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Has your doctor mentioned a Discogram? If not, do your research on the test and the specialists that perform them. Discogram is an invasive diagnostic test that uses x-rays to examine the intervertebral discs of your spine. A special dye is injected into the injured disc or series of discs. The dye makes the disc visible on a fluoroscope monitor and x-ray film. Discograms are used to locate precisely which discs are damaged and are causing back pain. I was surprised to discover that many, many people have bulging discs but do not experience any pain. I believe surgery should be a last option, and I was at that point in 2009. I had tried every treatment for my lower body pain—physical therapy, steroid injections, Botox, prescriptions, acupuncture, etc. I had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, which I did have, but only as a result of four years of chronic pain. So when a specialist suggested steroids as a treatment option, or the one test I had not done yet, a Discogram, I lost all faith in the doctor and left his office. Steroids are not a long-term option. Of course steroids provide relief, but it can be at quite a cost from harmful side-effects. It was clear that I had two choices—surgery or pain management, so I researched the neurosurgeons in my area and made an appointment to have the Discogram done.

It’s a little complicated to explain, so if you want more details, MAYO CLINIC has an excellent article. For me, it was the answer. Only one of my two bulging discs was a problem. Once I had the surgery, the source of pain was removed and my fibromyalgia symptoms decreased about eighty-five percent! I still have some tightness in my legs, but my quality of life is astronomically better for which I’m extremely grateful. I was lucky—I had a strong support system and good health insurance at the time. But what really saved me was  my research about my diagnosis. One symptom stood out, didn’t fit the fibromyalgia diagnosis, and that led me to the Discogram. If you don’t have the strength to be your own advocate, and believe me, it takes strength to get answers, please don’t give up. Family, friends, your church, a neighbor, a classmate—don’t be too proud to ask for help. Your quality of life may depend on it. If you want to know more about this test, my experience with fibromyalgia or anything else, feel free to contact me.    

 

 

 




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 05/22/2018, Tuesday

 Balancing Blood Sugar, Naturally - 8:00pm

What: Unbalanced blood sugar levels can lead to a multitude of health issues. Medications often come with the price of serious side effects. Discover how essential oils can help! The oils aren't cures, but they can help support your body toward wellness. Choices are empowering--and you don't have to leave the comfort of your home to participate!



To RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2059186941070644/


Where:On the Facebook event page!

Duration:8:00pm to 9:00pm

 05/23/2018, Wednesday

 Drop-In Wednesdays - 2:00pm

What: Do you have questions about essential oils but have a difficult time making it to a class? This is a great opportunity to just drop in and ask your questions! Awesome coffee house with $1.00 coffee for us seniors--yay! A wonderful menu and the friendliest staff. Can't wait to share a cup and some knowledge about how essential oils can support you toward wellness!

Where:Open Doors Coffeehouse, 101 E 8th Ave, Johnson City, TN 37601, USA

Duration:2:00pm to 4:00pm

 05/25/2018, Friday

 Essential Oils & Your Furbabies (for members of Jonesborough Senior Ctr.) - 9:00am

What: Your precious pets can benefit from essential oils, when used correctly. You'll receive important guidelines for proper dilution and which oils to avoid.

Make & Take Calming Spray to take home. Cost for supplies-$5



(Must be a member of the senior center to participate.)


Where:Jonesborough Senior Center, 307 E Main St, Jonesborough, TN 37659, USA

Duration:9:00am to 10:00am

 05/29/2018, Tuesday

 Tame Your Tummy! - 6:00pm

What: Do you experience frequent tummy upset? Learn how essential oils can help tame your tummy without the chemicals/additives of OTC options and prescriptions.



For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2009781889281699/


Where:Classic Title Insurance Co, 806 E Jackson Blvd #1, Jonesborough, TN 37659, USA

Duration:6:00pm to 7:30pm

 05/30/2018, Wednesday

 Drop-In Wednesdays - 2:00pm

What: Do you have questions about essential oils but have a difficult time making it to a class? This is a great opportunity to just drop in and ask your questions! Awesome coffee house with $1.00 coffee for us seniors--yay! A wonderful menu and the friendliest staff. Can't wait to share a cup and some knowledge about how essential oils can support you toward wellness!

Where:Open Doors Coffeehouse, 101 E 8th Ave, Johnson City, TN 37601, USA

Duration:2:00pm to 4:00pm

 06/06/2018, Wednesday

 Drop-In Wednesdays - 2:00pm

What: Do you have questions about essential oils but have a difficult time making it to a class? This is a great opportunity to just drop in and ask your questions! Awesome coffee house with $1.00 coffee for us seniors--yay! A wonderful menu and the friendliest staff. Can't wait to share a cup and some knowledge about how essential oils can support you toward wellness!

Where:Open Doors Coffeehouse, 101 E 8th Ave, Johnson City, TN 37601, USA

Duration:2:00pm to 4:00pm

 06/13/2018, Wednesday

 Drop-In Wednesdays - 2:00pm

What: Do you have questions about essential oils but have a difficult time making it to a class? This is a great opportunity to just drop in and ask your questions! Awesome coffee house with $1.00 coffee for us seniors--yay! A wonderful menu and the friendliest staff. Can't wait to share a cup and some knowledge about how essential oils can support you toward wellness!

Where:Open Doors Coffeehouse, 101 E 8th Ave, Johnson City, TN 37601, USA

Duration:2:00pm to 4:00pm

 06/20/2018, Wednesday

 Drop-In Wednesdays - 2:00pm

What: Do you have questions about essential oils but have a difficult time making it to a class? This is a great opportunity to just drop in and ask your questions! Awesome coffee house with $1.00 coffee for us seniors--yay! A wonderful menu and the friendliest staff. Can't wait to share a cup and some knowledge about how essential oils can support you toward wellness!

Where:Open Doors Coffeehouse, 101 E 8th Ave, Johnson City, TN 37601, USA

Duration:2:00pm to 4:00pm

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