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Sep 25, 2017 · What to eat when the right food isn't available (Hurricane Irma)? in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Perhaps it is late to respond to this comment string. However, I have found a very simple exercise to relieve my stress throughout the day.

I went to a Cancer Retreat over the weekend (at Ghost Ranch, NM) and we did an exercise called “iomogi” breathing (not sure about that spelling). Basically, you breath in deeply through your mouth to the back of the throat, and out the same way. You breath deeply into your stomach and release your breath slowly, starting out of your stomach. Each breath you count to 6 while inhaling and exhaling. As you feel confident that you can breath into the back of your throat you start breathing in and out of your nose, if you cannot make that switch (I have not been able to) not to worry it will work either way. Some people can get up to 30 seconds with each breath!

The point of this exercise is that it helps to relax your autonomic nervous system. Related some chemical in your brain and you automatically relax. I did it when my heart rate was up to 110, and I was able to relax and lower my heart rate.

Now I am not the type of person who tries these alternative exercises, but I realized I needed an open mind to get all the benefits of my retreat. Wild as it seems, It worked!

If someone knows what this breathing exercise is called, I would be grateful if they would let me know.

Sep 2, 2017 · Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and IVIG Treatment?* in Autoimmune Diseases

My doctor says you must be treated with two synthetic hormone (?) replacements for Hashimoto’s, I take Levothyroxine and Liothyronine. These replace the Armore thyroid that I took until my insurance stopped paying for it. My sister also suffers from Hashimoto’s and is on the two meds. You might consider speaking with your Doctor about this possibility.

Sep 2, 2017 · Living with post cancer illness and general health problems. Are You? in Pancreatic Cancer

I would like to add that my initial surgery was by the transplant team at Mayo, best hospital I have ever been to, and I have been in a lot of hospitals.

Sep 2, 2017 · Living with post cancer illness and general health problems. Are You? in Pancreatic Cancer

I am a pancreatic cancer survivor. Miracle, right? Yes, and I thank God everyday for the chance to share joy and love with everyone I meet. However, I was never given the chance to balance the conditions of life after cancer when deciding to go through with the treatment. Diabetes, chronic pain in surgical site, follow up surgeries, Pills, Pills Pills, Limitations, infections, etc…. quality of life can be difficult to find with all this going on. Mostly, I deal with it through distraction, grand babies, and volunteer work. But I feel alone in this conflict.

My current health changes are increase in arthritis symptoms, which may or may not have to do with the loss of my spleen or just body stress. Additionally, I had to have an abdominal mesh inserted due to an infection, the pain is not going away. I started insulin yesterday, I am a baker by trade. Really? And my digestion, I don’t even want to go there. Oh, constant infections and illness.

Everyone says, “Better then the alternative, right?” (Meaning death) Why go there? Then they (professional and friends alike) do not investigate my health concerns. I feel that the “you survived” argument is not related to my current health concerns, nor is my gratitude diminished by my physical complaints.

My concerns are?
* How long is my pancreatic head going to last? (I have constant swelling and radical sugar fluctuations)
* How does one cope with diabetes? This is a lifetime commitment.
* How long will this pain in my stomach last, and how can I tell what pain is dangerous and what is post surgical?
* What are the risks of complications as a diabetic, hereditary immune disorders, and loss of spleen?
* I have Hashimoto’s disease, how will that effect these other new conditions.

I feel these are minor concerns. Seeing that I survived pancreatic cancer.

Is anyone else experiencing, generally, post cancer anxieties and health conditions?