This is a sponsored post by me on behalf of Lifescript.com. These are my opinions as someone that has been going through swelling and inflammatory arthritis since my pregnancy.
That is me babywearing pumpkin. I do love wearing her, but babywearing became a huge issue for me because my joints were so swollen I couldn’t lift her. If you have been reading my blog you know that after pumpkin’s birth, I was dealing with major swelling issues. All my joints were inflamed. From my hands to my knees and even my elbows. Moving around was tough, but taking care of my baby…that was even more of a challenge. Some mornings I was so stiff I didn’t trust myself to be able to lift her out of her crib. Or I would lift her but be in tears by the time we made it to the chair so I could feed her.
That is when I decided to do something about it. I’ve been to many doctor’s and while my blood tests have come back negative for RA, all the doctors say that I have some auto-immune version of inflammatory arthritis. We decided to do a test run of steroids for 6 days. This meant no breastfeeding pumpkin and basically pumping and dumping for 8 days. I had my reservations but in the end, I had to do what I could to feel better.
Thankfully the steroids did help. It was amazing to feel free of swelling for a week. Finally be able to pick pumpkin up and down at Mommy and Me. When I’m in pain, I’m so awkward at class I wonder if the other moms think I might drop pumpkin.
Soon after I finished the steroids, the pain and swelling came back again. Thankfully daily swelling is manageable through the use of over the counter medicine for now. The doctor wants to put me on medicine that is more of a permanent solution, but it’s also medicine that has scary side effects and I am unable to take since I’m considering having more children (who wouldn’t want more pumpkins?).
Because of that, I’ve had to turn to online resource, Lifescript.com for tips on how I can manage my swelling and pain. It’s so great to have an online resource that is supported by professionals and experts but has tips on ways to manage your daily pain without the use of drugs.
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I plan on following these tips to see how long I can keep my swelling and pain under control without the use of medicine. Maybe one day I’ll get to a point where I can’t, but I have to at least try.
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This is a sponsored post by me on behalf of Lifescript.com.