Chronic Illness

A Health Update And Hope

Disclosure: Pathway App was provided for purpose of review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are 100% my own.

A Health Update:

Fatigue has continued to be a problem that causes me to be nonfunctional. I’m tired when I wake up, all throughout the day, and when I go to sleep. I’ve been tired for so long! I remember the days when I woke up with energy. But, it’s been too far in the past.

Sjogren’s Syndrome has certainly been making my life worse. My eyes are dry all day and by the evening, my vision is so bad! Eye drops feel good for about 15 seconds, and then the dryness takes over. I’ve also dealt with dry mouth and skin. I get very frustrated by all the auto-immune disease symptoms.

Sjogren’s not only deals with dryness. Joint pain, rashes, and fatigue are also some of the other symptoms. Being on a drug that’s an immunosuppressive has made me more vulnerable to getting sick. This week I came down with a horrible cold with sore throat, congestion, coughing, chills, and overall misery. Colds last longer than they did in the past.

Sciatica has been better lately. There hasn’t been any severe pain this past week, but a dull pain continues when I turn onto that side in the bed. I’m just thankful for a break in the severe pain. It seems to come and go in it’s severity. I don’t know what the future holds with it.

Pain has been the worst problem in my life. I hurt in my back when I stand up or lie down. When I lean back in the recliner my spine gets a break from gravity. My muscles don’t have to try to hold up my back, which feels so weak and tired.

Lately, I have tried to push myself and participate in life. Over a week ago, I went to church and got out with the family. These excursions were taken slow and I didn’t really exert myself. But, I’m still trying to recover from the pain, swollen feet, ankles, and legs. I’ve had more headaches and even my surgical scar has been more painful.

Because my overall health goal is to be more functional, I’m always on the lookout for anything that might help me. The Pathways App is a new app that has a mission to free 1 million people from persistent pain. I would love to be one of those people.

Pathways is truly comprehensive and offers 60 lessons. I love the short audio lessons, quizzes, and ability to track your pain. You can try it for free and if you choose to purchase, there is money-back feature if you don’t see a reduction in pain. I’m learning much from the lessons and will continue to use the Pathways App.

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