I’m Just Tired, That’s All

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I just want to sleep.

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Insomnia

Oh insomnia, how I do not love you. My body aches. My head aches. I’m so tired but sleep is no where around. I hate nights like these. Your own body betrays you. It keeps you right at the edge, but denies you the last step that takes you into dreamland.

You think a lot with insomnia. Usually not good things. Your brain is working at .07% but even that is too much at this time of night. Often, I’m so tired that I don’t think really think of anything other than how tired I am. Other nights my mind runs a thousand miles an hour in a million different directions.

Surely I’m not alone?

One of the thoughts I often have is how many other people are awake now, feeling the same as I do? I feel alone, yet I know I am only one of more than I care to know that suffer from the same problem. Us insomniacs have our own brotherhood, yet none of us know anything about it.

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Restless resting and deep thoughts.

There might even be a site for that. Insomniacs R Us. Middle of the night conversations that make absolutely no sense at all because we are sleep deprived and have no idea what we are saying. At least it would be entertaining!

I have had insomnia since I was in high school. I am not as bad as I was, but I will still go a few days without sleeping before my body just literally gives in and can’t take it anymore. Thankfully that isn’t often.

It’s what day again?

When I am at my worst, I will completely lose track of days. Just a vague memory of them. I know they happened, but any clear thoughts or moments are gone. I get confused on what day it is because I forget the ones I lost.

I’ve tried sleep aids. No, they don’t work, and I’ve tried everything. Natural products, prescribed medication, whiskey, wine…(Ok so maybe those were more for me than for the sleep. They still didn’t help though.)

I hate how I will go through the day tomorrow (today) in a fog, sleep drunk. Last night was the start so I only slept about 3 1/2 hours. I perhaps ought to apologize now for anything silly I most likely will do. Just don’t judge me! 🙂

And In The End

So I will settle down with my thoughts and read, or write, or color, or something, and pray that I am given some mercy and find myself drifting off to sleep soon! You never know, my next site COULD end up being Insomniacs R Us if I don’t find some rest!

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Calm

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Pain Relief the Natural Way…?

Let’s Have Some Tea, Shall We?

I don’t know how many of you are familiar with the product called “Kombucha Tea,” but I have been well acquainted with it for years. My mom has been making and drinking  Kombucha Tea every day since her friend gave her the starter ‘mushroom’ in 1989. She is still using the starts from that original ‘mushroom’ today.

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What Is It Really?

I’m sure you have noticed I am not giving the term ‘mushroom’ its due. The reason is because in this case what looks like a mushroom, acts like a mushroom and tastes like a mushroom actually is NOT a mushroom at all! In reality it is a colony of bacteria and yeast made by adding sugar and black tea to the colony and allowing it to ferment. It will grow to look like the shape of the container you use. Consequently, since most people use round bowls and pitchers, it grows round, therefore looking like a mushroom. Mystery solved!

Does It Work?

That is really a tough question to answer. Me personally, I say a strong yes, it does, if you can take it. Like any food, it can cause allergic reactions in some people. I’ve watched my mom take her Kombucha Tea for almost 37 years. Yes, that beautiful woman in the photo with me on my home page is in her 70’s. I fully believe she is a walking example of the health benefits due to drinking that tea.

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That being said, the “professionals” AKA doctors and such, aren’t so sure about that. Since there really hasn’t been any scientific studies done on the long-term effects of the tea on any type of control group, they are not so quick to accept the claims. They will admit that the tea may offer benefits like probiotic supplements, but that is all they are willing to say. As with any natural product, it is especially important to realize it is unknown how it will affect you until you try it. My mother is fine, yet my first cousin tried it and had a bad allergic reaction. So there you go.
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What’s The Answer?

I think that as with any new product you try, BE CAREFUL. Be smart. Follow the directions exactly and see how it affects you. There are a lot of options for taking the Kombucha Tea out there, and I have included a couple of links below of starter kits if anyone has an interest in giving it a try. If you do, let us know what you find out.

As for me, I am taking the plunge. I have decided to start making and drinking it to see if there is a chance it will ease any of my pain, which is what one of the many claims for this product is. Now that’s a laundry list right there. Here are a few:

  • Eliminates wrinkles and liver spots
  • Helps with muscular pain (yay me!)
  • Helps with kidney problems
  • Cleanses the gall bladder, helps colitis (yay me!) and settles stomachs
  • Helps lower cholesterol
  • Stops infectious diarrhea
  • It helps to burn fat
  • Helps insomnia (again yay me!)
  • Aids with digestion
  • And last but not least, it claims to help thicken hair, avoid balding and eliminate gray hair. How can you go wrong with that?!

Perfected To Stop Hair Loss

The Obvious Reminder

Keep in mind these are CLAIMS, not proven facts. All I know is what I’ve seen in my mom, and let me tell you, she looks amazing! So I am willing to give it a try. I’ll post about my progress as the weeks go by and see if it really does do any of those things for me.

Again, the links I provided are for reference only. I don’t know the sellers or the product they are offering other than they are the starter kits. Do your research, think it through and make your own decision. If it is something you want to try, go for it. After all, it could be that miracle pain relief we have all been praying for! Winning!

Good luck!

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**Some of the information above is from Mayo Clinic and the online article in their Consumer Health section under Healthy Lifestyle. It was written by Brent A. Bauer, M.D. and here is the link to that article.

Click Here To Read The Mayo Clinic Article

What This Blog Is About

The Nuts and Bolts – Chronic Pain:

Blogging is new to me, therefore it may take me some time to get into the rhythm of things. I thought that for my first post ever, I should explain what I will be talking about, chronic pain, and some other ideas I will be implementing down the road. Living With Pain encompasses a lot of territory, despite being a specific subject. We will also be discussing medications, both over the counter (OTC) and prescription for the different issues.

Fist of all, I have Insomnia. What is insomnia? What are some causes of insomnia? How do you decided if you have insomnia and what should you do about it? Are you born as an insomniac or can it be caused by an event?

Another subject is anxiety. Do you have an anxiety disorder? What are some anxiety symptoms? Do you have a generalized anxiety disorder or is it more specific, like social anxiety disorder or separation anxiety? What happens when you have an anxiety attack and how should you handle it?

Click Here For Information On How To Help With Anxiety and Panic Attacks!

I get Chronic migraines quite a lot, and there are multitudes of reasons why one can get them. There are also many different types of migraines. We can break each of them down and talk about the specific ones you may experience. My migraines are more from stress and the weather.

Another fun subject is constipation! Nobody likes it when they can’t poop. There are many reasons why one is constipated, and we will talk about those. A couple of constipation causes are medication and certain medical issues, like fibromyalgia.

More on chronic pain:

Agoraphobia is not a very fun subject, but it is a very real mental health issue. What is agoraphobia? Are there treatments for it? What causes agoraphobia and does it go away?

Chronic Pain and neck pain is a real mood killer. Neck pain can be caused by so many factors I will not spend much time on discussing it. I will mostly just be referring to my own and how I deal with it. Chronic pan in general is also a difficult subject, and once again, I will be talking more about personal experience than discussing specific causes and treatments.

Fibromyalgia is an often misunderstood and misdiagnosed issue to live with. Fibromyalgia symptoms vary, and trying to describe what fibromyalgia is difficult. There are such fluctuations and differences per person that narrowing it down to specifics is almost impossible.

We will also be discussing relationships. I feel they fit under the class of living with pain. Bad marriages are painful. Poor relationships with your children are painful.

Another subject will be animals – dogs specifically. Therapy dogs, service dogs, emotional support dogs. These are animals that can help a person with emotional and mental health issues immensely.

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These are just a few of the things among many that I will be diving into for your information and hopefully, help.

Site expectations:

I look forward to having discussions about everything, please always feel free to leave comments, questions or ideas. NO NEGATIVITY allowed. I will remove it and block the user that posted it. No exceptions.

Please take time to look around my site, see what all interests you. My About Me page and the Shopping area has some fun stuff to look at. Of course, the ever exciting legalese pages…..boring……but necessary. I hope you choose to join my mailing list so you will receive updates on the upcoming blog subject and new products that are offered. I will be having votes by you, my followers, to decide subjects you might want to hear about. I’ll give out coupons off and on for products offered. Who knows what all will happen?!

Until next time,

Kilee