Hey, hey everyone, I hope everyone has been having a wonderful holiday this season. I know with covid, things have been different, but I hope you find a piece of joy through it. Today we will dive into chronic pain, some of the causes, medication, and more. As always, please consult with your doctor or a trusted physician before changing your diet if you have any concerns.
What is chronic pain?
Chronic pain is an unpleasant sense of discomfort. Imagine catching a cramp, a tree falling on the cramped spot, and then an elephant steps on you a bunch of times. Chronic pain persists over time and is often resistant to medical treatments.
It may be related to a number of different medical conditions, including (but not limited to) diabetes, arthritis, migraine, fibromyalgia, IBS, endometriosis, cancer, shingles, adenomyosis, sciatica, and previous trauma or injury. Chronic pain may worsen in response to environmental and psychological factors.
Over the counter medicine Given:
- Antimigraine medicine
- Acetaminophen-pain relievers/fever reducers
- Soak in warm water 20-40 minutes (herb soaks, water therapy, whirlpool tub)
- Dry heat therapy-heat packs or wraps) Plenty at Walmart
- Essential Oils-Peppermint, Lavender, Rosemary (Make sure to dilute oil or make a salve)
- Massage Therapy: A high-quality therapeutic massage spurs blood flow, reduces muscle tension, and boosts wellness feelings.
- Meditate and Relax-If, you feel your pain, notice the pain, and return to your sound. Start with a few minutes, and gradually lengthen to 30 minutes if you find meditation enjoyable. Youtube has much good meditation-video; my favorite channel is https://www.youtube.com/user/MichaelSealey.
- Swap more anti-inflammatory foods into your diet-Anti-inflammatory foods—such as fruits, vegetables, unsaturated fats, whole grains, beans, nuts, and fish high in omega-3 fatty acids—may play a role in reducing pain for some people.
- Acupuncture- A Chinese practice where fine needles are used
- Herbs to use- Devil’s claw and white willow bark, for example, can decrease the joint pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis. And primrose and ginger may help ease chronic muscle pain associated with fibromyalgia. Other herbs to use are turmeric, feverfew, eucalyptus, cloves, and green tea.
My Top Two Herbs:
- Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) seeds are stocked with 16 analgesic and 27 antispasmodic chemicals. It makes a pleasant licorice-flavored tea and is especially good for menstrual cramps. But avoid the herb while pregnant or nursing because of its estrogenic effects.
- Gingerroot (Zingiber officinale) has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that can alleviate digestive cramps and mild pain from fibromyalgia. You can take 1 to 4 grams of powdered ginger daily, divided into two to four doses. You are making tea from 1 teaspoon chopped fresh root simmered in a cup of water for about 10 minutes.
Fruits that may help with pain and inflammation:
Juice Recipies-Soak your produce 1-2 cups vinegar / 10-15 min
Make for 30 days every morning:
- ginger (peeled) – thumb-sized knob
- coconut water-1/2 to 1 cup
- celery – 2 full ribs (4 halves)
- lemon (peeled) – drink garnish size piece
- spinach – 1 cup
- pineapple chunks (fresh or frozen) – 1 cup (
- ice – 4 cubes
- ginger-1 to 2 inches
- celery-1 bunch
- turmeric-1/2 inch
- pineapple-2 cups fresh chopped or frozen
- pinch of black pepper
- watermelon-2 cups frozen
- watermelon-1 cup fresh
- lemonade-1 1/2 cup
- ice-4 cubes
- turmeric-1/2 tsp
If you have any more questions, please let me know!