I guess so he could see if I needed stitches. Thankfully, I did not need stitches. After that, the doctor said we needed to do a CT to make sure there wasn’t a brain bleed. I am relieved the CT did not indicate a brain bleed or anything else that could be dangerous. I was released from the hospital with the directions to rest. It seems that the only thing that helps a concussion is rest!
I was having a lot dizzy spells before the fall, but now it is every time I stand up from the couch. I am not sure if the increased dizziness is from hitting my head or from the MS. I am also having some memory issues and tend to get confused easily.
In my 37 years, I have never had a black eye or a concussion. I hate how awful the nasty black eye looks and have not been able to cover it with make-up. I am going back to work on Monday, but will be sure to take it easy. Hopefully, the nasty eye will be better by then. Everyone knows my favorite color is purple, but I do not want my eye to be all dark purple! I am trying to listen to what the doctor said about reducing screen time, but I am still trying to do some in the blogging community. I of course will love reading your comments, but it may take me a little longer to respond.
I hope you are enjoying your weekend and of course feeling the best you can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love , comfort and many positive vibes!
Y’all may have noticed that I have not been all that active with the blogging community because last week was pretty crazy for me. There were many changes, but they were all positive changes. I often don’t care much for change, but they are going to happen whether we want them to or not. To make life a little easier I decided to just embrace the changes and carry on!
You probably remember that my previous job was not working out for several very valid reasons. The main reason was how expensive insurance was going to be for just myself. The person that hired me, may he rest in peace, knew why I needed to have insurance, but he never told me how ridiculous the cost would be. I was not necessarily lied to, but I also was not provided with appropriate information. I do not think this experience was all that fair to me, but it is what it is. I guess we live and learn, so there is no reason to dwell on the negative feelings from that experience.
On a much more positive note, Monday I started a new job. In the past I worked as a leasing consultant, assistant manager, marketing manager and a property manager for apartment communities. I have been out of this type of work for many years, but I was able to adjust rather quickly. I guess somethings are like riding a bike! I am working for a nice community and my co-workers so far are great! The entire staff gets along rather well and we are able to have a little fun! Working a full-time job means we are working 40 hours a week. Working 40 hours a week seems like we are at work more than we are at home, so it is important to enjoy what we are doing and our co-workers. It has only been 5 days, but I find the people I work with a little crazy in a good way! The other great thing about this new job is insurance for both me and my husband is far less than it would have been for just me at my previous job. The insurance also will start on July 1st and at the previous job I would have had to wait three months. It will be a stress relief having insurance again!
The car accident I had about a month ago was scary, frustrating, time- consuming, discouraging and sad! My car ended up being totaled and the only good thing about this was what the insurance company paid out for the loss of my car. I was forced to try finding something to replace my irreplaceable car. This was a little emotional because that was the car my husband and I left our wedding in, but we will always have those amazing memories. Unfortunately car shopping was a real eye-opener to how dishonest people can be. Thankfully my husband was extremely helpful with this aggravating process. My husband did n great job searching for what I wanted and made sure all my requirements were met! I was able to travel with him a few times times, but he did on his own as well and he even went with his mother to once. I am very thankful for everyone that helped find the right vehicle for me. We did finally find the right one at the end of last week and brought it home late Friday night! I had been awake more than 24 hours and it did a number on me. I am still trying to feel normal and alert. My new car is actually an SUV and it so pretty and I just love it! I wanted a Chevy Tahoe that was a dark grey or black, had a sunroof and heated seats, which the one I ended up with had it all! My Tahoe is an unusually pretty dark grey that just sparkles! Even though I understand this SUV isn’t accident proof, I am thankful it is a lot safer than my little car was.
I am slowly getting adjusted to working full-time, getting enough sleep so I do not get sick and or run rundown and of course the nasty southern heat. Honestly I am not great at the getting enough sleep thing, but I am trying. The temperatures have been very hot, which causes my energy level to be rather low. It is not even summer yet, but it has already been in the high 90’s, which means summer might be more like hell!
I definitely want to try to figure out how to continue blogging while working full-time. I have always heard that when you really want to do something bad enough, you will find a way to do so. I am very behind right now, so please forgive my late responses to what you share and my own site. There are no doubts in my mind that I will get everything figured out and I will be back on schedule!
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend and you are feeling well! I think you already know this, but in case you forgot, I appreciate you taking the time to visit my site! I promise if you leave a comment, I will respond as quickly as I can. With the weekend coming to an end soon, I hope you are able to enjoy what is left to the fullest! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love , comfort and many positive vibes.
Good evening y’all! I hope you are having a good week so far and hope it stays pleasant! Just think, we already made it through two days of the week, so we are almost half way there!
Y’all already know I have been battling with what I thought was a nasty stomach bug, but after doing a little research I do not think that is the case anymore. Of course I haven’t seen a doctor about it because I do not have insurance, but I think I figured it out on my own. I am about 99.9% sure I have developed Gluten Intolerance. I guess that is actually a good thing because understanding what is going on and understanding how to handle it will provide me with some relief or at least I hope it will! Obviously I am not a doctor, but I think I am familiar enough with the body I have lived in for almost 38 years. I am going to share with y’all what I have learned and please if you have any other helpful tips or ideas, please let me know!
I first want to clarify a few important details I have learned! Gluten Intolerance is often confused with other issues, like Celiac Disease or food allergies, but there are some differences and similarities. Gluten is a protein found mainly in wheat, barley and rye. This protein can cause digestive problems like gassiness, abdominal pain or diarrhea. With food allergies, the immune system overreacts to a particular food causing various reactions and levels of severity. Celiac Disease is an inherited autoimmune disorder that can damage the small intestines, but Gluten Intolerance almost mimics this.
Signs & Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance:
Bloating: This is when the belly is swollen or full of gas after eating. This is very common and does occur in 87% of individuals with Gluten Intolerance.
Diarrhea, constipation and smelly feces: About 50% of individuals with gluten intolerance deal with diarrhea and 25% experience constipation. This is when you would experience inflammation in the gut after eating gluten. This damages gut lining, leading to poor nutrient absorption.
Abdominal Pain: This is something else that is very common with Gluten Intolerance. 83% of individuals living with this intolerance experience abdominal pain.
Headaches: About 10-12% of the Western population experiences migraines. People with Gluten Intolerance are prone to migraines.
Feeling Tired: This is also being very common, leading to 60-82% of individuals with Gluten Intolerance experience this. People with this condition are prone to fatigue and tiredness, having very low energy. Gluten Intolerance can cause iron-deficiency anemia. This is a condition in which blood lacks adequate healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen to the body’s tissues
Skin Problems: There is a blistering skin condition called Dermatitis Herpetiformis, which is a manifestation of gluten-sensitive enteropathy, commonly known as celiac disease. This is not as common and can improve once on a Gluten-Free Diet!
Depression: Depression is not as common and only affects 6% of those living with this intolerance. People with digestive issues seem more prone to both anxiety and depression.-Even though depression is not too common, there are a few theories for how Gluten Intolerance can lead to depression.*Abnormal serotonin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter allowing cells to communicate and is commonly referred to as “Happiness” hormones.
*Gluten Exorphines, these peptides are formed during digestion of the gluten proteins. The gluten proteins may interfere with the Central Nervous System, which may raise the risk of depression.
*Changes in gut microbiota. This is increased harmful bacteria and decrease beneficial bacteria increasing the risk of depression.
Unexplained Weight Loss
Iron-Deficiency Anemia: This causes symptoms such as low blood volume, fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, headaches, pale skin and weakness.
Anxiety: This can affect anywhere from 3% to 30% of people worldwide. Involves feelings of worry, nervousness, unease and agitation. People with gluten intolerance are more prone to anxiety and panic disorders.
Autoimmune Disorders: Even though Gluten Intolerance is a separate issue from Celiac Disorder, I thought it would be good to share this as well. Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder causing your immune system to attach the digestive tract after consuming gluten. Typically people with gluten intolerance also have another autoimmune diseases to cope with.
Joint and Muscle Pain: There is a theory that people with Celiac Disease have a genetically determined over-sensitive or over-excitable nervous system. Gluten exposure may cause inflammation in gluten sensitive people. This inflammation may result in wide-spread pain, including joints and muscles.
Leg or Arm Numbness: Neuropathy symptoms involving numbness and tingling in the arms and legs.
Brain Fog: This issue affects up to 40% of those with Gluten Intolerance. Forgetful, difficulty thinking, feeling cloudy and mental fatigue.
After learning more about this the things I deal with almost make more sense in a way. Battling with stomach issues for over on month, numerous headaches/migraines, constant feeling of fatigue, obnoxious levels of anxiety, nervousness, worrying and quick agitation, dizziness at random times, weakness, joint and muscle pain, numbness and cloudiness in my mind. I always blamed so many of these symptoms on Multiple Sclerosis and maybe that is still the case, but maybe it is a Gluten Intolerance causing more of it.
I am doing my best right now to change my diet, but it really isn’t easy. I bought several gluten-free products at the grocery store, clementines and carrots, but honestly have not seen much of a change. Logically, I have only been trying this for a couple of days and I know it takes time for this type of change, but at least I am trying! Do y’all have any advice you would be willing to share? I know you always have great ideas and fantastic suggestions that I do appreciate!
Thank y’all for stopping by my site today and I am sorry this was a little longer than most of my posts, but there was so much information to share. I hope you have a lovely and relaxing evening and of course I hope you are feeling well! I know it often takes me longer to respond to your comments, but I promise to respond as quickly as I can! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love , comfort and many positive vibes!
Good afternoon y’all! I hope you had a good week and you are enjoying this beautiful weekend! It is finally trying to warm up where I live and no rain at the moment. Rain can be relaxing when I am at home and even though it does increase my pain, it also provides a calming sound. I definitely prefer to not be out or at work when it is raining only because it makes me even more tired than normal.
I am sorry that I didn’t share a pick-me-up Thursday this week, but I was way too tired to do much of anything after being at work in front of a computer for 8 hours. The new job is an actual full-time thing and it is pretty exhausting. I know my previous job was also full-time, but I was salary and it wasn’t actually 40 hours. My energy level has been rather low as I am getting adjusted to this, but hopefully I will get there soon and be able to be active with my blog way more than I was this week.
Not only did I start this new job, but I am also still battling with some kind of stomach issue that has been here well over a month now! Considering I do not have insurance yet, I can’t really afford to go to a doctor that will only want to run a ton of tests on me. I knew I would have to deal with my chronic illness without insurance for 90 days, but this stomach issue I wasn’t expecting. Currently there are only a few things I am able to eat, so my diet at the moment is crackers and ginger ale, not very exciting I know!
The people I am going to be working with seem rather nice and laid back, but we will see how long that lasts. I have gotten to know one girl and we like the same kind of music, so that is always a good talking point. The person that hired me understands what MS is because his sister battles with this as well. He has actually been great and told me to take breaks when I needed to. Typically breaks are every 2 hours, so at least I know I can do them more frequently if needed.
I am very behind with reading and commenting on all of your incredible posts, but I will try to catch up this weekend. I am not going to make any promises though because I am not sure how much I will be able to catch up on or what I am going to be capable of moving forward, but I will tell you I will do my best. I always enjoy being able to blog because it really is the best therapy ever!!
Thank y’all for taking the time to visit my site today and I do appreciate your understanding during my adjustment period. I hope y’all have a fabulous weekend and you are able to do what brings you the most joy! Please remember, even though I am dealing with an adjustment at the moment, I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort and many positive vibes!