How to handle chronic illness when you overdo it

We took our teen to an amusement park this week.  Generally I’m the one who holds the stuff.  Or at least I have been since I started dealing with RA.

Back in the day I was a roller coaster and ride nut.  My friends and I would see how many times in one day we could ride the Racer at Kings Island.  I loved the Roter too.  It spun you around superfast, the floor dropped out and you stuck to the side.  Now just the thought turns my stomach upside down.

I decided that this time I was not going to just sit and wait for everyone all the time.  SO.  I rode rides.  Including the Intimidator roller coaster.  Including the bumper cars. AND the ride that drops you like a broken elevator.

AND I did okay.  I didn’t push it more than that, but my body seemed to hold out reasonably well.  By the time we hit six miles of walking though, my feet were ready to go.

It’s the next day that kills you

I woke up pretty stiff and sore.  

there are several things that I do when I’m hurting –

First, gentle stretches and a walk

Second, hydration.  Not getting enough fluids makes joint pain way worse

Third, essential oil massage.  I have a roller with a combo of oils that works well for me – Deep Blue Soothing Blendand Lemongrass.  There are tons of options for oils that support a healthy inflammatory response and soothe tired and sore muscles.  Once we got home I took a long soak as well. Epsom Salts plus essential oils makes for a very soothing bath.

And finally, I used some of the Deep Blue Polyphenol complex.  Yeah, I know, what the heck is a polyphenol?

Polyphenols are phytochemicals, meaning compounds found abundantly in natural plant food sources that have antioxidant properties. There are over 8,000 identified polyphenols found in foods such as tea, wine, chocolates, fruits, vegetables, and extra virgin olive oil,1 just to name a few.

In the plant, they protect against ultraviolet radiation, pathogens, oxidative damage, and harsh climatic conditions. In humans, they fight free radicals, promote a healthy inflammatory response as well as support your cardiovascular system.

So the Deep Blue complex Includes powerful polyphenols from green tea, red wine, and grape and pomegranate juice. The resveratrol from red wine is believed to be one of the primary reasons for the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. Grape seed includes high concentrations of one of the most powerful antioxidant substances that assist with proper oxidative stress response.

The Frankincense extract from Boswellia serrata has been shown  to help support muscle and joint comfort and function

I know many people who take this daily as an addition to their supplement routine.  I have been using it more on an as needed basis, but after reading and studying more about it, I think that I’m going to use it more regularly for a while. 

The combination of everything has me feeling a lot better today, though I’m going do some more stretching and yoga today to continue to loosen things up.  It’s important to be in tune with your body and not stop the recovery process too soon.  Especially when you cross over that imaginary, every moving line of overdoing it.  (or in this case, when you jump full force over the line!)

I'd love to hear about what you do when you overdo it.  What are your secret tips?

how to handle chronic illness when you overdo it


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Casey the College Celiac

7/12/2017 7:17:21 PM

I think the hardest part of living with fibromyalgia is not pretending you're Wonder Woman on your good days and triggering some bad days as a result. For me, a Netflix binge, a long Epson salt soak in the tub and heating packs always help!

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