Knitting and Life Changes

So as you can all tell if anyone is still here, I have not been around recently.  This is mostly because my life has kinda gone upside down.  On the plus side I am able to knit which is definitely keeping my sanity.   I will have some new things to post very soon so I will be back in the yarny saddle again very soon.  On the horizon we have, new patterns, new projects, and new Nerd Wars stuff :D

Till then know that I am ok and that new yarn projects are coming soon.  Well, back to the yarn with me :D

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One Response to Knitting and Life Changes

  1. Maggie says:

    I just discovered your site, and your wonderful ideas. I am new to crochet and will be checking in regularly. You have mentioned your problem with fibromyalgia, something I am all too familiar with, although it is not what I am diagnosed with. I do have chronic pain however. You may not like what I’m about to say, but if that is what your doctor has diagnosed you with, I suggest you get a new doctor. It is a diagnosis which basically means the doctor hasn’t got a clue what is causing your pain and wants to shut you up. A diagnosis gives one some consolation, and many find this enough for them to stop questioning (something your doctor is counting on) but you have to get that out of your head. You will probably be given numerous diagnoses in the future also, but these often actually fog one’s ability to deal with the real issue. The most important thing is not a diagnosis but to find out what is triggering the symptoms so you can work out a strategy for healthy long-term management.

    If you haven’t already, I suggest you see a reputable neurologist and get a full spinal MRI and an EMG test. Many chronic pain issues are based on spinal disorders. Our spine is the best argument against Intelligent Design that I can think of; it causes many, many of the chronic pain issues, including peripheral problems which may SEEM completely unrelated. Along with this, take a good look at your furniture, it may be your biggest enemy, it usually is when it comes to our backs and joints. Read up on ergonomic design, and if you are using your computer a lot, this is a must.

    Then make sure you go to an endocrinologist and a gastroenterologist and have a complete screen. Thanks to all of the chemicals in our food chain, most of us have some form of auto-immune disorder from birth, and hormonal disruption and vitamin deficiencies are common. Vitamin D deficiency seems to be the one they’re finding most commonly and is connected to a number of neurological problems which cause pain, numbness and tremors in the extremities. Make sure you take 8000IU a day. There is no evidence of overdose at this level, and the current RDA, although significantly increased in the last few years is still woefully low. Also take an Omega-3 supplement daily and a B Complex. These are the most common deficiencies found in women. Avoid the big multivites, they are poorly absorbed. B12 supplements are a total waste of time unless given by injection.

    I’m afraid diet is your first and last way to deal with this problem. There is a lot of talk about diet & obesity, but no one is talking about the epidemic of fibrocystic and auto-immune disorders, (most notably Crohns disease, another nebulous diagnosis, Hypothyroidism and Lupus) and in the vast majority of these conditions, doctors have no clue to the cause and thus treatment is generally ineffective. Diagnoses are often made on an arbitrary basis and since these disproportionately effect women you can guess why there has been no burning desire to adequately research them.

    What is known is that an auto-immune disease is your body at war with itself. The cause? We keep tossing chemical bombs down our throats. Diet is the key. NO JUNK. Sugar needs to be completely removed from the diet. It IS the major toxin in our diet today. I also suggest you research an anti-inflammatory diet, there are many foods which stimulate inflammation and thus pain in the muscles and joints. Many MS patients are finding great benefit from this diet. Probiotics: very important. You may also want to look into Food Combining, which has been around for over a century and many swear by it.

    Anyhow, try to keep your diet as natural as possible, and as a women, avoid soy products altogether. NEVER EVER drink sodas if you respect your gut in any way. Check out Gary Null’s blog. He’s an extremist vegan dietitian, but he’s HONEST, and has very good information and advice about nutrition, and is actually an active practioner not just a celebrity Dr., most of whom are a bunch of liars paid off in one way or another by the food industry (he used to one of those, so he knows.)

    It is not just what goes in of course, it is what comes out. Most people don’t even know what a regular healthy bowel movement should be, or how much fibre we should have daily, so if you don’t: education, education, education. Do not take any laxative products or antacids, most of which are poison, deplete the body of vitamins and minerals, and anyway are completely unnecessary if you control what you eat and have plenty of water. Fibre supplements are unnecessary with a good diet. If you like cooking, you may want to look into wholewheat baking, I find it the best way to have tasty high fibre food.

    The hardest fight is of course your own psychological reaction to pain. Pain inevitably causes fatigue and lethargy, and since self discipline is the key, especially in getting control of your diet, it’s crucial to control your mood. I suggest you look into learning Qigong exercises. They are a wonderful method to relax and loosen up muscles and joints, and make you more aware of your posture. Unlike yoga, it’s also doable for the the average Joanna. Qigong is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine which involves a mind body and spirit approach. I recommend a book by Sat Hon called “Taoist Qigong for Health” as an intro. You can get DVDs with simple instructions (I like the one by Francesco & Daisy Lee-Garripoli) or even better, find a teacher/practitioner. Tai Chi developed from Qigong. It is a set pattern of movements which balances energy in the body, and is also a very good method to relieve chronic pain.

    Pilates was developed specifically for back & joint problems and is another good exercise method, but for goodness sake do not go to a gym class, they are, like yoga classes, an accident waiting to happen. If you can’t afford a one on one instructor to teach you proper machine techniques, then I suggest seeing if your library has the Lynne Robinson Body Control DVD, it is the only safe pilates instruction DVD in my opinion and very effective. Like Qigong, most of her exercises can be done even if you have to some extent a limited range of motion. Always watch dvds completely before you think of doing them, and if you have any uncertainty about your ability to perform the exercises, ask a professional or just don’t do them.

    Call me an old hippy, but I also find reciting mantras very helpful for “mind over matter.” There seems to be growing evidence of a neurological feedback loop problem involved with people suffering chronic pain, and personally I believe that mantras are a good method of intervention to break the loop. I say this as what is called nowadays a “Secular Buddhist” (ie I don’t believe in a deity, or that Buddha was teaching religion) although it’s a term I loathe. The mantras I chant are mostly created by me and are not “religious” but are a very effective way to focus the mind and stimulate emotional and physical ease.

    Finally, I found the fastest fix is a good chiropractor. Be very careful though, there are a lot of charlatans out there, just like with ALL other doctors. Do your research. The principles are sound and I personally have found it extremely helpful. A good chiropractor will treat you individually, and will give you a DIFFERENT adjustment every time you visit based on LISTENING to your symptoms. They should NOT make you go for a set number of visits or give you any other hard sell techniques. If they do, go elsewhere. More of them are now in practice with physiatrists (who are MDs), and this is the best combo, and will often allow your chiropractic therapy to be covered to some degree by your health insurance. The therapy will not cure anything (again, if they tell you such nonsense, move on to another) but it will give you pain relief for anything up to a couple of months, and it’s a hell of a lot less risky that popping pills which at MOST give you only 8-12 hours relief at best, and with long term use become less and less effective and more and more destructive to your cells and organs.

    Avoid going to a rheumatologist; most of them are are poor listeners who are just too damned jaded to be of any use, and will only encourage the pill popping and injections because that is essentially all they know. PT is a waste of time too; while great for sports injuries and trauma, it has very limited effect for chronic pain disorders. Most rheumatologists make the referrals to PT just to make you feel like they’re doing something. They are fully aware they are a waste of time for pain management.

    Hope this helps – keep up the great work. Your designs really made me giggle and are an inspiration. I look forward to future publications!

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