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A New Day Dawns; Chronic Pain/Depressiones ~ How To Find A Way Through The Depression Of Chronic Illness

It’s not a simple relationship.  The connection between chronic pain and depression is multi faceted.  For some, dealing with the unrelenting pain experienced in; Fibromyalgia, M.E., Lyme Disease, as well as a host of other invisible chronic illnesses, can bring about the eventuality of a depressed state of mind.  To be forced to live in a body that has seemingly betrayed you, and robbed you of the ‘normal’ life you once lived, takes it’s toll.  And yet, there is something else going on as well.

There are chemicals in the body called ‘neurotransmitters’.  There are two that regulate and influence both pain and mood.  These transmitters are called serotonin and norepinephrine.  When these chemicals are in balance they cause a correct response within the body to the outside world.  When the nervous system is stressed for long periods of time, as in the case with fibromyalgia, these neurotransmitters become dysfunctional.  A dysfunctional system creates an ideal environment for depression and pain.

Finding your way through the depression of chronic illness

I have previously mentioned the alarming statistic that 50% of people with Fibromyalgia at least consider suicide at some point.  This doesn’t account for those who have FMS but have not been properly diagnosed, or all the other chronic illnesses combined.  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1 (800) 273-8255 

So the question begs, how to heal a dysfunctional neurotransmitter system?  Anti-depressants help to inhibit the reuptake (how long it takes the body to reabsorb the chemicals after they have performed their function) of serotonin and norepinephrine.  I have personally known people who have been benefited greatly by anti-depressants.  While not a long term solution, and definitely not for everyone, there are instances where this can help someone through to the other side.  Stress reduction (yoga, calming activities, peaceful environments), healthy eating (limited sugar intake, elimination of processed foods), and other forms of self care all contribute in reducing harmful effects to the body.

The night always seems darkest just before the morning. The thought of taking one more step through the pain and despair can at times seem pointless.  But as long as we are alive, as long as we continue to fight, hope will be waiting for us in the dawning of a new day.

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#2 of 3 Recipes featuring Aunt Becky’s Special Jams, Fruit Butters & Sauces~

~Dublinar Grilled Cheese on Cranberry Walnut Bread w/Aunt Becky’s Cherry Pie Plum Fruit Spread~

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~cranberry/walnut bread (Costco), or any bread of preference

~Kerry Gold butter (Costco)

~Dublinar cheese (Costco)

~Aunt Becky’s Cherry Pie Plum Fruit Spread

Melt 1 tbsp. butter in pan and place 2 slices of bread to cook till browned.  Remove from heat and place cheese on grilled side of one slice, and spread cherry filling on the grilled side of the other slice.  Melt 1 tbsp. butter in pan and place slices un-grilled side down in pan.  Cook until browned and combine to make sandwich.

{adapted from Fuji Mama}

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Deborah Brooks
    September 21 at 6:40 am

    ooh interesting combo! I love cranberries!

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    Christine | Where The Smiles Have Been
    September 22 at 11:49 am

    This sounds like quite a unique take on a traditional grilled cheese sandwich! I’m sure it’s delicious with the cranberry! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Merry Monday! 🙂

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    Marla
    September 26 at 6:43 am

    Hi Red,
    Thanks for your words of wisdom on chronic pain. What a unique recipe for a sandwich with cranberries- sounds so healthy and tasty Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.

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      kristine
      September 26 at 10:22 am

      Thank you Marla 🙂

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    Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    September 27 at 4:00 pm

    I have an Auto-Immune disease and this resonates with me. Beyond the fact that I physically cannot do what I used to, the grief or mourning for myself and the life I had built is the hardest. Having to say “no” to my kids or husband, hurts. It has taken me years to be able to figure out a new way, but at times it’s still really hard. Thanks so much for this article, I don’t feel so understood anymore!

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      kristine
      September 27 at 5:59 pm

      Your welcome Nikki, it is hard to say no when people don’t understand. We are always ‘pre-planning’ as best we can how our days will go 🙂

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    Elaine
    September 29 at 6:44 am

    I love the sweet with the savory!! Thanks for Sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday…Hope to see you again this week. Pinned!

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    Jenny
    September 29 at 11:29 am

    Oh love the cranberry idea. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me blog hop. I hope you have enjoyed reading so many fab other blog posts and to see you again tomorrow for another great round of #sharewithme

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      kristine
      September 30 at 9:39 am

      Thank you Jenny!

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    Daniel
    June 23 at 10:03 am

    Hi All, I just want to ask if anyone ever tried using medical cannabis as an alternative meds? I have read many articles about medical marijuana and how it can help you in terms of chronic pain, glaucoma, eating disorder/anorexia, anxiety disorders and panic attacks, inflammation, even cancer and a lot more. Like this article about a marijuana strain called Chronic from:http://www.ilovegrowingmarijuana.com/chronic/ . Cbd and thc are also new to me and I don’t even smoke. If this is true I cant find any solid conclusive evidence that speaks to its efficacy. Any personal experience or testimonial would be highly appreciated. Thanks

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      kristine
      July 3 at 9:49 am

      Hi Daniel!
      Yes medical MJ is a wonderful alternative to artificial chemical drugs. Please find a doctor to speak to about your medical needs and how best to treat them. A good one will have patient testimonies to give. Good luck!

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