Are corticosteroids, glucocorticoids and other steroids commonly used in medicine really as heinous as the EDS Zebra community makes it out to be? I decided to do some research to answer that question and this article details everything I found about steroid use and protecting your collagen for strong bones, joints, and skin.
Another set of simple exercises for those who are trying to get going after a long period of inactivity due to illness. While these exercises are demonstrated in a standing position, they can be done seated, as well. You can combine them with these upper body resistance exercises to begin working toward a weight lifting … Continue reading Wall Resistance Exercises for Arms
Wall Push Ups are a good way to build upper body strength fast and are a big part of what keeps my right shoulder from popping out of place every time I wash myself or roll over in bed. I also believe wall push-ups, along with one other exercise, keep my costochondritis and rib subluxations … Continue reading Wall Push Ups
Are Mast Cell Activation Disorders (MCAD) being missed and heavily under-diagnosed in a large portion of patients with chronic illness? Could these easily misunderstood conditions be the cause of the rapid fluctuations in your health? Do you start out having a great day, only to have your energy levels plummet within hours or moments of … Continue reading Are Most Spoonies Suffering from MCAD?
This is another excellent post submitted on Toot Your Horn Tuesday that I didn't want the community to miss. With gastroparesis and other GI problems rampant in EDS, HSD and other collagen and connective tissue disorders, I wanted to share this great resource on what tubefeeding is and involves. She highlights many of the benefits … Continue reading #tubieweek – What Is A Tubie?
Lavender and Levity shared this interesting and informative piece about the difficulty she's been having with her vision due to the muscle weakness caused by EDS. As eye problems are common in EDS, I wanted to share this article with the community here at the Zebra Pit. When she shard it as part of Toot … Continue reading Eye Rate
One of the things I like to do when I'm lying about licking my wounds is to immerse myself in some good fiction to try to dull the pain and discomfort of my symptoms. If the brain fog's not so bad, I'll go for a book in favor of TV or movies. I am, after … Continue reading Easy Book Clip Spares Hand Pain
A video tutorial on how to do wall squats or slides, a safer form of squats for people with bad backs and knees.
Side leg lifts work the hips, glutes and thighs. They are appropriate for any level. If you have a collagen disorder like EDS or MCAD, be careful not to hyper-extend yourself when doing these exercises and stay in normal range of motion, while keeping your leg and foot in line with your body. I also … Continue reading Side Leg Lifts and IT Band Stretches
Leg lifts are another core exercise great for the upper and lower abdominals, but traditional leg lifts usually offer way too much resistance if you have degenerative disc disease, particularly in the lumbar region. These modified leg lifts are safe for almost anyone with spinal deterioration or connective tissue disorders if you follow the instructions … Continue reading Leg Lifts for Lumbar Issues