Finding something to treat Ankylosing Spondylitis is an ongoing challenge. Many have turned to homeopathic options including myself. I’ve been exploring a lot of the options out there so I thought I’d share them with you.
Reducing the stress in your life is a great place to start when dealing with AS but just like everything else that is “great for your health” it’s not easy to figure out how to implement. Meditation is fantastic and I would start there because it calms the mind and makes everything easier to deal with. I began living in the moment and that opened my mind to what was really important and not to sweat the small stuff. I had to learn I can’t do everything. Let me repeat that…I CAN’T DO EVERYTHING. That was very difficult for me to accept because it all still needed to be done. Which brings me to the next thing on my list, asking for help. We all need help even if we don’t want it. It’s not letting anyone down it’s respecting yourself and your health. I try to find the positive in what I do have and laugh whenever I can.
Ready for it… exercise is the best thing you can do for yourself. I know you’ve heard it a million times. I know it’s not easy. I really hope I can help. It’s all about baby steps. You will feel pain and you won’t see results quickly but once you do feel it and see it you’ll be so happy you stuck with it. I keep posting different ways to Move It so you don’t Fuse It.
I’ve yet to try acupuncture strictly due to cost. It’s outside my budget to do it on a routine basis. I’ve heard wonderful things from other Spondy’s and my pain management specialist even suggested it for me.
Here’s more info…
“According to the article and Dr. McCann, acupuncture focuses on “Qi”(pronounced “Chee”), which are various points of the body that regulate vital energy. Acupuncture uses very fine sterile needles that are placed shallow in the skin. These needles are meant to treat disease by, “rebalancing the Qi in the body’s channels by interconnecting the nerves of the extremities to the central nervous system spinal cord.” …read more.
I can not wait to try essential oils. There are so many wonderful things out there boasting their benefits. There is no sense in me sitting here writing an article about these oils when a fantastic one is already out there. You can read what you need to know here.
Diet and Supplements
I’ve taken supplements since my pain specialist set me up with a regimen. I recently decided I was tired of taking them and so I stopped. Within a few days I was so sick I couldn’t get out of bed. Needless to say I quickly started taking them again.
Here is my current list;
One A Day General
When it comes to diet I think I’ve made my stance on the subject clear. I found the no starch diet made me sick and the doctor said it’s not meant for everyone and to not continue to push it. So I cut out processed and went organic home and locally grown. I have never felt better. When I go out to eat now I literally feel sick. I actually enjoy cooking now as well. So I can say this is a good thing AS brought into my life.
If you want to know more about the No/Low Starch Diet I’m told this is the best source.
Simply respecting our bodies made not always be easy but they will reward us for our hard work!