BACK PAIN BLOG’S FACEBOOK GROUP OF THE MONTH…

This month I am introducing a new group I have recently joined as my Facebook Group of the month which is a new post I will write monthly.

Pain Management Support Group is a closed group, but anyone can ask to join and has been created to share stories and tools to help manage living with chronic persistent pain.

Posts are on many different subjects with a most recent one written by Irene Auckland who is a Transformational Coach and one of the admin and moderators of the group and who wrote on the effects of hanging eucalyptus in your shower.

Plus there are many personal and some highly emotional posts from people struggling or trying to cope with pain as well as inspirational quotes, recommendations and lots more. A lovely friendly group for anyone who is in pain.

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ESSENTIAL OILS WITH ESSENTIALLY INSPIRED BLOG…

If you love essential oils (and who wouldn’t) then you must pop over to Essentially Inspired Blog written by Shaina Dickson from Ontario, Canada

Her blog covers everything you could possibly ever need to know about essential oils from conditions and oil remedies, DIY essential oils, Food and essential oils, Giveaways, Necklaces, Oil. Blends, products and the list goes on.

There are online health classes, a link to her etsy shop where you will find her lovely necklaces and other places you can purchase her oils from.

Sit down and relax and enjoy browsing this amazing site. You’ll feel relaxed just reading through it.

As an avid fan of oils I have written a number of posts on them. Essential Oils for Back Pain and Fibromyalgia can be found here. And another very popular post on Why I Am a Huge Fan of Essential Oils, can be found here. My love of essential oils goes back 20 years.

A TINY PELLET IS SET TO BANISH CHRONIC BACK PAIN…

A tiny pellet no bigger than a grain of rice could banish the agony of sciatica. It is implanted into the spine and slowly releases painkilling medication.

It is made from biodegradable plastic and the tiny pellet slowly breaks down, releasing a constant supply of a pain killer to the affected area which can provide relief for up to a year before it needs replacing.

The medication used in this pellet is called clonidine, which they say does not have the same addictive properties as other opioid drugs.

A major trial is under way at West Virginia University in the US where around 200 patients with sciatica will be given the pellet to see if it gives them long term pain relief.

The pellet is inserted under local anaesthetic through a long hollow needle into the spine and placed next to the damaged disc. The procedure takes under an hour.

Colin Natalie, a consultant spinal surgeon at The Lister Hospital in London said “We. already inject clonidine during sciatica surgery because it significantly reduces the painkillers needed after surgery. Turning it into a pellet that is implanted in the spine is the next step and could reduce the need for surgery.”

Taken from The Daily Mail Good Health Tuesday 15th January, 2019

THE SALI STUDY (SIGNIFICANT ANKLE LIGAMENT INJURY)& DAY FOUR AFTER INJURY…

It’s four days since I went over on my foot and sprained my ankle. Even with crutches the effort of getting up and downstairs on my back side was playing havoc with my low back but today I think I’ve turned the corner.

I’ve managed on one crutch for most of today and could walk down one step at a time on the stairs and got a fairly good nights sleep last night. I knew the crutches would bother my arm and neck but I forgot about the crawling I had done after I went over on my foot and what trouble the stairs could cause me.

I’ve been religiously doing exercises I found online for a sprained ankle as it soon goes stiff but it’s no where near as swollen as I have been using one of my five a day vegetables to freeze the ankle and reduce the swelling 🙂

Over the past 48 hours I’ve kept myself busy by making some new handmade cards. I’ve created some new styles to my usual ones using needlecraft and painting some of them. Do let me know what you think of them?

After I’d seen the nurse at A&E she asked me if I would mind joining a study which is researching the recovery from significant ankle ligament injury’s. The purpose of the study called SALI, is all about Osteoarthritis. I will be sent a questionnaires to fill in shortly after my injury, 3 months, 1 Year, 3 Years, 5 Years, 10 Years and 15 years. The study will help them understand why some people who have an ankle injury go on to develop osteoarthritis, and why others don’t.

Of course I said I was happy to take part as this study will mean I am part of and contributing to a large body of research being conducted within The Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis. They said I will be sent updates on the SALI study with a newsletter, and kept up to date with any developments regarding the study, ankle injury prevention and recovery from it, and other news of interest which I can then post on here for others to benefit from.

I really hope I don’t end up developing Osteoarthritis due to this ankle injury and I am now keeping my fingers crossed that my appointment with a spinal consultant on Tuesday will mean that I will soon be booked in for an injection.

HOW TO KEEP POSITIVE WHEN IN CHRONIC PAIN…

With so much going on with myself at the moment I’ve really had to get my mind into creative mode to take my mind off my pain.

I adore making hand made cards but with needing to keep my one bad foot up it’s not possible for me to have all my craft bits out to make my cards. Then today, out of the blue popped up a link to The Positive Planner, The mindful gratitude journal that inspires you daily and encourages mental wellbeing.

The details on the book say The Positive Planner……. The Happy Journal 

The Positive Planner is a traditional journal meets DIY therapist, with sections dedicated to daily reflections, a weekly mood tracker and mindfulness activities as well as everyday organisational extras such as meal planners and shopping lists. It is designed to be a one-stop-shop for organising yourself and most importantly improving your mental health and wellbeing. 

The Positive Planners bright and uplifting yellow colour radiates positivity and the slick designed pages feature inspiration quotes throughout-out along with originally designed cool artwork and illustrations which are perfect for mindful colouring in! 
The positive Planner is a 12 week journal and planner dedicated to self-care. 
Just the lovely bright yellow colour with the the smile on it makes you feel better. The cost is £23.
Other options that I have seen available on Amazon are similar to this one but all slightly different with their content. The Inspire Journal is a bit more of a productivity journal and is written as a DAILY PRODUCTIVITY JOURNAL:- Increase your Productivity, Stay Motivated, Inspired and Committed. Organise your goals and enhance your inner ability to achieve them every day. This one is £24.99 and in a choice of two colours, turquoise or grey brown.
One more similar version of the The Five Minute Journal : A Happier You in 5 Minutes a Day, also on Amazon for £13.19
The five minute journal helps you cultivate gratitude. It changes how you feel, alters the actions you take. It’s simple quick and effective to help focus the attention to the good in your life. Improve your mental well-being and feel better everyday with affirmations.