Things You Are Doing Right Now That Is Making Your Chronic Pain Worse – Guest Post

5 Things You Are Doing Right Now That Are Making Your Chronic Pain Worse

Chronic pain is no joke. People that suffer from it (in America alone there are tens of millions) know the helpless feeling of being in pain and not knowing how to make it go away. While many that live with chronic pain can only hope to manage it, there are certain things that you are doing in your life that are making it worse. Here are some behaviors that are making your chronic pain worse.

You’re not thinking about your mental health

We all know that your brain is what interprets pain signals from all over your body. If we know that, then why are we sometimes unable to see the connection between mental problems and chronic pain?

“About 54% of people with chronic back pain suffer from depression. But only one-third of them take antidepressants, according to a recent study. New brain-imaging research, however, clearly shows that our mental state is intricately tied to how we process and experience pain,” says Prevention Magazine.

By first dealing with your depression, you may be able to deal with one of the main root causes of your chronic pain.

You’re smoking

One of the best lifestyle choices you will ever make is to stop smoking. That’s true in nearly every single medical context, including chronic pain. The effects of smoking on the body’s systems are devastating. Not only does it prevent your muscles from receiving enough oxygen, but it also makes it harder for your body to heal. Both of these things contribute to chronic pain. Start here if you want to make a serious attempt to quit.

You’re eating poorly

Like many machines, your body is only as good as the fuel you put inside it. Chronic pain has been linked to inflammation in the body. Fried foods, sugar, refined carbs, processed meat, and other forms of junk food are known to cause inflammation. Avoid these. Vegetables (especially the leafy green ones), fruits, fish, and nuts are known to reduce it. Eat more of these. It may not an easy solution, but it sure is simple. Eat better and chances are you’ll feel better too.

You’re sitting on the couch

If you have chronic pain, it’s understandable that you are a little wary of exercise. Exercise stresses your muscles, joints, bones, and respiratory system. Even when done right, physical activity can hurt. If you have chronic pain, the only thing you can think about sometimes is reducing pain and with that in mind, exercise seems like an odd choice.

But exercise can actually help reduce your chronic pain. The stronger your body is, the less energy it will take to perform your daily activities. Find fun ways to get some exercise. These methods don’t need to be intense; they simply need to get you up and moving. Swimming is a great option. So is playing with our pets–they also give us a mental health boost. If you don’t have a pet, spend time with someone else’s as a dog sitter or volunteer with a local rescue. You might also start a daily yoga practice and combine it with meditation to get a great all-around wellness boost.

You’re focusing on the pain

People who are successful in managing their chronic pain are able to fill their lives with distractions from the pain. Yoga, meditation, exercise, hobbies, crafts, prayer – whatever it is you use as a distraction (if it’s a healthy behavior) is better than sitting around focusing on your pain.

Before you seek medication or rack up bills with expense alternative therapies (both of which may be necessary for the time), you should look at the habits in your life that exacerbate your chronic pain and decide to make some changes.

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About the author:

Jackie Waters is a mother of four boys and lives on a farm in Oregon. She is passionate about providing a healthy and happy home for her family and aims to provide advice for others on how to do the same with her site

Premier Biomedical Pain Managment Solutions – CBD Topical Pain Patch Sponsored Post

CBD Topical Pain Patch

I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.

About a month ago I received a box in my PO Box that contained one CBD Topical Pain Patch for me to try.  At first, I thought that it was kind of crazy to receive just one patch,  After all, how much could it possibly help? I gave it a try.  Below is my post on what I thought of the patch. The ability if any to control my pain, and just what I thought of the CBD Topical Pain Patch.

Testing One, Two, Three

I have to be honest here, I was a little apprehensive to try a patch to help relieve my pain. Living with Degenerative Disc Disease for about 11 years now has been difficult.  I have had 5 surgeries and not too many medications can help me relax enough or for that fact, take away the pain. So to receive just one patch, I was not expecting anything great.  But let me tell you, I was wrong.  Yes, I said it.  I was wrong.  Let me tell you just why I was wrong.

I decided to try the patch on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.  I thought that I wouldn’t feel anything. But I was still willing to give it a try.   For those of you who don’t know, CBD is Cannabidiol.  CBD is a key ingredient in cannabis or marijuana.  The effect of CBD is that it does not cause the “high” feeling and is supposed to give relief to those who use it for many medical conditions.

Trying Out The Product

Like I said, I put the patch on that Tuesday morning.  I decided to try it out this day in case I had some weird reaction.  My husband is off on Tuesdays so he would be home with me.  At first, when I put the patch on, I didn’t feel anything different.  But it was about an hour into wearing it, was when I noticed that I felt some relief.  I didn’t notice it at first, almost like it was subtle or I wasn’t paying attention to it.

The relief was minimal but it was there.  I could move a little easier and a little less stiff than I had an hour before. About 2 1/2 to 3 hours is when I really started to notice the decrease in pain and stiffness.  I was able to bend over and pick things up without stabbing pain.  The pain had not gone away completely but it had decreased enough that I was able to relax and enjoy life a little more.

CBD Topical Pain Patch

Information On The Patch

The patch is very easy to use.  It is small, about 2 inches by 2 inches, with a small round reservoir in the middle of the patch.  That is where the medication is at.  It comes with an alcohol wipe to clean the skin first before placing the patch on the skin.  It is suggested to get the patch as close to the area of pain as possible.  I put it on my lower left side.  Once the skin is clean, place the patch on your skin rubbing the patch to adhere to the skin.

According to the website, it states that the patch should last 96 hours to give pain relief.  This is the only thing that I found not to be true.  I would say in total, I was able to get about 48-50 hours of relief.  Even though it was not the full amount of what they said, it still helped a lot to relieve my pain.

According to the website, the topical patches are:

Made with all natural ingredients

Contain no chemical enhancers

Pain relieving formula separated from adhesive for better performance

Hypoallergenic and water-resistant

Lab tested

Latex-free pharmaceutical grade adhesive and hypoallergenic foam backer.

Delivers relief for up to 96 hours

2×2 Square patch with rounded corners to reduce snagging on clothing

48mg of certified pure CBD per patch

Tan colored patch for discrete use

My Honest Opinion

After being apprehensive about trying a CBD patch, I was definitely glad that I did give it a try.  The Premier Biomedical Pain Management Solutions have done a good thing with this patch.  My only downfall for it would be that it didn’t last as long as I would have liked but that could be me as a person and not the medication.  I have been known to not have other medications work for me when they work well for others or vice versa.  My body is sensitive to medications and the fact that I did get 48 hours out of the patch was a welcoming relief.  I was so excited about it that I actually went out and purchased more of the patches.  I believe that the CBD Topical Pain Patches work well and should be given a try for all sorts of ailments.  Please see the website here for a list of medical conditions it can help.

I will be purchasing more of these soon.  As the relief was greater than most things that I have used.  I am hoping that I can get longer relief with using it more often.  Time will tell.  But I do believe that if you have some pain that nothing is giving you relief from, these patches may be the way for you to go. The price per patch is kind of steep at $20 a patch.  But if you use it and get 96 hours of relief, you should only have to buy about 5 a month, not too bad.

Try the CBD Topical Pain patch and you might be surprised the relief that you get. You do not get a “high” feeling from it and the only thing that I felt was relief from constant pain.  If you are interested in checking out the website or wanting to purchase some of the patches for yourself, please find it here.  If anything, you may get some relief and that is better than no relief.









When The Patient Becomes The Caregiver….

The last month or so the roles in my relationship with my husband have been reversed.  It’s throwing me for a loop, to say the least.  You see, I am use to being the patient and my husband, for the last 12 years has been the caregiver. It has been me that is the lucky one living with chronic pain and illnesses and my husband has always been the healthy one.  That is up to a few weeks ago……

Changes Are Happening

My husband, Eric has always been really healthy.  Except for a cold here and there, he is never sick.  He has only had surgeries for injuries from work.  He’s a police officer and two different surgeries from injuries from arresting people. Other than once, he hasn’t been really sick except when he got the flu shot and was allergic to it and got extremely sick.  Other than that, he has always taken care of me.  I’m used to these roles.

Recently, Eric has been having problems with his stomach.  It started gently.  He’s getting worse now more recently. He went to see his primary doctor and they did some test, all but one came back normal.  One came back white blood cells in his stool.  So we went to see the specialist on Friday.  All the while he is getting worse.  Specialist can’t confirm what is going on till we do another exam, a colonoscopy.  This is scheduled for this Tuesday, June 13th.

Update As Of Today

Today is June 22, 2017, and Eric has been diagnosed with colon cancer with it possibly spreading to the liver.  We are trying to get through this time in our life but things have definitely changed since the last 6 months. How is one to handle it when the caregiver becomes the patient and te patient becomes the caregiver?

Caregiver Becomes The Patient

When the caregiver becomes the patient, worlds flip upside down. Normally the caregiver is a family member and that person has a tendency to become sick. According to Keith Black, MD who serves as Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and Director of the Neurological Institute at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, states the following:

First, it’s important to understand that you, the caregiver, may be extra susceptible to health problems so be sure to not overlook your own well-being while attending to your loved one’s. He believes that caregivers don’t recognize their own health needs because they are so focused on the patient. And symptoms that may pose as simple fatigue, irritability or sadness could be signs of a real health problem. So it’s important not to dismiss them.

This is the case with my husband.  Back in December/January time frame, Eric was feeling very run down and overly exhausted even thought he was going to the gym all the time.  His body was shutting down and he just wasn’t feeling good.  It was once when he realized that he wasn’t feeling great and saw his primary care, did he realize that something wasn’t right.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests looking for the following signs of stress

  • Feeling angry or sad,
  • Feeling like it’s more than you can handle,
  • Sleeping too much or too little,
  • Having trouble eating or eating too much,
  • Losing interest in things you used to enjoy

Dr. Black agrees; “If you are a caregiver, hats off to you. Please take care of yourself and listen to your body and brain. While you may believe it’s best to pour all your energy and time toward caring for your loved one, if it’s at the expense of your own health, it will affect the quality of your life and your care. If things get overwhelming, ask for help.” Find other caregivers who you can talk to. They are people who truly understand what you’re going through. Be smart and be sure you’re there for yourself, too.

Caregiver Ability To Take Care Of Themselves

Feeling under the weather may be unavoidable, but you can help avert your own debilitating health problems in the first place by taking steps to take care of yourself. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests the following

  • Exercise regularly. Exercise reduces stress and depression and helps keep you fit,
  • Eat a good, balanced diet with smart food choices that protect you from heart disease, bone loss, and high blood pressure,
  • Get regular sleep,
  • Don’t overwork your back,
  • Ease your mood by taking slow, deep breaths, listen to soothing music, take a relaxing bath,
  • Make time for yourself. Go away and do something you enjoy (see a movie, gather with friends, etc.)

Now I Am The Caregiver And I Have To Take Care Of Myself And Him.

When roles change, it’s hard on the once patent to become a caregiver. I’ve struggled the ladybug few weeks to remind myself to still take care of myself. Simple daily things, such as taking my medications have been put to the wayside.  Eric was always the one to give my medications but now for some reason it’s hard for me to remember to even take them. But I’m suppose to remember to take my medications and remind him to now take his.

I believe that one the roles change, communication is the key to success. It’s hard to switch roles and be once the patient and then the caregiver. In my eyes, it was easier being the patient than the caregiver. Having procedure after procedure, surgery after surgery was easier for me to deal with than to sit by and watch a loved one go through that. It is one of the things I dislike most about being a caregiver.

Being A Caregiver Doesn’t Mean Forgetting Yourself.

Eric was a wonderful and caring caregiver and I hope that I can do him justice by being as good as he was. I am trying my best at being a caregiver, but it’s a foreign role to me and I must learn how to do it. It’s not that I can’t, it’s more that I have to learn how to take care of him but also remember to continue to take care of myself. I have to remind myself that I am only 6 months out from my 5th back surgery and I still have to take it easy. But Eric is in need of more care than I am at this time.

It’s okay to have selfish moments with yourself. Taking time to care for yourself makes you a better caregiver. You will find that you have more energy, focus, and the ability to be more compassionate. If you forget to take care of yourself, you will find yourself resenting the  patient and not providing  the best care of him/her. You don’t want to do that to someone you love. You need to be able to be focus 100% on the patient when the time comes but take that time for yourself. You’ll thank yourself in every long haul.

If your life changes and you find yourself becoming either the patient and once was the caregiver or vise versa, remember that you don’t need to be perfect in your role. You do the best that you can and make sure that you continue to take care of yourself along this new journey. It’s okay to have times when things are uneasy. It’s okay not to be the perfect caregiver and most of all it’s okay to occasionally put yourself first. But remember there is a reason you have been put in that position she treat it like a job and take great pride in your work.

More will be coming on my journey from patient to caregiver  so stay tuned for that.


Day 79 and Day 80 – Dear Diary

Dear Diary, It’s been rough the last few weeks. My husband, Eric has been sick and the roles in our house have changed. I am writing a blog post all about it and it should be up soon. But it’s been hard to see someone you love is sick. And Eric isn’t just sick, he has a tumor that is possibly cancerous. We have to wait a few days before we will know for sure.

What Is Happening

The waiting is the worse part. We just found out today that he has a tumor but now we have to wait a day or two for the big results. It’s killing me on the inside. I’m trying to stay strong on the outside but all I want I do is cry. I never in a million years thought we would be looking at something like this and at our age. He’s only 48. It’s amazing how something in your life can change so quickly and you are supposed to just handle it. No warning. No preparation. Just bam, you have a tumor and it’s could be cancerous. I was amazed at how well the doctor handled telling us the news. He was nervous, that’s for sure but he just said it. Like he was telling us the weather will be hot tomorrow, oh and you have a tumor. I know he has to tell it like that and stay as partial as he can but I wanted to scream and yell at him to show an emotion. To take back what he was saying and to be telling us the wrong news. He got the test results mixed up. That’s what I wanted to hear. But that never came.

Now What?

We have to wait for whether or not it’s cancerous but no matter what he will need surgery to remove the tumor.  All I know is that we need to get him feeling better and quickly.  He has been sick, or at least had symptoms for about 5 weeks and the last week or so he has lost 23 lbs already.  He can’t keep anything in him and everything seems to run right through him. Once we know if it is colon cancer or not, that will determine the next steps.  Either if it isn’t cancerous, he will still need to have chemo and radiation.  When he gets sick, he gets sick.  Eric has never been the one that gets sick.  Heck, he has barely had colds or the flu.  So for him to have a tumor, this is huge.

Day 80

It’s cancer.  I don’t know what else to say but that.  It’s colon cancer.  And just like that our lives have changed.  In a mere 48 hours, our life went from boring and perfect to scary and unknown. How do you deal with that? It’s has been nice to have the friends that care find me and let me know that we are loved and cared for. The few that have reached out to me have made my day by sending me private messages that mean the world to me.  And those that have told us that they are praying for us is even more important to me. I know that Eric is strong, one of the strongest people who I know.  He will fight this and get through this.  Then we will look back at this and say, we managed to conquer that mountain. I am so very proud of him and how strong he has been through this already.  Eric hasn’t been feeling that great but he is getting up every day and putting one foot forward.  He is working the best he can and resting when he needs too.  I am proud to be walking this road with him. I will fight this fight with him.  Getting him through this the best that we can.

What Is Next?

Next up is more appointments and more test that need to be run.  We don’t have all the answers yet or a schedule as to when things will happen.  Next will be a cat-scan and meeting with the oncologist to see when we start chemo and when is the surgery.  Once we have a better idea of when that is happening, I will keep everyone informed.  Until then, I ask for prayers for Eric for strength, peace, and comfort through all this. Cancer is a scary word and hard to go through.  But I know that with the strength that Eric has and the help from God, we can get through anything. Until next time…….      

The Story I Never Wanted To Tell But Need Too. Hi, My Name Is Lisa And I’m a …….Part XI

Mother and child holding hands.

This is an ongoing series and if you missed any of the previous parts, they can be found here: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII, Part VIII, Part IX, Part X. Thank you for taking the time to read my story.  Now let’s continue.

Am I A Horrible Mom?

Many times when I was fighting hard in the midst of my addiction, I would break down and cry because I would feel deep down inside that I was a horrible mom.  I, at times, would choose the drugs over being a good mom and I knew that made me the worse mom.  But yet I would and still to this day, do anything and everything for my kids.  They mean the world to me and I never wanted them to feel like drugs came first.

When you are in trying to deal with an addiction, you need to become selfish a little.  You actually have to take time out in the day to take care of yourself.  No matter how hard that is, you have to put yourself first to get a hold of the addiction.  It doesn’t mean that you have to stop living life and not take care of things in your life.  But you do have to put yourself first a little.

Making Myself Number 1

Fighting an addiction, be it drugs, food, or whatever can take a lot out of you.  If you don’t put yourself 100% into controlling it, it won’t work.  You need to be able to focus on it fully to understand why you have this addiction. And how to keep the addiction at a bay.

There is no cure for addiction. But one can definitely control the addiction so that you aren’t in the throes of it all the time.  So being a mother, it’s easy to worry that the children are not receiving the amount of care that they deserve.  I was very concerned not only because my kids were younger but also because my daughter is autistic.  I was afraid that I was neglecting her needs because I was/am an addict.  There were times that I felt that her needs were greater than what I could give, so that would throw me back into using.

Staying Sober For My Children?

Until I would get off the rollercoaster of life and realize that I wanted to be sober, I would continuously go down this path.  When I finally wanted to become sober, I realized that I needed to do it for me.  It wouldn’t matter as much if it was for someone else.  That may seem a little selfish or a lot selfish, but it’s the only way to become sober. It doesn’t matter if there are kids involved.  They will be so much better off if you do it for yourself and not them. It may seem like that is backward and doing it for someone would make it a little more special.  But it means more if you become sober for yourself.

The children, no matter what were my number 1 priority.  Until I knew that and knew I was a good mother, my sobriety didn’t work.  I would blame myself.  I would think that I needed to be on the drugs to be super mom. And I wouldn’t allow myself time for rest and relaxation because a good mother wouldn’t take care of herself.  A good mother wouldn’t have a great amount of back pain on a daily basis.  And a good mother would fight through the pain and not let it stop her.

Giving Myself A Break

I was very wrong.  I was/am a great mother.  And my kids knew that.  But they also needed to know that mom needed breaks.  It was okay for them to see that their mother suffered/suffers every day from a great amount of back pain. And it is ok not to be Superwomen or Wonder Women.  Once I took myself off the pedestal that I thought I needed to be on, working on sobriety was a little easier. I gave myself a break and I believe in doing so, I became a better mom.

Once I got my addiction from pain medications under control, I knew that my kids got a better mom.  I wasn’t a bad mom, to begin with, but I needed to pay more attention to them and put their needs first. Once I realized that I was doing that I gave myself the ability to work on my sobriety.


My children are and always will be the world to me.  I adore my children and I believe without them or my husband, I wouldn’t have gotten sober. But it’s important to know the true reason for becoming sober.  You have to pick yourself for the reason and stick with it.  Make the sobriety the most important thing in your life, and fight for yourself.  Then everything else will fall into the correct places. And life will become so much better. Your relationships will matter more and be more important to you.  And those in your life will know this.  Life will become so much more.  All you need to do is take those steps towards sobriety and make your life matter.

To start your journey towards sobriety, contact U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration here.




What came first, the depression or the pain?


The last few weeks have been hard for me emotionally.  I was doing really well but now I seem to have found a brick wall and I keep hitting my head against it.  Before this time, I was doing really well and seemed to be on a roll.  Then all of sudden I wake up one day and don’t have the energy or willingness to want to do anything. Everything seems to be jumbled together and difficult to complete.

What Has Changed?

That is just it, nothing has changed.  There hasn’t been anything significant amount of change, or anything that would be the reason for this change.  How can it be that I go to be one night, seeming to have it all together, only to wake and have an 180-degree change?  What happened from the time I laid my head on the pillow to the time my eyes woke to see the morning light?

I wish I had the answer.  I don’t.  But what I do know is something change, be it physical or emotional (I’m leaning more to emotional).  All I know is that there was something in a short amount of time that changed me from wanting to write all the time, do things and have my life or so I thought, under control.  And then I wake and the depression was, is so great that I forgot what it was like to live a full life.

Have you ever felt like that?  Has there been a time in your life that you are cruising right along with life and bam, out of know where the wall shows up and you hit it going 100 miles per hour?  That’s how I feel right now.  I was going on with my life just how I wanted it to be and everything changed.

Teary Eyes, and Sadness

Juggling life with chronic pain and illness is a battle in of itself.  But then throw in life and everything becomes different.  Let me try to explain how I was feeling and how I changed.  You know how it is when you like a particular food and you can eat it over and over for a long period of time.  You change it a little every day, add a little salt more pepper, still tastes so good.  For months you can eat it.  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Then all of a sudden one day you wake up and you can’t imagine eating that again no matter what, for the rest of your life.  You have eaten that piece of food so much that the thought of it makes you sick to your stomach.

That food was your life for months, maybe longer.  You thought about it all the time, you changed it a little here and there but for the most part, that food was perfect.  Then one day it wasn’t.  What made it food that no matter what you did to it, it wasn’t something that you could ever have again.   In short, what is it that in 8 hours or so span that changed?  What made it that this food was your life and then turned out to be the worse thing you ever tasted?

This is how I feel right now.  My pain hasn’t gotten worse.  I haven’t been diagnosed with another chronic illness.  I just have felt that something has changed.  Something is different from where it was two months ago.  Right now, I couldn’t imagine taking another bite of that piece of food.

Depression, Anxiety, and Life

I didn’t think that my depression has gotten any worse than it was before. If anything I don’t feel depressed like I have been known to feel in the past.  About 5 years ago,  I had checked out for days, maybe weeks and needed help coming back from that. I don’t feel that way right now.  I seem to be happy and I am still getting out of bed every day, one foot first.

My anxiety has been a little higher than most days, too  I have found that there are certain triggers that have been setting off my anxiety.  For instance, I am short on my patience with the kids lately.  It’s hard having it be summer vacation, kids home all the time, and I am home all the time.  Being home all the time with the kids can be difficult. “My time” is cut into a lot less and I am with the kids 24/7. I would hate for them to be off this summer and not be able to be with them. So this causes my anxiety to hit an all-time high.  Not that it’s the kids’ fault, I love my children to pieces but we all need our own space.

Pain and Changes

My pain hasn’t changed that much but I have noticed it more lately if that makes sense.  When you are depressed, the pain seems to be magnified a great deal. Like the pain is more intense the more depressed and anxious you are. Have you ever felt that way?  Has the pain in your life become more intense the more you become depressed?

The more the emotional you are, the more the pain is there.  This is hard for me being an addict and not being able to take pain medications like most typical people doesn’t help.  If you would like to read my addiction story, you can find that here. But now is the time that I wished that I could take pain medications and take away the pain that I am feeling. But is the pain greater now and I need pain medications, or is it all in my head and like I said, magnified because of the depression and anxiety? It’s hard to tell which comes first, my emotions or the pain.  And which one is greater?

Change Is In The Air

No matter what the reason for the change is, there is a change.  I can’t say for sure that I am downright depressed but I can say that my emotions have changed recently.  It could be the change in the pain level or the pain level changed because of the emotions.  Like I said hard to tell which came first.  But I do know is that one day I woke up and things did change.  So now it’s my decision as to how to go along with this.  Do my medications, my antidepressants need to be adjusted?  Or is this something that will just go away? And how long do I wait till I make any changes?

No matter what, living life with chronic pain and illnesses is very difficult.  But add other ailments into the mix and depression and anxiety is the outcome.  Knowing how to deal with this is one of the best things you can do for yourself.  First thing is to make sure that you have a good and understanding doctor.  Without a medical professional at your side, it can be difficult to get better. The second and almost as important is talking with family and friends. This may be more difficult than talking to your doctor but having family and friends by your side is so helpful.  And third is to take care of yourself the best that you can at that time of your life.  We all go through difficult times but if we don’t take care of ourselves, physically and emotionally, then it can make things a lot more difficult.

Life Changes

Going through changes in life is very typical.  But knowing that we need to take care of yourself is important.  And also how we take care of yourself is important too.  Sometimes life throws curves balls at you and it’s all how we take care of ourselves that is important.  Sometimes we don’t know what is going on but we need to just ride the wave and get through this time in our life. Because we don’t know when the next curveball will be thrown and we don’t know just how our bodies will react to it. So take each day at a time and know that this too will pass.











EnviroKlenz Review and Sponsor Post

I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.


I hate doing laundry.  Really, really hate doing laundry.  I do everything in my power not to have to do it but when I have to, I  make sure that my clothes or whatever come out clean and smelling great. But that isn’t the only thing that I  need to worry about.  You see, I have Eczema and have to be careful with my skin.

I can use the most expensive products.  Have it wash my clothes or whatever and have them still bother my skin or the smell on the item is intense.  I haven’t found many products that have been able to help with that. Until I tried a new product by EnviroKlenz.  It’s called EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer  Liquid,

EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhance Liquid

We have to spend money on clothes no matter what.  We need to take care of the clothes that we wear on a daily basis. Making sure that they are clean and smell great. Not only for ourselves but for those around us. Strong smelling or unclean clothes can push others away.  We should use produces that will take care of the clothes and our noses and skin.

According to the websites, they claim the following:

“EnviroKlenz Laundry is a safe and effective laundry enhancer that removes stubborn laundry odors such as musty & mildew smells, fragrances from detergents & fabric softeners, perfumes smell and scents, thrift store odors left on clothing by the previous owner.EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer works along with your normal detergent to enhance its ability to remove those tough odors that would normally be impossible to remove and best of all EnviroKlenz laundry Enhancer contains no masking agents or fragrances providing you with clean and odor results.”

Trying the Product

I have tried this product a number of times and can say for sure that not only did my clothes come out clean, they also smelled great.  I decided to do an experiment with this product and took a t-shirt, sprayed a ton of perfume all over it and washed it with my normal detergent and the laundry enhancer.  The t-shirt came out smelling great and clean.  There was no noticeable smell of the perfume.  The only smell on the item was the laundry detergent that I used.

This product should not be used with bleach or vinegar according to the package.  It is also great for cleaning a washing machine, especially front loading machines that tend to get a smell to them.  This can be used on the following garments:

  1. Cotton
  2. Personal delicate
  3. Nylon
  4. Polyester
  5. Spandex
  6.  Lace – Washable
  7.  Rayon –  Washable
  8.  Wool – Washable
  9. And all other washable fabrics

Would I Recommend This?

I would recommend this product to those with allergies and sensitive skin.  I believe that this product does what it claims that it does.    This product removes the order from all clothes that are washable and is a great product for the skin. I have not had any new eczema show up and a few of my spots have actually cleared up.  If you are looking for something to help with the order with your clothes, then this product is perfect for you.

Prices are very reasonable too.  For 15 loads, the price of a small bottle is $14.99 and for 30 loads it is $24.99. EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer can be found here along with the other products that this company sells. I believe that this product does what it says and removes all smells from garments.  If you need to have your clothes with no smell or just the smell of your detergent, then this product is for you.  Even though I hate doing laundry, I enjoy the way my clothes smell now and my skin is thanking me for removing any and all smells that can affect my eczema.

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