Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Mg12 Pain Relief Creams

From time to time I like to share my experiences with alternative pain relief because even if it helps just one of you, I've done my job as a blogger.

Today's topic is Mg12 Pain Relief Creams. I was contacted by Dion about these products and he told me that they have helped his mother who happens to have fibromyalgia because they contain Dead Sea salts which have the highest concentration of Magnesium Chloride  
available on Earth.

I'm always happy when people reach out to me because I enjoy passing the information onto all of you so you can make your own decisions about the products, but the thing that really touched me about Dion is that he is passionate about helping people with this beast.

Mg12 has a lot of products on their website and I've used only a few of them so far in different forms. I've tried the Body Balm and MagneSoothe spray, which contains lavender oil. And the MagneSport roll on and balm. 

I do like them all, but I'm more partial to the Body Balm/ MagneSoothe Oil Spray for bedtime since it contains lavender. I like the oil spray for my harder to reach areas. It makes it easier to apply to my back. And the balm is, well put simply, THE BOMB!

Neither product leaves a residue like other pain rubs I have tried and there isn't that awful burning sensation when you put it on. The MagneSport roll on was a little itchy on my dry skin (some of you remember my ordeal with eczema). This sensation went away within a minute of applying it and I didn't get any further irritation. 

Prices for the products range from $9- $120, depending on how many items you want. And the more expensive items are bundle packages. You don't have to be a member to get these reasonable prices either-- something I really like! 

The idea of the products is to use them often because the Magnesium will replenish your body's deficiency and you will start to feel better. I had an almost instant pain relief result when I used MagneSport. The Body Balm dulled the pain enough to help me relax and fall asleep, but I did have to re-apply it once more to get a better effect. 

Magnesium helps with many functions in the body as I've often said in this blog. I've been a fan of Epsom Salts for quite some time, but nothing compares to Dead Sea salts for pain, regularity, skin irritations, and energy and I can't wait to try their bath salts! 

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Why I Embrace My Insomnia

I'm sure that all of you have been in this situation:

Me: I had a lot of trouble sleeping last night.
Well Meaning Friend (WMF): Oh! I'm sorry to hear that! What's been on your mind lately?

First, don't get me wrong! It's nice that these WMFs care! But when the conversation leads to this I tend to just drop the subject for three reasons, one there is nothing major on my mind that is keeping me up at night. Two, I am all about sleep hygiene and have been ritual about it since the night I didn't need my mother tucking me in. And three, though I can understand that the WMFs may have sleep issues from time to time and think they understand, my sleep issue is chronic and it's not just about trying to fall asleep, it's also about staying asleep too.

For ever since I can remember I've had these issues. Even as a child I could not fall asleep, nor could I stay asleep. As an adult, I assumed my problem had to do with being in bed too long so I made it a point to stay up until I was tired. That only worked in my twenties for about five to six years because I was staying up until 3 AM and then waking up at 5:30 AM two to three times per week. It got old-- what can I say? Once I hit my thirties, I decided that a bedtime of 11 PM was more respectable but I'd always wake up at 2:30 AM from a dream, a noise, or having to feed the baby and I wouldn't fall back to sleep until it was 30 minutes before my older one had to wake up to get ready for school. Now that I'm in my forties I just lie there and watch TV until I feel tired enough because I've given up trying to fix my insomnia. Instead I'll just embrace it as part of my life.

Yes, I stare at the clock and hate it, myself, and everything else during those hours I cannot sleep. And I wake up with pain the next morning too. And, YES, it is hard for me to do my daily chores while in that pain but frankly the alternatives to my problem-- at least to me-- seem far worse.

I could try to take sleep aids-- I really could. Especially on those nights of desperation, but the problem is I already have been known to sleep walk without taking any kind of drug. I remember waking one morning to see some half eaten cheese on the kitchen counter and remembered dreaming about eating a piece that turned into me milking a cow. Seriously! It happened! So, for me? A sleep aid any stronger than chamomile or melatonin would be very dangerous!

My insomnia, thankfully, comes in waves and is like actual clockwork-- pun intended! The first wave is waking up once a night at around 12:30-1 AM. I can usually fall back to sleep easily until 4:30 AM rolls around and I'm awakened by my husband coming in from work. The next wave is waking up two-five times a night and having overly stiff joints in the morning. The best way to describe the stiff feeling is having to walk through a swimming pool. My last wave is not being able to fall asleep and then waking up two-four times during the night. Thankfully, I am currently on my last wave as I'm typing this post! Because after these waves I have one blissful week of sleeping like an actual normal person. YAY!!!

In the end, I still get a lot of WMFs that try and tell me to take a bath, get dressed into P.J.s, read a book, avoid taking any naps, and have zero caffeine. I think my favorite bit of advice was not to take naps. I get the sentiment, but in my case, if I don't nap on some days I WILL hurt myself.

I've had days where I've been so groggy that I have put the potholder on one hand and I've used the bare one to lift a pan out of the oven. I just simply cannot NOT take a nap on these days or on the days I must drive my children somewhere. It's just not an option in my world and this is why I've embraced my insomnia.

May all of you have sweet dreams and STAY FABULOUS!

Love and Friendship,

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Best Blog

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I am considered a best blog again and I know that many of  you may think I'm slacking. I am SO not! I've been trying to gain access to this blog for almost a year!

I have just posted a new blog entry to let you all know things are good!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Another new win!

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Topical Pain Relief

First, I have a BIG apology to get out of the way! I have been having issues trying to get in here to post and they are finally fixed! YAY!!!! I'm so sorry I've been missing in action!

Second, let's talk about fibro!

I haven't done a post about topical pain relief in quite some time because I haven't come across anything I've really liked until now.

Much of my pain is sciatica pain and shoulder pain from sitting or standing for too long and being hunched over on my desk writing. The shoulder pain is something that I'm used to dealing with on a daily basis, but the sciatic pain can throw me for a loop where all I want to do is find some relief.

I think I have found some relief from a product called Australian Dream Back Relief Cream. Now, for the sake of formalities, one, please consult your doctor before trying any new product for pain relief, and, two, I am not affiliated with this product in any way. I bought this product on my own accord and I'm giving all of you the thoughts I have on it so you can check it out for yourself.

The product is not sticky like some pain rubs can be. There's no odor either and that actually made me wonder if the product would actually work! I went from a pain scale of 8 to a pain level of 1 when I woke up the next morning. It did take a bit of time to see results. My pain, however, was so minimal in the morning that I actually wondered if I was dreaming!

The jar is pretty large, but it is more expensive than a tube of the regular name brand pain relievers on the market today. I've only used it once so far so I can't tell you exactly how long a 4-ounce jar will last me. I tend to use products very sparingly, especially the higher priced ones so this particular jar will probably last me 4-6 months if my flares are not excessive.

If you like to take baths like I do, there's a great product by Dr. Teal that helps with very sore muscles. I've used this product during flares and I've used it when I worked out too much one day at the gym (thanks, Lee, still remember the feeling of THAT burn LOL!). This product works very well for both types of soreness. I had severe muscle tears with my first ever biking class (again, thanks, Lee!) and this soak helped to relieve the soreness related to that type of pain, as well as major fibro flares. The menthol aroma also helped to relax me enough to sleep afterward.

This product is not expensive and it lasts for about 4-5 baths. I'm a weekend type of bath person so it will last me a month when I'm not in a flare. I enjoy the product a lot for a relaxation.

I hope you look into either of these two as an option for you! And next time we will discuss shower heads and the benefits of getting ones with massage features!

Love and friendship,

Friday, January 13, 2017

For the Record

I am making a public announcement that I, author Amanda Kimberley of FibroandFabulous.com (tm) has never been in the past, or is now, in association with, related to, OR affiliated with any entity known as Fabulous With Fibro. I am not selling any services as a holistic coach, nor did I write any books related to that brand. I am also not associated, affiliated, or related to a patient community group called Fabulous With Fibro that also has a clothing line. I will not ask you for donations of any kind, and I have never done so in over a decade of writing this blog. PLEASE be careful when you are looking for my blogsite in the future. Thank you!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

New Year, New Outlook

2015 was not a good year for me and 2016 pretty much sucked too. I had a lot of happy moments during each of those years, but there were some very sad moments too. My health was also not the greatest because of the compounded stress and junk food I was putting in my body.

Many people do New Year's resolutions and my thoughts on that have been the same for a couple of decades. I used to get really excited about changing a bad habit or putting something positive into my life, like exercise. I'd start out the first week or two and do really well until life came along in week three to ruin it all. I'd get discouraged, but keep trying until February when I started to realize that the goal was just too much for me to handle and I'd give up. From about 1997 and on, I made a resolution to make no more resolutions and that worked well until now.

I've been giving my health some scrutiny these past six months. I've made strides in my anxiety and panic attacks. My stomach, though not 100% normal, is NO WHERE near as upset with me as it used to be. And I am starting to slowly incorporate the things I enjoyed, like reading, before my family's turmoil. These are all steps in the right direction, but I want to do more.

Exercise is important, so is eating right. But as a Fibro sufferer, you can't always depend on your body to feel strong enough to do these things when you can barely get out of bed! I started talking with a Facebook friend named Vikkas a couple of months before the new year and he wanted to know from his all of us what our resolution or goals were for 2017. I thought about it for a few moments and came up with something I could live with and definitely live by. I want to practice more self-care.

Self-care is broad. It is not specific. If self-care can be exercise on a good day-- great! I can put in a 7-10 minute workout. If my sciatica is acting up, then self-care might mean a few hours in bed with a good book. Self-care can also mean more at home spa days filled with bubble baths, facial masks, and pedicures too! The sky is the limit with self-care AND it is broad enough to incorporate something for yourself positive daily to reach your goal. 

My goals for this year are to focus on calming my mind and spirit with meditation, yoga, and streamlining my newsletter and websites for my writing business. I also want to work on feeling less pain so I will be exercising for no more than seven rigorous minutes a day with situps, stretches, and lunges. I also plan on focusing on taking more at home spa days where I take care of my feet, soak in some epsom salts, and care for my dry skin. These are all things that can be worked on throughout the week, or month and if I skip a day due to pain, I won't feel horrible.

I think we are too hard on ourselves when we try and stick to a strict regimen of one hour workouts in the gym or a diet consisting of only raw fruits and veggies. These goals are nearly next to impossible to achieve for someone with Fibromyalgia. 

If you are living in a bubble and can avoid all human contact, you might be able to do one hour workouts daily. And if you are healthy enough to not need meat or carbs for deficiencies in iron or b-complex you could go on a vegan diet. 

A fibromite may wish to have goals like these-- and more power to you if you want to, but if you are like me, you probably will fail. See, I can't give up my bacon or my writing, so you'd never see me doing these well LOL! And I will be the first to admit that!

So the next time you decide to make a goal or a resolution for the new year, focus on something broad, not specific, if you want to change your health or lifestyle. You don't have to quit all of your bad habits all at once, do them slowly and with a lot of self-love for yourself. I can guarantee you that you will then commit and KEEP your resolutions every year!

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,


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