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"I Stopped Medicating Myself with Food"

How AQUAGIRL08 Learned to Manage Her Chronic Pain with Diet and Exercise


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  • Thank you for sharing your experiences & advice. It gives me hope that I can find exercises help me stay in shape even with chronic pain. I admire your persistence in the face of pain.
  • We must maintain our bodies to keep them functioning properly!
  • Great article good information
  • interesting ideas to do better for myself
  • Definitely trying to eliminate my sugar and eat healthier. Had red vines over weekend and they lasted me all weekend. Now I'm all good/set and can keep going....
  • So glad I read this. I had a bad fall and 2 surgeries to recover from it. Nothing even close to what AquaGirl is living with. I learned a lot by reading this-I am an emotional eater and in past 2.5yrs since the accident I have gained about 40# I finally decided to get out of the "pity party" and get this weight off. This give me some great tools to use for pain relief, as I am on high dose blood thinners and can't use anti-inflammation drug/otc or Rx. Thanks for the inspiration
  • All great advice! I especially loved the one about sugar reduction. Too few people truly damage inflammation is doing to their bodies.
  • Almost everything that you spoke about sounds just like me and what I have been living with since 2012 from an accident. Surgeries and pain. I have pain everyday and I have gained weight. I struggle everyday. I am so thankful that I ran across your page. Great support and thank you.
  • I was exercising regularly for a couple of weeks, but now my hip pain has flared up and today I can barely walk. This article was exactly what I needed to stay positive and not give up. Reading how others live with chronic pain, but manage it without medicating themselves with food, has really helped inspire me to not give up. Thank you so much for sharing your story.
  • Hi, I'd love to know what 'power foods' you eat as I have some chronic joint pain and I've improved the situation by cutting certain foods out but I hadn't heard that there were some that controlled inflammation. This is a very encouraging post. Thanks
  • You have truly inspired me! I too am hypothyroid due to Thyroid cancer, and have severe spondylolisthesis in my back and a fellow teacher to boot!
  • Sound to me like you ARE medicating yourself with food. Though in a different way. You've stopped feeding your emotions with all the unhealthy choices and started taking care of your medical problems by eating the healthy things your body needs to take care of itself!!
  • Thank you. I live with chronic pain. You are an inspiration. I have found a hot therapy pool and giving up sugar/sweeteners to be life changing. I continue my journey. Thanks for hope!
  • Way ta go! Nice lifestyle changes!
  • I have found that being positive and leaning on the strength of the Lord is most important! When I started this journey, I used food to solve all my problems! The stress here at our home is unbelievable sometimes, but the good Lord will work that out in time. I took small baby steps and each day I got stronger and stronger. I started to look in the mirror and realize I can do this! It is about setting small goals and being positive! I think that is the most important aspects of being healthy! Also, realize you are worth a lot! God didn't make no junk!

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