I've been feeling really deflated and anxious lately due to some personal ongoing issues at work 🤯
I kept going and going, pushing myself for months to try and get through it, thinking everything will be fine eventually - and in fact, everything became a whole lot worse 👎
It's so so important to remember to take time out to look after yourself. Working in mental health, a lot of people think I am emotionally on top of the world - when actually this is far from the truth! Not just for me, but for most people that work in mental health services.
I spent 6 months fighting the way I have been feeling so that I can carry on helping others who need it most. I decided to take some time to myself around a month ago, and have been off work since. Who am I really helping when I feel this way? 🤷🏻♀️
I couldn't have made a better decision for myself. Having time to reflect on the negative impact the actions of others has had on me, and the blow to my self-esteem. Not only was it affecting me emotionally, but physically too - struggling to sleep, binge eating, migraines, vertigo, and then to top it off, the dreaded flares 😷
I've spent the past few weeks building myself back up, doing activities to build my confidence up again and regaining skills I felt I had lost.
I work in quite a competitive field and so I have been worried about the effects staying off will have on my career. Having time to myself to reflect, I've realised no career is worth the amount of stress/negativity I was under. It is only after reflecting and having time off, that I have realised just how bad things had got - bottling everything up until I exploded.
We often spend so much time helping others that we forget about ourselves. It's important to remember that it's okay to take breaks, to change direction and to take time to rest and recharge, no matter how long this takes - especially with long-term health conditions. Don't stand for toxic environments or toxic people - look after you and take all the time you need 💗
If you are experiencing chronic back and neck, you may want to consider spinal decompression therapy that can effectively reduce chronic pain in the lower back and associated discomfort in the neck, arms, and legs💯 🛑HOW SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY WORKS?
Friday sunsets from our North Beach clinic 🌅
Our new normal begins tomorrow! Sending a big hug out to our friends who reopen their doors with latest restrictions being lifted at midnight tonight. #covid19#restrictionslifted
Cringey boyfriend appreciation post 💕
My boyfriend has stuck by my side throughout my endo journey. He is so supportive and tries to educate himself so that he understands. He will come and stay with me if I have a period when I’m at uni so that he can look after me (I’m normally high on painkillers and don’t leave my bed). He encourages me and keeps me going and despite all the hate I have for my body and the pain it causes me, he makes me feel beautiful. I feel grateful every day 😍
Ok enough cringe now. HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING PAIN FREE, HAPPY DAYS!! LOVE YOU ALL .
This has become my warm up for every resistance workout now. It gives my back a little strength test and stretches it out.
The final grimace on my face says it all.
30 sec plank
X10 bird dog
X10 alternating Cat and Cow
Workout today has been focused on my arms and legs but only exercises where my back is fully supported. In other words... very limited!
I’m always complaining about how jealous I am of my baby cousin’s onesies. Some companies make onesies but they aren’t as comfy and they never have the feet parts (I don’t know what the technical term is lol) Well guess what?? I finally found one! Going to be so warm and cosy tonight! It’s the little things in life worth celebrating 💕🥰
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Video link in my bio!
This week is definitely not turning out how we'd expected! We're both incredibly stressed out, Kiah is still very poorly bless her 💔 we started project living room (Dave makes himself look pretty stupid lol) and I give a little life hack for those with disabilities!
Ensi viikolle luvattiin jopa hellettä, joko olet kaivanut uimapuvun kaapista? Tai kenties jo heittänyt talviturkin?
Avanne ei estä sinua näyttämästä upealta rannalla, katso vaikka ruotsalaista Zeldaa! "Rakastan vartaloani ja kaikkea siinä. Jokaista kurvia, jokaista arpea. Myös sinun pitäisi rakastaa omaa vartaloasi samoin."
Thanks for inspiring post @my_stoma_life and have a great summer! ❤ #avanneelämää
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I’m just here loving my body and everything with it! Every curve, every scar. You should too with your body! 💪❤️
If the pain were more visible and you could see exactly how it feels would it be more valid? Would we stop getting fobbed off with “it’s normal” or “take some painkillers” ?. Would people take the time to have more understanding if they could see the pain that 1 in 10 women are going through? We shouldn’t have to explain our pain, explain our illness to make it valid. Just because I look fine on the outside it does not mean I am fine on the inside.
I was diagnosed back in 2015 when I was 17 years old. It took 7 years of GP visits and hospital admissions for a diagnosis.
After my first laparoscopy I was places on GNHR Lupron and placed into a medical menopause at 17, I am at 21 currently going through my second round of the menopause on Prostap.
I have had 3 laparoscopy’s to date and am currently on a very long waiting list for another. Each laparoscopy has been laser removal, burning out and cutting the endometriosis out. Endometriosis and adhesions have been found on my bowel,bladder,right tube (peritubal) , pouch of Douglas ,rectum ,pelvic wall, uterosacral ligaments and many other places. I have been dealing with a diagnosis of endometriosis for 6 years and there are still days my hearts broken and I wish I didn’t have to go through the pain I do. But I am also so grateful I’ve been given the opportunity to show my strength on my sleeve and to meet so many amazing women in the same boat on the same journey. “I have Endometriosis but it doesn’t have the end of me”. #endometriosis#endo#endowarrior#endometriosisawareness#endosisterhood#endosisters#endometriosissurgery#warrior#chronicillness#chronicpain#spoonie#spoonielife#invisibleillness#invisibleillnessawareness#followers#repost#share#sharethelove#shareyourstory#shareforshare
So here’s an update on how my appointment went on Tuesday. ( sorry for the late update )
So with some discussion and tears later I am expecting to be going in for my 3rd lap in 6-8 weeks. I have also been put on a new pill ( with also many tears and convincing later ) for at least 4 weeks to see if it will help reduce any of my pain. 💛
I am anxious all over again and if I’m going to be truely honest, I’m terrified putting my body through this again for the 3rd year in a row.
This is a step to me becoming healthier and kicking this Endo shit in the ass.
Hold onto hope guys, it’s out there somewhere x
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A lovely review to end the week. 😊
This client had been experiencing years of increasing pain in her right foot. Even after the removal of the nerve responsible for the intense electric shock pain - she was still experiencing residual pain and anxiety associated with it.
Her condition, surgery & recovery are now all being written up in case study by her two medical specialists as her case was so unique.
Her specialist is including the use of Hypnosis in the effective management of her residual pain in the medical paper.
This is another great milestone for Hypnosis to be again recognised as a frontline therapy instead of being used as a last resort. 😊 ‘I have seen Natalie 4 times now and every time I walk out I feel amazing. She has been helping me to change my pain pathway after living with chronic pain for three years. This caused me major anxiety and Natalie has been a Godsend.I would recommend anyone dealing with pain and anxiety to see this amazing compassionate and very knowledgeable lady🌻’ #natalieheasliphypnotherapist#modernhypnosis#nlppractitioner#coach#oldpain2go#chronicpain#chronicillness#surgeryrecovery#anxiety#livethelifeyoudeserve#sunshinecoast#noosahinterland#cooroy
3 home exercises that you can do to free yourselves from the back pain:
EASY EXERCISES. 30 minutes REHAB EXERCISE every day 🔜 relieving your lower back pain.
Tag someone you know who is suffering from back pain! .
❗>80% people suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives .
‼️ GOOD NEWS. Most cases of low back pain can recover in short period of time as long as we STAY ACTIVE. Here are some exercise recommendations for you to try out and recover your back pain.
❌BED RESTING is BAD for your body. .
🔆 WHY Glute Bridge?
Learn to activate your glute and core muscles to support your low back. Strengthen the posterior chain. .
🔆 WHY DEAD BUG?
Aim to target the deep stabiliser of the spine at back fully-supported position. Learning the motor control of the deep spinal stabiliser and core muscles is the key. As it is a challenging movement, there are 2 variations of dead bug that allow you to progressively learn the movement. .
1. Glute bridge
2. Modified Dead Bug
3. Dead Bug
If your low back pain persists or worsens, you are highly recommended to visit local physiotherapists for assessments and personal treatments!
A hérnia de disco (HD) é bastante temida e pouco compreendida por parte de profissionais e pacientes. Sabemos que sua incidência aumenta com a idade e que aparentemente isso é um processo normal, até mesmo em pessoas que não apresentam dores. É possível afirmar que apenas uma pequena parcela dos portadores de HD irá apresentar sintomas clínicos, sendo os mais comuns as dores locais com irradiações para os membros. Mas o que está por trás da dor nesses casos?! Há uma crença de que a dor se deve exclusivamente à compressão que a HD gera no nervo. Saibam que são descritos casos cujos exames demonstram a compressão mecânica da raiz e sem presença de nenhum sintoma clínico. A resposta do motivo de alguns sentirem dor e outros não, além da capacidade de modulação da dor de cada indivíduo, está no processo inflamatório. A inflamação é responsável por criar uma hipersensibilidade na região e isso facilita sentir dor.
Outra crença é de que o tratamento evolua para cirurgia. Podemos afirmar que pouquíssimos casos necessitam de intervenção cirúrgica, o tratamento conservador, por meio de medicamentos e fisioterapia, é sem dúvida a primeira escolha na maioria dos casos. O que poucos consideram é que por trás do sucesso do tratamento conservador muitas vezes está o fenômeno chamado de “regressão espontânea”. A regressão espontânea é uma programação biológica do nosso corpo relacionada à reabsorção do material herniado. Esse processo é mediado pelo sistema imunológico, com a presença da inflamação. Mas como isso ocorre? 🔻🔻CONTINUA NOS COMENTÁRIOS🔻🔻
I am thankful that all the places @coachhopkins and I have worked have been super understanding of me needing days because of EDS - especially when the weather changes.
Our colleagues and friends have never mentioned (at least to my face 😉 and in relation to this) that I'm a slacker or whatever.
Especially those in Eskilstuna, before I got diagnosed and had no idea why I was unable to get out of bed properly and crawling around my apartment...Or not eating and drinking cause I couldn't open the fridge door... Or hold a cup of water.
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Back in the early days of my CRPS adventure, you know, when you thought it would all sort itself out because stuff always did... sometime after the shock of googling it but before you had truely understood what it meant to your life, I was told to stick my hand in a box with a mirror on it. When I asked if that would help the reply was thus...”It won’t hurt”. I also found soaking it in raspberry jam doesn’t hurt... but is messier. Different things work for different people. .
If all you can do today is go outside and breathe in the fresh air, that’s okay. Small steps are still progress ✨
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#Chronicpain can severely impact all areas of your life, from relationships with your family and friends, to your physical and emotional #wellbeing . If you find it hard to talk to your loved ones a wide range of support groups are available to help
My fibro story part 1 - the before....
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in Dec 2019 at age 25 but I had had symptoms for 8+ years (i spent half of this time in complete denial & the other half not getting the right help from doctors because i was too soft!🤦♀️)
I first got symptoms in my first year at uni. That year i struggled with moving into halls (as a very shy, introverted person), being away from family, i lost my gran, i split up with my boyfriend, my uni course was very hard with a crazy/strict tutor (we all scraped through that year) although it cant compare to what some people have to deal with, this was just too much, too soon for me
I had bouts of tendonitis throughout uni because of all the constant drawing, model making and CAD (or so I thought) and I blamed the constant fatigue on overdoing it, partying too much and not pacing myself
Things stayed like that for a long time, well into my first and second job after uni, I was really struggling but in complete denial. Things took a real turn after I had two bad chest infections in a row. The first was painful but second was just a whole new level, the doctor suspected pneumonia & that I was reacting to my work environment (damp, mouldy old studio - more on that another time). Even after months of illness I still told myself I was fine, nothing to worry about
Things weren't the same after that illness, try as I did to get back to "normal" I just couldn't, i started to react to foods that I'd previously been fine with, I couldn't tolerate the cold, my tendon pain was excruciating, i started to get sciatica pain, random numbness and tingling, i was exhausted all the time, all of my muscles sore and painful. It felt like my whole body was malfunctioning
But...I carried on working & pushing myself. My job was stressful as I was the only the employee in a small start up (my boss hired me so he could concentrate on his other business) so i was admin, design, marketing, customer service all rolled into one. I loved my job but it was a lot of pressure to handle largely alone. On top of that I was running a business with my boyfriend in my days off
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As mentioned in earlier posts, I’ve been suffering with my mental health. It’s dipped to a very low point, a point where I scared myself and those that love me.
I spoke with my doctor on Wednesday, who put me on ‘happy pills’, referred me to the mental health team and who also prescribed me some Naproxin for my Endo pains because when I’m bad, my Tramadol just don’t cut it anymore.
I think it’s really important that people seek help when they need it. I have gone months feeling low, pushing people away, caused arguments and my negative energy has had a huge impact on my daily life. And I’ve also felt more controlled by my endometriosis than I ever have.
Although it’s only day two on my pills, I do still feel crappy, they’re giving me the shakes and they make me feel nauseous.. but I know that after a week or two, I may just start feeling better. I may feel less suffocated by my life responsibilities and feel lighter and get that spring back in my step!
Don’t be ashamed to need that extra bit of help! Next, is a trip to my GP for a blood test to test my thyroid!! #onthemend#endometriosis#endouk#endosucks#mentalhealth#mentalhealthawareness#endometriosisuk#endowarrior#fighter#spoonie#chronicillness#chronicpain#noshame#dontbeafraid#endometriosissupport
Little by little, day by day what is meant for me will find a way! Safe in the knowledge that everything is as it should be. Slow and steady, small steps. Trusting my body and making our way through this crazy thing called life. .
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Percussive massage guns are the perfect substitute for a professional deep tissue massage that you can do it yourself at home 🏡, in the gym 🏋️ or even at the office 🏢. It allows a quick and extremely satisfying relief of chronic pain🆘, as well as muscle recovery between workouts 💪🏼. 🆕 It reachs deep layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles) that not even hands can reach 😯. 😁 The best part is you can use it for as many times as you want 🔝 🙌🏻.
😂😩😂📷 @theunchargeables Sometimes it so difficult to comprehend the way healthy people talk about their body-as something to work out, tone or lose weight from, when we’re over here just trying to figure out how to stop it hurting... 💓💓
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“But you don’t look sick?” They said. . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
As i curl up in my bed wishing something would ease the pain. As I call in sick another day for work because I just can’t get up. As I attend my fourth doctors appointment for the week where they tell me there’s no other treatment, I’ve tried it all. When I get my stomach cut open and my insides burnt, just to get told that I’ll likely need more surgeries. When you hear multiple times that you’ll “probably need help getting pregnant”. When people you’ve never met claim that getting pregnant or taking a supplement will cure it, but they have no knowledge of what having this condition really means. When you hear or see people saying that it is just a bad period. When you catch up with old friends and colleagues and they say to you “oh, you still have that?”. The countless medications that cause side affects but the truth is I’ll try anything that has a possibility of helping. The guilt you feel when you can’t catch up with your friends, or attend a birthday party because you’re too scared if you move, you might be sick. When you look in the mirror and all you see is a huge belly and heat pack burns. The amount of times you have hid your pain and smiled through it, to make others feel comfortable. . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I am done making others feel comfortable. This is endometriosis. There is no cure. 🎗
Understanding patterns and how the different parts relate is a slow process. Drawing patterns a second, third or fourth time can help understand them. Or drawing them differently altogether, highlighting different parts. Not every drawing has to be a masterpiece, I learned along the way and I've learned to enjoy drawing for the sake of understanding. It also gives you the freedom to experiment. I wanted to do some zellige designs again but realized that a lot of information was way down deep in the well so I had to throw in a bucket to get it out. This is the bucket. ✔️🕵️♂️ Original construction by @sandy.kurt
My name is Maddy (@maddys.healthjourney). I’m 19 and I have had chronic migraines for about 8 years.
Yet I only received a diagnosis a year ago. I started going to the GP about my “headaches” when I was 11/12 years old and was met with “drink more water, it’s hormones, it’s your period”. But I actually knew none of these were the actual problem. I was in agony every day, struggling to look at screens or stay under the strip lights in my classroom.
Since my GP wouldn’t validate that I had migraines, why would my parents or teachers believe me? So I had to carry on going to school (although my attendance was awful since I had other reasons to stay off), which then made them believe me even less; because how could I keep going to school with migraines every day? Plus having awful migraines every day from the age of 11 meant I was always hearing “you’re too young for that”.
So I continued going to the doctors over and over until I had one that finally believed me. I was so relieved I cried.
I always struggled with light sensitivity, and more recently with sound sensitivity too, so when I have a migraine I want to lay down in a cool, dark and quiet room. There was a point in time where I always wore a pair of sunglasses off unless I was going to sleep, but I had to keep going to college so wore them in my lessons.
I take a few medications and I’m still playing around to find the right combination, but my migraines are so much better in comparison to the daily struggle I used to have. All you need is one person to believe, and for that you need to keep going.
Image description: A close-up of a wooden fence. A little sun is drawn on it with yellow chalk. The sun has a face which is smiling. In front of it is a text that says “Maddy’s story about living with migraine. Migraine awareness month”.
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Are you 16-25 years old and diagnosed with a chronic condition such as endometriosis?
@curtinuniversity students are conducting research on how to promote well-being in young people living with endometriosis and other chronic physical conditions.
They are conducting an online survey which contains a number of questions about how you think and feel. The survey takes 20-30 minutes to complete, and you will receive a $10 voucher to either JBHifi or Big W (your choice). If would like to participate, please visit the project website ( link in our bio ) and refer to the ‘Online Survey’ heading.
For more information or to ask questions, please contact our student researchers at Rebecca.email@example.com
This - When you have an illness or illnesses of which you can have good or bad days it can be so difficult.
The ever changing severity. You can begin to grow guilt from feeling unreliable or from feeling like people dont believe you and questions your good days compared to your bard.
This is a gentle reminder that you do not have to tell someone that you are ok when you are not just because it makes them feel better. If you are having a bad day they asked, you tell them how you are feeling. -
Don’t ever be ashamed of how much of a warrior you are and how hard it is to keep going some days. You are not weak from being ill you are strong for fighting every day. -
This is a common occurrence for me. It’s really hard talking to friends or family members who can’t relate to what I’m dealing with on a daily basis. I feel the need to downplay my symptoms in order to not always sound like a downer. Often, when people ask how I’m doing, they don’t really want to hear about how much physical, mental and emotional pain I’m in. I’ve conditioned myself to respond with “I’m fine” or “doing good”. But I need to learn that it’s not about how people perceive me. If I’m hurting and need help, it’s important to seek it. Comment below with your thoughts. Please share this with a friend who needs to see this today.
Follow us @how.u.feeling for more post about living with a chronic or mental illness. Our DMs are always open. Come introduce yourself to us and if you ever need to chat or vent we are always avail. We will do our best to respond to each one of you. You are not alone in your fight ❤️
My happy place
Some people’s happy place is with a certain person, a friend or family member but mine is my bed.
I feel at complete peace here. When I’m sad I get cuddled up in a blanket here and watch a movie, when iv had a good day I lie here at night and reflect on the happiness, when I’m in pain I lie here to feel comfortable and when the day has been too much for me I end it here. I can always retreat here.
It keeps me comfy through the insomnia and helps me rest through the bad days.
I also dream here. Dream of better days, dream of happiness, dream of any possibilities.
A classic six-fold design on an isometric grid. In blue and orange its triangular and rhombic repeats. This is the stuff philosophies are made of. Building stones open for interpretation and imagination. The latter being something a lot of people seem to have trouble either curbing or developing. When it comes to human rights, dealing with the violation of those rights, or simply not making things worse than they already are.
I try not to mock ignorant people but some do make that aggravatingly difficult. I try not to claim moral superiority but some seem to defy my very restraint in the matter. When you try to educate instead of mocking the ignorant, what do you do when people put their hands over their ears and shout 'blablablaIcan'thearyou!'? I think that's when you move on and try to move forward with someone else.
When I was asked a few days ago to participate in an experimental platform to promote Muslim artists, Muslim bloggers, Muslim writers,... I responded that I had an open heart for Islamic art and the Islamic community but wasn't a Muslim myself, the reply I received was: 'That's no problem, the community has an open heart too.' I think that was the most uplifting thing I had heard in a long time. It gives me hope for the future and in spite of all the hatred and the bile some people keep pouring out for whatever reason, I am positive we'll get there in the end. Together.