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Chronic Pain Confessions

chronic pain, blog, mental health, pain, wellness, personalAmanda Vinci3 Comments
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It's time to set the record straight about my chronic pain. Like Usher once said — these are my confessionsssss. And you might find that some of them are yours too.

I feel pain every day.

Most of the time I'm so used to the pain it doesn't really effect me.

If I have more than 2 days of terrible flare up pain, I start to become depressed.

My pain causes depression and depression causes more pain.

When I don't feel good and people ask what could have caused it, I get mad.

I have a love hate relationship with my pain. Sometimes I'm happy I have it. It's made me stronger in other facets of my life.

I really enjoy going to the doctor. I feel like I'm accomplishing something each time I go.

I hate exercising "for fun". Extraneous physical movement is never fun.

When people innocently share what a good workout they've had, I feel resentful.

I push myself just to prove that I can be like everyone else.

I sometimes use my pain as an excuse to get out of things I don't want to do, even if I can do them.

Lots of times I do things I know will cause me to be in pain, just to show that my condition won't stop me.

I loved getting every surgery I've had.

My scars make me happy, because they make my pain visible. Giving it credibility that it is real.

Getting out of bed is the most difficult part of my day. I have a hard time functioning before 10am.

My pain changes constantly and is hard to predict or keep track of.

My ferret, Sneaky Weasel, is the best form of therapy for me.

I sometimes feel jealous of people with conditions that are more visible.

I find too much comfort in my favorite foods. 

Most foods completely disgust me.

Sometimes wearing clothing hurts.

Listening to my body is the best way to treat myself.

I've learned to love myself, chronic illness and all.

I'm very proud of my battle with pain, and love sharing my story with others.

EH Review: EarthWise

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Pain relief can come in many forms, but when it comes to soothing muscle rubs some like it cold and some like it hot. Lucky for everyone, EarthWise's natural skincare offers both!

The EarthWise Natural Skincare Company creates products that are not only good for us, but good for our planet. Their certified organic line takes consideration for the workers who grow and harvest their ingredients by only using fairly traded items, and their packaging isn't harmful to our environment. The products themselves are created by using nature's intelligence to achieve healing. They do all they can to promote sustainable agriculture, cleaner water, and fair incomes all while providing a skincare line that delivers on it's promise to help you feel good. And what's not to feel good about when your purchasing from such a conscious brand like EarthWise?

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EarthWise sent Everything Hurts two of their coveted pain relieving products. The Warming Muscle Rub offers relief for sore and aching muscles, perfect for conditions such as fibromyalgia and lupus. It also treats bruises, swelling and sprains and arthritis pain. I gave the rub a try right after finishing a light hike at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve in No. California. The hike was beautiful but challenging and left me with swollen, sore calves and arthritis pains in my feet — which is to be expected with just about any level of physical activity, especially when sliding down old volcanoes. As soon as I got home to rest I decided to apply the rub. I found it really helps if you massage it deeply into the muscles. Be generous with the amount that you use, as it doesn't burn or sting, but leaves a nice slightly warm sensation. Within 10-15 mins I started to notice a difference in my muscle swelling and joint stiffness. 

The cooling soothing relief of the 26 Mile Salve is really something you have to see for yourself. This handy salve stick sure is powerful. I love to use it on my stiff neck and shoulders, since it really feels like it penetrates deep into the muscle and tendons. The menthol crystals get to work immediately once applying it, giving you a slight anesthetic for sharp pains. My advice is to make sure you only push up the salve from the bottom as needed, and not push it up all the way, because you're unable to roll it back down (my original mistake). Despite my clumsiness with the container, I've been using the salve every morning to get me going and really love the results!

If you've been searching for a new way to feel okay, head over the EarthWise and check out these awesome products and the rest of their line up. Everything they make is packed with great stuff, and their company is run with such care and conscience. I hate to be punny here but I have to say it — EarthWise really is a smart choice.

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EH Review: Double N Urban Farm & Apothecary

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This Valentine's weekend is all about love. So how about showing some love to an important person in your life — you. Do your body and your mind a favor this Hallmark holiday and practice some holistic pain relief. Stetch, take a warm bath, meditate, or yeah... just watch some Netflix. And if you're looking for the perfect gift to give that special somebody (your body), head over to Double N Urban Farm & Apothecary.

Double N creates seasonal herbal body care products, all made with intention. This means they carefully select all natural, organic, ingredients and combine them into wonderful lotions, salves, teas, tinctures and more. They have an enchanting farm that truly creates healing products. You have to check out their website Double N Urban Homestead to get a look into their daily life at Double N... totally made me daydream about owning a farm. Stunning.

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The lovely folks at Double N sent over two of their pain relieving products for EH to try out — Fire Muscle Rub and Headcase Headache Relief. Everyone that has come in contact with me in the last two months knows I've been suffering from sharp neck pains and blinding headaches. They started right around the new year, and with a combination of herbal remedies and old fashion physical therapy, they've been going away little by little. These two awesome products have been a part of my treatment and I swear to you they've been worth their weight in gold.

Let's talk about the Fire Muscle Rub. This salve is completely unique, and really does have a warming feeling to it. It's perfect for achey sore backs and necks, but you can use it on any unhappy muscle to get some sweet soothing relief. The cayenne & arnica infused olive oil really contributes to it's warming properties, and the coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax create a smooth solid, where a little bit goes a long way. The essential oils of clove, ginger and cinnamon are key in providing strong relief. 

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Now for the Headcase Headache Relief — oh how I've been taking this with me everywhere. I never know when a headache will strike, and it's so important to be prepared at the first sign of one. Head Case has some truly unique ingredients that I haven't seen elsewhere. This blend includes amethyst infused sunflower oil! Amethyst?! I mean, I love the way they look... but they provide pain relief too? Yes, incredibly, they do. The blend also consists of peppermint, frankincense, lavender, basil, chamomile, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils. Just rub it on your temples and neck 2-4 times a day and remember to breathe in. You'll feel it's soothing powers in no time. If you suffer from headaches, this is a purse must have.

What's really beautiful and unique about Double N Urban Farm and Apothecary is that they grow their own plants. They see them through and nurture them from seed to product. You are truly supporting organic and local farming by purchasing products from them. An extra something to feel good about, when you're feeling good from their products.

Enter the code: FEELGOOD at checkout for 20% off ANYTHING in their Etsy Shop through the end of February! An exclusive code for EH readers!

So go on and show yourself some love this Valentine's day with Double N Urban Farm & Apothecary. 

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EH Review: Aroma Biology

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Sometimes feeling better is as simple as taking a breath. Particularly when you're breathing in these relaxing essential oils by Aroma Biology. A few weeks ago I came across the Me Fragrance shop on Etsy and was instantly excited by their wide array of aroma therapy pain relief products. 

Recently I've been suffering with a lot of migraines and radiating neck pain. The pain starts out dull and then shoots up through the right side of my neck, eventually reaching the top of my head. The throbbing doesn't stop, and over the counter pain relievers are doing little to ease it.

Receiving these Aroma Biology roll-ons from Me Fragrance couldn't have come at a better time. I was seriously at my wits end with the throbbing pain, and these oils really came in handy. 

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At the first sign of a headache I rolled on Tension Suspension, and then I put it to my nose and inhaled deeply. The smell of it is heavenly. I immediately recognized the scent of lavender — always my favorite, mixed with peppermint. Peppermint is widely known to relieve headaches and reduce fever, and it really works like magic. Roll it on In circular motions, and inhale deeply after each application. The lavender helps to relax and relieve tension, and the helichrysum allows blood to flow more easily. The combination of these 3 oils is the perfect defense against an agonizing headache. 

If you're anything like me, you have pain all over the place. And if you're really like me, you have quite the collection of creams, lotions and potions to pull you through it. Here's an opportunity to replace some of those useless crummy old bottles and upgrade to something that really works — Soak n Toke. Soak n Toke is made of a line up of incredible natural essential oils: helichrysum to reduce inflammation and muscle pain, lemongrass that regenerates connective tissue, juniper berry that relieves muscle and arthritis pain, chamomile that helps treat inflamed joints and sprains, and pink pepper for improving circulation. As you can tell by many of my previous posts, I LOVE my essential oil based products... and I love them because they work. Just like Tension Suspension, apply this roll-on in circular motions wherever you're hurting and remember to breathe deep. This stuff has some serious healing properties, and the most wonderful smell. I let my friend test it out, and she immediately asked if she could eat it. The answer is no, do not eat it. You may want to, but you must resist.

All of Me Fragrance's products are paraben free, aluminum free, cruelty free/vegan, dye free and chemical free. They're only made from the good stuff. They have an amazing selection of Aroma Biology products, helping with PMS, anxiety, appetite, tummy pain, hangovers and more.

Me Fragrance is giving a special 15% off your purchase to all Everything Hurts readers! Just enter FRAGRANCE15 at checkout.

So go on and check them out:
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EH Reviews: Botanical Delights

chronic pain, products, pain, shopping, nerve pain, fibromyalgiaAmanda VinciComment
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My eyes light up every time I see a product with one of my chronic conditions printed on the label. For me? Don't mind if I do. I had to try these two pain relieving products from Botanical Delights, I mean, they practically had my name on them.

 Nerve Pain Relief Butter is pure creamy goodness.

Nerve Pain Relief Butter is pure creamy goodness.

If you suffer from nerve pain caused by fibromyalgia, arthritis, sciatica, diabetes, etc.. you have to check out the unique pain relieving blends created by Botanical Delights. It is really inspiring to see a company focus on the creation of products specifically for nerve pain. When I was diagnosed twelve years ago, such products were nearly impossible to find. 

Botanical Delights takes pride in their all-natural handmade products, only using the highest quality ingredients. They carefully create powerful Synergy Blends. Synergy Blends occur when two or more highly concentrated essential oils are combined, and the molecular composition changes, resulting in a more powerful product. Each one of their blends results in a highly effective way to help you both physically and emotionally.

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BD sent Everything Hurts two products to try out. Their Nerve Pain Relief Butter and their Fibro Survival Synergy Blend roll-on.

The Nerve Pain Relief Butter is super creamy and silky. It's so luxurious, but don't let that fool you — this stuff is strong. Really, I didn't know essential oils could do what they're doing in this butter. This product really targets the shooting, burning, and stabbing that is often associated with nerve pain. Rub a dab of it into the affected areas on your body, and feel it getting in deep and going to work almost immediately. The ingredients in this blend include Clove Oil, Black Pepper, Copaiba, and Frankincense. Each of these oils have strong pain relieving properties and are amazing natural substances. The combination of these in a Beeswax, Vitamin E and Arnica Oil base are really something you need to try to believe. Use it up to 3-4 times a day, and pretty soon you'll notice your pain isn't nearly as bad as it once was.

 Fighting Fibro has never been easier with this roll-on relief.

Fighting Fibro has never been easier with this roll-on relief.

If you have fibromyalgia, do yourself a big favor — go grab one of these Fibro Survival Synergy Blend rollers right now. Ever since I got mine, I've been taking it along almost everywhere I go. When you have fibro, literally EVERYTHING hurts. Botanical Delights understands this. That's why they've created this really unique concoction that provides relief specifically targeted for fibromyalgia pain. They've carefully chosen anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic and anti-spasmodic oils that are known for their healing properties. This roller is PACKED, I mean absolutely PACKED with essential oils. How the hell they fit all of them into this carry-size roller? I have no idea. Plai, Lavender, Black Pepper, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, Marjoram, Peppermint, Geranium, Roman & German Chamomile, Pine, Wintergreen, Apricot Oil and Vitamin E??? All in one amazing Synergy Blend? Seriously. Go, get it. Apply it to your trigger points. Thank me later. No, thank them. This stuff is a game changer.

Check out all of Botanical Delights natural essential oil blends in their Etsy Shop. They have such a wide range of products focusing on conditions such as autism, arthritis, anxiety, ADHD, sleeplessness, PMS, menopause... the list goes on.

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