How to Fight Discouragement 3 Ways by Finding Natural Back Pain Relief.

Margie Warrell – Hope is a Risk That Must Be Run

I get discouraged with my chronic pain. Do you? As I continue in my search for relief from pain, especially back pain, I find new and interesting options. The following three concepts are ones that I am investigating. I plan to do a more indepth review of these once I have experienced them further.  But I didn’t want to wait till I understood them fully.  That may take some time, and I want to feel better right now.  And I want you to feel better too.  Read further for options that might help you.

And note here:  These options take effort on your part.  I am a huge proponent of taking action and responsibility for my health and pain management.  If you want to get better, feel better, and have a better quality of life, you must make it happen!

EFT Tapping

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique.  Tapping is what you do with your hands.  Based on the acupuncture points in the body, this process uses the tapping technique to stimulate those points and to assist the body and mind toward balance and health.  People claim that this process can do amazing things.  There are several helpful videos I found on YouTube that explain the process and show the points.  They explain it better than I can.  See these links;  How To Do EFT Tapping, How to Tap With Jessica Otner, and How to Do EFT Tapping For Beginners.

Chinese Meridians – by KDVP

Apparently sometime in the 1990s Gary Craig developed this method.  It has been revamped over the years.  There are now programs for individuals to become certified in this program.  But I found out about it through a friend at church.  She says that an individual can perform the process on oneself.  She has been very helpful in teaching me and answering my questions.  I have used it to overcome the extreme fatigue I experienced after my hospitalization and to make a decision about future commitments.  I was very pleasantly surprised of the results.  I plan to continue the practice for my buttock pain and the illness that put me in the hospital.  I am slowly becoming a believer.  After I have used the practice more, I will report further.

A note of concern though.  As a Christian, I am always wary of practices that take away from my worship of God.  So I was pleased to find out from my friend that there is a book written by a Christian called EFT for Christians by Sherrie Rice Smith.

I do encourage you to check out the links above to learn how to do this process.

ACPA

I’m excited about this!  ACPA stands for American Chronic Pain Association.  All along in this pain journey I have promoted finding a community that supports your journey of pain.  During my research I came upon this organization. One of their distinctives is that having a support system in place actually helps us feel better. Here is their link to ACPA.  I recommend you spend some time reading through their site.  You won’t feel so alone.  Someone out there understands what you are going through.

I have begun by to reaching out to them to start a support group in my area.  You can too.  Or go on their website to see if there is a support group in your area.   They are a nonprofit group.  They do receive tax deductible donations.  I love that their mission is to help people like you and me with our pain struggles.  That is why I wanted to feature them in this article.

The organization promotes community, educational programs and provides (for a fee) materials like Pain Logs, pain evaluation sheets, relaxations techniques and much more.  There are webinars and an events calendar.  It appears you can get as involved as much or as little as you want.

N’shima therapy comes to Southbury – Jewish Ledger

 

Kaia

This is an app for which I paid.  Athough I have hit a bump in using it, I still have had some experience with it.  (The bump was spending 4 days in the hospital with a different medical issue.  It has left me without much energy and strength.)  The philosophy here is that movement, stretches and exercise will help you feel better.  This is also a concept I have been promoting throughout my website.  Their app is free for 7 days for you to try out, then $79.99 for a year.  I decided to pay because I wanted to experience it to the fullest.  I wanted to see if it would help my pain, and if so, then I could recommend it to you.

Not only do they have a section for exercise, which is tailored to your situation, but they also have a knowledge section and a breathing section.  Each day you are given a few minutes of all three.  You can choose how long to make the knowledge section and then get on with your exercises.  Right now, mine are taking about 15 minutes.  I don’t know if they increase in time.  Lastly you spend a few minutes in learning breathing exercises.  These three concepts have been shown to provide relief and help to pain sufferers.  Kaia has the science to back this up.  Here is a link to their website.  You can also check the app store for the downloadable app and give it a try.

Kaia app

This concept that they use of knowledge, movement and breathing are three of the many techniques I have found helpful.  I did research to find this information.  I am presenting this information to you to save you some time.  I urge you to get going on doing something and this Kaia app is a good place to start.  It’s easy.  But will provide you with some hope for relief.  As of this writing, I do not receive any monetary wage from the recommendation of the Kaia app.

Conclusion

Want relief?  Then do something about it!  You really do have to help yourself.  Hopefully one or two or all three of these recommendations will help you.  Please comment about any thoughts or reactions to this article.  Thank you.

 

Mental Health and Chronic Pain

Did you know that chronic pain can affect your mental health? Experts say that it can cause depression and anxiety. I can attest to that. When my pain started, I didn’t know how I was going to manage. I wondered how I could even get out of bed, much less go to work. I was very worried about my future. So anxiety became a secondary issue along with my pain.

Depression

Although my pain did not lead me into depression, I have experienced this at other times in my life. Depression is the main result of chronic pain. Depression can become chronic as well. Then we fall into a spiral of suffering with our pain, and suffering depression and anxiety. That’s why it is so important to be proactive about our condition. Natural pain remedies can include the following “non remedies”. The following are more suggestions that I hope will help you deal with your suffering.

Community

That is another reason why I have this website. I encourage you to become part of this community. As fellow sufferers, I believe we can help each other. Just talking about our problem does help. It fosters hope. It connects us emotionally. Having someone understand my suffering lifts my load a bit. Therefore, your comments and involvement here are important to all of us. You don’t have to have all the answers! In fact you don’t have to have any answers! By being available to others and “listening” to their struggles, you are providing a priceless service.

I hope as well that you have someone close that is understanding and helpful in your search for relief from pain. Not all friends/family are understanding. I have found the most understanding people are the ones that suffer or have suffered themselves. Perhaps through our sharing here, we can discover other natural pain remedies. If one good thing has come out of this pain I suffer, I think it is that I am much more understanding and compassionate with fellow sufferers. This was a motivating force in creating this website.

And don’t think that people are just suffering from physical pain. We already know that physical pain can cause emotional or mental pain. By reaching out to others, we can relieve some of their suffering and lift ourselves up as well. Isn’t that amazing?

Exercise

Another coping skill is exercise. When I first started to seek alternatives to treating my pain, I searched for exercises to help. I was even sent to a physical therapist. Some of the movement at PT hurt me. Sometimes I would push through in hopes of finding relief. I don’t know if that was such a good idea. The physical therapy didn’t really help, even though I did it regularly and faithfully. So I suggest you find what works for you. And start slow. Can you do some stretches while in bed? Can you do some chair yoga? Or merely walk a little around the house. Change positions often. In fact, if you have been sitting here, reading through posts and websites, I suggest you take a break right now and move for a little while. Then come back!

Every little bit helps. What I have found works best for me are gentle yoga stretches. And when I feel up to it, walking. What could be more natural than some sort of movement or exercise to relieve your pain?

I hate to admit it, but exercise is one of the hardest things for me to do. Which is crazy, because I know how much it helps me. I can actually tell the difference in how I feel depending on whether or not I do my stretches. So I have a mental fight with myself to make myself do the stretches. And they only take me half an hour! Half an hour for a pain free day is worth it, right? I’m thinking of building in some sort of reward system to help motivate myself. Suggestions are welcome. (But not food; that’s a whole other issue!)

Food

Speaking of food! Ha Ha. What I was referring to in the last paragraph is that I don’t want to use food as a reward. I have lived too long with the philosophy of “Living to Eat”. I now want to have the outlook of “Eat to Live”. Eating what is best for my body will not only impact my physical health, and my pain, but can also affect my mental health.

In her book, Happy Foods, Karen Wang Diggs spends a whole chapter (Chapter 5, Say Goodbye to Sad), writing about foods that affect our happiness. The whole book is an excellent resource of information for healthy eating, with easy recipes. I highly recommend it. She lists some of the same ideas I have here, on page 146 for ways to say goodbye to sad. The ones I haven’t listed above include: massage, volunteer work, gardening, therapy, and pets.

As far as foods, some good places to start, according to Diggs are:

  • remove gluten and any other foods that may be allergens
  • eat probiotics
  • remove processed sugar
  • eat organic and free-range
  • enjoy healthy fats

I’ve been challenged in my search for eating better to consume less meat. It makes sense to me that eating fruit and vegetables which are in a natural form should be healthy. I’m investigating Flexitarian and Nutritarian (A term I read about in Joel Fuhrman’s book, Eat to Live.) philosophies. This is still a work in progress.

In Conclusion

At this point, I think it would be wise to sit with your thoughts and write out some goals for yourself. This year my overall general goals were make money, save money, and be healthy. Then I broke those down in to measurable tasks. I can imagine one of your goals is to be pain free. Can you try one of my suggested remedies? And give it some time. It took months for me to feel better. Even though I still have some pain, it isn’t as bad and I believe these remedies have been the reason. Please let me know what you did, how it worked and anything else that’s on your mind.

 

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