Fish Oil for Pain

Fish Oil for Pain. Omega 3

Is there proof that fish oil can lessen your pain?  In this article I hope to answer all your questions about that claim.  Does fish oil for pain actually work?  Read on to find out.

 

For a while I have been researching the benefits of fish oil for pain.  This article is meant to clarify what we know so far about the benefits.

While the popularity of Fish Oil has waned, I have been taking it for some time because I hoped it would help me manage my pain.  In this post I will discuss what I have learned about fish oil.  I am addressing this topic because I have heard/read that fish oil can relieve pain and I want to find out if that is the case.

In this article I will cover

  • research (gets technical; I wanted to cover it so I understood it)
  • sources for fish oil
  • product I can recommend

Research and Conclusions

Fish Oil contains omega-3 which is short for omega-3 fatty acids.  These fats are necessary for optimal tissue function.  First off, I think we need clarification of what fish oil is.  According to Wikipedia fish oil is oil derived from the tissues of oily fish. Fish oils contain the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), precursors of certain eicosanoids that are known to reduce inflammation in the body and improve hypertriglyceridemia, which are high levels of triglycerides.

High triglycerides are associated with cardiovascular disease.  So apparently fish oil can assist us in our heart health.  This post is not about that however.  I am focusing on whether there are benefits from fish oil for pain management.  An article from the National Institutes of Health gives an extensive explanation of omega-3 fatty acids, which are what is found in fish oil.  These acids contain EPA and DHA.  (I seem to see fish oil and omega-3 used interchangeably.)  This article discusses several health conditions and the use of omega-3s, but I was only interested in the section that explores the effects on rheumatoid arthritis.  At the end of this section, the studies conclude that there are “inconsistent findings” as to the efficacy of fish oil to relieve inflammation.

On the other hand, a study quoted in PubMed.gov says that there is a significant benefit to use of Omega-3 by a lowered need for anti-inflammatory drugs.  PubMed is part of the NIH, so here I see two different studies with conflicting results from the same organization.

Then there is an article about inflammation, arthritis, and omega-3s that said the participants had a reduction in their rheumatoid arthritis pain.  With this in mind, I am still going to recommend some products.  Just remember that studies are inconclusive at this point.  Apparently we just don’t have enough research to make a conclusion.  You are going to have to be your own evaluator.  If taking fish oil helps you, great!

The recommended dosage is 500 mg RDA; but not set in stone partly because supplements aren’t as regulated as prescription drugs.  There are also warnings about side effects, like thinning the blood too much.  So talk with your primary doctor before using this product.  In addition, the fatty acids may contain toxic mercury levels depending on where the fish oils are obtained.  The product I am taking (recommended below) claims to be harvested from pristine waters.

Sources

Sources for fish oil are oily fish, particularly sardines and salmon.  But now fish oil can be obtained from supplements.  There are several options out there.  A person could spend several hours researching to find the best.  Instead, I have spent that time researching for you.

First and foremost, we should find a product that is pure, and free from toxins.  If say, you want your fish oil from salmon, you should buy wild caught.  And according to this article, that is usually only available between November and March.  Check it out for Dr. Weil’s recommendations.

Fish Oil. Omega 3
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I wrote an article about a book that I found helpful as well.  The author recommends certain foods to eat which will help you feel better.  Click here for the article about the Book Happy Foods.

Product

Here’s a great article from a review company that lists their top three favorite picks.  It is easy to read and very informative.  I haven’t used any of these products that they recommend.  But I like that they list the positives about each product.  They claim to be an independent company so their results should be objective.

I am taking Omega XL from Great Health Works .  This product is grown in a pristine water area of New Zealand and harvested from Green Lipped Mussels.  So, this product isn’t even from fish, but from mussels.  It is a small gel capsule that is easy to swallow and not very smelly.  It’s main claim is that it reduces joint pain caused by inflammation.  When I first began taking it almost two years ago, I found a few weeks of relief.  But the pain came back, though not as strongly.  I increased my dosage and now take four capsules; two in the morning and two in the evening.  This amount is perfect for me.

I get two bottles of 60 capsules each which last me a month.  I pay almost $100.00 for them each month.  Although I don’t think it is a cure, it seems to help manage things.  The extract that these contain is called PCSO-524 which contains the omega fatty acids. I haven’t stopped taking it, so I don’t know if I would feel more pain if I wasn’t taking it.  I should probably experiment.  Maybe down the road I will.  But I still do my stretches, yoga, and walking.

I found an article of a testimonial for a woman that used fish oil and then stopped it.  Find it here.  She started using it again after she caught the flu.  Though her experience isn’t the final word, I admire her honesty and telling about her experience.  Check it out.  It may help your situation.

Conclusion

What do you think? Do you have some experience with fish oil?  I would ask that you leave comments here, especially if there is a product that gave you relief from your pain.  We need to share it with the community.  Or leave a comment if you have questions.  I would be more than happy to investigate this topic further.

Disclaimer

I am not a medical professional; merely a pain sufferer in search of relief from my pain.  I am using my experiences and research in hopes that I can help others.  Sometimes I have links to products where I would receive an affiliate fee for purchase.  I have no such links in this post.  The link to the Omega XL is just for ease of contact.

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Fish Oil for Pain. Omega 3
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How To Exercise for Pain Relief

Stretches. Exercise. Movement. Pain Relief

In this article I want to investigate if there are exercises for pain relief.  And if so, how to exercise for pain relief.

Introduction

In this post I intend to discuss various exercises that may help you gain pain relief. Those of us that suffer from chronic pain know that it seems only natural to want to not move and just lie in bed. But that may be one of the worse things we can do.  However, just as a word of advice, if you can’t move at all without being in excruciating pain, then contact a doctor ASAP.  I was in that situation when my pain first started.  Get whatever help you need.

But once I was able to start moving, the pain still continued.  And traditional western medicine just didn’t address my issue like I felt it should.  Hence this website.  I am thankful to report that I went from a level 10 when the problem first started to levels from one to six.  Days vary, as does the time of day.  Waking up to pain makes it tough to get going. But once I am moving I feel better.

I credit the various recommendations I have posted to my progress.  So lets get to some of the exercises I have found to provide natural pain relief.  By the way, I highlight back pain, because that is what most people suffer from.  But I think these exercises are good for most pain.

Why Is It Important to Move Even When You Are In Pain?

You know the old adage, “Use it, or lose it”?  Well, that really applies in the case of moving our body.  If we don’t get moving now, we won’t be able to at all as we age.  I know, if you are in pain, the last thing you feel like doing is moving.  But despite that feeling, there is scientific proof that moving can relieve pain.  How?

Endorphins

To start with, the simple action of moving releases endorphins which are feel good hormones.  You begin to feel better right away.  Endorphins are the body’s natural morphine!

Dance to exercise
Seniors dancing Wikimedia

Distracts the Mind

Additionally, movement can take your mind off the pain by concentrating on the activity.  There is a link between our focus on the pain and the perception of the pain level.  The more you focus on the pain, the worse it feels.  But by focusing on the exercise or movement, you take away some of pains’ power over you.

Loosens Everything!

Also, working the the muscles, joints and ligaments helps to loosen them and thereby relaxes stress on the nerves.  And don’t forget that there should be no negative side effects from exercising, if done right.

Start with a Few Minutes

You don’t have to start with an hour of activity either.  Start small and short.  Figure out what you can do.  Maybe 10 minutes of stretching? Or slow walking for 5 minutes?  You get the idea.

And let me also remind you that since we aren’t getting any younger, that we ought to make it a daily goal to enjoy life as much as possible.  I have determined to not let pain rule my life, but to face it head on.  This is the general consensus of people I have seen on the web.  We all have choices; focus on the negative or the positive.  Yes, I have chronic pain.  Yes it has changed my life.  But I also have general overall good health.  And the changes I have had to make are for my own good; retiring from a stressful job, creating a website, meeting new people!

Look at these “mature” ladies!  They aren’t letting old age stop them!  And with their purses!  Ha Ha Ha.  I think I see a man there too.  Can you find him?

How To Exercise for Pain Relief

Helpful Links

The following links are a result of my research.

This is a link that addresses several Best Exercises for relieving chronic pain.  You will notice it mentions yoga, walking and stretching.  These are all options that have worked for me.  But there are several others.  Check them out.  See what may work for you.  You may have to try a few before you find relief.  Don’t give up.  Some of the exercises I tried didn’t really help.  But that didn’t stop me from pursuing more knowledge and research.  And finally finding my solutions.

Here is a fantastic article I found that has great suggestions and some actual interviews with pain sufferers.  I wish I had known about this article months ago.  It is sponsored by the Department of Health of Western Australia.  It is chock full of useful information like pacing and goal setting, mindfulness and pain, and the stories I mentioned.  This is such an informative article that I have bookmarked it for future reference.  I highly recommend it.

Here is a link that has a slide show of helpful exercises to do for back pain.  These are some of the same ones I do when I am using my DVDs.  I don’t like that there are so many ads on the post.  Scroll down for the exercises.

One more (for now anyway) is from a woman who is a physical therapist and a pain sufferer.  I tend to respect these fellow sufferers because they know pain and they know what they are talking about.  She is a bike rider and has made this post for riders.  But strengthening your core is very helpful in reducing back pain.  Turn up your volume; her mic isn’t close enough to hear her very well.  Click here for her site.

I have posted reviews of the DVDs that have been most helpful already.  See what I have to say about Emily Lark’s Back to Life on this link.  Her first level is only 10 minutes.  This could be a great place for you to start.  See what I have to report about Jane Adam’s Gentle Yoga DVD here.  These have been most helpful to me.  Other programs I have used are Yoga over 50, by Barbara Benagh and Classical Stretch, The Esmonde Technique.  Yoga Over 50 is a relaxing program that addresses flexibility, strength and issues like Osteoporosis, and Osteoarthritis.

Lastly, here’s a video that’s about 7.5 minutes long.  I think it’s a good place to start.  Please contact your doctor before you start any exercise though!

Just Do It!

Now the call to action.  You’ve come this far.  Surely one of these options sounds workable to you.  Get up and just do it now!

Then come back and leave me a comment.  Or if you have a question leave that.  Or if you disagree with me, let me know that too.

This website is an ongoing journey to manage my pain and help you manage yours.  We have to help each other.  Thank you.

Disclaimer

I am not a health care professional.  I recommend research that has worked for me.  Contact your doctor if you are unsure about any of my recommendations.

Sometimes I have affiliate links to products where I receive reimbursement for your purchase.  I don’t have any such links here.

However, I can recommend using the platform I use for building my websites.  It is called Wealthy Affiliate.  If you join, I become your mentor and do receive a referral fee.  The program gives you everything you need to get started.  It is also free to get started and see if this is for you, before you spend money to join.  Check out the link here.

 

Is There a Best Natural Pain Reliever?

Best Natural Pain Remedy
Best Natural Pain Remedy
Gyorgy Bakos

Let’s step back and consider all the remedies and pain relievers I have talked about on this website. Is there a Best Natural Pain Reliever?  What do you think?  I would love to know about what you have found to help you.  You would be helping me and others!

I’ve written articles about acupuncture, yoga, foods, meditation, and CBD oil.  I’ve mentioned chiropractic, essential oils, physical therapy and supplements.  I’ve come to the conclusion that there is much out there that doesn’t work, and a few things that do.  I’ve also come to the conclusion that different treatments work differently for different people.  Just like prescription medication.  One person may have a reaction to a side effect and another person may not.  Just today I was speaking with my acupuncturist, Dr. Terry Chang while I was getting treatment.  I asked if he treated people for anxiety.  He responded that he does.  But he was quick to point out that it worked for some people and not for others.  And I am sure it is difficult to quantify results.  The same can be said for other treatments.

Some Options to Consider

Move!

Harless Todd

You can view many of my previous posts for various options I have investigated.  As I research Natural Pain Remedies I search various articles regarding this topic.  Movement and exercise actually are promoted as natural choices to manage pain.  I have found yoga and stretches to be helpful for me.  An article on Easier.com in their lifestyle section mentions yoga, Pilates and hydrotherapy.  Click here to review it.  In addition, I found this great article that includes video clips of exercises that can relieve hip pain, from Medical News Today.  Check it out here.  Or here are some exercises to use for sore muscles from too much sitting or computer work, from The Indian Express.

Even a walk releases endorphins which are feel good hormones that can counteract the pain hormones.  If you haven’t done much walking or any type of exercise lately, start small and slowly.  You can build up to more as you get stronger and feel better.  I used to work out for 2.5 hours before I was hit by chronic pain.  Now I am thankful to be able to walk for 1/2 an hour.  And that took months to be able to do.

Laugh!

We all know laughter is good for our mental health.  Well, it’s good for our physical health also.  An article in Better Homes and Gardens gives 5 reasons why laughter is good for mental health.  But it mentions relief of pain as well.  Click here for article.  You might ask, well what have I got to laugh about?  I’m in pain!  That’s where YouTube comes in.  I frequently search it for funny videos.  While I’m not a big fan of people hurting themselves, there is some funny stuff out there.  I have been enjoying Steve Harvey on Family Feud.  Here’s my favorite clip. (The best part starts at 1:06)  If you don’t laugh at this, I’m sorry.

I’ve said before that it helps to have friends and family around that can make you laugh.  I’m very thankful I have a few of those people in my life.  You don’t need many, but a few close ones are golden who know your suffering and are willing to be there for you.

Alternative Therapy Treatments

Treatments that are available are becoming more and more popular, thankfully.  Acupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy, and massage come to mind easily.  I have discussed acupuncture on one of my other posts.  I have experienced chiropractic but I am currently not using this treatment.  However, I know it works and highly recommend it.  (Probably a topic for another post.)  I have also experienced physical therapy and massage.  PT did not help me, but that is just me.  I imagine others are helped by it.  Massage was very helpful and enjoyable.  More research is needed for me to comment further on these topics.  But I strongly recommend you investigate these options.

Meditation and mindfulness are other options.  I discuss Meditation here.  I have not researched mindfulness enough to post about it yet.  But I see that many people have found relief from suffering using this practice.

My Experience

I have now suffered with chronic pain for over three years.  I am thankful the horror of waking up in the middle of the night unable to move without screaming pain is a dark memory.  But it took months of painful suffering to find the right combination of relief for me.  I was told by the traditional western medicine doctor to get a shot.  I told him I wanted to try physical therapy first.  In the meantime, I began my quest to find relief naturally.  I still believe there are other options out there I have yet to discover, so I will keep researching.

Conclusion

Wouldn’t you agree that we each need to seek out treatments until we find what works for us?  There are so many options, which is one reason I have created this website.  My research was motivated by my pain.  This website became an outgrowth of it.  I want it to be helpful to everyone.  It is my intention to discuss the different remedies from a fellow sufferer’s viewpoint.  I’m not promoting one over the other, although I know what has worked for me and what hasn’t.  But you will probably be different.

You do have to take responsibility for your health and pain relief though!  Get going today!  Who knows, you might feel better tomorrow.

Please leave comments.  I welcome them and believe they will be helpful to me in my search and for others in their journey.  Thanks.

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Review of Overcoming Acute and Chronic Pain – Helpful in Natural Pain Relief?

Overcoming Acute and Chronic Pain, natural pain remedy, natural pain relief

This is a review of the book Overcoming Acute and Chronic Pain, by Marc S. Micozzi, M.D, Ph.D. and Sebhia Marie Dibra.

Format: Paperback book
Rating: I give it 5 stars

Introduction

This is a review of the book Overcoming Acute and Chronic Pain, by Marc S. Micozzi, M.D, Ph.D. and Sebhia Marie Dibra.

This book is an extensive treatment of many alternative pain relief options.  The secondary subtitle is: From Acupuncture and Biofeedback to Herbs and Essential Oils.  Not only does the book cover several other non-traditional options, but it also has a huge section devoted to determining your emotional type and how your type may impact your response to treatments.  I found this book to be more technical than I expected.  It is backed up with extensive research and references.  Dr. Micozzi has written several books and articles.  See his biographical information here.  Sebhia Marie Dibra has her own website.

The book is broken into three parts.  They are, Part One; Mind-Body Techniques for Pain, Part Two; Hands-On Healing, and Part Three; Managing Pain with Natural Products.  The sections in Part One are: 1. Pain and Your Emotional Type, 2. Relaxation and Stress Reduction, 3. Biofeedback, 4. Imagery and Visualization, 5. Hypnosis, 6. Meditation and Yoga, and 7. Spiritual Healing.  Part Two contains three sections, which are: 8. Massage and Bodywork, 9. Chiropractic, 10. Acupuncture and Qigong.  Finally, Part Three has two sections; 11. Vitamins, Nutritional Foods, and Herbs, and 12. Essential Oils and Aromatherapy.

What I Like About This Book

This is an especially substantial resource for alternative medicine information.  I bought this book when I first started my journey on searching for relief to my pain and suffering.  It truly opened my eyes to the wealth of options available to us to naturally relieve our pain.  It could honestly be passed by as a resource for natural relief because that isn’t in the title.  But believe me, it has been very helpful.  I was very hopeful when I read the title also, because I have chronic pain and I wanted to overcome it.  Furthermore, the book contains extensive reference notes, bibliography and a helpful index.

An interesting section of this book is the discussion of Emotional Types, or as they refer to it, Boundary Types in Part One.  There is an extensive checklist at the end of the book that uses 146 questions to help you determine your boundary type.  The premise in the book is that your boundary type may affect the success of alternative treatments.  Once you determine which boundary type you may be, you can see how you respond to the various treatments for your condition.   (See image 1 on the right.)  I have determined I am a thick type and fortunately respond well to all the types of modalities for my chronic pain.  But you can see from this image (in the left column) that the book covers several types of suffering which should be helpful to many people.  And the authors are quick to explain that all types can respond to different treatments, as we all have some thick and some thin conditions, which are their boundary types.

Pain, acute pain, chronic pain, natural relief, natural remedy
Image 1. From Overcoming Acute and Chronic Pain, pg 18

Another reason I like this book is because it is very informative with the science and research.  Throughout my research and studying, I have sought to back up what I write with actual studies or write from my experience.  Yes, this website is based on my opinion and experience, but I try to remain faithful to the science because I want what I write to be helpful to my fellow sufferers.

As you would expect, each chapter includes exceptional explanations of the alternative approaches.  Usually included are discussions of what the treatment is, the research related to it, how you may practice it, and if needed, how to find a practitioner.  Before I started my searching, I knew very little about most of these topics.  Now that I have experience with some of them, and have found they help me, I feel more comfortable recommending them.  There are other topics in this book that I have not tried, but which bear examining.  I plan on those to be future posts.

Let me give an example of how I used this book.  I classify my pain as buttock’s pain, but that topic wasn’t in the index.  However, there is a listing for back pain, so I went to the pages referenced.  I found information in the Massage and Bodywork section  and in the Chiropractic section.  From there I checked out other modalities that I was familiar with and read up on them.  I also reviewed the Natural Products part, where I decided to try turmeric for inflammation and pain and fish oil for neuropathy.

I use acupuncture and yoga to manage my pain.  So I was pleased to see that my body type would respond to these treatments.  I haven’t tried hypnosis!  That would be something to explore!

What I Don’t Like About This Book

There is very little I don’t like.  And I think it is just personal preference.  The one issue I have it that it is probably too informative when it comes to the research!  As a pain sufferer I want answers to help me end my suffering.  I don’t care about the facts!  Kidding! So I admit I surfed through different sections to find solutions, rather than read the book cover to cover.  I am now reading it more faithfully as I create this website and research options for our relief from pain.  So this is a minor dislike, and one which shouldn’t affect your enjoyment and assistance in finding relief.

Conclusions

In answer to my question in the title, I would have to say yes.  This book is very help in providing information for natural pain relief and remedies.

So what do you think?  Would you find this book helpful?  I welcome your comments and questions.  Furthermore, I am interested in other alternatives that you may have tried.  I would even consider researching them and posting them if I think they could help others.  As I’ve said before, we are a community.  We can help each other and support each other to a better quality of life.

Lastly, remember the preceding thoughts are mine alone, and based on my experience as a pain sufferer.  I am not a doctor.  And if you do click on the link to purchase the book, I receive a small compensation for that.  So thank you.

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