Staying on the Get Healthy Wagon

Fun with the Fitness Marshall

Ok, so I fell off the blogging wagon for a little bit (much of that due to migraines and other chronic pain flareups), but the good news is I haven’t fallen off the “trying to be healthier” wagon. I’m still trying to exercise whenever possible (swimming or cycling on good days, doing some light aerobics or walking on so-so days, and taking bad flareup days off).

Lately I’ve gotten into doing at home aerobic dance videos by the Fitness Marshall, which I would highly recommend. He is hilarious and very encouraging to all kinds of people, not just fitness buffs. I love how he uses plus size demonstrators as well!

I am still trying out LDN (low dose naltrexone) for my chronic pain, migraines, and inflammation. It hasn’t been a magic bullet, but may be helping some. I’m on a very low dose (1.5mg). I’ve tried the 3mg and 4.5mg doses, but they actually seemed to make me feel worse. I’m looking for good OTC supplements or meds to use for my migraines, so if you know of any good ones, please share! I can’t take Excedrin or Tylenol Migraine most of the time because the caffeine seems to upset my stomach a lot.

Day ll – Getting Healthy with Chronic Pain Diary

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  • It’s the 4th of July, so did some celebrating, but kept it pretty chill and close to home. My husband and I cooked out (butter burgers, chips, and corn on the cob) and then followed that up with some ice cream (strawberry shortcake flavored).
  • I did get a little bit of exercise in by going swimming at our community pool. It was actually less crowded than I expected for the 4th of July. Guess many of our neighbors went out for the holiday rather than staying home.
  • Healthwise, my hand is still hurting, worried I may have to get that second set of xrays. Also, I am discontinuing the Emgality injections due to side effects and tomorrow will be a month from the last injection, so I am a bit worried about migraines attacking more when I don’t take the shot again. Not much I can do to change that, so hoping for the best but nervous.

Day 10 – Getting Healthy with Chronic Pain Diary

  • Hand still hurting, so wore my cast, but still went out. The pics above are from a cool park with a horse-drawn pumpkin carriage (like from Cinderella). I had to take pics with me pretending to drive the coach, and inside it. After checking out this little park, we went to another nearby park and botanical garden. Did quite a bit of walking so I could get some exercise in. All together, I’m sure I got in more than an hour of physical activity, which felt good after not doing anything yesterday. Had to be super careful with my hand though.
  • After all that exercise, I may have undone some of the positive health benefits by getting some ice cream (chocolate vanilla twist soft serve). Oh well. It was delicious. Anyone else find they always want some ice cream after a long walk on a nice day?

Days 7 & 8 – Getting Healthy with Chronic Pain Diary

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Forgot to post yesterday! So today I’ll sum up both yesterday and today!

  • My hand is still bruised and tender from my fall the other day, so can’t do any bike riding 😦 Doctor said not to ride for at least a week. Yesterday my husband and I did a short hike at a local lake to get some exercise, and today we went swimming at our community pool. I was pleasantly surprised to find that swimming didn’t hurt too bad, although the pain is intense if someone accidentally bumps into my hand (which my husband did twice! lol)
  • Found a doctor who approved me to start Low Dose Naltrexone, so excited to see if it helps my chronic pain as much as it has helped others. One of my doctors outright told me that the reason they don’t prescribe that drug is because the big pharma companies won’t invest in testing it because it won’t make them enough money. Stuff like that makes me so mad. If it helps us should be most important!
  • Picked up some women’s health magazines today to hopefully inspire me further on my fitness and diet goals. Do you have a favorite health/fitness magazine?
  • After a few days of cutting out sugary drinks, I really do notice a difference. I’m not craving sweets nearly as much or starving all the time. I’m still not a big fan of artificial sweeteners, but they have helped me cut down on the insulin-spiking regular sugars.

Day 7 – Getting Healthy with Chronic Pain Diary

Ended up in the emergency room last night because my hand was hurting so bad and bruising up. Luckily there is no fracture, but man is it bruised, swollen, and painful! Guess I’ll be taking it easy today, icing it a lot, and no bike riding 😦 Feeling a little bit down because of it all, but not super depressed. I’ll just keep trying, even when hurdles are thrown in my way. Wish I could take some more ibuprofen, but it is starting to upset my stomach again, so guess I’ll stick to Tylenol.

Day 6 – Getting healthy with chronic pain diary

  • I knew I was overdo for an injury…went for a short electric bike ride again and everything went great, until I got home, went to park the bike, stumbled, and then fell, with the bike falling on top of me (and electric bikes are heavy!). I seem to have most seriously hurt my right hand, especially around the 2nd finger. Hoping it is just a sprain and will heal ok on its own. Even with all that going on, I still went for a walk with my husband at the local park to get the rest of my exercise for the day in. Persistence baby!
  • Also saw the migraine doctor today. Yet more CGRP blockers he wants me to try (Nurtec & Qulipta). I’ll try them, but the one I was already on (Emgality) quit working and was causing nasty side effects. At least the new ones he gave me are pills, not injections, so I won’t be stuck with them in my system for a month if they give me negative side effects. I can’t help but wonder if it is really a great idea to block something the body naturally produces anyway. Even though CGRP does some negative stuff to the body, it does some positive stuff as well.
  • I also applied online to get a prescription for low dose Naltrexone from AgelessRx. I’ve heard many, many good things about low dose Naltrexone for chronic pain relief and have to at least give it a try. My doctor wouldn’t prescribe it (their office doesn’t prescribe it at all), so I found one who would!

Day 2 – Getting Healthy with chronic Pain Diary

Today I went with my husband and his “little brother” (Big Brothers/Big Sisters) to an Elk Farm nearby. I was really worried about the over 2 hour round-trip drive, as driving aggravates my migraines and neck pain so much, but I prepared by taking Ibuprofen, muscle relaxers and using Lidocaine before we left. Luckily that seemed to ward off the worst case scenario.

At the farm we saw a bunch of Elk, walked a few short trails, did a small maze, played a little basketball (I may have cheated and used the kid-sized hoops), ate some Elk BBQ (tastes like hamburger, but supposed to be healthier for you), homemade applesauce, farm-made ice cream, and then headed home. Glad I got some exercise in and had some fun, something that can be lacking in my life when my pain levels are bad for extended periods of time.

Now I’m beat and think I will curl up with a heating pad for a while.

Determined to get healthy

Since I started fostering kids, I have let my own health and wellness fall to the wayside somewhat.  I have been so involved in helping these hurting kids and making sure that they have what they need, that in some ways I have neglected my own needs.  I used to exercise almost every day and put a lot of effort into eating right, but between family visitation, therapy, doctor, dentist and vision appointments, foster care training classes, school events, and all the other responsibilities that come with parenthood, I have turned to fast food far too often and rarely find time to exercise in my schedule.

So what made me decide changes are needed?  Well, for one thing, I don’t feel good.  My IBS has flared up a lot recently, a problem which I had nearly conquered in the past by changing my eating habits and making healthier choices.  I have also found myself sick quite frequently, even more so than normal.  I do have some immune system deficiencies, but I know that unhealthy habits only compound those problems.  Another problem is that I have found myself out of shape, and although I’m not exactly fat, my muscles have become rather flabby.  I get out of breath easily, and my asthma is actually much worse, which I believe is due to a lack of cardiovascular exercise which strengthens the lungs.

Getting in shape isn’t going to be easy.  I’m surrounded by temptation at every turn.  Church means good home-cooked food and freshly baked desserts, our busy schedule guarantees that we will have to eat out at least a couple times a week, and having kids in the home means that I am tempted by cookies, candy, ice cream and other sweets.  But those kids are part of the reason why I want to make this change.  After all, if I’m unhealthy, I’m not very capable of helping them attain emotional, physical and spiritual health.  Plus, “set a good example” has always been my motto, and I don’t want to be a hypocrite!