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Product Review: Quell Pain Relief

I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.
I have been struggling with chronic pain for about a year & half now. It started a few months after I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. I thought it could be related, possible extra-intestinal manifestation, or perhaps just the stress of dealing with a chronic illness. No signs of arthritis or other inflammation have been found. I have seen my PCP, my gastroenterologist, a rheumatologist, a physical therapist. So far nothing has fixed the problem. I don't yet know the source of the pain but that it could possibly be muscular skeletal. My next option is to see a spine specialist, which is on the books for the future. But for now, I needed some kind of relief! As soon as I heard about Quell, I thought PERFECT!! Stick it to my leg and go about my day! …
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Tips for Traveling with IBD

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is something that goes with you everywhere.
And that includes... vacation.

Most people go on vacation to escape the stress of reality and just relax. Or just to get a break from working. A time for fun! Unfortunately, we don't get to take a break from a chronic illness. It's pretty much a package deal. Crohn's disease comes with you wherever you go. It's not going to stop being an incurable disease just because you decided you need to get away. No, that is just not how it works unfortunately.
We will still have to manage all the normal aspects of our illness no matter where we are, at home or a different location. In fact it may actually require more energy or be more "work" for you than usual to make sure you have everything you need while you are away. As this is usually the case for me.
Since having Crohn's disease, I just think of vacationing as simply changing locations. Same problems, different day, different locati…

Guest Interview with Christina Sgarlata

I ask my friend Christina Sgarlata a few questions about living with chronic illness. She has such great insights especially being in the medical field. Her open mind and well-rounded knowledge are so refreshing! I know that this interview will be helpful to so many readers! Many thanks Christina!

Christina Sgarlata, BSN, RN, RYT is a friend and a nurse in the Cardio-Thoracic-Vascular ICU with LRS HealthCare, with previous experience in Gastroenterology from St. Luke's Gastroenterology Specialists. She is a Classical Yoga Teacher and is studying Comprehensive Yoga Therapy at Yoga Life Institute while also pursuing her MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner at DeSales University.  Christina enjoys spending time in nature, traveling, and of course, practicing Yoga as often as possible. Be on the lookout for more information about her journey and private and semi-private Yoga classes on her upcoming website at www.SgarletsSanctuary.com.

1. What type of chronic illness were you diagnosed with an…

How to Shift Your Mindset to the Positive

One of the hardest things can be actually staying positive when you are in the middle of a flare. It's hard to see the positive in your life when you are stuck in the hospital tied up to a bunch of different IV's & you can't move! But I'm here to tell you that there absolutely is a way to see the positive DESPITE all the struggles and current challenges you are going through!

"How Jana? How can I do that when all I see is medical this and medical that!! It's all too real! Doctor's appointments, insurance phone calls, piles of medical bills, numerous medications to take, trips to the bathroom, testing, bloodwork...the list goes on!!!! It just takes over my entire life."

Believe me, I know exactly what you are talking about because I have been there and I'm still there!! That is just the medical side of your journey, and the management and upkeep of your disease. That side of your life does NOT define who you are! Those are just things that you…

Your lifestyle DOES make a difference

Some things happened recently in my life that made me realize-- medications alone won't help improve your quality of life. You have to want a better quality of life for yourself!! More importantly, you have to be willing to advocate for yourself and make your health a priority! I haven't seen anyone really talk about this and I think it is desperately needed!

Guys, Lifestyle has a impact on your inflammatory bowel disease. How you live your life does make a difference to your symptoms. How so?


Take a look at your life in all these areas-- sleep, eating, work, stress & anxiety levels. These are some basic areas of my life that I have had to correct since being diagnosed and I have noticed a difference in my symptoms. Was I cured? No, absolutely not! There is no cure for this disease. But I do find my days more manageable and my mental health has improved SO MUCH since paying attention to my lifestyle.

Take a look at some of these questions and see if they resonate with you-…