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SPRAINS AND BREAKS ARE COMMON OVER CHRISTMAS…

Heels are getting higher and higher, but they can lead to everything from an ankle sprain to chronic back pain. I sprained my ankle last year just standing up badly. It’s as easy as that.

Pressure from high heels can also lead to blisters, swelling, bursitis, bunions and Achilles tendon pain.

Switching to lower heels will help avoid the problem. The lower you go, the more natural your foot position will be.

If you have to wear heels then wear a chunky heel as they have more surface area and this distributes your weight more evenly.

However, completely flat ballet pumps can also cause problems with poor arch support. You can have insoles with ballet pumps which is something I always use.

And don’t forget those very pointed toes can leave you with bunions and possible surgery when you get older.

Many women are unwilling to trade style for comfort but it’s up to you which you decide to wear.

I’m a short 5ft in height and would love to wear the high heels I used to wear, but I know I can’t possibly wear them. Trainers are also good to wear but I just do not like myself in trainers and tend to wear ballet pumps with insoles.

Whatever you wear over Christmas, take care and watch out for those slippery streets when the ice and snow come our way.

 

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7 ITEMS I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT THIS CHRISTMAS…

Here are 7 items I cannot live without this Christmas that help me get through the day. What are yours?

  1. My heat pad – I’ve had a number of them which I use so much they wear out but my latest one from Sweet Dreams Electric Heat Pad which they say is therapeutic, soothing pain relief for arthritis, tension, stomach and back pain. I bought mine from Amazon which was £28.95
  2. My coccyx cushion – I could not live without my coccyx cushions which I have in my car and my husbands as well as on my office chair and a dining room chair when I am working from the dining room table. I have used the Love Home Coccyx Cushion which they say is great for lower back pain, sciatica and hemorrhoid’s pain and yet while supporting my Dad in the hospital recently they have now stopped using these as they think they actually increase the problem with hemorrhoids. Yet again I bought mine from Amazon which was £21.99

      3. My Lenovo Yoga 510 laptop – This was a Christmas present to me from hubby two years ago and I spend far to much time on it but could also not live without it but I am seriously thinking of changing it to a lightweight netbook or ipad as I truly cannot go anywhere without this and it is heavy to carry. I have tried working from my Kindle Fire but it just doesn’t work for me like my Lenovo. I bought mine from Lenovo which was £449.00

      4. My V Pillow – I started using a v pillow after my second cervical neck surgery as I had to wear a collar for a short period and I found the v pillow was something that I could lie on and be comfortable. I now use it to help me sleep like a child would use a dummy and struggle if I go to stay somewhere that does not have one. I bought mine from Dunelm for £12.00

      5. My Iphone 6 – I truly find this is now something that comes with me everywhere and is by my bed at night. I use it to keep in touch with all my friends and  family and write and read WordPress blogs as well as Facebook, If I am having a bad night I use a sleep app or listen to music or sometimes play a card game but it has become my companion for life. I bought mine from 02 and I am on a contract whereby I pay the phone back at the end of it.

6. My Kindle Paperwhite – when I retire to bed I am in too much pain to hold anything heavy so I keep all my books on my Paperwhite which I can lie on my side and lean on a pillow to read. I love my paperwhite and if I am having a bad night I can easily read without disturbing hubby with the built in adjustable light that lets you read indoors and outdoors, day ad night. It weighs only around 182 g so what is there not to like about something that easy to hold. It now pairs with audible if you want to just listen to a story and a single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours.

 

7. My pain killers – during the festive period the post goes a bit haywire and so I always make sure my medications are ordered well before the rush to avoid any mishap. Without my medication I would be quite miserable. Check when your last order for your medications are in case it’s just before Christmas.

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WHAT IS DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE?

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I found this great post on Pinterest from author Danni Newcomb on Hub Pages.  She explains that ‘Degenerative Disc Disease (or DDD) is caused by degeneration of the discs in the spinal column. Age can cause this, but most of the time it is cause by some sort of trauma to the spine. People with bulging or herniated disc almost always have this disease, as well as people with Scoliosis.

Symptoms range from person to person as well as the particular location of the spinal injury. People with lower back injuries can experience numbness and tingling in the legs and buttocks. The symptoms can also get as severe as temporary paralysis in the legs or a particular leg. Someone with upper back pain can experience headaches, numbness and tingling of the neck and arms (or arm). Muscle spasms, memory loss, and weakness in the limbs are also possible symptoms.

In some cases, DDD has been seen as a hereditary disease. However, not all doctors will agree on this and there have been no conclusive studies done to prove one way or the other.

Treatment for DDD can be somewhat complicated. Most doctors will start you on physical therapy and pain medications to see if some of the pain is alleviated. Others might try steroid injects at the points on the discs that are messed up to try to directly alleviate the pain.

If these methods do not work, your doctor might recommend surgery. They can perform a spinal fusion, place rods into your spinal column, and a few other alternative surgery methods. Surgery is entirely up to you and you should not feel pressured by your doctor to have surgery unless your ailment has become life-threatening.

Acupuncture, herbs, pool therapy, messages; all of these are other methods to look into and see if they’re right for you. Check with you insurance and see if they cover any of these alternative methods. Some insurances will pay for them if you have a doctor state that he or she believes you could really benefit from such methods.

Review every option available to you with your doctor. Talk to your family about these options and see what best fit your lifestyle. Also, making simple lifestyle changes can make a world of difference in your pain and how you handle it’.

My recent MRI results showed that I have bilateral sacroiliac arthritis and multi level degenerative arthritis to my lumber spine ( in other words DDD). I have also got some fluid retention in my lumber joints so the first thing they are doing is some injections into my sacroiliac joints.

I was seen first by a hip consultant as I was suffering from hip pain and unable to lie on either hip which was diagnosed as bursitis but with back problems you can get referred pain so it can sometimes be difficult to diagnose.

There are new techniques around now for DDD called IDD Therapy which is I have written about before here. I am thinking of trying the IDD therapy if the injections don’t work. Other treatments include pain killers, muscle relaxants, heat and rest, all of which I do on a daily basis.