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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.    

 

 

 




Scheduled Events
(next 30 days)



 06/19/2019, Wednesday

 Make & Take Wednesday - 2:00pm

What: SOMETHING NEW: on the third Wednesday of each month, we're doing MAKE & TAKE ROLLER BOTTLE BLENDS at the coffeehouse! Limited seating, so be sure and RSVP. So excited!


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

Duration:2:00pm to 4:00pm

 06/20/2019, Thursday

 FemCity Johnson City Collective Event - 11:30am

What: FemCity is a place for women in business to come together in support of each other. And it’s happening right here, in our own community. I am honored to co-lead this new group and invite you to be a part of it!

Check it out here: https://femcity.com/collective-workshops/johnson-city-collective-june-workshop

What is a FemCity Collective?
A small powerhouse community for 25 business women, who come together each month for our signature monthly FemCity Collective Series - an innovative blend of business, education, mastermind, and networking, crafted with a diverse pro-women environment and filled with positivity and gratitude moments. Each month, our Collective members will get together for FemCity’s signature programming. Each gathering includes professional development, networking, and camaraderie. Space is limited to only 25 business members.

Your first event is FREE so come to check out our group of passionate, like-minded, career-driven women. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience our FemCity Collective and learn what we’re all about.
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BUSINESS MEMBERS: Welcome back and I can't wait to kick off the next collective, bring a prospective member to this months meeting and if they join you will be entered to win a free gift from me!!!

Advance registration is required for all to attend at: https://femcity.com/collective-workshops/johnson-city-collective-june-workshop

I believe strongly in supporting women in business and hope you will consider being a part of this incredible group.

***Reminder: You must register on the event page to attend and spots are limited!!


Where:Rocks Wood Fired Pizza & Grill, 3119 Bristol Hwy #108, Johnson City, TN 37601, USA

Duration:11:30am to 1:00pm

 06/26/2019, Wednesday

 B2C Visitor Day! - 11:30am

What: It's Visitor Day for my networking group. Business to Community! If you're a business owner and love to meet new people and network, you won't want to miss this event! Let me know you're coming and I'll save you a seat!

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Where:Blackthorn Club at The Ridges, 1501 Ridges Club Dr, Jonesborough, TN 37659, USA

Duration:11:30am to 1:00pm

 06/27/2019, Thursday

 Essential Oils and Brain Health (for members of the Kingsport Senior Center) - 2:00pm

What: Let's have some fun learning how essential oils can help support brain health!
*members of the senior center only

More details.


Where:Kingsport Senior Center, 1200 E Center St Ste 121, Kingsport, TN 37660, USA

Duration:2:00pm to 4:00pm

 07/17/2019, Wednesday

 Make & Take Wednesday - 2:00pm

What: SOMETHING NEW: on the third Wednesday of each month, we're doing MAKE & TAKE ROLLER BOTTLE BLENDS at the coffeehouse! Limited seating, so be sure and RSVP. So excited!


RSVP


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

Duration:2:00pm to 4:00pm

 07/18/2019, Thursday

 Oil Chat with Becky (online) - 8:30pm

What: Grab your favorite beverage (maybe decaf since it's after dinner?!) and join us for a fun, casual, brief educational training. We'll have a different topic each month, but will leave plenty of time at the end for questions, sharing tips and getting to know one another. All levels of "oilers" welcome! 
PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE WITH AN EMAIL to receive the invitation link. I can't wait to see everyone!


Where:online!

Duration:8:30pm to 9:15pm

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