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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Pain, Pain Go Away...Please Don't Come Back Another Day!

You may have read my blog post on invisible illnesses, that talked about my neurological condition, CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) or RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) as it was previously known. If not, you can click here

November is awareness month for the condition and so I wanted to make a post to commemorate that. 

CRPS/RSD is a chronic pain condition that generally affects a limb, but can be present anywhere in the body. The brain receives false pain signals and the body reacts as if it's under attack. It is rated higher on the the McGill Pain Index than childbirth. 

The most common symptoms are:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Changes in skin color or temperature 
  • Sensitivity to touch/sensations

The pain can spread to another part of the body and is flared by stress. 

There is no cure, but there are many forms of treatments. 

I'm very into holistic healing and here are some things that help me...

  • If you can calm the mind, and relax your may be able to ease some of your pain. I like to meditate in the morning and before bed. Biofeedback is also quite helpful. 

  • Regularly doing stretches, to ensure movement. Restricting blood flow only makes it worse. 

  • Alternative medicine techniques such as Cranio Sacral, Reiki, and EFT. 

EFT is one of my favorite things to teach people how to do, since it is something    you can learn to do for yourself. 

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique and is commonly referred to as Tapping. By tapping on meridian points, it has been said to help with pain, anxiety, negative thoughts, etc. I like to describe it as a mix of acupressure, self hypnosis, and energy medicine all wrapped into one. 

  • I'm a big advocate for essential oils. Some great ones for inflammation and pain are; lavender, eucalyptus, frankincense, and peppermint. 

  • If you can handle the sensation, a TENS unit can really help with the pain. 

  • Diet plays a major part in our health and well-being. There are certain foods that inflame my body. I recommend staying away from...sugar, caffeine, processed foods, aspartame, and dairy products. Moderation is key! And everyone's body is it may be trial and error for you.  

  • I take a lot of natural supplements and I currently am working with a doctor who is the brain child behind Preleve. Preleve is an anti inflammatory supplement that combines six ingredients to help combat inflammation and pain. It contains Turmeric, Chinese Skullcap, Boswellia, Indian Frankincense, Ginger, and Undenatured Collagen Type 2.  

If you're interested in trying this supplement, send me an email (TheZenFashionista@Gmail.Com) and I'll tell you more.  

This blog post, I have a random question...What is your favorite candle scent?

As always, if you have any questions, leave a comment below or feel free to email me at TheZenFashionista@Gmail.Com 

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Until next time,


  1. I'm so proud of you and so honoured to be able to call you one of my friends! Your gentle and sensitive nature has calmed me and helped me with some of my invisible illnesses too and I'm thankful you're a blessing! ☺����

  2. My thoughts and love are with you sweet friend! It takes great courage to be able to smile while enduring such pain. Love you!

  3. I don't take any supplements but know several people who do. I more into the essential oils.

  4. I know all about invisible illness. I'm so sorry to hear you have to go through all of this. Your positive energy is so refreshing. Keeping being you! <3

  5. Love the post and continuing to spread the word on what we live with everyday. I have two favorite candle fragrances when I can get to my Zen store I buy the Love candle which is a mix of sandalwood and other natural fragrances. But I also love this peach mango salsa from Bed Bath & Beyond that in the winter still reminds me of a warm day. And I burn a great deal of candles in the winter.