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11/13/08 1:41 P

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Josey-- Take care of yourself. We can wait on whatever you have to offer us, but you need to rest now! The book stuff will come with time. GO TO BED AND REST, as much as a SAHM can. Kris emoticon emoticon

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speaking of being at home sick...

hubby woke up this morning with a stomach ache and digestive issues. he ended up staying home from work, which is definitely not him! he's never sick! well, within a few hours i started feeling crappy, too. stomach ache, pressure in my head and neck...a virus of some sort i'm sure. emoticon

so now i need to really lay low today, because we have an out of town guest coming tomorrow night to stay for the weekend! EEP! i hope this virus is only a 24-hour deal!

anyhoo, i'm off to lie down. i took some Airborne so i hope that helps me recover a bit faster. gonna get out the echinacea tea, too! emoticon

hope you all are feeling well and healthy. sorry to keep putting off posting about the book in the library forum! if i dont get to it today or tomorrow it will definitely be sunday or monday!

ttfn!
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seriously!

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Oh you go girls, you're so awesome!

I like herbal tea too, my favs are the Celestial Seasonings ones, I also love the artwork.:)

Hubby has been home the last 3 days with something, don't know what but he is sick and grumpy, oh did I mention grumpy?

Anyone else's husbands/boyfriends like that?

My friends and I were joking at work how they are babies and we have to just deal, not fair.

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11/12/08 4:54 P

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kris i just added another one. hehe!! i'm actually getting ready to edit it one last time...

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11/12/08 4:53 P

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Thanks for the ideas and I will try some of them. I really like the idea of hot herbal tea. I have some left over from when I was nursing. I guess the worst that would happen would be tender breasts, but if it helps the endo, I wouldn't care. Talk to you soon and keep the ideas coming!

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11/12/08 4:48 P

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kris,

im so sorry that not only your endo is flaring up, but that winter is upon you! (same here, im in WI!) emoticon

so far i havent noticed my endo being worse during the winters--however, i've only known for 1 winter that i have endo. but, here's my 2 cents!

i think it's a circulation issue. here's why! it is very important for women with endo to keep blood circulating, especially in our lower abdomens. stagnant tissues encourage inflammation, which worsens pain! (we will learn more about all that soon!) improving circulation in the abdomen will supply more oxygen there, supporting tissues and encouraging healing.

so, without more babbling on my part, here's some things you can try. definitely let us all know what works and what doesnt!

1) keep moving! we tend to slow down in the winter. we want to hibernate and lay low under the blankies. hehe. make it a point to get up often and keep your blood moving! and definitely think about even taking a brisk walk (outdoors, if you want) or even just 10-15 minutes to a tv show, a few fave upbeat songs or with your dog!

2) S T R E T C H! this is where easy yoga poses can come in! (and here is yet another topic we will eventually cover. hehe.) googled these poses: cobra, spinal twist, warrior. these are some poses that all levels of fitness can do! they elongate your abdominal muscles and keep blood and lymph flowing to avoid stagnation and pain. heck, even just some side stretches and standing twists will do the trick. remember, even a little goes a long way!

3) try herbal teas. once in a while in place of your fave latte or hot chocolate that are full of sugar (which causes inflammation and pain once again!) try some herbal teas! not only will the hot drink make you feel all warm and fuzzy, you will benefit from the medicinal herbs!! some ones to try that are especially good for endo:
Yogi Dong Quai Tonic (balances hormones, boosts energy)
Traditional Medicinals Red Raspberry Leaf (tones uterus and lessens cramps)
Yogi Detox Tea (debloats!!)
jasmine green tea (tons of antioxidants and jasmine reduces parasitic activity in your digestive tract)
chamomile or lavender tea blends (soothes nerves and stomach, great for before bed)

4) dry brush. ever heard of it? (this is yet another topic i wanted to get to eventually!) it's a way to keep your lymph moving and clear. a smoothly working lymphatic system means a healthy immune system! and lymph only moves when you do--unlike your blood which has your heart to pump it! there are TONS of benefits with dry brushing, esp for us northerners--it will keep the winter flaky skin away! not to mention tone up those cellulite areas. here's a link i found that talks about it, and how to do it!
www.naturalhealthtechniques.com/heal
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5) consider acupuncture. while many women instantly say "NO NEEDLES!" please be assured it's not as bad as you might think :) i've been receiving acupuncture treatments for about 5 months and have noticed a HUGE improvement in my cramps and cycle consistency. here's a link that talks a little about how it helps endo, and i'm sure there's more to google out there!
www.womens-health.co.uk/endo7.html

and lastly,
6) think about what you use on your body. this is actually a whole huge topic we will discuss SOON! but think about it--during the cold winters we tend to use a lot more gunks on our skin! look at your label. do you know what's in your lotion? there are many chemicals that aggravate endometriosis and hormonal levels over time. consider buying a more chemical-free version. burt's bees is a great alternative and i've even seen them at walgreen's and walmart these days. personally, i just go to the grocery and buy a big jar of organic coconut oil (solid at room temp) and that's my lotion all year round! it's edible as well! (and super good for you, i might add!)

let me stress once again--most holistic treatments build up results OVER TIME. sometimes you may find immediate relief, but many times it takes a cycle or two to notice an improvement! plus, there are just so many things you can do to see an overall improvement in your endo (and fibromyalgia!). these are just a few i could think of that may relate to your cold weather flare ups.

hope all this helps!! anyone else have suggestions?

~josey~
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Edited by: ~JOSEY~ at: 11/12/2008 (16:54)
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11/12/08 4:14 P

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I have it too. I notice it more with my fibromyalgia muscle pain though. One of things you can do is not drink anything cold. It takes extra energy for our bodies to warm it up. And you got it... simple answer is to bundle up.

Seems like my nose and toes never warm up this time of year unless im roasting hot. I'll be anxious to hear if anyone else knows anything about this.

Edited by: MDK.360 at: 11/12/2008 (16:16)
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11/12/08 3:56 P

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Hey everyone! Now that it is getting cold here in ND the endo is really kicking it up emoticon . The weather turned really bad on Thursday and my endo has been unbearly since then. My biggest trigger is being cold. When I am cold, my sides/whole body just aches. Once the pain starts NOTHING works to fight the pain. Does anyone else have that cold weather trigger or am I just strange? Any suggestions besides warm blankets and heating pad. I do that without thinking about it. In fact, as I said before, I burned my belly from using the heating pad to much.

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