Friday, February 18, 2011
I had my annual physical on January 17. It's been 6 months since I've stopped taking the meds (SSRI's, Klonopin, muscle relaxers, hydrocodone & more), and modified my diet. At this point I feel like I am doing pretty well. My cholesterol levels appear to be tolerable, and my blood sugar is only a little bit high. I realized that without the meds, I no longer have dry eyes, a dry sticky mouth, dry lips, balance impairment (I know where my feet are now in relation to the ground), esophageal reflux, irritable bowels, constipation, bladder trouble, and I dropped back to my good weight. I don’t know what I would do without Liderderm patches, topical sprays, along with my TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator) which helps to short circuit pain caused by nerve compression in my neck, shoulders, right arm, and lower back. Occasionally I won’t bother putting it on and I experience way more pain than what I can deal with… the kind that drove me to medicate to begin with. I still must get into some kind of exercise routine. I realized one day last month that I toted my briefcase, heavy purse, and a backpack of food into my house without even thinking about it! I haven’t felt this strong since my son was a month old and I gave up my car to walk and bike everywhere! I got stronger by carrying him around from infancy (in front packs and backpacks), too. I try to focus on the 2 months of painfree endless energy. Before going to sleep, I try to remember to thank all my body parts for supporting me all day. Then I focus on my breath, mentally elavate my spirit to remove myself from the pain so I can fall asleep.