Finding relief…

Someone recently asked me if I wrote an “advice blog”.

The answer is NOPE.

As My Joints turn is more of a journal of living with chronic illness and debilitating pain. I share my experience with doctors, medication, treatments, and daily life. I am not a medical professional, so any “advice” I give would be based on my own experience, and not a blanket statement. That said, I decided in 2023, that I would be making it a point to find ways to manage my pain better.

Before continuing, this is not a paid review. I purchase this product on my own and have not been asked to do a review for this product.

That said, I decided to take advantage of my flex spending bank account and invested in some devices to help alleviate my pain. The first item I got was heat and compression boots to help with circulation and pain relief. Years ago, I broke my leg and after physical therapy, my PT would put my legs in compression boots and it ended up being the best 20 minutes of my day. I still work full time and by the time I get home, my joints are painful and my calves and feet are horribly swollen. I did a bit of research and found an FSA (able to be purchased through my flex spending funds) eligible compression boot kit. I purchased the Shine Well Massager with Heat Compression from Amazon.

I admit, I was ridiculously excited when it arrived. The cost was $199 but I was able to get a $30 promo code from Amazon. Pricey, but after trying it today, totally worth it. I initially felt like the boots were too large, but once they fully engage for compression, they fit perfectly. The booths have three levels of intensity. My legs are in a lot of pain right now, so the max intensity was too intense. I felt a lot of relief with the mid levels of both compression and heat. The device automatically turns off at the 20 minute mark. Initially, I was regretting getting the full length boots in the beginning, but again, once the device fully inflated for compression, there was no issue. The best part, is the compression was even from my feet to my thighs. I still need to play around with the settings to find the perfect levels but my first experience was awesome. It is slightly noisy, but I could still watch TV without issue.

The device is easy to use, has a carrying bag for storage, and is fairly easy to put on and store. I’m calling this purchase a win. The only one who didn’t like it was my dog b/c I wouldn’t let her take a nap on my lap. ….don’t worry. I gave in. She seemed to enjoy the heat.

Finni Roux snoozing while I get my massage and compression treatment.

My experience was so good, that I invested in a back massager and a neck/shoulder massager. My goal is to begin walking again. Prior to medications failing, I was walking 5 miles at least 4 days a week….then my body fell apart. I’m determined to find some pain relief to make walking less painful. Wish me luck.

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Kelly holds masters degrees in both Special Education and Speech-Language Pathology. She works full-time as a speech-language pathologist in both a public school setting and as an adjunct faculty member at a university, in Philadelphia, PA. She specializes in both autism and augmentative/alternative communication and took her skills to Uganda, Africa to start a special needs program for disabled children living in an orphanage in 2011. Kelly began experiencing symptoms of autoimmune arthritis in 1984 (while in her teens) but wasn’t officially diagnosed with autoimmune arthritis until 2001. Her first diagnosis was Sjogren’s syndrome. Eventually her diagnosis was changed to sero-negative RA and now Polyarticular Spondlyoarthropathy. She also manages thyroid disease (resulting from Graves Disease), fibromyalgia, renin-deficient hypertension, and disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis (DSAP) on a daily basis. Kelly connected with other autoimmune arthritis patients via social media in 2008. She began volunteering with the “Buckle Me UP! Movement”, which evolved into the International Autoimmune Arthritis Movement (IAAM) beginning in 2009. Then became a cofounder of IFAA in 2013. She has represented the ACR on Capitol Hill as an Advocate for Arthritis, was a finalist in Wego Health’s Health Activist Hero awards in 2014, and speaks at various healthcare conferences as a patient advocate in the Philadelphia area.

4 thoughts on “Finding relief…

  1. I am so glad you found items to help. I have a shoulder massage device but I do not care for it. If I had known you were looking we could have made a deal. Trust me it would have been agreeable for you or anyone.

    Hey about an advice column? I want to to do a dating advice podcast for chronically ill people. I want Sheryl to join me so we would do like a point counter point thing. Also she could handle the spiritual questions, and I would deal with UFO questions. Mine might be easier. LOL Really I would like to offer advice on which adult movies to see. No, not that kind of adult. I mean movies that do not include alien space creatures and super hero’s

    rick

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