Pain Relief

Surviving Winter with Joint Instability and/or Muscle Pain

    Winter is really challenging with a connective tissue disorder.  The slipperiness of the snow and ice combines with my joint instability to make walking outside dangerous.  And the coldness, indoors and outside, causes my muscles to be even more tense and painful than usual.  So here are some things I have found that… Continue reading Surviving Winter with Joint Instability and/or Muscle Pain

daily life

Soft Foods for TMJ Pain Flare-ups: Part 2

So, when your TMJ pain starts to get better, but you’re still too sore to do a lot of chewing, what can you eat?  I’ve shared what I eat at the “easy-chewing” and “medium-chewing” stages of a TMJ pain flare-up below.  The really nice thing is that once you can do some chewing, it is… Continue reading Soft Foods for TMJ Pain Flare-ups: Part 2

daily life

Soft Foods for TMJ Pain Flare-ups: Part 1

Every now and then I have a really bad flare-up of pain in my jaw joint, aka TMJ pain (the “TMJ” stands for “tempromandibular joint” which means the jaw joint).  The only way to get it to calm down is to avoid chewing for awhile, and then gradually work up to foods that require a… Continue reading Soft Foods for TMJ Pain Flare-ups: Part 1

Hypermobility Basics

Book Review: A Guide to Living With Hypermobility Syndrome by Isobel Knight

Here is my review of a book about living with a connective tissue disorder called A Guide to Living With Hypermobility: Bending Without Breaking, by Isobel knight. This book is covers connective tissue disorders from the perspective of patients – how they feel about it, and how it affects their lives. At the beginning of… Continue reading Book Review: A Guide to Living With Hypermobility Syndrome by Isobel Knight