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Taking Breaks for Health is Crucial: A Personal Experience

Taking breaks for your health is crucial for maintaining good health. We all need to step back and recharge sometimes, giving ourselves the rest we need to stay healthy and productive. It’s easy to get caught up in the demands of work and daily life, but remember to prioritize your well-being. Give yourself permission to take a break when you need it – your mind and body will thank you.

As we transition into the Autumn season, I am taking a moment to reflect on my limitations and the critical need for rest. It’s essential to recognize that we can only push ourselves so far and that taking a break can be just as productive as working. By embracing this mindset, I aim to improve my overall well-being and approach the season with a renewed sense of self.

I have been dealing with undiagnosed neurological symptoms for almost two years. Recently, I experienced a flare of symptoms, which now have been identified as being due to a COVID-19 infection three weeks ago.
See, recently, I had EMG testing done. Let me explain if you need to familiarize yourself.

EMG Testing

EMG testing, or electromyography testing, is a diagnostic test that measures the electrical activity of muscles and nerves. It can help diagnose muscle and nerve disorders, such as muscular dystrophy, peripheral neuropathy, or carpal tunnel syndrome. Small electrodes are placed on the skin during the test to pick up electrical signals from the muscles and nerves. The results can help doctors determine the cause of muscle weakness, pain, or numbness and develop an appropriate treatment plan. EMG testing is generally safe and well-tolerated, but some patients may experience discomfort or temporary muscle soreness after the test.


Through this testing, the initial diagnosis is Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, also known as CIDP, a rare neurological disorder affecting the nervous system. This condition is characterized by chronic inflammation of the nerves, which results in symptoms such as weakness, numbness, burning sensations, nerve pain, and tingling in the limbs. However, these symptoms are not exclusive to CIDP and can also be present in other neurological disorders. As a result, diagnosing CIDP can be a challenging task. Treatment options for CIDP include immunosuppressive drugs and intravenous immunoglobulin therapy. Working closely with a healthcare professional to manage the symptoms and prevent any potential complications is vital.

Taking a break for health
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Since CIDP is an autoimmune disease (a chronic form of Guillain-Barré), it makes sense that I experienced a flare after having COVID. So, while I wait to be scheduled for a spinal tap to rule out other autoimmune diseases, I am focused on nutrition and rest. Any spike in blood sugar or high-fat content foods can trigger the autoimmune response.

I’m sorry to announce that the CIDP and my new and exciting brain stem (more info below) migraines have pushed me beyond my functioning limit. The combination of the two severely limits my ability to function. I experience cognitive issues such as memory problems, speech issues, and confusion as well as mobility problems. As a result, I will only be able to record one meditation/podcast per month at most. Please understand this is difficult for me, and I apologize for any inconvenience.

Brain Stem Migraine

Brain stem migraines, also called basilar migraines, are a specific type of migraine affecting the brain stem. This brain area regulates vital bodily functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. When someone experiences a brain stem migraine, they may encounter a wide range of symptoms that can be quite severe. These symptoms can include vertigo, a sensation of spinning or dizziness, double vision, difficulty speaking or slurred speech, ringing in the ears, and passing out.

Brain stem migraines can be debilitating and persist for hours or even days (I have had one for five days). It is imperative to seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of these symptoms to ensure you receive the appropriate treatment. A healthcare provider can diagnose brain stem migraines by examining your medical history, conducting a physical examination, and performing diagnostic tests such as an MRI or a CT scan.

Treatment for brain stem migraines typically involves medications that help manage symptoms and prevent future episodes. These medications may include pain relievers, anti-nausea drugs, and preventative medications. It is vital to work closely with your healthcare provider to develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your individual needs, as the treatment for brain stem migraines may vary from person to person. Proper treatment and management can reduce the frequency and severity of brain stem migraines and improve your overall quality of life.

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