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Review: Oska Pulse

"I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. "





What is the Oska Pulse?

Well, it is an external stimulation device designed to relieve pain, muscle stiffness and inflammation through pulsed electromagnetic field technology (PEMF). It promotes recovery for all types of pain and is drug-free.


Where to purchase? Price? You can purchase Oska Pulse at OskaWellness.com. The cost is $399. Return policy? There is a 90-day money-back guarantee. The desk of a hectic blogger and my Oska Pulse at work on those hypermobile knees I'm using it for fibromyalgia but I do have migraines as well, and there is research for that too. I have been using it 6-7 times a day to get some maximal effect due to the fact the pain is widespread. I use it ankles, knees, shoulders and head.

You don't actually feel anything whe…

The perks of working

I have always been an ambitious person with specific career goals. And it is hard to reconcile that chronic pain doesn't really allow for ambition. Really ticks me off, to be honest. But we can work and a lot of us do work. And there are certainly benefits to doing so.
People- yes, social interaction with actual people. Major perk for chronic illnesses because we are prone to isolation.Pain distraction- As long as you are not exceeding your pain limits, work is actually a fine pain distraction. Rather than ruminating on it, you are focused on other things.Keeps you engaged- keeps you mentally engaged. I don't know about you, but when I am off work I have to work hard at keeping myself mentally engaged. I do a lot of freelance writing on the side to keep my brain from stagnating into a puddle of goo.Money honey- Yeah, no one wants financial instability that comes with disability. And people with chronic illnesses and chronic pain tend to suffer financial due to disability and c…

Monday manual: Mood

Preparing for work with chronic illness

The Brainless Blogger is returning to work, once I get all that sorted out. I had to get a new vehicle because my brother hit a deer and wrote my off. So that part is taken care off. And I need to get my migraine Botox redone again so that side of things will be done. Then just the work side to get done.
Working with chronic illness and pain is a complicated thing. We have a lot of strategies we use at home to cope with pain and illness that we have to somehow transfer to the workplace to cope with the pain, fatigue, and illness. What I do, is by no means what you may do but it is how I transfer things over with my two primary illnesses fibromyalgia and chronic migraines.
Mental illness- I had my depression due to pain treated, which was necessary. It was compromising my capacity to cope with the pain. So that was a step that was needed. And I am glad it was done. I feel much better for it.I saw a pain psychologist regularly and learned a bit about acceptance and pain management. And …

Monday Manual: recommendations for fatigue

Monday manual fatigue part one and now the recommendations....


BONUS:
Take Rhodiola. (Pronounced Road-o-weena. Silent L. Inserted sneaky W. We are not sure where the N sound comes from). Researched for fatigue this may give you a boost. Always talk to your doctor about new supplements. Not because they will know anything about them or contradictions, but because it covers our liability for mentioning it.Take random supplements and herbs until it creates some sort of energetic concoction that may or may not be illegal in some States. Name this concoction after yourself and sell it, thus making you rich and, therefore, enabling you to retire early and manage your fatigue.

I don't need approval

I am in pain.
I don't need to validate that pain to anyone.
I cope with chronic illness and pain in many ways.
I don't need anyone's approval of my methods.
All I need to do is live the best chronic illness life that I can.

I don't want to fear life for fear of the pain. The pain will always be there. I want to cope with the pain the best that I can so that I can have the best life that I can. And that involves several strategies and some acceptance of the pain itself and chronic pain management.
I have a life to live. I want to live it. Carefully. Moderately. Pacing. Doing the work I need to do. Getting the treatment I need to get.

Maybe I should...
Why don't I...

No.

I am on a path. I am trying the strategies that I want to try right now. If they fail I will move to the next strategy and the next and the next. I find what works, and I keep it. I find what does not, and I discard it. Every single on of us is different. We often do not need the random health advi…

Frames of Mind

Announcement of this awareness campaign has come out to post your art to help awareness of migraine.
Select submissions chosen by notable migraine experts will be displayed at the 59th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society from June 8 – June 11, 2017 at the Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, MA and other migraine-related events throughout the remainder of 2017. Additionally, art submissions will be displayed on the My Chronic Migraine Facebook Page.
So consider participating in this migraine awareness campaign via art that expresses your migraine experience. Not one for art myself, since I am not too artistic. More for the written word; fiction, poetry, essays- that sort of deal. But I will be eagerly awaiting to see what everyone comes up with.

Research: looking at sleep and fibromyalgia

I have talked about fibromaygia and sleep before.
See:Fibromyalgia, sleep hygiene and insomnia
Lack of continuous sleep in Fibromyalgia #sleep duration and# fibromyalgia #pain intensity Now we have another study looking at our quality of sleep and sleep dysfunction in fibromyalgia. It is one of the hallmark symptoms of the syndrome. This study unsurprisingly states we have difficulty falling asleep and worse quality sleep compared to control groups of healthy individuals. Surprise! Not really. Sort of knew this from my actual sleep. The study Sleep Disturbances In Fibromyalgia: A Meta-Analysis Of Case-Control Studies was a meta-analysis of previous studies. I rather like these because they are reviewing a lot of combined data. In this case 25 studies with 2,086 subjects in total.
Studies evaluating sleep with polysomnography reported significant differences between fibromyalgia patients and healthy individuals concerning wake time after sleep onset, total sleep time, and sleep efficienc…

Review: Fibro Soothe

"I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. "




Prohealth offers the product Fibro Soothe. I personally am pretty interested in these fibro supplements and I have tried some before. They save me from having to buy so much more, and I can just buy the one to take regularly to help my Fibromyalgia. Right there is one perk.

It contains: Frankincense, Turmeric Longvida, DL-Phenylalanine, Ginger, Devils Claw, Ashwagandha, Bromelain, Papain, and Turmeric Powder.

I am pleased to see Turmeric on the list as well as Ashwagandha and ginger.

Turmeric: Within Turmeric is Curcumin, the active ingredient which is well known as an anti-inflammatory. The site says it may 'Promote soothing comfort in muscles and joints.' Fact is, FM is one of those syndromes investigated for low-grade inflammation so this i…

The Manual: Communication about pain

The manual will be every Monday in April, then bi-weekly after.

Poem: Time

Time Lost days, melded into decades.
Concentration, focus slid away.
Memories erode and it all fades,
Locked in infinite pain, time's prey.

Monday Manual: Fatigue

This is a new humour section on the blog for Mondays. Starting with the Chronic pain Manual and moving on from there.

Research into brainfog and FM w/ depression

The Spanish study in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology  called “Cognitive complaints in women with fibromyalgia: Are they due to depression or to objective cognitive dysfunction?” recurited105 women with fibromyalgia for their analysis.
Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain, cognitive dysfunction, sleep dysfunction and fatigue. However, the cognitive dysfunction of fibrofog with its concentration issues has not always been thought of to be from the FM. Studies have shown it is from the pain, from the sleep dysfunction and even from depression.

Results:
Eighty-four percent of the patients reported subjective cognitive complaints. Depression scores, everyday physical functioning, and working memory performance were most strongly associated with subjective cognitive complaints. These three variables were significant predictors for subjective cognitive complaints with a final model explaining 32% of the variance. StudyIn conclusions “Cognitive complaint…