September, Pain Awareness Month

DmeoxF9XcAAnEI5I actually meant to complete this post earlier in the month because September is Pain Awareness Month and it is an important topic, but just was not able to because of too much fatigue and ironically enough pain. However, I do have a lot of information I want to share with y’all.

Pain is an awful thing many are forced to live with. Pain unfortunately affects way too many people’around the world. Speaking from my own personali-am-in-pain-you-just-dont-know-it-cause-i-smile-through-the-rain-and-refuse-to-show-it. experiences, I battle with pain every day and every minute of my life and it is anything but easy. Of course some days are worst that others, but even on a good day I still hurt more than anyone ever should have to. In all the years I have survived pain and Multiple Sclerosis, I have found that my pain increases drastically later in the day, like after about 2:00 PM. However even when I am in pain, I refuse to give in, but instead try my best to rise up again andpainhigh-res keep fighting the battle.

There are five types of pain a person can suffer from:

1.) Acute:

*Pain is felt short-term

*Pain will start suddenly

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*Gradually will resolve on its own, when the injury heals.

2.) Chronic:

*This type of pain is felt over extended periods of time.

*Effected areas include back, neck, joints, mouth and face and muscles and bones.

*This type of pain is possibly caused by inflammation or dysfunctional nerves

*Diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, and ailments due to cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Stomach Ulcers, AIDS and Gallbladder Disease.

3.) Neuropathic Pain-nerve-pain

*This type of pain and come and go.

*This is caused by damage or disease affecting the somatosensory nervous system. It is possible it could be associated with abnormal sensations called dysesthesia.

*There are many symptoms for this type of pain, which include: Sensation of pins and needles, uncomfortable tingling and burning, burning and tingly pain, uncomfortable and uncontrollable nerve pain. These symptoms can be felt during a certain time or day or felt the entire day without a break.

download (4)4.) Visceral Pain:

*Results from activation of nociceptors of the thoracic, pelvic or abdominal viscera (organs).

*Sensitive to stretching, ischemia and inflammation, but insensitive to small stimuli, like cutting or burning that typically cause pain

5.) Breakthrough Pain:

*Severe pain that rears its ugly head, when a person is already medicated with long-term pain killers.

*Very common in cancer patients.wp-1451082527281

*Felt in between regular and scheduled pain killers.

Lower back pain, migraines, facial pain, and neck pain are the four most common issues among those that suffer from chronic pain. Only 7% of men deal with chronic pain, where 18% of women deal with this nasty issue.

pain-awareness-monthAfter reviewing the statistics of people around the world that deal with chronic pain, the United States has the highest numbers.  For many reasons, I was not all that surprised that American’s rank highest in this category. I am going to list 6 major points of American’s and pain.

*50 million of the population live with chronic pain

*Between 560 and 630 million dollars is lost annually because of chronic pain

*Chronic pain is the leading cause of early long-term disabilityCrPnpZqUAAUwBhS

*Lower back pain affects 26 million people (which is 80%)

*Pain accounts for 78% of emergency room admissions (This is a huge number of people that are forced to go to an Emergency room,. knowing how awful insurance is and knowing the bill will be obscene.)

*Pain disrupts 42 million American’s sleep

download (5)Canada, having free health care also has many people that deal with pain. I have heard that the only thing that could be difficult is getting in with a doctor quickly, but at least they won’t go bankrupt dealing with their health issues. I am going to list a few stats from Canada.

*1 in 10 Canadian’s experience chronic pain

*9% of men and 12% of females experience chronic pain

*1.5 million of Canadian’s suffer pain issues

*34.6% of those deal with chronic pain, consider suicide

Considering that pain does affect so many around the world, I also wanted to share some random stats. The stats below are either worldwide or are to a specific area.

*20.5% or 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer with chronic pain

Pain management word cloud concept*20% of pain related suicides are a result of back pain

*30-50% of middle age people have neck episodes yearly

*Patients experience persistent pain after a routine surgery 50% of the time

*Back surgery fails up to 40% of the time. 2nd and 3rd interventions fail up to 70%

*Between 15% and 100% of patients with depression also battle with pain

*People with less education are 80% more likely to have chronic pain, than those with higher education

*500 million working days in Europe are lost to chronic pain

*20.2% of the Danish population suffers with chronic pain

CfIvOxFXEAA18E_I know many of you live with an illness that also causes a great deal of pain and I truly hate that for all of you. I stand by my beliefs that no one should ever have to suffer throughout their lives and there should be many more cures than there are. I guess there is a huge part of me that thinks, ‘It is 2019 and there are many brilliant minds out there. Why are these highly intelligent people not finding cures? Or why if these people have found the cures, why aren’t they shared?’

It takes a strong and determined person to work around the challenges that pain 49fa3f70b3c9ded5e0963d1328128554inflicts on our lives. I may have never met any of you in person, but through reading your posts and your comments on mine, I know you are one of these incredibly strong individuals ❤. With it being “Pain Awareness Month”, I wanted to share information that struck a nerve for me. Pain may be able to hide from others, but it is so real for many people. All I can say is a strong positive mind can do amazing things and even if it doesn’t take the pain away, it could carry you through to better times.

Thank you so much for visiting my site today. I always appreciate you taking the time to not only read what I share, but 3cf90d128f2321c4137a8be012ec0616--be-better-better-lifealso leaving amazing comments. I hope you have had a wonderful weekend and you are feeling the best you possibly can. I know it can seem difficult to remember, but y’all are very strong and have loving hearts. The amount of compassion y’all share is breathtaking! Please never forget that i am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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A few things that break my heart

downloadHow often do we try doing everything we can for everyone else, but forget to care for ourselves? I can be very guilty of this and even on a daily basis because I only want the best for everyone. It breaks my heart ❤when I see a homeless person that is kindly asking for a few dollars just so they can have food to eat. It enrages me when I witness a homeless person being disrespected and or belittled by an ignorant individual that knows nothing of their struggles. Even though I wonder how such an awful thing can occur, people do fall on hard times and end up hungry without a images (1)comfortable place to lay their head at night. There is only one person that knows their struggles and no one should ever judge because it can happen to anyone at any time!

How do you feel when you meet someone that is trying their best to dig their way out of a dark time? For instance, a single mother of 3 who is working 2 jobs just to put food on the table and a roof over their heads? Now it isn’t only a mother that plays the mother and father in this situation, there are single fathers out there as well. They are trying their hardest to care for their children, while trying to 28d5d07106bdc9e8dd8c2833142a1e19be the mother and father. 

Why does it seem the number of people who are self-centered and have an entitlement attitude increased so drastically? How is it possible so many people have lost the ability to have empathy for others? There is not a person on the face of this earth that is better than the next person, but yet so many feel they are superior. In a perfect world, everyone would be treated equally and fairness would not be a privilege, but it would be a right!

Another thing that bothers me terribly is the way animals are treated. Animals are innocent and 51T1MAPcg0L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_depend on their owners for common needs like; food, water, love ❤, a safe home, etc. How many animals have you seen that hold a grudge and only know hatred? I do kind of think one of our cats holds a grudge for a short time after her nails are clipped, but that never lasts more than a few minutes! Unlike the human race, animals love ❤ unconditionally and without ulterior motives! Maybe if humans tried living the way animals do, the world would be download (8)much happier place with far less wars.

Thank y’all for visiting my site today! I hope you had a wonderful weekend filled with LOTS of happiness! I cannot believe there is only a few hours left of the weekend before we are starting another 40 hour work week. I guess all we can do now is appreciate short time we have left and be thankful! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Chronically Hopeful Award!

ChronicallyHopefulAwardI was completely blown away that the lovely Heather and Dizzy at https://dinosaursdonkeysandms.com thought to nominate me for such a beautiful award. I find both ❤ Heather and Dizzy to be so encouraging and battle MS with nothing but grace! Considering I have been adjusting to working full-time again, blogging has been a little difficult for me. I had actually told myself that I would not be able to do award posts until I had fully adjusted, but this one is very special and holds a place in my ❤heart because I think all of us living with a chronic illness need to hold on tight to hope! I mean, without hope, what do we really have? Thank you from the bottom of my ❤ heart Heather and Dizzy ❤ for this incredible nomination! I do encourage anyone that has not already visited Heather and Dizzy’s site to check it out https://dinosaursdonkeysandms.com, I know you will love it as much as I do! And thank you Pamela ❤ for creating this amazing award for those that are able to have hope for the future!

The wonderful Chronically Hopeful Award has been created by Pamela, “to recognize the incredible people who blog about chronic illness, mental health and disability.”

THE RULES:

  1. Thank your nominator
  2. Recognize Pamela from There Is Always Hope as the creator of this award and link her URL – https://pamelajessen.com
  3. Use the Chronically Hopeful Award logo somewhere in your post
  4. Copy these rules onto your post
  5. Answer your nominator’s questions
  6. Write 5-10 of your own questions (they don’t need to be illness related)
  7. Nominate 5-10 other chronic illness, mental illness, or disability bloggers
  8. Comment on each of your nominees’ latest posts to tell them they have been nominated

Heather & Dizzy’s Questions and my answers:

 1, What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from your illness?

 I think the biggest lesson I have learned since diagnosed with MS at age 19 is, life can be painfully difficult, but giving up should never be an option. We are meant to live the life we are living and must always fight with everything we have.

2. If you were a dinosaur, what dinosaur would you be and why? download (4)

This was actually a very difficult question to answer, but I think I would have to say a Pterodactyl because they can fly! I think it would be amazing to have the ability to fly away when you need time alone!

3. What is your most embarrassing moment? 

I know I have had many embarrassing moments, but I have done my best to forget them. One embarrassing moment I haven’t been able to forget is tripping while walking on rocks at the beach. It was a simple accident, but so many people watched it happen.

4. What is your favourite flower?download (3)

My absolute favorite flower is the Stargazer lily. I got married in early October when these flowers were not really in season, but I just had to have them. Thankfully, the florist was able to get them for me! It was probably the only thing that I just had to have for my wedding!

5. What makes you happy? 

There are several things that make me happy. First, my two adorable and very loving ❤ cats bring me so much joy. They can be little terrors at times, but they misbehave in the cutest ways possible! Being able to write also brings me so much joy.

 

❤❤My amazing nominees are: Now, my nominees are in no specific order and I also do not want to add any additional stress or pressure to your life, so please do not feel obligated to participate, I will understand if you choose not to. On the other hand, I do look forward to reading your answers to the questions I have come up with!

https://simplychronicallyill.com/

https://autoimmunewarrior.org/

https://mymsrollercoasterride.wordpress.com

https://fuckms.ca

https://bsingthroughms.home.blog/

https://invisiblyme.com/

https://brokenlifesite.wordpress.com

https://beckiesmentalmess.blog/

https://msichchronicles.blog/

❤My Questions For My Nominees Are:

1, What inspires you?

2. What brings you the most joy in life?

3. What do you struggle the most with?

4. If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?

5. What has been your greatest achievement in the past year?

Thank y’all for visiting my site today! I hope y’all are having a fabulous weekend and you are feeling well. Please, if you have not already visited Heather and Dizzy’s site, check them out if you have the time, I know you will never regret it! Never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

 

 

A Day of Remembrance!

memorial-day-1.jpgMemorial Day, is an American Holiday that is observed on the last Monday of the month of May. This holiday is to honor the men and women who lost their lives while serving in the United States military. This day did not actually become an official federal holiday until 1971. Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day in the years that followed the Civil War.

I still cannot understand how any war can be referred to as “Civil” because 620,000 people lost their lives in this war. This “Civil” War or the War Between the States went Memorial Day Tributeon from April 12, 1861 until April 9, 1865. The absolutely absurd thing about this war is, it was fought between the United States of America and the Confederate States of America. The Confederate States of America was 11 southern states that left the union in efforts to form their own country and consisted of; South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee. The Confederate States of America were fighting to freedom isnt freeprotect their so called rights for slavery.

For me this is a shameful thing to even fight about because I do not believe slavery should have ever existed. Y’all already know this about me, but I strongly believe everyone should be treated equally regardless of their skin color or anything else some might judge on. In 1865, the United States of America defeated those that were part of the Confederate State of America and slavery was abolished.

 Of course in 2019, people are using this day to visit cemeteries, memorials, hold family gathering and participate in parades. Today is aimages (14)day to honor those that fought for equality and to not have anyone referred to slaves. The real meaning behind this day is something honorable and should be recognized. To really honor this day, those that are still judging people need to make a true attempt to change their hateful ways and just share love ❤ with all. So many people risked and gave their lives so we could have the opportunity to live among each other. All of us have a beating heart ❤ that feels and has real emotions. With that said, why do so many people still seem to live to only hate? My hope for today is, everyone will realize and understand that love ❤ is the only way to live and hate images (16)should not be allowed to cloud our thoughts.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you have a wonderful day and send a little kindness and love ❤ to another that may really need it. We never know what someone else is going through and it is very possible kind words will not only bring them joy, but it may also make their day! Please know that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

What brings you happiness?

Tough-times-dont-last-tough-people-do.-300x300There are many times during our lives when things get very difficult! I feel like it is important to do our best to push those feelings aside and not dwell on the negative. Is this easy? Absolutely NOT, but sitting around allowing for the hardships to dictate our life will never do us any good. I find that during the difficult times, we must try to think about what brings us joy. Maybe flooding our minds with the positives will actually bring them into reality; we will never know 100% unless we try it!

I want to ask you a question and really look forward to reading your response. To show how much I want to do the same, I will answer my question for y’all!beautiful times

What are five things that bring happiness to your life?

The answer to my question is:

  1. The love ❤ I share with my husband is quite powerful and never-ending.
  2. My two absolutely adorable and loving cats. I don’t think anyone could be around them and not find joy!
  3. It makes me very happy to be able to write what I want to 
  4. write about.
  5. The incredible connections I have been able to make through my blog. Y’all have truly been amazing and I am thankful for all of you!
  6. Travelling to new places when we are able or even travelling to places we have been many times before. The beach  is by far my preference.

motivational-quotes-for-someone-down-with-i-might-fall-but-will-not-stay-gym-2During times when I get very stressed or very upset, these are the things that can change my mood. My husband knows what I am feeling and thinking before I even say it out loud. Even though there was no consoling me after my accident, if he did not get to me as quickly as he did, I would have been much more upset and terrified! Both of my cats know when I am feeling horrible and or in pain, so they do not leave my side or shall I say my lap until they think I am feeling a little better! It is hilarious both of them trying to fit on my lap because even though the older cat is very petite, the younger one is a big boy!download (1)

I know I have said in earlier posts that writing is the best outlet for me.  Writing has always been one of my strongest passions and I have no doubt my love for writing will never fade. By continuing to read what I share, y’all are not only giving me the opportunity to continue to write, but also the chance to make great friends that truly understand!

During the truly frustrating times after the accident I had last week, I am trying my best 0fb54ae29b2fd5f0b57ec18d819ce11eto keep these positive things in my mind! We are currently waiting for the driver that was in this accident to accept responsibility because there needs to be payout for the repairs and a rental car for me. I will never understand this considering the police report stated clearly it was his fault! I mean who is really ever going to take responsibility for their wrong doings when they can just prolong the situation by either not answering calls or denying responsibility all together? It is pretty ridiculous, but I am trying to be patient which isn’t one of my strongest qualities.

Thank you for visiting my site today and I do look forward to reading your answer to my HOW_TO_THINK_WHEN_LIFE_GETS_DIFFICULTquestion! There are two options we have when it comes to being happy. One is we can hold onto and dwell on negative emotions or choose to remember the things that bring us the most joy in life and hold onto those instead! I do hope you will take a few moments to answer my question, but I understand if you aren’t able to. Of course I will love to learn what makes you happy and I will respond to all comments as soon as I can! Please remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

The past two days….

b95003c28f7647882e471ba62e268fc0The past two days have been truly awful for me! For some unknown reason, on Thursday the normal pain I face every day increased drastically. It was incredibly painful to walk and even to sit at my desk at work. I did push myself to make it through my day at work, but then did not go into the office on Friday. Between the pain I was dealing with and the massive migraine, I could not do anything.

My weekend was full with naps and ice packs on my head. It was not until this afternoon that I felt human again. I am not going to lie, I am still struggling with a minor headacheiceand pain, but I am hoping it does not get anywhere near as bad as it was for the past two days. I am used to dealing with pain of all kinds and can handle it rather well, but once the pain gets into my head, I am done!

There were things I had planned for this weekend and was not able to accomplish any of it. I was nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award and had planned to do a post about it, but could not do it. Hillary Tan at https://sereneluna.wordpress.com is the sweet lady that nominated images (2)me and has been understanding with me not being able to do the acceptance post, yet! I promise I will do this post as soon as I am able to. In the meantime though, if you have not already viewed Hillary’s blog, I strongly encourage you to do so. Hillary has some great posts and I always enjoy reading her posts!

I hate that I felt so terrible all  weekend because I do have several posts that I have been working on to share with you. It might sound insane, but I feel helpless when I go an entire weekend without accomplishing anything. I am one that plans to rest some over the weekend, but to get things done around the house. I download (6)hope throughout the week, I will be able to complete the few posts I have started and be able to publish them!

I know y’all understand pain and migraines. I really hate that because I would not wish how I was feeling on anyone, well I am sure I can think of a few people that deserve the suffering feeling. Considering it is Sunday night and I am still battling with a slight headache and pain, I just hope the rest I had over the images (2)weekend will pay off. I am supposed to be at work tomorrow morning, I am very hopeful that I will be able to start the week better than last week ended. I will keep my positive outlook and know things will work out the way they are supposed to!

Thank you for stopping by my site tonight. I appreciate your support and the never-ending encouragement and understanding! I really hope your weekend was MUCH better than mine and you are feeling well! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Puzzle of Life!

Good afternoon y’all! I hope your weekend is starting off great and only gets better moving forward! Weekends provide much comfort and relaxation, which is often very needed and well deserved. I am still trying to get adjusted to this working full-time thing and still maintaining household duties, my blog and anything else that comes my way. Honestly it isn’t easy, but I also think I can handle it!

Over the past week or so, I have been thinking about how much our lives actually resemble a huge jigsaw puzzle. Sometimes we have a piece that fits together perfectly and other times nothing at all fits the way we expect or want  it to. It really is like when you try putting a large puzzle together, but some of the pieces you have in front of you become difficult to place because of their shape and size. We all face the same situation daily when we are confronted with people with different views and behaviors. We may strongly disagree with others point of views, but we are all entitled to our own views and perspectives. As long as these  thoughts do not cause physical and or emotional harm to another it should be accepted. 

Personally I think I am very capable of getting along with everyone and anyone, as long life-is-like-a-puzzle-stop-trying-to-place-people-where-they-dont-fit-quote-1as they are respectful of me and my beliefs. I have never tried changing another person or their views because that is just wrong to do! I feel that if we were all alike the world would be downright boring and we need diversity! I enjoy being around people who are different from myself and find learning about how they view things pretty fascinating!

All relationships and even jobs can be like putting a challenging puzzle together. When you start a new job, there will be some that51accc1426746b8fa9976fe7436086f5  co-workers you mesh well with and others whom you don’t and that is perfectly okay! You really can’t force the pieces of life together, things just fit when it’s meant to be! I have always believed that everything in life happens for a reason and when it is supposed to. Of course I tend to forget this often and get frustrated because I just want things to work out perfectly. I guess that is the part of me that is controlling, but we all have our faults and we deal with them as needed. 

Other parts of life, like dealing with a chronic illness or other difficulties just adds to thepuzzle-pieces-of-life-2-stock-illustration_csp34374889 puzzle of our life. It can be incredibly frustrating and test our strengths, but at the end of the day we can be proud of what we have accomplished. It is so important to never give up and know all the pieces will fit perfectly eventually.

I did try the new Editor version of WordPress, but did not do all that well with it. I will puzzle-piece-quotekeep trying and I am sure I will understand how it works soon. Have y’all tried it yet and do you have any advice for me?

Thank you for stopping by my site today! I always appreciate your words of wisdom and kindness. I am still working on getting caught up on reading and commenting on your posts and should be caught up before the weekend ends. I hope the rest of you day is amazing and you are feeling the best you can! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤