Quell ~ Wearable pain relief ~ 100% drug free

What does the word Quell mean? According to dictionary.com Quell means “to suppress; put an end to; extinguish: to vanquish; subdue.”
To me Quell means reduced pain and improved sleep.
  “I was given Quell 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.”

The Quell is an FDA-approved wearable device that Velcros around the upper calf and uses electrical stimulation.

How does it work?
Once it is attached the device is synced using a Bluetooth mobile app. The app based controls are easy to understand and easy to adjust the intensity. First, you need to calibrate to determine the intensity level needed.

Each therapy session lasts 60 minutes. It is recommended that you use your Quell for at least two to three full hour therapy sessions per day. During therapy, the stimulation feels like a strong but comfortable tingling sensation.

My thoughts…..

I decided to use it 24/7.  After about a week of using I began experiencing less pain and was amazed to find that I was able to sleep through the night without my leg pain waking me.

The battery lasts for approximately 4 to 7 days and is quick to charge. The 3rd week of use when the battery ran low I forgot to charge it. Several days went by and I again began experiencing my nightly leg & back pain. I hadn’t planned on stopping using it I simply kept forgetting to charge it.

I have used many pain relief products including tens units. I have had some success but I hated not being able to put it on myself. I’ve also experienced the intensity level shooting up so high I jumped out of my seat, literally. Thankfully, not only have I had pain relief but Quell has solved both of those problems.

How much?

A Quell starter kit costs $250, and includes a one-month supply of electrodes. Replacement electrodes are available at $90 for a three-month supply. The electrodes need to be replaced after 2 weeks of use. The device isn’t covered by insurance, but is reimbursable through a flexible spending account.

Quell will refund your money within 60 days if you try it and find it doesn’t help you.

“I will continue to use Quell.  It has offered me both pain relief and improved sleep.”

Melissa a.k.a.  Fibro Warriors ~ Living Life







Guest Post: Finding Your Faith Within Fibromyalgia by Kate Straus

Blog Post by Kate Straus

Kate can be reached through her website Spoons to Share where she blogs and shares insights on how to find your faith within Fibromyalgia. She also offers complimentary consultations for those interested in exploring how they can find accommodations to help them observe their faith in a fibro­friendly way.

Faith is another one of those difficult to approach topics. When I refer to faith in this blog, I refer to religion. Specifically, I am referring to faith in G-d. In a 2016 study presented by Gallup.com 89% of people polled in the United States believe in G-d or a “universal spirit.”

Then when you are diagnosed with a chronic condition or scary illness, faith can waver. I’m someone who strongly believes in G-d, yet, there were many times I was angry with G-d for the major life changes that chronic pain and autoimmune disorders cause. I’m sure many of you can identify with this situation. Right now, G-d and I are on pretty decent terms and we have open communication, so things for me in that department are all good.

​In an article entitled “Illness Doesn’t Equal Lack of Faith,” Suzanne Stewart, the author discusses that people that may be overzealous or “fundamentalists” (her quotations, not mine) will blame your diagnosis on your lack of faith in G-d, or a higher power. I can identify with this. I was once told, by an observant friend (I wasn’t as observant at the time), that life threatening illnesses are caused by your lack of faith in G-d. I was shocked. I had never heard such a thing. A few years later, I had moved away for graduate school and received a call from this friend. She called to let me know that her father passed away from a brief but terrible illness. My mind started racing. Despite this comment that my friend made, her family was kind, wonderful, and giving. They invited me for Sabbath and holy day meals all the time. Her father radiated nothing but kindness and now he was dead. I, of course, never mentioned what my friend had said in connection with her father, but I knew it couldn’t be true.

I’ve also been sent messages, since I’ve started blogging and posting articles on my Facebook page that I’m ill because I don’t accept Jesus as my savior. If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m Jewish. At first I was angry at these people, but then realized it was a level of ignorance surrounding my faith. And, ignorance comes out strong with illness. I believe these people meant well, but their knowledge, biblical or otherwise was sorely lacking.

Stewart ends her article with the following statement: “I’m not here to judge any of these Faiths or beliefs, but I am here to say that nobody is sick because of their belief system or lack of faith. People don’t live with chronic pain day in and day out due to any Religious affiliations or lack thereof. We don’t use a cane, a wheelchair or a walker because we do not pray enough. It does not help a person with chronic pain and illness, to approach them and say any of the words that I’ve stated above. If you choose to pray for someone, then you can do that. But don’t try to push guilt and more pain onto anyone who’s already suffering. That doesn’t help, it only hurts and makes things much worse. Please try to remember to treat others as you would wish to be treated.”

We need to take this information to heart. As much as it feels like a punishment to have Fibromyalgia or any other chronic pain or autoimmune conditions, no one, including G-d, is punishing us. It took me a long time to recognize this, but my diagnosis lead me towards wonderful things including becoming a Fibromyalgia Advisor as well as making incredible friends who just happen to share the same disorder.

We also need to share this information with those who are giving unsolicited advice. Share this article with someone who might be doing this, and they may learn something from it.

Download a copy of Kate’s E-Book ~ Finding Your Faith Within Fibromyalgia

Kate Straus worked in the education field for over ten years before fibromyalgia changed her life’s path. With a background in special education and early childhood intervention, she has compiled a toolbox of skills to help those with differences navigate life to make them the best that they can be. Kate has learned, herself, that while fibromyalgia can be an obstacle, it has also,revealed strengths that she did not know she had. She is easy to work with, listens well, and is compassionate.

After two years of coaching clients, Kate has learned that her specialties are, but limited to, figuring out how to be an Orthodox Jewish woman while making accommodations for fibromyalgia that still adhere to the Jewish laws and customs. She has also helped many clients make dietary, exercise, and other life changes so that they can live life to their fullest. She looks forward to using these strengths, her background, and her newly learned knowledge from the International Fibromyalgia Coaching Institute to advise others with fibromyalgia to learn how to live their new “normal” life.

Contact Kate Straus at http://spoonstoshare.weebly.com/work-with-me.html


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