What Part is Pain, What Part is Bad Behavior?

June 28, 2018

Life is difficult for people who have to counter the regular ordeal of pain and has to fight it continuously. For, a parent who has to deal with the physical pain of their young child and find ways to tackle the suffering on a daily basis, it’s a journey.

Hi, I am Isabella, and I am a parent whose 14-year-old daughter suffers from chronic pain due to an illness. She suffers from a low back pain, and at first, we found no reason she would have it. However, the doctor informed us that the space between the spinal nerves and spinal cord weren’t normal for my daughter and had become smaller, which had led to spinal stenosis.

What is meant by a low back pain?

The region of our body starting after the ribcage widely known as the lumbar region is a highly sensitive and delicate area.

Where you can find this portion having the potency of joining a volley of interconnected bones, joints, nerves and ligaments working together to aid strength and flexibility, wrong posture or movements can potentially damage this section of your body easily.

Although the injuries most of the time get better with time it may persist sometimes. In these cases, you may need to get them treated with medical help.

We never thought that our little family would take such a rough turn. Suddenly everything came to a screeching halt one fine day.

About one and half years ago my daughter was diagnosed with a severe migraine.

How bad is it? A migraine is a condition that affects one part of the head and manifests into nausea, vomiting, uneasiness to light or sound and severe eye pain. Often described as a pounding sensation, the migraine tends to persist for even up to a couple of days. The sufferer often gets agitated and might even feel like banging their head against a wall.

My daughter is no exception. She is a young and pretty lady in her early teens who love to enjoy with her friends and has always been full of life. Even in her lucid times, she tends to show her empathetic, kind and charming being to everybody around. But things tend to take a lousy turn when her headaches come knocking.

The impact on my daughter’s behaviour:

The first time she was diagnosed with the condition Andrea was just 12, but with the passing time, she has started to show signs that are difficult to handle. Well, she is a teenager and has issues, but her life largely depends on the aftermaths and results of the chronic pain that she suffers.

It’s not an easy journey for her. Her attacks are not very common, and we are still trying to understand what triggers her pain. These days she has started to feel uncomfortable with her body and thinks she might just be the only one suffering from such a condition. The result of such a headache has made her introvert and, she doesn’t like going out as much as she is scared of migraine attacks.

This has started to take a toll on her behaviour. This, in turn, has even made her rough towards us and she thinks we don’t love her anymore.

This psychological turn owing to her illness has taken our happiness down, and relief is the only thing I want; her pain-free life is my only wish.

Natural Pain Relieving Methods Kids Will Tolerate

June 21, 2018

For some time now I have been trying some natural pain relieving method for my daughter. I have even consulted some herbal experts, but that has not been much of a help. I have even been reading and am constantly in touch with the doctors to understand what methods might help.

Now, pain does have different symptoms. For instance, if you are suffering from back pain, here is what can happen.

The first signs of low back pain

There can be multiple symptoms that can hint you towards a start of the low back pain. Here are the major ones.

  • Minor aches and burning or palpitating sensations
  • Congestions in the muscles
  • Difficult to stand

In case, the pain does not subsidize in 3 months, you can expect to term it to be a chronic case.

Instances when you need serious care

There can be cases when you may be under serious treatment. As in a case of fall or accidental, injury may be caused that needs professional care.

Other symptom that may intend towards this issue is loss of bowels, senselessness in the groin section, weakness in legs, fever and pain or urination.

If you have any of these symptoms followed by back pain, you should always consult a medical practitioner.

– Book an appointment as soon as you can

– Call up your friends to help you

How Should You Go About It?

Natural methods are best ways to relieve the pain even without medicines. But medicines being an important part of people suffering from a migraine I always make sure that Andrea carries them. Still, I have got hold some natural ways that might be helpful and guess what? My kid is showing visible results.

Acupressure helps One of the oldest Chinese Traditional Medicine that helps in relieving headaches. Our Doctor also believes that this is a harmless method that can be tried by anybody. For this, all you need to do is take your child’s hands and squeeze the portion between the Thumb and Index finger for instant relief.

Regular exercises: As per a Swedish Study conducted in 2009 on migraines it was found that when regular cycling was adopted by patients, then headache episodes decreased. Even Yoga can help as an exercising substitute. If needed consult a yoga specialist and ask for certain Asanas that are helpful for providing relief to the headaches.

Make sure your child takes computer breaks: Nowadays, children are exposed to computers and smartphones and these in turn trigger such headaches. Don’t allow your children to stay in front of the computer for a long time. Make sure that they take smartphone breaks. Even doctors recommend that bringing down such exposure ensures that they will have a bit of relief from headaches.

Avoid sun: It’s not possible to keep children away from the sun but taking precautions when they are out in the sun can be of great help. As per a study conducted by Harvard University in 2009, it was found that headaches tend to go up around 7.5% when exposed to the sun. Ask your child to stay away from bright sunlight and pack fluids for them. Even sunglasses can come to great help.

There are other and varied natural ways that can come to great help. I have tried these with my daughter, and these have offered her great relief. Natural methods are harmless and don’t come with side-effects.

My journey with my daughter’s migraine and pain has been an eye-opener for me. Let my experiences help you too. Stay happy and healthy!

Stringing Some Pain-Free Days Together!

June 14, 2018

If you are lucky enough, then your child will stay lucid for some day without you trying anything else. But it’s best to get some with some external ways.

With Andrea, we had our share of good and bad days. For the past one and half years, I have tried my level best to get a possible way to make sure she gets more of her lucid life. As a parent, we always want the best for our child but don’t end up being successful quite often.

I have taken various steps to ensure that my daughter gets more pain-free days and have been a bit successful. I want the other parents to know how I have done that.

A diet that might help: Though this is not a proven method yet it has helped Andrea to get more pain-free days to some extent. I have concentrated on maintaining a diet for my child. As I have mentioned earlier, there are foods which can trigger a migraine, and you would want to avoid that.

Nobody knows what the exact foods are that trigger migraine. It depends from individual to individual. For Andrea, it has always been cheese and oily food. I have added a lot of veggie-based food in her diet including good fats such as Omega-3 and Magnesium. But that’s my undertaking and is totally based on the triggers of my daughter. It’s important on the part of the parent to identify their child’s trigger foods and formulate a diet based on that.

Water is the magical element: If experts are to be believed, then water is the best way to avoid migraines. Dehydration is one of the common triggers of a migraine. So, for healthy function of the body drinking a lot of water becomes very important. I personally always make sure that Andrea carries a water bottle wherever she goes.

But as children are, they are not always a fan of plain simple water. You can just mix some juices whenever you can or even herbal tea. But make sure that the liquid you are giving them should be low in calorie and sugar. I have actually added lots of juices in my daughter’s diet, and it turns out she loves those.

There is no guarantee that these will work for everybody but I have seen visible results in my daughter. Her lucid days have urged me to get the best possible ways to make sure those pain-free days are more and happier. Stay happy and healthy!