nccih.nih Link to Complimentary and Integrative Pain Methods

Hi Fellow Survivors,

I subscribe to this link as I find it useful for complimentary methods of living well with chronic pain. There is a lot of information at this site, take what works for you, research various methods, and keep yourself up-to-date with integrative techniques. I haven’t always agreed with everything researched, but that’s ok. I create my own path to living my best and created this blog for you to do the same.

Note that a ” live chat” is coming up! Hope you find something new to add to your unique toolkit.


Selecting Supplements: LabDoor

Good day Peers

I read this post in a blog I follow and, since so many of us also use supplements to increase our well being, I felt her information was important to pass on here. Please take note of her comment about ” levels of arsenic” in one commonly used supplement! If we are already chronically living with any medical issue, we don’t need to compromise our health with items we believe are assisting us to live better; do your own homework as well as trying out the site she found to assist us. Personal responsibility is key to finding our path to our best life.

Do you take vitamins, minerals and/or other types of supplements? I take what seems to be a ridiculous amount of supplements. Some are recommended by my doctor, and others make sense for energy, good sleep, immune system and thyroid support, better digestion, etc. I make my purchasing decisions based on convenience (# of pills & size), brand familiarity, cost and customer reviews. This has always felt wrong to me, but I had no other way to decide which was the best one to pick.


Recently, I went on the hunt to find a better magnesium supplement. I have been taking a NOW brand, Magnesium Citrate 400 mg a day for a while, but it requires me to swallow two, gigantic pills at night. They are so big, that they actually hurt my throat.

Magnesium is a complicated subject. There are many forms available, some are more absorbable than others, some…

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Words of Wisdom for “Creating Better Health” and Less Stress by Toni B.

Hi Peers

I read this yesterday and it fell right into my belief system when it comes to doing my best while living with chronic pain. Toni’s choices are the same as mine, her articles always serve to affirm and remind me to keep striving towards my best.


https: //www.psychology

When You Need to Take a Break; it’s Healthy

20 Quotes Inspiring Self-Care This last month has been one of much needed self care and reflection for me. There have been other health items I needed to address, also my exhaustion, and reflecting…

Source: When You Need to Take a Break; it’s Healthy

Important Conversation Last Week With my Primary Care Physician; The Coming Reality of Opioid Medications and Alternative Use of Medical Marijuana

My treatments for chronic pain are changing. This is a personal decision I chose after several years of thought and a trial run with varied products in Medical Marijuana dispensaries. Every person w…

Source: Important Conversation Last Week With my Primary Care Physician and Opioids

Article: 3 Reasons Why An Invisible Illness Is More Dangerous

Hello Peers
I had emergency gall bladder surgery four weeks ago. That really sapped my strength and I turned my energy towards a healthy and positive recovery. It was a powerful observation of how easily anyone’s life can be affected by medical trauma! I am using this experience as a gift. Life can end at any moment. I chose to keep pushing forward, perhaps at a slower pace than those without chronic pain, creating a blog for those looking for companionship, answers, and living life with as much wellness as they can.
I haven’t had a working computer for two months now. I will have a new one very soon and will begin blogging daily ( as I did before) and complete my “Path to Understanding Pain, While Living With Hope” education, advocacy, and personal planning online, but personal, business. During the lull, I hope you find this post from a fellow invisable illness Peer enlightening.

Invisible illnesses can indeed be more dangerous than visible ones. This recent article posted on the Huff Post, articulates how an increased risk of suicide, judgement and prejudice from others and finally, a lack of research funding, puts those of us with invisible illnesses in danger.

Read the full article here:  3 Reasons Why An Invisible Illness Is More Dangerous

Not to compare illness, because all illness sucks, but sometimes it appears we are at a disadvantage on many levels, especially considering how many of us there are.

“And many invisible illnesses thwart our efforts to advocate for better because our energies are sapped by our daily existence. We are struggling just to function, never mind march with megaphones.”

Awareness is the key to solving each of those three issues. Sharing your story with others and fighting back against the preconceived notions with informative facts, will help us move forward…

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