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Reflexology for pain management.

Friday, April 18, 2014

I have been struggling with my Sciatica for about 6 months now - and have endured the pain, tingling and numbness in my legs for most of it. In the last couple of weeks, now the top of my foot started hurting so I had to retie my shoes bypassing the offending area.

I finally thought about Foot Reflexology and looked up the charts and "lo & behold" the top of my foot area is the Lumbar region! Well, DUH! on me!!

I actually took a Reflexology class back in 1991 and have one of the rollers as pictured - so I dragged it out and spent most of last night rolling my foot/feet taking care to be sure to do the outside and inside of the foot to cover the hip/spinal areas.

Yes, I am still in pain. But this morning I was able to do one exercise and one stretch that I usually cannot do until later in the day! Baby steps. I can roll my foot/feet even while sitting at the computer!!

Just like with weight - 6 months of pain is not going to go away overnight - but I can be happy with lessening the degrees of pain just like losing tenths of a pound is still awesome!

I also purchased a Gold's Massage Foam Roller and am discovering that I cannot do it the way it is done on YouTube - but I can do it one leg at a time and sort of turn myself a bit to try to catch "the edges" of my legs! One step at a time!!

Thanks DianeDoesSmiles for suggesting the foam roller(s). And the Yoga!! Today I only took 2 aspirin & 1 tylenol!! as opposed to 3A & 2T 3X day.
***Ok, my day is over and I did this 3X but it means 3 less aspirin and 3 less tylenol!!

So I am getting there - I am making progress! WooHoo!!

I am blogging this so Diane can ask her Doc about using a Reflexology Pain Reliever Ball (Walmarts has one for $10 online) as you can use it on your hands.
HoMedics Vibration Accu-Node Massager

I will be getting one of these in my next shopping trip!


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    HI Kiddo !! I am DELIGHTED ur ALSO having FUN with the foam roller,,, I have to modify much of what they show on youtube with the foam roller, but it has HELPED OUT SOOO MUCHERS !! Tonight,, I went to rub on the "Activon" in my sore area's just to RELIZE THAT I DID NOT NEED to a LOT of the area's I have HAD to do !! WOOHOOO !!

its from a combo of the yoga, the roller,, and A LOT has to do with seeing ,, and I'l Again sp this wrong,, but I know you can figure out it,, acunpurist ,, the thin needles going into ur body !! WOOHOOO !! I am AWAITING the day when I can say "I DO NOT Need my pain meds !! HOWEVER if I DO go off them,, I WILL NOT EVER be able to go BACK on them,, even as I age,,,, and get into more trouble,, so that's VERY SCARY !! In the state I live,, if you come oFF them,, they figure you are "permanently cured" and that is THAT !! Plus to even GET ON THEM is NORMALLY a HORRIBLE battle for the state says "YOU DO NOT NEED THEm !" to 97% of people here,, which ALSO includes CANCER patients,, other than the immediate surg. I DO currently and CCAN NOT see going without them,, they help me so I can function a little bit more,, so I can be a little bit more healthier,, and that;s soo necessary ! When it's about 1 to 1 1/2 hr before my dosage,,, I am climbing up higher and higher in pain,,, I am 97% of the time,,,, on most days,, except for the day I swim which myDr's are now INSISTING I DO,,,, otherwise, I am either in bed or on the couch with the heating pad,,, which is now burning my back,,, and I can't seem to get my ins to pay for something else that'll be of benefit,,, I need heat. its that simple, but to BURN my back? I have little feeling thru out my body (no one knows why,, SIGH Dr's up here STINK A ROO !),,, from my feet to the crown of my head,,, so strange it was at first to touch my arm,, back, chest, stomach,, and rub my head,, and yet, NOT FEEL IT !! STRANGe !!
OH WelL !!

I am finding that I needed to slow down on the yoga,,, and do it at 20 mins each time,, 3 times a day,, for that so GREATLY ALSO helps with the pain. I can NOT use a regular yoga mat,, not sure if it's to painful for yo uas it is for me? I have bad scolosois ,,, so the HUMP as I roll around on my back,, is NOT A GOOD FEELING on a thin mat,,, so I bought a exercise mat at Walmart,,,its 3/4 of an inch thick,, and it feels soo good, ,but I need ANOTHER one on top of that for the HUMP and also my arthritic knees which get to hurting wickly. its a never ending battle,,, but we CAN COPE WITH IT GAL !!

I am SO PROUD ur Getting RELEIF !! I've been looking into the reflectolgy,, also !! WOOHOOO I've been doing it for both my spine,, and also,, sorry , but constipation,,, doesn't seem to help much with the latter, but might be with my spine???? I am not sure.

HUGS !! TY For letting me know how WELL this is working out !

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MSLZZY 4/18/2014 11:21PM

    Great information. I didn't know these existed. Thanks for sharing and I hope you can continue to relieve your pain.

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 4/18/2014 3:49PM

    Thank you for the hug. I just hope you get some relief.

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OLDERDANDRT 4/18/2014 2:55PM

    I'm so glad you've found something to help ease your pain!! Way to go!! (((HUGS)))

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VICKI-B-N-FLA 4/18/2014 1:11PM

    Talk to your doctor, Linda. What I thought was sciatica was in fact RA of the spine.
I have the same issues you have at times, especially with the left hip and leg. The exercises you mentioned do help, but it could also be inflammation causing you the pain, which was my problem. Either way, I hope you get to doing better very soon. emoticon emoticon

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 4/18/2014 12:04PM

    I also suffered from Sciatica, so bad at one time that I had to go to work barefooted and have a co-worker put my shoes on. Got some help with a chiropractor. But about a year ago it was back with avenges and ended up going to Dr, and having an MRI, and put on pain meds. which I hated. Then I read that if you take Vitamin D, that it helps with bone and teeth, so I tossed the pain meds. and realized a couple weeks later that I was no longer in pain. I also noticed that the swelling and pain in my arm, from 3 shoulder surgeries, was also almost complete gone also. This is a suggestion, and a little extra Vitamin D, won't hurt anyone. It worked a lot better than the Chiropractor, & the pain pills. I think sometimes Drs. prescribe pain meds. way to much. If you try it I hope it will work for you, I know that pain very well.

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So I fell off my foam roller, thanks a lot Diane, I thought you love me :(

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Yes, that is tongue in cheek. DianeDoesSmiles suggested I use a foam roller for my back. So, after looking through SP and YouTube, I bought one from Walmart and it came yesterday.

I promptly started with a few "rolls" and just as promptly fell off the darn thing emoticon emoticon
So far I have fallen off my Balance Ball, Balance Board, my own shoes, my mini-trampoline, my real bicycle and Foam Roller - not in that order.

At least I get up and try again emoticon Mama always said I was the most "trying" child!

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I_WILL_ROCK_125 4/12/2014 8:41PM

    emoticon Well at least you aren't hurt to much. But that is very funny. I need to get a foam roller, but now I wonder if I should skip it so I don't fall off it. LOL!


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LADYBUG546 4/12/2014 2:27PM

    haha sorry to laugh but I have too that dang foam roller can just get away from you...I find it so helpful but man does it work for strength training as I have no core and no upper body lol ...you try pulling yourself and rolling oh my oh my ...the great visions of myself...and then we have coach Nicole who looks so at ease on it.

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MOTHEPRO 4/12/2014 2:12PM

    I fall off things all the time, but I don't think I've ever fallen off my foam roller. I probably just jinxed myself though. LOL

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OLDERDANDRT 4/12/2014 12:14PM

    Keep trying, my friend! You can do it! (hehe a most "trying" child! lol) I've done a bit of falling off things, too, mostly my own feet! hehe Let's keep on trying! It seems it's what we do Best!!! hehe (((HUGS)))

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 4/12/2014 10:33AM

    emoticon That is hilarious. Hope you don't hurt yourself.

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Is Obesity a Disease?

Friday, April 11, 2014

I know there is a lot of controversy over this - I PREFER to think not because it's not like I caught it or was infected with it - my obesity was a "learned behavior" and possibly a compulsive disorder - disorder, not disease.

The A.M.A. HAS labeled Obesity a Disease.
Here is what I found online when googling it.

QUOTED: Is Obesity a Disease?
"Suggesting that obesity is a disease, rather than a condition, may prove counterproductive as the description appears to reduce the motivation of obese individuals to control their weight."
FROM: What Harm is There in Labeling Obesity a Disease?

QUOTED: "The AMA has declared obesity a disease. Now what? This turns out to be far from a simple question to answer. If we’re lucky, the good news will that the AMA announcement will result in more patients getting better care, an eventual decline in the current number—about 90 million—who are officially designated as obese and perhaps even an attendant decline in the costs imposed by obesity. The bad news is that the net effects on health spending and public health may well be the opposite of those intended. The ugly news is that these adverse effects may be greatly compounded to the extent that the AMA’s declaration stimulates the same sort of regulation by litigation regime imposed on the tobacco industry two decades ago."
FROM: Declaring Obesity a Disease: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Too often "Disease" leads to "Disability" and for some strange reason, people will not do the therapies necessary to help themselves. Therapies like eating less and moving more.

As a footnote: it has been proven that there are pockets of people - like a group of Indians living in the Grand Canyon USA - that are so attuned to 'Feast or Famine' that their bodies will not burn a normal amount of daily calories.

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However, I have yet to meet an overweight person that isn't big-boned with a slow metabolism. Yes, I hold my hand up - guilty as charged! My doctor did tell me I was large-boned back when I was 18, but never said anything about my metabolism.

Lately, I realized that had I not had a decent metabolism, I probably would have been at least twice my size for what I was consuming daily. Also, as Leslie Sansone states in her Walk Away The Pounds videos, you can give a push to your metabolism by just moving.

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God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

I CAN change what I eat and how much I eat. I have the Courage to change what I eat and how much I eat. I CAN add exercise to my daily routines.

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QUEENIEBELLE 4/22/2014 4:58PM

    So true! I love what you added after the serenity prayer.

I personally would go so far as to say some obesity stems from addiction; whether that is an addiction to food, comfort, whatever, I don't know. For myself, I think I've been addicted to the feeling of fullness. I'm just figuring this out and am in the early stages of my recovery. I've become aware of this in my own life and would guess that factor would be present for some other humans as well. Unless- maybe I am the ONLY one on the planet like this LOL.

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GOULDSGRANITE 4/11/2014 3:14PM

    Amen. Do what you can, with what you have where you are at. Everyone can do something to take responsibility for their own health and well being. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 4/11/2014 11:46AM

    Amen, sister. I agree. I believe that obesity is Not a disease in and of itself, but certainly sets up a body to develop so pretty nasty diseases! Becoming to big to move is not a disease, but a reversible condition. (Not that That is ever easy, but possible as you and I have learned).
Thanks for this blog. I think it makes the point nicely.
~~~~~~~God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

(((HUGS))) my friend! Wishing us all the best in our journey to "change the things we can"!!

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MSLZZY 4/11/2014 10:14AM

    There will always be controversy, no matter what the rulings are.

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JAROL7 4/11/2014 8:24AM

    I agree with you 1000%!!!!

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I been thinkin' today...

Saturday, April 05, 2014

It seems a good time to rethink on the Serenity Prayer so that is what I am doing.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

I can pick my battles - yes, even the ones within myself.

I can go for the happiness!

Some things I can change - I get to decide which ones and when.


@Diane: as my older sister says, "with age does not always come wisdom" meaning just because we get older doesn't mean smarter.

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MSLZZY 4/6/2014 8:00AM

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    HI Linda,, I first REALLY PAID attention to this,, of COURSE as MANY at AA,,,, over 14 yrs ago !! WOOHOOO NOT A DROP since, nor ANY abuse of anything else !!

Its sooo TRUE !!!!!!

I DO MY BEST now to accept what I can NOT change,,, it did NOT come easy,, but yes,,, by thinking thru the situations,, and asking "Do I have TOTAL OR ANY REAL control over this"??? Often we do NOT !! And to the wisdom to know the difference.

that wisdom of course comes A LOT with age,, and my Mom used to say over and over again "Its easier to catch bees with honey than it is with vinegar". Of course it took me to aging to realize what it was she was saying,, for she knew I was smart (grades in school) but, still I DID NOT have the WISDOM of age to understand this !!

NOW I KNOW it means "its easier to be KIND than it is to be mean". I look at where I live,,, it's a good mixture of ages,, from 20s yr olds,, to 90s,,, and yet,,, the older ones LOVE to sit downstairs,, and GOSSIP ,, and make others lives AS BAD as they CAN POSSIBLY DO SO !!! they keep on telling the Landlord, "ONLY ALLOW OLDER ONES to move in", which of course the landlord will NEVER DO !! NOT with over 100 apts in the building, but they WANT IT THAT WAY and they can be REALLY MEAN to others who aren't over 50. I've sen them CRUSH those in their 30s. Just AWEDUL so WISDOM is EARNED also as well as LEARNED and some just do NOT learn it and are vinegar !!! I LOVE how the bible calls those who are older who do this as "Meddling old woman who gather in the square to meddle in others business" it FITS THEm WELL !! LOL Guess thru the centuries somethings DO NOT Change.

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NANCYPAT1 4/6/2014 12:33AM

    Great message

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/5/2014 11:22PM

    I like that prayer and it always does me good to be reminded of it !

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Just what I needed today!
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MaryannS (aka Roodles)

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SCOOTER4263 4/5/2014 4:51PM

    Me and my big...computer keyboard.

Yes, I should put up or shut up. I hate whiners as much as the next guy - even more when I'm the one whining.

*commencing putting and/or shutting up*

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Proud to be an Underdog!

Monday, March 31, 2014

I'll try to be brief - I might not lose 5% in the Spring Challenge; my new focus is on Strength Training for my butt to stop the pain in my lower back and legs. It seems to be working so that is a win-win for me.

While I am not against losing 7 lbs, I cannot worry about it while I am able to rebuild atrophied muscle; muscle I hadn't realized I had lost until last month when I realized I shouldn't be feeling my hip-bones in my buttocks while sitting on my ball.

Although I won't be helping in the weight-loss category (I guess I could call it maintaining?) - I do help in the exercise minutes! WooHoo!

Ok, now I have made my weekly blog for the team! Thanks for reading emoticon

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    You are doing awesome. Your blogs and input inspire me. I really got a test weight going for the Spring Challenge, so I'll have my eye out for any and all support! We CAN do this thing! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 4/1/2014 11:23PM

    I'd stop the pain first.

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OCEANWIDE 4/1/2014 6:33PM

    It will still help you in the weightloss category, maybe not right away but remember the more muscle you have the more your body burns calories on it's own so it's a win win thing really ! Good luck with all the strength training !
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CHERIRIDDELL 3/31/2014 10:39PM

    Good luck muscle building !

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MARYANNSQUEST 3/31/2014 8:43PM

You are a fantastic Dawgie, You give the team so much encouragement, and you are doing super in your goals. Keep up the good work.
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OLDERDANDRT 3/31/2014 1:32PM

    Ok, my friend!!! Good going!! Hope you get those gluteals back in shape, now!!! And glad I could help with some tips I had learned!!
I am a CLOVERLEAF, but I wish you all you are working for!! WooHoo!!
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