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Medistik – Product Review & Giveaway

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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

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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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Going to the Doctor

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I find doctors intimidating. I always have. For me, going to see my family doctor and psychiatrist is a monthly task.  Appointments are usually scheduled to manage symptoms and to review medications. I always forget what I want to say; what I want to ask and lose the ability to express my concerns. I feel like a child in their offices not like a grown woman capable of taking care of herself.

I’m not sure how or why this came about, I think I’ve always felt this way. Doctors seem to have a lot of power especially when you’re chronically ill. They decide whether I see a specialist or not, they have control over my pain medications and therefore control over my pain. Like I said before it is intimidating.

But there are ways I’ve learned to manage, such as writing a list for myself of everything I want to cover in my appointment. I then use the list to write a brief letter to my doctor and hand that to them when I go to my appointment. By writing the letter I find it easier to express myself to my doctor. I also think its good for them to see my questions in print then we can go through them systematically. I hope that one day I’ll be able to view my doctors as partners in my health care, I’m just not there yet.

The other information I always carry with me is my medication list. On the list there are spaces for; the medication name, the dose, when I take it, why I take it, and the name of the doctor who prescribed it. It’s easier for me to update my doctors this way and then if I go see a new doctor they usually just photocopy it for my file.

I’ve included a PDF printable template for you here. Medication Template

I hope you find it helpful.

Do you find doctors intimidating?

How do you manage appointments?

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The Opiate Epidemic -Give me a break

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There are blogs out there that could probably do a better job of writing this post. I don’t have data or statistics handy. I’m not going to reference news articles or library databases. There won’t be footnotes or end notes. It’s just going to be me folks. So here goes-

I use opiates. Every single day. Twice a day actually. I use Oxycodone Controlled Release to be precise. 10 mg twice a day. Which is a pretty low dose. Does it take away all my pain? Definitely not. But it does help me to have the pain at more manageable levels. So that I can do things like- walk, get out of bed, shower, and get dressed (though sometimes I still need help with that). Without it I believe I’d be bedridden. Without it I wouldn’t be living my life at all.

The so-called opiates epidemic has been all over the news lately. In Canada and in the states as well. And every time I hear about it, it makes me cringe, it makes me wince, it makes me want to throw up. In most cases, the news is referring to (though they don’t make it clear) a particular opiate called Fentanyl. This is the drug that users are overdosing on, it’s the drug that is often being used illegally, obtained on the streets and it’s killing people.

But the news and health care systems have lumped all opiates together, they lump all “users” together and I firmly believe they’ve forgotten about the chronic pain population all together.

The Health Minister in Canada states “we must do something about this opiate epidemic”. Their possible solution is to cut OHIP funding for prescribed opiates. To change policies for doctors prescribing, making them harder to get. I feel criminalized. I need this medication for basic life functions, I’m not in a back alley somewhere looking for a high. Though I’ll understand if all these “protocols” come into place that people who need the medication are left with no choice but to turn to back alleys to get it.

I like many others in the chronic pain community feel powerless over this issue. I’m afraid my doctor will change her mind about prescribing the medication I need. And if that happens…then what?

 

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