Saturday, 13 October 2012

Spontaneous Remission From Cancer

I came across an interesting article called Spontaneous Remission. The blogger has a mystery disease called Myosists and a rare antibody called the JO-1. Both of these conditions are incredibly rare and the medical field know hardly anything about it. What they do know is that people with this condition have a 30-50% chance of getting cancer as well and those who have had cancer treatments find that the myosists disappears.  

If you're interested in reading more about this interesting condition take a look over on Remission Theory's blog site.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know

This is a great post from a fellow Invisible Illness Blogger. Take a look at her article and get a better idea of what it is like to live with lupus and other health problems.

30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Deep Vein Thrombosis Doppler Scan

It's been 8 weeks since my last Doppler Scan and I'm furious with my hematologist! I'm supposed to see him every 6 weeks and I haven't seen him since April 2012. I went back to my GP and she hasn't been able to get hold of him either. I can't fault my GP on anything though, she has been brilliant in organizing my scan, blood tests, and making sure that I'm OK general.

I went to the hospital on Monday to have my Doppler scan and it was really painful the way they did it this time. The technician had to squeeze the veins down to test the blood flow which was fine on my right leg but horrible on the left. I don't think she realized that the left leg femoral vein is completely blocked, either way she had to do her job and test the veins. 

From what I could see on the screen the vein looked the same, there were no new blockages but there also wasn't any new blood flow either which is frustrating. My GP is calling tomorrow with some more details once they've had a chance to look at it.

If you're new to this blog then I'll give some related links so that you can catch up with what's going on:

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Insanity: 60 Day Total Body Fitness

Insanity is a great program to step up to if you are already fairly fit. All you will need is a bit of floor space, your sneakers and your body weight and you're good to go.

Before I got poorly I made some great strength gains and weight lose too with Shaun T (the instructor) and it had to be the best workout program that I have done in such a long time.

Insanity works on an interval method, but not the regular intervals that you'll be used to. Instead of quick bursts of activity followed by rest Shaun flips that upside down so that you're doing long intervals where you're pushing to your max followed by quick rests. This is a great way to drop fat quickly and also see some impressive strength gains too.

Check out my full review for Shaun T's Insanity. Or, you can go straight to purchasing if you are INSANE.



Saturday, 7 July 2012

The Paleo Diet Recipe Book

What is Paleo

Also known as the caveman diet, the paleo diet is an incredibly healthy way to eat as it focuses on foods that you can only get from their natural source, no processed or man-made food at all. The theory behind this way of eating is that are ancestors were hunters and only ate what they found in the wild. This included meats, fruits and vegetables but as animals weren't domesticated there was no milk, butter or cheese available, only foods in their raw state.

The paleo diet focuses on the following:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Lean meats
  • Seafood
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Healthy fats
and avoids:
  • Dairy
  • Grains
  • Processed food and sugars
  • Legumes
  • Starches
  • Alcohol
There are many variations in the Paleo Diet depending on what your needs and preferences are. Some schools of thought allow small amounts of dairy, others allow legumes, and some will allow small amount of grains. It all depends on what you are comfortable eating and what your dietary requirements are.

What Are the Health Benefits of the Paleo Diet

As with all healthy eating "diets" there are certainly going to be a lot of health benefits. For one, if you are reducing your processed foods and sugars then you will inevitably stabilize your blood sugar levels leaving to improved mood and a cleared mind. As you may have realized by eating clean food you'll be increasing your intake of vitamins and minerals which is also going to have a positive impact on your health. Other health benefits include:
  • Burn off stored fat
  • More efficient workouts
  • Balanced energy throughout the day
  • Reduced allergies
  • Better sleep
  • Clearer skin
  • Improve anti-inflammatory response - this is great for people who suffer from inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.
There are many scientists and health professionals who are studying the effects of the paleo diet as it has only been popularized since 2005 even though athletes have been using this method of eating since the 1970s. A leading figure in the paleo field is Robb Wolf and you can Click Here! to find out more about his work, including the Paleo Budget Shopping Guide and his 30 Day Transformation.

The Best Recipe Book for the Paleo Diet

Paleo Recipe Book - Click here to get your copy

For me this recipe book is the best as it has many great features that I enjoy and the content is brilliant! This e-book has over 370 recipes which are divided into 18 food categories, it also has reference guides and charts as well so that you can track your food. 

If you are new to the paleo diet then this Paleo Recipe Book also has an 8 week meal plan to help you ease into the eating plan. The recipes in the meal plan can all be found in the main recipe book and they are so easy to make and completely delicious that you will love this way of eating.

As well as being new to the paleo diet you might also be new to healthy cooking too. Not to worry as this recipe book will also teach you how to properly prepare food before cooking it in the paleo manner. You'll be eating steak, yummy salads and even gorgeous desserts if you have a sweet tooth to contend with.

If you want a copy of the e-book you can Click Here where it will take you to the recipe book site and you can pay via PayPal or through any major debit or credit card with the verified by visa secure service. There is also a 60 day money back guarantee just in case the paleo diet isn't right for you.

Other Recipes and Cook Books

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Treating Post-Thrombotic Syndrome

Nearly 50% of patients who go through a deep vein thrombosis will suffer with post-thrombotic syndrome. Post-thrombotic syndrome causes pain, swelling, skin changes and ulcers if not treated and it can eventually become quite nasty if left untreated. 

Invasive PTS Treatment

At the moment there is no surgical treatment available in the United Kingdom for patients with post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS). However, treatments are available in the United States of America; surgeons go in, strip the vein and repair the damaged valves and early reports have suggested that approximately 95% of patients who have this treatment are relieved of their symptoms. 

You can find out more information in the article What is Post-Thrombotic Syndrome where I talk about the surgical options.

Non-Invasive Treatment for PTS

As there are no surgical options available to me in the UK my doctor and I are looking at non-invasive treatments to try and relieve some of my symptoms. At the moment I am wearing compression stockings to help return the blood to my heart and avoid swelling in my lower limbs. We have also just started using Arnica Montana cream as a new treatment: research has shown us that the anti-inflammatory qualities help to reduce swelling and pain in PTS patients. I have only been using this treatment for a few days but I will provide an update to let you know if the treatment is working.

You can find some more information in the article Treating Post-Thrombotic Syndrome.

This is the cream that I am using at the moment. It has a nice smell to it and is non-greasy so it absorbs very easily into the skin. Because I have such a large clot I'm finding that I have to use quite a large amount (about a 50p size) to get good coverage of the area but since it is non-greasy and smells nice I don't really mind.

Monday, 25 June 2012

10 Sneaky Ways To Trick Yourself Into Drinking More Water

Water is Essential to Life

Drinking water is essential to life, if you don't drink you will die it's as simple as that. However, drinking optimum amounts is often difficult and with the addition of tea, coffee, soda, milk and other beverages you might come across it can actually be quite hard to get pure water into your daily routine. 

The DailyBurn Blog have written a neat little article called 10 Sneaky Ways To Trick Yourself Into Drinking More Water which gives you great ways to get more water into your system. 

As you probably know water helps you to keep hydrated and also helps the body to eliminate toxins from your system, including pollutants and things like alcohol. It also helps with making your skin look great too. Check out my other article on the importance of drinking water if you want to find out some more information.

Drinking Humor

There are some great humorous drinking products out on Zazzle at the moment. If you like to have a laugh or know someone who would appreciate them then check out these:

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Exercising With a Disability

Hospital Discharge

When I first came out of hospital I was very weak. I decided that I needed a program that would make me strong enough to go back to work so I had a search around on YouTube for something that I could do sitting down if necessary and without weights if I was too weak. I found Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred and ordered it from Amazon.

Review of the 30 Day Shred

I wrote a review of the 30 Day Shred over on HubPages. I talk about my experience with the program and how it helped me to get back to work. I'll also give you a link to the DVD on Amazon so you can get a copy for yourself.


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Sunday, 10 June 2012

Preventing Tick Bites: A Cause For Lyme Disease

What is Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread through the bites of infectious ticks. The bacteria is called Borrelia burgdorferi but it does have various sub-types that cause the infection too. The first symptom is a rash that radiates out from the tick bite, if the disease is not treated with antibiotics then the patient can go on to develop painful joints, heart problems and nerve problems.

How Do Ticks Create Lyme Disease

Ticks are small insect-like creatures that feed on blood from animals, and, occasionally humans. When an infected tick bites it will stay attached for 24-48 hours depending on when its last feed was. During this time the bacteria that is in the tick's stomach will rise to its mouth and into the bite wound when it becomes engorged.

Preventing Tick Bites

There are certain things you can do to prevent getting bitten by a tick:
  • If possible, avoid areas where infected ticks live - particularly in the summer months. When out in the countryside, keep to paths and away from long grass or overgrown vegetation, as ticks crawl up long grass in their search for a feed.
  • If living or visiting a tick-prone area, when outdoors wear appropriate clothing. That is: long-sleeved shirts and long trousers tucked into socks. Light-coloured fabrics are useful, as it is easier to see ticks against a light background.
  • Inspect your entire body each day to check for ticks and remove any that are on the skin. Make sure that children's head and neck areas, including scalps, are properly checked.
  • Consider using a tick repellent spray, cream, etc, on your skin that contains N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide (DEET).
  • Check that ticks are not brought home on clothes.
  • Check that pets do not bring ticks into the home on their fur.
Do not:
  • Burn the tick off (for example, using lighted cigarette ends or match heads).
  • Apply petroleum jelly, alcohol, nail varnish remover, or other substances (as this may stimulate the tick to regurgitate potentially infected material into the skin, which may increase the risk of transmission of infection).
  • Use your fingers to pull the tick off, and don't squeeze the tick.
After removal, clean the skin with soap and water, or skin disinfectant, and wash hands.


Friday, 1 June 2012

Dehydration and How To Avoid It

What is Dehydration?

Dehydration means that your body does not have as much water and fluids as it needs to function properly. Dehydration can be mild, moderate, or severe depending on how much fluid your body needs replacing. When dehydration is severe it is life-threatening and emergency medical attention is vital to survive.

What Causes Dehydration

Dehydration is caused by losing too much fluid and by not drinking enough water or fluids to replace it. You can lose fluids by the following ways:
  • Excessive sweating from exercise
  • Excessive urine (undiagnosed diabetes or too much caffeine or diuretics)
  • Fever
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite due to sickness
  • Nausea
  • Sore throat
  • Mouth sores

Symptoms of Dehydration

  • Thirst sensation
  • Dry mouth
  • Tiredness
  • Coma (severe dehydration)
  • Little to no urine which is dark on production
  • No tears
  • Sunken eyes


A doctor/medical professional will check for the following to diagnose dehydration:
  • A drop in blood pressure when you stand up
  • General low blood pressure
  • Skin test - it loses it's elasticity
  • High heart rate
  • Shock
  • Blood work

Treating Dehydration

For mild dehydration it is best to drink small amounts of fluids frequently as drinking too much too fast can induce vomiting.

It is best to not just drink water but to have an electrolyte solution or freezer pop as this will help to restore the chemical imbalance in your blood and help to reduce many symptoms quickly. 

For severe dehydration hospitalization and intravenous fluids are necessary to rehydrate.


It is important to drink your fluids regularly, especially in hot weather. If you or someone you know is sick then it is important to have small amounts of fluids frequently as this will keep you hydrated but also help to clear up any vomiting or diarrhea you may be experiencing.

During hot weather keep out of the sun. If you are outside then stick to the shade, wear a hat and sun-block, drink frequently and if you feel ill head inside immediately to cool off.

Here are some handy bottles you can carry around to keep you hydrated during the day.

If you are already dehydrated and need to replace electrolytes then I would recommend some of these products from Amazon:

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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

What is Clexane Used For?

I've had a couple of people asking me what my injections are for (I have to do them at work sometimes) and then I get the follow up questions of, what, why and how. This little article will explain what it is, what it is used for, how you use it and what the side effects are.

What is Clexane

Clexane contains a medicine on enoxapain and is part of a group of medicines called Low Molecular Weight Heparins. It works by preventing blood clots from forming in the blood and also by stopping existing blood clots from getting any bigger which helps your body to break them down and stop them causing damage.

What is Clexane Used For

Clexane, as mentioned before, is used to treat clots that are in the blood, and to prevent clots when you have unstable angina, after operations or long periods of bed rest due to illness, after you have had a heart attack. It is also used to stop blood clots forming in the tubes of your dialysis machine and during pregnancy if you are at risk for clotting.

Clexane Dosage

Depending on your need for Clexane will depend on your dosage. See below for the following descriptions:
  1. Treating blood clots that are in your blood
    1. The usual dose is 1.5mg for every kilogram of your weight, each day
    2. Normally taken for at least 5 days
  2. Stopping blood clots forming in your blood in the following:
    1. Unstable Angina
      1. The usual amount is 1mg for every kilogram of weight, every 12 hours
      2. Normally given for 2-8 days.
    2. After an operation or long periods of bed rest
      1. The usual dose is 20-40mg each day, depending on your clotting risk.
      2. Low-medium risk you are given 20mg each day, the first injection will usually be given 2 hours before your operation.
      3. If you're at a higher risk you will be given 40mg each day, the first injection is normally given 12 hours before your operation.
      4. If you are bedridden due to illness, you will normally be given 40mg of Clexane each day for 6-14 days.
    3. After you have had a heart attack
      1. Clexane can be used for 2 different types of heart attack called NSTEMI or STEMI.
        1. NSTEMI type of heart attack
          1. The usual amount is 1mg for every kilogram of weight, every 12 hours for 2-8 days
        2. STEMI type of heart attack
          1. If you are under 75 years old 30mg of Clexane will be given as an injection into your vein and an injection under your skin (dosage 1mg for every kilogram of weight), every 12 hours for up to 8 days.
          2. If you are over 75 years old you will be given an injection under the skin every 12 hours (0.75mg for every kilogram of weight)
  3. Stopping blood clots from forming in the tubes of your dialysis machine
    1. The usual dose is 1mg for every kilogram of weight which is added to the tube leaving the body at the start of the session which is normally enough for 4 hours. However, your doctor might give you a further 0.5-1mg if necessary.

How Do I Use Clexane

If you are going to self-inject you will be taught how to by your doctor or district nurse.
Before you inject yourself be sure to check the syringe for damage and make sure you know the amount you're injecting. Here's a short video demonstrating how to do the injection:

What Are the Side Effects

There are a variety of side effects that you can get with Clexane just like with any other medication. Here is an article detailing the Side Effects of Clexane.


I will mention one of the main side effects though as it is such a big one: bruising. I have included an article that elaborates on things you can do to Decrease Bruising with Clexane. I've also included some links to Arnica products as I've found that these help a lot with reducing bruising when it rears it's ugly head. Home Remedies For Bruising -Click Here!
Arnica Products If you're a user of Clexane just remember that you will have good days and bad days with this medication. I can sometimes go a week with the perfect injection every time (straight in, no blood, or bruising) but then I can also suffer from hypersensitivity to the needle, hematoma forming and extensive bruising all at the same time. So as the Dalai Lama says Live One Day at a Time and all will be well.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Increasing Energy with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/M.E)

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/M.E) is a controversial disease that has no know cause and as of yet no known treatment. CFS is mainly classified by fatigue that has lasted for a minimum of six months but it does come with a variety of other symptoms too, which is include:

  • Sore muscles - as it you've done a heavy workout
  • Stiffness and swelling in your joints
  • Disturbed sleep - this can include excessive sleeping and insomnia
  • Severe headaches - often including migraines
  • Sore throat and runny nose - flu like symptoms
  • Occasional fever
  • Swollen and tender lymph nodes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Brain fog - trouble focusing or forgetting things
This disease is very hard to diagnose as it takes time to build up a complete picture of your symptoms as they will come and go at varying levels of intensity. 

The Battery System

Imagine that a normal person gets their energy from a very big, very efficient battery and that they can thrive off of that for 16 hours a day easily and at night when they sleep for 8 hours they charge up their battery. Now imagine someone trying to live off of four AA batteries, not quite the same now is it? That's how it is for M.E/CFS patients, they have these little batteries that they can use for energy but that's it and in order to keep those little batteries they need to rest (not sleep) to top up those reserves.

What I Do to Keep Up My Energy

There are a number of things that I've done to increase my energy levels and decrease fatigue. Now, of course I can't promise the same will happen for you, this is just my experience.

The newest thing that I am playing with is scheduling 30 minutes of planned rest four times a day. This doesn't mean taking a nap, it means either lying down, resting my head on the table, listening to some easy music, or anything that will dial down my brain. This small rest breaks allow me to recharge those batteries of mine so that I can continue to do my job and the things that I enjoy (like writing here). 

Other techniques that I use are:
  • Cutting out junk food: this keeps my blood sugar stable
  • Cutting out caffeine: this was really tough and I felt rubbish to start with but after a while I noticed an improvement in my energy levels
  • Get quality sleep at night: by not napping in the day time you will make yourself tired enough to properly sleep at night thereby reducing the insomnia 
  • Take a Green Tea capsule every morning: green tea has loads of benefits
  • Exercise when I can: just getting up to move for a few minutes every hour helps to boost circulation and improve alertness
  • Keep hydrated: this is one of the biggest points as without water your body cannot function properly which is why it is vital to drink it.

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Deep Vein Thrombosis Rehab Update and Weight Lifting Gloves

Rehab Update

My rehab has come to a stand still lately. I've been talking to the doctor about getting some physio but she said I'm still far to risky for that sort of treatment so I have to muddle on as I have been, stay on the clexane and take everyday as it comes.


The pain in my leg has been on and off the last few days but I seem to becoming more aware of it than I have been. I don't know if it's more pain/damage or if the meds aren't working as well or if I'm just noticing it more. Either way it is pain and it's still there bugging and hurting me.


I had a really bad fever on Sunday night/Monday morning, so bad that I had to call into work sick. I'm not really sure what caused it as nothing has changed in my routine. It might have been a reaction to my meds (I have them sometimes) or a bit of clot might have moved off making my body freak out a bit. I haven't had one since but I'll still be mentioning it at my next check up.

The Heat Is Killing Me!

It's been over 25 degrees for the last week in the UK and the heat is killing me! Because I have to wear such strong compression stockings it is preventing my body from releasing heat effectively which is creating more exhaustion which, in turn, is playing havoc with my fatigue. Sweating and not cooling effectively is creating stress within my body that it could really do without right now. I have learnt a few tips to keep cool in the summer, especially if you have to wear compression stockings of suffer with M.E or CFS.

Tips for Dealing with Heat

  • Keep hydrated: sip on water and cool liquids throughout the day
  • Stay indoors during the hottest part of the day
  • Wear lose fitting clothing: this allows your body to breath and cool effectively
  • Use a fan: this will help to remove the sweat thereby making it easier to cool
  • Keep your legs elevated as much as possible: the heat will cause additional swelling in your legs to keep them up to help reduce it
  • If medically possible try and switch to a lighter compression stocking that is breathable

York Weight Lifting Gloves

I've had people asking me where I got my gloves from. I purchased these gloves a couple of years ago from Amazon and they are still faring strong after a lot of wear. I'm currently using these to prevent blisters while I'm using crutches and they are doing the job well They provide me with the extra padding that I need along with a strong grip that has never failed me. However, due to their material on a hot day they will make my hand sweat but they absorb moisture well, just be sure to wash them every do often.

When I have used these for weight lifting they have given me exactly the same great experience: nice padding and strong grip. 

If you're on crutches and you're suffering with bruises, or you're getting into weight training and are getting calluses, I can highly recommend these inexpensive gloves. They have lasted me well over two years, coming up to three, and they are only just started showing a tiny bit of wear on the palms. Click on the link to get your own pair of York Weight Training Gloves.

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Monday, 21 May 2012

The Truth About Abs

The Truth About Abs

The Truth About Abs is an ebook that I want to get my teeth into. I've been looking at the results Mike Geary has been getting people and I'm excited for the improvements that I've seen. Although I'm in no fit state to actually work out the advice he gives for nutrition is great, he shoots down popular myths and uses science to back up his theories.

What Do You Get With the Book

Here's a small selection of what you actually get in the book:
  • Sound nutritional advice
  • Effective cardio and ab routines
  • How to maximize you metabolism
  • A food chart that focuses on natural whole foods
That's just a small taster of what's in the book. I've also included part 1 & 2 of an interview done with the  author Mike Geary. Mike answers a load of questions sent in by readers about his book and fitness in general:


The Truth About Abs isn't just a diet, it's a lifestyle change. Mike will show you how you don't need to do hours and hours on the treadmill but you can get the abs you want by eating the right foods, firing up your metabolism and doing effective workouts.

Since it's an ebook you wont have to wait for shipping you can download it straight to your computer and get started within the next couple of minutes. Click on the link below to go through an informative video which will give you the option to purchase.

Click Here! This link will take you to a promotional video and will then take you to a an order form via click bank.

So You Don't Think You're Disabled: Accepting Help When You Need It

It Used to be so Easy

Coming home from work, hopping in the shower, going out to meet some friends for a drink. Does that seem like a regular Friday night? It seems simple, right? Wrong! That used to be a simple series of tasks but that's now a serious set of tasks that will leave me exhausted for a few days afterwards, even more so if I didn't ask for help. I don't think of myself as disabled but I still need help.

What's Different

Since coming out of hospital 2 months ago I have come to realize that I can't take things for granted anymore, I need help with everything I do now and from what I've been told it isn't going to get any easier. Even the things I can still do for myself have to be slowed down and calculated so that I don't screw up and hurt myself or become exhausted.

Things like hopping in the shower now have to be broken down into at least two parts as I can no longer wash my hair and shower at the same time. If they both need doing on the one day then I will do one in the morning and one at night but either way I need help getting into and out of the shower and having my hair washed. There's no shame in asking for help even with personal things like hygiene, there are always ways of keeping your dignity. For example, for getting into the shower I undress, put on my bathrobe and then I'm helped into the shower/bath where I can then draw the curtain and remove my towel and getting out is just the reverse of that. As for washing my hair I think of it as a pampering session, I get to have a head massage every single time. Until I can get a walk in shower that's the way it's going to be and there's not much I can do about it so I accept it and deal with it. 

What is My Point ...

Ask for help when you need it. There are not only physical sources of help but also financial. For example, I'm struggling to work full-time so I'm applying for financial aid through the government. This will allow me to pay all my bills and work part-time without making myself worse, I can focus on getting better and stronger and if I can go back to full-time then the benefits will stop because I can manage by myself again but until then that extra money will help a lot.

There are also other things you can apply for such as:
  • Mobility allowance
  • Blue badges
  • Specially adapted vehicles 
  • Careers
  • Careers allowance
  • Housing benefit or reduced council tax
  • Special equipment
The list is endless. If you're in the UK I would suggest stopping by to see what you might be eligible for.

Eating Your Placenta: What are the Benefits

Here's an interesting topic that I found on EverydayHealth on YouTube: Do you eat your placenta? It's a fairly controversial topic as some women think it's a great idea whereas others are repulsed by the idea. There are benefits to eating the placenta and it is also considered a spiritual practices in some countries and belief systems. The benefits are:
  • Replace vitamin and minerals lost in pregnancy and childbirth
  • Increase postnatal iron levels
  • Combat postpartum depress (the "baby blues")
  • Increase energy
  • Reduce fatigue
  • Increase milk supply

If you do decide to eat your placenta there are many ways that you can go about it:
  • Raw
  • Traditionally fried with onions
  • A new option is to turn the placenta into capsules and consume regularly after the birth. The placenta is steamed for 8-12 hours, ground into a fine powder and placed into capsules.
Here's the video that got me on to this topic:

I'm still on the fence about the subject and would have to talk to some other mothers who have done it. The capsule form would seem to be a better option, especially if you can't stomach eating the placenta in full. However, there is a cost involved for creating the capsules and an average price seems to be between $250-400 (£160-250) now that seems a little pricey but you do get what you pay for.

Let me know your thoughts on eating placenta. Have you done it before or perhaps thinking about it? Or you might be like me and still on the fence and have some questions about it. Again, leave a comment and we'll find those answers.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Sexy New Compression Stockings: Rehab Update Days 37-42

Where did the week go?

I have no idea where this week has gone! I've spent my week days going to work and then coming home to writeand research. I've got a couple of other pages you might be interested in:
Both of these pages are supplementary works to articles I post on here, I also add in some extra stuff too. Squidoo is more of a bibliography of all my works, there are links to important pages and topics from here as well as supplementary articles that expand knowledge. As for HubPages, I share recipesas well as including addition information (I'm working on a hematoma series at the moment).

I'm also research a lot of things at the moment too. I'm working on improving my page ranking and blog status as well as optimizing for product sales and improving my Adsense earnings with Google too. Aside the money making aspect of blogging I'm also research a lot of invisible illnesses. Like I said previously I'm working on a hematoma section mainly with HubPages and Squidoo, I've also just started looking into eating disordersas well so you can expect a few posts on those topics. If you want to find out some more information on any of my topics you can look around on Squidoo or HubPages via the above links and you'll find a lot more information there.

Sexy Compression Stockings

My Mediven Stockings
I went to orthopedics yesterday to pick up some brand new compression stockings. These ones are so much better than the TED ones I got at the hospital. You can see in the picture that they're tan so when I put them on they look like tights so I can go ahead and start wearing skirtsand dresses again.

Although it doesn't look like it in the photo those little stockings actually go all the way up to the top of my thigh. You can see that they start off really small so getting them on, especially to the top, is like going on a mission from God. It takes me about 20 minutes to get them on first thing in the morning - I have to get my bathroom schedule timed right so that I'm not desperate by the time I've got them on and comfortable.

Talking of bathroom schedules, wearing stockings and using the toilet is actually a lot harder than I thought. In order to 'go' I have to pull the stockings down slightly before I sit down, unfortunately with these stockings as soon as you move them down they roll down all the way to the knee. That's OK on my right leg (the good one) but it creates a lot of pressure on the inside of the thigh on my left leg and causes the clot to hurt quite a bit. I'm currently working on a strategy to get them down without rolling but it's actually quite tough to do. Give me enough time and I'm sure I'll work something out, I'm sure it will also get easier as I lose weighttoo, because then there will be less leg to worry about.

more hospital appointments

I've got the hospital again this week and another GP appointment the day after. The hospital appointment is with the M.E clinic, I'm not sure how I feel about that at the moment. I'm really hoping the fatigue and feeling the Sh$t is down to the clotting issue and not M.E/CFS but I guess they're the specialists and will tell me if I've got it or not.

The GP appointment is for a whole variety of things. I've been getting some chest pain on my left side (and no people it's not a heart attack) and I want to talk to her about medical exemption and also getting a Blue Badge (disability badge for driving) and applying for DLA (Disability Living Allowance) - it's expensive being sick!

A pain in the leg

Ha! I bet you though I was going to say something else then didn't you? Well, no, as normal it's about this delightful clot that's decided to take up residency in my left leg. I'm not sure whether it's down to the new compression stockings or not by my left leg has been giving out more pain than normal. I'm reluctant to go back up to 4 tablets a day as I'm down to 3 at the moment but if it keeps getting worse then I'll either have to cut back on work or up the pain meds - to be honest I'd rather up the pain meds than stop working again, it keeps me sane and I also need the money to by more meds with, oh the irony!

I've got a scan coming up in a few weeks - another one of those loverly Doppler scans where they put all the jelly on your leg and it just wont come off unless you have a soak in a really hot bath. Oh, well, I'll just have to take loads of baby wipes and hope they work that time. Anyway, I'm hoping that the pain might be due to muscle and nerve re-growth rather than the clot getting worse. Not much I can do about it now though.

Auditory Hallucinations

I'm still getting these weird sound hallucinations now and again. I seem to get them most when I'm really, really tired, like now. If I close my eyes then I'll start to here music or just sounds until it gets too loud and jolts me into a more conscious state.

I'm still researching this topic so when I've got some more information I'll do a post on it for everyone.

So, there we have it. I'm still alive, working and researching whilst listening to the imaginary band in my head - maybe I should sample their music and stick it on YouTube!

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Sunday, 13 May 2012

What is a Hematoma?

My Experience with Hematoma

Up until recently I had no idea what a hematoma was let alone what to do if I ever got one. This particular article will go through my experience with hematoma and how I deal with them whenever they crop up. There are loads of different types of hematoma so I have included a link at the bottom of the page that explains all about them.

The particular type of hematoma I most commonly get it called a subcutaneous hematoma and I get them on my tummy most of the time. I also suffer from scalp hematoma from time to time as well if it's hot or if I've hit my head.

So What is a Hematoma?

BruisingA hematoma is defined as blood or a clot that has left the blood vessel. The most common form of hematoma you will know of is a bruise. However, with the hematoma that I get there is often a lump, swelling and pain at the site.

The picture on the right is my most recent one and it is really sore. It is black in the middle and turns yellow as it expands. You can't really see it on the photo but there is a great big lump in the middle.

Why Do I get Hematoma?

The reason I get hematoma on my tummy are due to my Clexane injections that I need to do twice a day. Not fun I know, but it's the only way of keeping me alive at the moment. I have to use Clexane to thin my blood to prevent clotting and to also help to break down the massive clot that I have at the moment. You can find out more information about this in the 'Related Links' section below.

How Does a Hematoma Affect Me and Are They Painful?

Hematoma are a pain in the a$$ to be completely honest but I have to deal with them because they are a by-product of my injections. They can often get very sore to the touch and I sometimes can't wear my nice clothes because the band that goes on my tummy will rub the affected area and can sometimes cause it to bleed again.

As you can see in the photo I'm wearing sweat pants. That's because the one that I have right now is the worst one yet, it hurts to even put the soft band of those huge sweat pants on it. I'm thinking about wearing a dress to work because then I wont have to worry about the band digging in when I sit down. 

Bending down or lifting heavy can cause them to hurt too. Basically anything that puts pressure or stress on the area will aggravate it and then it will take longer to go away.

Doing and injection when you have a hematoma can start to get difficult too. The reason there's a bruise /lump there in the first place was because it wasn't a great injection site to start with - there was little pain but I obviously nicked a blood vessel whilst I was there. This now means that I wont be able to use that area at all until the blood has cleared and the swelling has gone down, which means I am now at a great risk of developing more hematoma as my injection sites have decreased and there will be less time between sites.

How Do I Treat a Hematoma?

The worst thing you can do is to rub an injection site, especially if you think you've got a bleed there. Clexane is a blood thinner so at ground zero (the injection site) the tissue and blood will be at it's thinnest. I would also advise against pushing on a bleeding site as this can create a harder lump, if I'm bleeding for more than a few seconds then I put a piece of tissue over the area so it can soak up any blood without putting any pressure there. If, however, I have a serious bleed and it wont stop after 10 minutes then it's a trip to the emergency room as something has gone horribly wrong and I will need some help clotting.

If the hematoma crops up a few hours later or the day after and it's sore I've found that putting a cool cloth on the area can help to decrease the pain. One thing you don't want to do is to have a hot bath or shower, stick to warm/cool temperatures as this helps to keep the blood vessels at their regular size - if they don't have to dilate or anything then all the better.

The best thing I've found in general is just to leave them alone, try not to aggravate it with any heat, pressure or stress and it should do it's thing and go away.

If you're concerned about the size or pain level of your hematoma then I would highly recommend seeking medical help as it might need to be removed via surgery if it is causing internal issues.  

How Long Does a Hematoma Last For?

Depending on the size will depend on how long it wants to stick around for. If you have a tiny little lump with no bruising then it'll most likely be a couple of days. If, however, you have a stonker of a hematoma like the one in the picture then it will probably hang around for a couple of weeks before it even thinks about disappearing.

So there you have it, my experiences with hematoma. Like I said before, if you're concerned about your hematoma, go see your doctor.

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Free Upper Body Workout - Rehab Days 35 and 36

The Continuous Battle with Fatigue

I'm still fighting the never endingbattle with my insomnia and fatigue. It's got to the point now that I'm forcing myself to go to bed early just to rest, it doesn't matter if I can't sleep too much it's the importance of elevation for my leg and letting my mind relax, otherwise I'd just go crazy! 


I've found that if I structure my time a bit more then I have some more energy to play with during the day and evening, even if I'm having a bad pain day. By giving myself an hour and a half to get ready in the morning for work I can potter around getting myself ready, taking my pills and doing my injection without rushing. This works for me because if I get tired getting ready for work (a frequent occurrence at the moment) I can have a break and then get on with it. The same applies for after work too, I think if this new structure works then I can start going back to karate once a week. If the new structure doesn't work then I'll tweak it until it does, karate will just have to sit on the back burner for now (not happy about that).


CC Courtesy of Kenteegardin, Flickr
Pain is not a fun thing to live with. Fact. I've been walking around on crutchesnow since April and I've just started to get this blister on my left palm. It's really painful and red where I have to put pressure on it to walk any decent distance; pottering around the house I can do without the crutches because I can grab hold of things for balance and weight bearing.

The plan to get my hand healthy again is to wrap it up in gauze so that I create an area around it for the crutch to rest on when I'm using it. That way I can still walk whilst the pressure point/blister is healing. 

Women's Issues (talking personal here, be WARNED)

I had a bit of a shock from my body, my periodcame. I wasn't expecting it at all so when I went to the bathroom, well, you don't need to know those details... Problem is that I'm still bleeding quite heavily which I've been told would happen because of the clexane injections (they thin the blood and make it harder for me to clot) but I was hoping that where we reduced my dosage it would make my periods a bit more manageable. Clearly not. I'll be manning up through this one again as my tramadol pain meds don't even touch my period pains, which is saying something seeing as it's a step down from morphine and it's currently suppressing the muscle death pain in my leg!

My Free Upper Body Workout

It's simple, you don't need expensive weights or do thousands of pushups, just get a pair of crutches and hey presto you can get an awesome upper body workout right there. I'm not kidding, my pecs (chest muscles) are really starting to get some definition which is great for getting perkier boobs! My shoulders are looking better and I'm getting definition on my back which I've never had before. 

I don't want you going away without some form of workout so here an awesome little video I found that will give you some great ideas on getting a chest of steel too. BodyRock is great, they provide loads of circuit videos that range from beginner to advance so if you want some short workouts head on over there and give them a go.

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