Just recently i came to a place i do not wish to return to again. Some of You may have visited there before and know what I'm talking about.
If any of you have faced or know much about autoimmune disorders, such as: arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and AS, or Ankylosing Spondylitis, such as i have in my body, you know what happens is our bodies immune system attacks healthy tissue and joints, causing stiffness and pain. Left alone, this can and does lead to immobility, increased stiffness and pain or disability.
That is the downside of the 'physical' part. It is very real and the chronic pain can get tiresome and wear even the strongest person down.
Naturally our bodies don't like pain and undue suffering every day, therefore, look for a place of escape. What is more comforting than sleep and warmth?
I am fortunate that a friend picked up on this and commented i did not seem like "myself" lately. My friend shared some invaluable information on the subject of chronic pain, and some different sites to explore; some i had not seen before.
DONT LIE DOWN and stay there!
I awoke one morning and after seeing my DH off to work, felt drained. Just wanted to shower and relax. Instead, i began to research the sites my friend shared.
First thing i read was: The pain and condition is worsened with REST and relaxation and you simply MUST move and be active.
Sometimes we think we 'know all that, yet, if not careful can slip or even forget. A number of years ago my rheumatologist told me, "Considering your condition, you are in remarkable shape, so whatever you are doing keep it up. (Lots of swimming, and walking). The majority of my patients with the same condition are already disabled and many in wheelchairs."
So what did I do after being promptly reminded about some basics in chronic pain conditions?
I did some brisk walking through the house and followed by 30 minutes of Tai chi. I got dressed and headed back to the Whole foods store to buy more of these rich and wonderful omega-3's and antioxidants that support a healthy immune system and fight against anti-inflammatory conditions and inflammation.
I caught myself and got right back on the Spark journey! ..
And never forget, there are so many foods rich in antioxidants that fight inflammation in the body. And don't get me wrong; rest is important and taking time to kick back and read a book, but we want to make sure we are active and mobile every day!
Thanks for stopping by friends and have a great day! btw: Saturday marks my
Anniversary on this wonderful site!