Things are changing…

It’s been a while since I have been around here. Things were rough there for a while, well they still are as far as employment. Still cannot stand for long periods, the pains become excrutiating. But seems as if I have found a solution for pain and it’s not meds. It’s a diet. So if you want to know more write me or chat with me and we will discuss. Not posting it here at least not just yet…

Doubts run through my mind…..

I am seriously thinking about filling for disability. Things are getting tough, it’s getting hard to drive. Panic mode set’s in when I think of not being able to move my neck any longer. Lord God Almighty give me the strength I need day by day and help me in the time of need.

Hope I can have a good day today at work…

Just found this today – Diet for a Pain-Free Life…

Well all of us with AS know that this is almost impossible, but you know what for as healthy as this looks it’s worth the try and the effort. Already asked the wife to purchase two of my favorites and I have already started. Will keep you informed of any progress.

Stiff joints? Sore muscles? Instead of popping pills that can cause side effects, reach inside the fridge.

Artichokes, Blackberries, Red Peppers, Walnuts, Ginger, Pineapple and others:

Artichokes: antioxidants help clear inflamation from the body. reducing pain in arthritis patients, according to a Nutrition & Metabolism study. Artichokes have among the highest levels of antioxidants of all veggies, says the USDA. Aim for: A minimum of 1/2 cup or as many as 2 cups of artichoke hearts per day in a salad or a pasta dish. (personally i would not use the pasta because of the starch).

Blackberries: All purple berries are chock-full of vitamin C, which helps form connective tissue and build joint-cushioning cartilage. But blackberries pack a bonus: They contain a salicylic acid, a pain-squelching ingredient that’s also in aspirin. Aim for: As little as 3/4 cup will benefit you, says Dr. Mcllwain or snack on as much as 2 1/4 cups daily, tossed in a yogurt or as a fruit smoothie.

Red Peppers: Red bell peppers contain compounds that relieve pain and inflammation as well as a phytochemical that actually triggers the release of endorphins, nature’s own pain relievers, says Dr Mcllwain. Aim for: Between 1/2 and 2 cups cooked in a stir-fry for dinner or stirred into soup.

Walnuts: these nuts are high in vitamin B, which has been linked to improving range of motion in joints. They also enhance the body’s own production of natural steroid that can help prevent osteoarthrithis, Aim for 4 to 8 nuts for a crunchy afternoon snack.

Ginger: Recent reserach in Arthritis & Rheumatism reports that ginger reduced kneed inflammation in osteoarthritis patients in just six weeks without side effects (like GI bleeding) linked to OTC medications such as Ibuprofen. Aim for: 2,000 mg in tea-bag form or 1tsp powder or 1oz fresh ginger.

Pineapple: An enzyme called bromelain in this tropical fruit enhibits the release of chemicals that cause pain and swelling in the body, says Dr Mcllwain. Aim for: 3/4 cup or as much as 2 1/2 cups of fresh pineapple to your daily diet.

This is not my article somebody handed it to me has no reference or anything only that appears to be written by Dr Mcllwain, hope he does not get upset for me sharing with my AS friends on the NET. After all we are always looking for solutions to our aiks and pains. The natural way.

Not bad of a day…

IT’s kind of good when somebody like me that suffers from AS has a kind of normal day. I am kind of the stuborn determined person that refuses to pay a visit to the doctor’s any longer, because all the want is a co-payment and then give u a prescription to fill out and send you to the pharmacy. I am against all that. And to be honest with you the last 3 years have been the best dealing with my AS. My posture is not the best. But just the thought of not taking all the drugs makes me feel good. My health has been the best in years. So go figure. I do believe the Lord has been my strength though, could and would not be able to do it without Him. He is my everyday strenth and support. FAITH is the Key. By the way looking for tips of driving traffic to two major sites at work, http://www.iBead.com and http://www.essencebeads.com any help will surely and gratefully apreciated. You can send ur comments through here. Get enough spam on my emails.

Not a bad day…

Today is not a bad day so far. Although those are far and apart but so far all is good. But still looking for a cure is there one out there? Is there something new out there except for drugs and docs that don’t know what they are doing ????

The hardest things to deal with…

Because of my condition, I get the looks and people observing, thinking what is wrong with him, and some will actually come up and question what your problem is. I walk funny, and because of the fusing there is nothing I can do about it. My biggest issue is not being able to put on my socks on my right foot, because of the fusion of the leg bone into the hip I cannot manage to bend enough for that to happen. So I always have to count on somebody to put my socks on and like today my shoe came untied so I need to gracefully ask one of my co-workers to tie my shoe. (how embarassing for me, but what can I say just got to do it). My job does not help me with the exercises, because for most of the day I am sitting in a chair, creating on site and adding more pics of beads to our large inventory, so now I am trying to figure out how to get rid of the belly the only thing that really bothers me, it’s not that big, but don’t want it getting worse because it will surely put a damper on things. But every day I get my daily dose of the word. Which helps me and gives me sustance for the day. Now on my days off my favorite passtime is trying new recipes, why don’t u check them out. You will love them.