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Medistik – Product Review & Giveaway



My journey with Medistik began 2 years ago when a Nurse Practitioner recommended it me. She had discovered it at her chiropractor’s office after a back injury. She said it made such a difference in her recovery. I had never heard of it before, but was desperate for pain relief. I’d been using other topical products with no success so I thought I would give it a try and I’ve never used anything else since.

Medistik is a pain reliever made in Canada. Its a topical treatment that soothes aching muscles and joints and helps reduce my pain. I put it on every day before I bed and now I don’t think I could sleep without it. You don’t need to put on much to feel its effects.

From the Pamphlet:

How Does Medistik Work?

Alleviates Pain and Inflammation: 

When you are injured enzymes in your body create chemicals that cause pain and inflammation in your muscles and joints. Our Medistik Dual blocks enzymes from producing these chemicals, which alleviates your pain and inflammation.

Improves Blood Flow:

Medistik opens up your blood vessels where it is applied. This increases blood flow and oxygen content at the site of the injury, and speeds pain relief and healing.

Strength of Ingredients:

We produce the strongest topical pain relief products you can buy without a prescription. Powerful ingredients, herbs, vitamins and natural additives help muscles, joints, the nervous system and fight inflammation. (Ingredients like Peppermint oil, Glucosamine. . .)

It comes in three forms. The Medistik Dual Stick, the Dual spray and the Ice- roll on or in pump form. I use the Medistik Dual in stick form, which product might be the best for you?

I think the best way to decide is to try them all, which is why I’m so excited so to be offering a giveaway on the blog.  I’m giving away the Grand Prize you see below as well as three individual Dual Sticks. All you have to do is comment below and tell me what kind of pain you experience. Share your story with me. I’ll choose one lucky winner for the grand prize and three others. You must be a resident of Canada or the United States to enter. Contest Closes Friday May 5th 2017.

 ***Thank you to Medistik for providing the prizes***


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Disappointing Doctor’s Visit

disappointing doctor's


I think we’ve all been there. Even those without a chronic illness. We’ve all had at least one-(I’ve had many) A disappointing doctor’s visit. I’m always a bundle of nerves when it comes to going to the doctor. You’d think that with all the experience I’ve had with them I’d be cool as a cucumber. But starting the day before I see one I am already fretting. I always prepare.  I write down a list of concerns and questions. Write down points about how I’ve been feeling because if I went in empty handed I’d completely forget what I wanted to say.

I had an appointment scheduled for this week to talk about pain management. My pain is not managed well. Everyday is different, some days the medications we have in place work and some days they don’t. I never know what day I’m going to face when I wake up in the morning, if I’ve even slept at all the night before. I wanted to talk to my doctor about this, and the fact that I think the current med I’m on might be causing this increase in anxiety I’ve noticed.

In the waiting room, I was as patient as I could be.  My doctor always runs behind but I tell myself that its because she actually spends time with her patients. (usually she does). Finally it was my turn, I walked in, sat down, took a deep breath, got out my notes, I was ready. She comes in and asks what she can do for me and as I begin she puts her hand up to stop me and says “we’re not changing or increasing your medications”.

My breath catches in my throat and I don’t know what to say. That was the whole reason why I was there. I try to explain my increase in anxiety, she replies that its not the meds. And just like that she moves on to talk about my bad cholesterol and then the appointment is over.  I waited two months for this appointment. And just like that it was over.

I kicked myself for not standing my ground more firmly, but I find, since Fentanyl has caused this “Opioid Crisis” discussing or altering my opiate medications seems off the table. (that’s another blog post altogether)

So I’m left with another disappointing doctor’s appointment and have to cope the best way I can on my own.

What about you? Tell me about a disappointing doctor’s appointment you’ve had, or maybe you’ve had a really great one you’d like to share?

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Kinesiophobia- The Fear of Movement



Kinesiophobia is defined as “the fear of moving. In the world of physiotherapy, it is a well documented disorder where a person believes that movement can cause more injury and pain.” (http://www.professionalptandtraining.com/general-health-information/what-is-kinesiophobia/)

I have kinesiophobia. After years of chronic pain, and inflammation, I’ve developed a really intense fear of movement. I can walk for a short duration but anything more and I’m terrified of injury. I fear it will lead to more pain and suffering. People say I should try and move more, try to go for walks, but they don’t seem to understand how paralyzing the fear is. But today I met with my new physiotherapist and guys, she understood it. We had an honest, open conversation about it and I finally feel heard and listened to.

I’ve understood for a long time that I am stuck in a pain cycle. I have pain, I move less, I get tighter, I have pain, I move less, I get tighter and so on and so on. But I’ve never seen a way out of that cycle or thought it was possible. Until today. I think I’ve finally met the physiotherapist that is going to help me change my life. It’s going to be a slow process but I left today feeling so hopeful.  We’re going to start with very small movements along with a lot of deep breathing and taking the time to mentally reassure myself that I am safe and that the movements will not harm me. That’s it. That’s where we’re starting. No long involved exercises on multiple sheets of paper. Just simple small movements and no pressure.

So tonight that is my goal. To do a series of 4 small movements 10 times without fear. Or at least with less fear. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Have you had experience with Kinesiophobia? How did it affect your life?

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Letting Go

letting go

I’m not good at letting go. See that jar up there with the butterflies? My jar would be closed. Once something or someone is in my grasp, I hold on tight.

I was thinking about that very thing tonight.  Over the next few weeks I’ll be moving on to a new therapist. I’ve been with my current therapist for two years. We’ve worked hard together, I’ve made progress with her and I’m very attached. I’ve grown to love her. However, she feels we’ve reached the end of her scope of practice and that I need someone who specializes in PTSD.  And now, I have to say good-bye.

But I don’t know how.

How do you let go of someone you love?

I’m in full self care mode right now, I’m trying to tend to my emotions the best I can. I know she’s not dropping off the face of the earth. She’ll still exist. But I wont be able to see her or talk to her anymore. I’ve met my new therapist and I think we’ll be a good fit. But it doesn’t change the sadness or grief I feel. Often the relationships clients build with their therapists are strong ones. There is a bond that develops over time that you come to rely on. But now I have to let it go. Let her go.

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