Thursday Tips & Tricks: Theracane 

This is the Theracane.

I bought it at the PT office I was going to for therapy appointments for my head/neck. Basically, this theracane mimics the massage techniques done by the physical therapists in order to restore muscle function; relieve tension, stiffness soreness, etc; and basically just help your body feel better!

For headaches: I use it on my neck, upper back and the spot right where the back of my head meets my neck. I apply pressure and try to relieve tension in those areas, because that kind of tension can worsen headaches and even cause headaches for some.
I’d definitely recommend buying one, especially because you can use it on so many areas of your body! 

Thursday’s Tips & Tricks! 📢 Give Yourself A Pep Talk! 


I’ve been pretty quiet on my blog lately, and I’d like to make an excuse for myself if that’s ok 🙈 last week was interesting with a migraine day and another day completed with a spontaneous ER trip. And then to top it off, the beginning of this week I had a fever. Needless to say, I was under my covers ignoring the world a good chunk of the past week and a half or so.
BUT I digress. Today I’m throwin a little somethin your way again! Back on the grind 💪🏼✍🏼

Sometimes no matter how hard we try, it can feel impossible to motivate ourselves to keep pushing onward in whatever situation we’ve found ourselves in. The road gets bumpy and we sometimes just pull over and stop the car. 

So, maybe we let someone else do the motivating for us every once in a while! Right? 

Maybe we watch/read one of these motivational commencement speeches, or we have a friend rally us, or we write down our goals so we can visually picture them. Whatever it is that gets us back on the road! 


Sometimes we find motivation within ourselves, but sometimes we get by with a little help from our friends (see what I did there? 😏) 
P.S. I took these pictures of pages out of the book “You Are Doing A Freaking Great Job.” I totally recommend you buy it because it puts a smile on my face every time I open it! 

Thursday’s Tips & Tricks: Simple Is Good 🌷

Keep it simple, spoonies. 

We push ourselves endlessly to do so many things we want to, we feel obligated to, or we wish we could do. We’re constantly moving during the day between work, doctor appointments, social outings, and somehow managing alone time. 

We can’t do everything in a day. I’ve accepted the fact that complicated is harmful to my health and profess, and that simple is good. 

Thursday’s Tips & Tricks: Consider Physical Therapy

Thursdays Tips & Tricks 😍⚙ think about giving physical therapy a try! 

I started physical therapy a couple of months ago (I think? My sense of time is awful 🙈). My PA wrote me a prescription for it, to have the PT work on my neck, posture and whatever they could think of to help my daily headaches. 

I can’t say that it has solved my problem (because if that were the case there would be some newly very wealthy people), but it has definitely helped decrease the intensity of my every day headaches 😁💪🏼 

I have multiple headache disorders. So what the physical therapist is treating is my diagnosis of a cervicogenic headache—again, just one of my multiple types of headaches. They work on my posture (which was so bad before) as well as getting more motion and working out tension in my occipital nerves, muscles and bones (which all impact headaches). 

Bad posture causes tension in upper back and neck muscles. That along with having occipital nerve and muscles out of whack, can definitely make headaches worse.

It was a gradual positive change that I noticed. And it took a lot of trial and error and experimenting with different methods on my PT specialists side. We found that some methods didn’t do anything while some (more intense looking) methods helped dramatically.

And you know that saying no pain no gain? That can be very relevant to some PT sessions. They work on your back, neck, muscles, bones and nerves. Some things aren’t going to feel pleasant. But let’s face it–it’s nothing compared to the pain I (and all chronic illness sufferers) battle every single day. 

I’ve had some headache setbacks during the time period I’ve been doing PT, but they have been related to other outside causes (because that’s how life of a spoonie works, right?) But I can safely say that my physical therapy team has tried really hard to help me feel better, even if it’s just a small change.

People with chronic illness can atest, even a tiny positive change is considered great progress! 

Therefore, I definitely recommend PT to someone who is in a rut like I was–where they aren’t or weren’t seeing any progress in their headaches. 

Give it a try, because Ryan gosling might massage you after (offer not guaranteed) 


Thursday’s Tips & Tricks: The AWARE Technique 

Thursday’s tips and tricks❇️ Fear can often overtake the entirety of our thoughts. Fear of the unknown. Fear that we’ll never feel as good as we did in the past. Fear that nothing will ever get better with our health. I hate admitting it but I’ve given into fear more often than I’m proud of. While this AWARE technique is much much easier in theory than in practice, it’s at least worth it to try to keep it in the back of your mind throughout the day. 

this is taken from the book: “You are doing a freaking great job”

Thursday’s Tips and Tricks: Wave Bye Bye To All Them Haters 👋🏼

All of my Friends enthusiasts will appreciate this week’s Tips and Tricks advice:

It’s hard not to feel uncomfortable, nervous and afraid when you decide to put your story and journey out in the public for people to see. I know I was hesitant for a while when choosing to share very personal blog posts about my health journey on things like Facebook, where everyone can see and read about what I’m going through. 👀

Here’s the truth, y’all: Some people will encourage you. Some will judge you silently. Some will praise you for being brave enough to share. Some will question you and everything you’re facing. 

But no matter what ☝🏼️ just keep the mindset that those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. 👌🏼 If you get questions or judgment from outsiders, just pull a Joey and don’t put any thought or care into what they’re saying 🙅🏼Because you’re awesome and brave, and sharing your story matters to so many! 💛💛 do you booboo 💁🏼 

Tips and Tricks: Resource Pages 

  
Recently I’ve added three new pages to my blog: resources pages for headaches/migraines, narcolepsy, and food allergies.
I went through all the resources as I was choosing which were most beneficial to share (there’s a lot, because there’s so much helpful info out there!) and realized that I wasn’t even aware of half of the info/websites/etc that I shared. That means that there are so many resources for us spoonies to take advantage of: clinical trials, foundations and organizations, blogs, support groups, fact sheets, and so much more! 💻📋📝 I strongly urge you to visit some of these resources every week or so because there’s always new info for us to take advantage of. We need all the help we can get, might as well take advantage of the free help!