Veins poked, punctured and prodded with years of drawing of blood and steroids pumped through them are often tender and damaged. My arm and wrist veins are so tender, sometimes they ache. My heart does not behave like it used to. Breathing does not come as easily as it once did and I often have to remind myself to inhale and exhale deep. I do not know if that is from the Copaxone I was on for a few months or the steroids but I know what I experience is not normal and I do not want to cause any more damage. This is why I choose other options for decreasing inflammation. I know I could get steroids and I would probably be back to driving quicker and maybe feeling better sooner but I am fighting to do this as natural as possible.
My sixth visit of cryo was followed up with Normatec compression therapy. It. Was. Wonderful! Especially after exiting the “freezing chamber”, legs chilled atop and then resting in a chair with leg coverings on them and the pulsing of pressure rotating throughout my legs. This therapy helps to circulate blood flow more efficiently and to detox the body. Both of the therapies together help the inflammation in the body to calm; thus, enabling the patient to experience less pain and quicker recovery time from workouts or injury.
I am convinced this is helping me! This “time of month” is usually the more difficult to move, less strength physically and increased pain. Since my first Normatec compression experience, I have been able to drive a little more and I have had less pain. We had a storm come in and surprise us today. Usually, I would know a few days in advance due to the pain and achiness in my body. I had no achiness bothering me. I am so thankful and I hope I can keep doing the compression therapy. I also love the location I am going to. They are super nice, helpful and pleasant. If you need a recommendation, I would highly recommend the place I go. (Reach out to me and I will share the location).
Something to remember- My hope is not in Cryotherapy or Normatec compression. My hope is in my God. My hope is in eternity. My joy is founded on that which is unchangeable and everlasting, not on how I feel today or how I think I will feel tomorrow. Place your hope on Him alone. He, alone is unchangeable and constant.
“In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies.”
“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.”
“Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous. The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! ”
“The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. O Lord, save us; O Lord, grant us success.”
“You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
Psalm 118:5-9, 15, 23-25, 28-29