Are You a Chronic Pain Warrior?

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Today was the first time I ever heard this term, Chronic Pain Warrior.  What’s that? So I read about it. And concluded that yes, I am a Chronic Pain Warrior.  Read on to find out if you are one.

Who are Chronic Pain Warriors?  

They are people who suffer with pain on a daily basis.  Day after day, they go on working, living, functioning, but doing so while in pain.  Is that you? It’s me! And because it is a struggle, it becomes a fight. And warriors fight, right?  In fact, the Oxford dictionary defines a warrior as “a brave or experienced soldier or fighter”.  I don’t know about you, but this is sort of inspiring!  It gives my experience a powerful positive edge, don’t you think?  

We are brave.  We are brave because we face the enemy of pain every single day.  

We are experienced.  We are experienced because we deal with pain constantly, week after week, month after month.

We are soldiers and fighters because we are in the midst of the battle, doing the work of the ground fighter.  Soldier also has another meaning as a verb, which is to “soldier on”. Which means that you do not give up even when life is tough.  That’s you and me, right?

So what if you are a Chronic Pain Warrior?  If you want to take some action to be a victorious warrior, read on about how I believe you can do that.  

 

Warriors need weapons, right?  What are some weapons of your warfare?

Warriors can’t fight without weapons.  Sometimes warriors are on the offensive, sometimes on the defensive.  I hope the following suggestions will help you in your fight.  

Community

A soldier fights with an army.  So too, you need an army. Our army is made up of community.  Our community is distinctive. Following are some of our fellow fighters.

I hope you have loved ones who support you daily in your fight.  Your own personal army. They know you so well they can figure out how best to fight alongside you.  They don’t judge you, but understand how you are pushing on. The best kind acknowledge your weaknesses and support your strengths.  

Just as an aside, I suggest you don’t waste time with negative nellies.  They can make your pain worse by their toxic personalities. Fight to keep them out of your life. 

This article was the one that gave me the term, Chronic Pain Warrior.  It is a great resource for helping others understand your fight. It discusses 15 things to know about Chronic Pain Warriors.  

There is actually a community on Facebook with this name.  Click here for more information, and to Like and/or Follow.  I’m trying to find out if they are the originator of the term.  In the meantime you should find some compassion and community there.  

Other options for community are online forums.  I haven’t joined any yet, but I plan to. If you are a member of one, and recommend it, please leave that information in the comments below.  

I also found a great organization called American Chronic Pain Association.  They have helpful videos and a database of sufferers that you can contact.  They also support local chapters, which I hope to get going in my area. Getting one going is going to be a battle in itself, as just doing any activity while in pain is difficult.  But being active and engaged is also a tool to fight pain, so I’m going to do it. I recommend you click on the above link to learn more about them.  

Movement or Exercise

I say it all the time, in almost every post, that moving is vital to dealing with chronic pain.  I feel like a broken record, but it can’t be said enough. And because I, like you, have chronic pain, then I feel I can speak about this topic with some authority.  Besides, what warrior do you know that lies in bed all day?  

Yeah, it’s not easy to push yourself to move, but it is a must as we Warriors fight through the battle.  

Even getting out of bed is a challenge.  I wake up knowing my pain will begin as soon as my feet hit the floor.  (If it’s not already bothering me because I slept in the wrong position, or I couldn’t sleep because of the pain.)  What I do is something Tony Robbins does (except I say it to God): Give thanks for at least 3 things, Pray about at least 3 things, Set goals to accomplish 3 things.  Doing this focuses my mind on something other than my pain.  

Then during the day, I commit to walking and stretching.  I wish I could do more, but I will be thankful for what I can do.  If you have some exercise program or routine that you do, I would like to hear about it.  It may be helpful to other Warriors. I’ve included some links for posts I found that hopefully will be helpful to you.

Links for various workouts: 

  • Here’s one where she tells she works out to prevent chronic pain. 
  • Or see this one on how to modify exercises when in pain.
  • This author says these exercises helped her get rid of pain.  I can’t do many of these, but perhaps you can.
  • There ab exercises may be similar to the previous ones, but helpful as well.
  • Here’s an encouraging article because it states you CAN exercise with limited mobility.

This small list is just a start.  Search the web for more help! And leave comments below if you have something that would help all of us.  That’s what an army does!

And I believe warriors don’t stop trying do win.  Warriors keep fighting to the death.

Portrait – Left Hand Bear Chief – David Mark – Pixabay

 

Management tools

I suppose the army doesn’t call them management tools.  Battle plans? So, I may have to diverge from the comparisons for a bit.  The point is, you need a plan and how to manage that plan.  

Not surprisingly, the American Chronic Pain Association (referred to above) has a page called Pain Management Tools.  They feature Self Management Skills and The Art of Pain Management. Here’s the link to that page.  

Maybe I should have listed this first, because deciding to manage your pain is the first step.  You are an active participant, and only you can decide what to do while you are in pain. So the first question should be, do you want to manage your pain, or do you want to let it manage you?  If you want to be the manager, the commander, the warrior, then you have to take action.  

Many of my previous posts are about this.  They are about you taking some sort of action.  That is what managing pain is all about. And the action isn’t just exercise.  It is much more. See some of my other posts like these: Can Music Relieve Chronic Pain? Or A Pain Sufferer’s Guide to How to Get Out of Bed.

Breathing exercises, imagery and mindfulness are promoted as great management tools.  I have written a little about them, but have yet to fully practice them, so I feel I must use them more before I speak about my experience.  However, if you have some authority on this topic, please let us know.  

Humor

Laughing may seem like the last thing you want to do, but I highly recommend it.  Having a sense of humor about your situation is a very powerful weapon.  

When caring people ask me exactly where my pain is, I tell them, “I have a pain in the butt!”  If I can do so with a smile then they usually smile too. For just a few seconds, I don’t hurt as much.

But you can prolong humor’s effect by thinking about humorous jokes, watching a funny movie, or just laughing with friends.  I hope you have heard about Norman Cousins’ book Anatomy of An Illness.  In it, he recounts his fight (a warrior!) against a disease that his doctors told him would kill him.  He credits high doses of Vitamin C, and continuous laughter to his recovery. This is a beautiful example of the power of laughter.

I’ll share one of the funniest jokes I’ve heard in awhile.  It’s long but worth it. I don’t know who to credit it to. Here it is:

 

Dave was bragging to his boss every day, “You know, I know everyone there is to know. Just name someone, anyone, and I know them.”

Tired of his boasting, his boss called his bluff, “OK, Dave, how about Tom Cruise?”

“No dramas boss, Tom and I are old friends, and I can prove it.” So Dave and his boss fly out to Hollywood and knock on Tom Cruise’s door, and Tom Cruise shouts,

“Dave! What’s happening? Great to see you! Come on in for a beer!”

Although impressed, Dave’s boss is still skeptical. After they leave Cruise’s house, he tells Dave that he thinks him knowing Cruise was just lucky.

“No, no, just name anyone else,” Dave says.

“President Trump,” his boss quickly retorts.

“Yup,” Dave says, “Old buddies, let’s fly out to Washington,” and off they go.

At the White House, Trump spots Dave on the tour and motions him and his boss over, saying, “Dave, what a surprise, I was just on my way to a meeting, but you and your friend come on in and let’s have a beer first and catch up.”

Well, the boss is very shaken by now but still not totally convinced. After they leave the White House grounds he expresses his doubts to Dave, who again implores him to name anyone else.

“Pope Francis,” his boss replies.

“Sure!” says Dave. “I’ve known the Pope for years.” So off they fly to Rome.

Dave and his boss are assembled with the masses at the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Square when Dave says, “This will never work. I can’t catch the Pope’s eye among all these people. Tell you what, I know all the guards so let me just go upstairs and I’ll come out on the balcony with the Pope.” He disappears into the crowd headed towards the Vatican.

Sure enough, half an hour later Dave emerges with the Pope on the balcony, but by the time Dave returns, he finds that his boss has had a heart attack and is surrounded by paramedics.

Making his way to his boss’ side, Dave asks him, “What happened?”

His boss looks up and says, “It was the final straw… you and the Pope came out onto the balcony and the man next to me said, ‘Who the heck is that on the balcony with Dave?’

 

I copied the below image from this post called Chronic Illness Humor.  All those boxes should sound familiar.  Either we say them or someone else says them.  Maybe at the end of the day, fill in as many boxes as you can.  Maybe you can laugh at it. Or use it as a tracking record of how your day went.  

 

Chronic Illness Bingo
Pins & Procrastination

Can you find anything humorous in your situation?  I would very much appreciate it if you would leave jokes or recommendations for funny movies, or any funny thoughts.  I need that and I’m sure others do too. Leave them in the comments section please.  

Hope you ended this section with a little smile.

Conclusion

We have to fight to keep going.  So be a Warrior and get in the battle.  

 

Pain Management of Chronic Back Pain

Introduction

Feeling down because you have pain?  Me too! It is often a challenge to get out of bed, because I know my day will start with pain.  You too? I just read a post that stated one-third of Americans live with chronic pain. That’s like 100 million.  And you thought you were the only one!  

Because I live with chronic pain, I am constantly researching new information to make my life more liveable.  Then I use the information to create posts that I hope will be helpful to others as well.

The following information is from several articles I have researched.  It is from articles I have read in a continuous search for relief from pain.  These topics only scratch the surface, so read some of my other posts to gain more information.

Walking

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Movement is vital to those of us in pain.  However, it goes against what we feel like doing.  Usually what I feel like doing is nothing. But that is the exact opposite of what I should do.  

Walking is still one of the best exercises we can do.  It is low impact and a natural activity. There are days when it hurts me to walk.  But then it hurts for me to do pretty much anything. So I figure I may as well get out and move as not.  

In my other posts you will note the benefits of exercise that I talk about.  My post, Exercises for Back Pain is one of them.  I suggest you take a look to see if it would be helpful for you.

Start with just a few minutes.  That’s what I had to do. It seemed sort of silly to put on my sneakers for just a 10 minute walk.  But you have to start somewhere. Maybe you have to start with 5 minutes.  

I have to attest that walking can help.  Just today I woke up with pain. About a level 6.  But I went walking with a friend, and by the time I got back it was down to a 2.  Yeah, it hurt to walk at first, but the longer I did it, the better I felt.

Now, my acupuncturist tells me that sometimes walking isn’t good.  So, you should consult with your doctor(s) and find what is best for you.  But most of the time movement is good. Dr. Chang (acupuncturist) told me that the exercise increases the circulation to the body and that helps with the pain.  

Keep a Record

I like this article that I found because it suggests keeping a log of your walks.  I track mine on an app on my phone. There are many out there. I like the Endomondo app.  It’s free for the basic app, which is what I use. Research shows that tracking your exercise can keep you motivated.  I like to review my exercise records because it makes me feel like I did something productive and proactive to manage my pain.  I think you will find this to be true for yourself.  

As you get into a regular routine you can increase the time, and/or distance.  That article has other suggestions and information including all the benefits you’ll experience, some thoughts to be aware of, and ideas to keep you going.  

You know it helps to have a buddy to walk with.  Since I live in a senior complex, many of my neighbors walk, and at a pace I can maintain.  This is very helpful. It keeps you accountable and encouraged. It also helps to tell someone what your goals are so that you have committed it publically. This helps with motivation.  

This article was very honest and helpful.  I recommend reading it a few times to get yourself up and moving.  Get Off Your Butt: 16 Ways to Get Motivated When You’re in a Slump.  

Stretches

I have several articles that can help you with this.  I’m not going to rewrite or plagiarize them. I’ll give you the links.  

Let me just say that stretches have made all the difference in my pain management.  In my mind I am visualizing lengthening those muscles and tendons that are tight from the pain.  And maybe pulling off the nerve, so it is not pressing on the nerve. I have reviewed two DVDs that I use.  See the links here. (Review of Gentle Yoga with Jane Adams, Review of Emily Lark’s Back to Life)

Other articles that might be helpful are the following: (click on the title, it will take you to the link)

8 Simple Stretches to Relieve Back Pain (I use some of these on an almost daily basis. I highly recommend them.)

A Surgeon Reveals Exercises That Heal Your Spine Before It’s Too Late (These seem a bit harder, so be careful.)

Exercise: 12 Workouts For Lower Back Pain (Some of the same as the 8 Simple ones above; try them both, see what works for you.)

Tai Chi

I don’t know enough about this practice to write about it, but it has come up in my radar twice within the last 24 hours.  So I did a little research. (And by the way, doesn’t it seem that the Chinese know something about health? Yoga, acupuncture, Tai Chi, longevity; I think they got something here.)  It is referred to as “moving meditation”. That alone involves two concepts I recommend for managing pain.

It can generally improve balance and movement.  It apparently has a positive impact on other health concerns like hypertension and brain function.

So I think it is worth investigating.  This article recommends you seek out a class to make sure you are doing it correctly.  I plan on investigating this more also.

Are You Tired of Me Mentioning Movement?

Well, sorry.  But this is so important.  Plus I know for a fact that this is a natural pain remedy.  Find what’s right for you. Perhaps you have a different practice.  What is it? I would love to hear from you. You will be helping others too.

I am open to hearing about different forms of movement.  And willing to research them. Everyday is an opportunity to learn more.  Your comments are key for that to happen. So please comment. 

Here’s a great video that reinforces much of what I have researched in my journey.  The Pharmacist does promote a product, but the other information he communicates is very helpful.  I plan on investigating his philosophy/products in the future.

 

Someone to Check Out

I have found a new personality to follow while I continue investigations.  He is Dr. David Foreman, aka the Herbal Pharmacist. He no longer works in the pharmaceutical industry, but instead promotes what he calls The Four Pillars of Health.  

These Pillars are:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Supplements
  • Spirituality

He has been featured on all sorts of television stations and has his own website, Herbalpharmacist.com.  I highly recommend you go to his website and explore it.  There is a wealth of information. Plus I feel he is very down to earth, easy to understand and humble.   For those of you that are Christian, as am I, I was thrilled to note that he is also.

Foods

Now that you see that Dr. Foreman promotes exercise, I want to discuss one of his other pillars; diet.

I admit I am not where I need to be when it comes to food.  I am addicted to sugar. And sugar is one of the worst foods for people in pain.  Apparently it increases inflammation which is related to pain. So I know I need to break my addiction.  I am promising myself right now, today, that I shall begin to do so. I am promising you. Please comment and ask me how I’m doing.  If I have success, you know I will be writing about it. (When you see Dr. Foreman in a video he looks so healthy! I am sure it is because he doesn’t eat sugar.  And he is in his 50s!)  

So in one of his interviews he gave advice on healthy snacking.  Some suggestions are:

  • Eat more protein for a snack.  This helps the body build muscle.  Some ideas include, peanuts, edamame, and beans.  How much protein do we need? He said we should consume 1 gram of protein for every pound we weigh.  Protein contains essential amino acids which are necessary for our body to maintain itself.
  • Vegetables should be increased in your diet.  Ideally we should have veggies at each meal. And being in a hurry or on the go is no excuse for not getting veggies, since you can grab a salad or veggie cup almost anywhere.
  • Make sure to add berries to your diet.  Although blueberries are considered a super-food, all berries contain vitamins that keep us healthy.
  • Eat avocados which contain healthy fat and are packed with vitamins. (They are awfully expensive right now though!)
  • And finally, although it does contain sugar, dark chocolate is actually good for you.  It has a high amount of antioxidants (which fight disease) and apparently lowers the risk of heart problems.  
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Why am I listing these foods in a pain management article?  Because if you are taking good care of your body by giving it the nutrients it needs it will function at its best.  Don’t you want that? Improving your diet is an easy fix to help you feel better. Why wouldn’t you do it?

Let’s do this together.  Comment on this post so we can encourage each other.

Comments Please

Throughout this article, I have asked you to comment.  The success of my posts depend on your interaction. I welcome questions and concerns.  If I am wrong about something I have said in this article I want to be corrected. Or if you have a product that has helped you, I want to hear about it.  I could be featured in an article and others may benefit.  

Thanks for your time!

 

The Unconventional Guide of Ways to Feel Better

The Unconventional Guide of Ways to Feel Better

In my continuous search of natural pain remedies, I am always on the lookout for ways to feel better.  I am specifically talking about how to feel better in the fight against chronic pain. From which I suffer.  I have found in my research, though, that many of the remedies for pain relief also give a person a better attitude.  So, you get “two for the price of one”. Read on to find out what I have discovered.  

Jay Alexander

Exercise

One of the last things I feel like doing when I am in pain is to exercise.  But it is an unconventional way to feel better. Plus, there is more and more research in this field about how exercise can help you feel better.  Even if it hurts to move. I have pain in my buttock that I compare to sciatic pain. One woman stated that it was a challenge for her to walk because of the pain, but that she would rather be moving and in pain, than sitting and still be in pain.  Especially if she could get outside and enjoy nature.

Read further to find out why.

Endorphins

When we put our body in motion, we start several systems working.  Foremost among these is the release of endorphins. The way I understand this is that exercise releases endorphins into our body, and is transmitted to the brain.  The endorphins act like a pain killer, not unlike morphine, to inhibit the pain signal.  

 

You may have heard of the high that long distance runners experience.  This is similar. But the bottom line is, if you exercise you will feel better.  Not only with less pain, but with a better outlook.  Now why would you not want that?

Neurotransmitters

These chemicals have been linked to mood enhancement.  Exercise increases concentrations of serotonin and norepinephrine.  This leads to an uplifting mood or good mental health. These chemicals also enhance memory retention and learning.  So your outlook will improve along with how your body feels.

Joint Health

Dr. Manuel Gonzalez Reyes

Couch potatoes have a higher risk of joint pain.  Lack of movement means more pain. Moving those joints increases the circulation of the synovial fluid which lubricates the joints.  More lubrication; less pain. In addition exercise moves water away from the joints and brings more oxygen to the joints. Both add to a healthier joint.

Other Benefits

As you are able to increase your exercise you will reap other benefits.  Heart health comes to mind. Exercise strengthens the heart muscles and lowers blood pressure.  

Weight loss is another side benefit to exercise.  As is better sleep. There are also studies that show that women who exercise regularly reduce the risk of breast cancer from 20 – 80%.  

Another benefit seems to be increased energy.  I don’t know why this is; after all you are expending energy to exercise.  But I have had personal experience where I feel more energy after I exercise.  

Start With Just A Little

You may say right now, but I can’t exercise.  I am in too much pain. I have been there. I could not get out of bed without experiencing terrible pain.  I practically had to crawl to the bathroom. But over time, and with learning what works for me, I have come to a point that I can move almost normally.  

I still have chronic pain, but it is manageable now.  So even if you just move from the bed to a chair and do a few stretches, you are on your way to feeling better. This is what my life has come to at this point.  I used to spend hours in the gym.  

But now I have to be happy with ½ hour of stretches and maybe a short walk.  I doubt I will get back to my former workouts, but that’s okay. I am thankful for what I can do.  

What can you do?  Can you push yourself just a little to feel better?  And one more thing about exercising through the pain.  When you focus on anything besides the pain, you feel better.  So focus on the exercise. See if you don’t feel better!

Some Home Remedies To Try

You might have a few of these items in your house already, but didn’t realize they may help in your pain management.  I have researched some of the popular ones for you to try.

Turmeric

This is actually a spice used in Asian cooking.  It contains the chemical curcumin.  There appears to be a connection between curcumin and inflammation reduction.  If your pain is associated with inflammation (osteoarthritis) you may find some relief using this spice.  There are capsule forms also. I have used the spice in warm water as well. Just drink it down. It is not an unpleasant taste.  I have found some relief from this spice. 

There is occasional indication that it can cause stomach upset in some people.  For more information about turmeric see this article from WebMD.  

 

Summer Malik

Willow Bark

As its name suggests, willow bark is taken from the bark of a willow tree. There is research that shows it was used in the time of Hippocrates where it was chewed to relieve pain.  It contains the chemical salicine, which is similar to aspirin. Because of the similarities, there can be similar effects, such as reduction in pain, fever and inflammation and side effects such as stomach upset and blood thinning.  I found another article from WebMD for this information.  

Epsom Salt

Called a salt because of the chemical structure, when dissolved in warm water it dilutes to sulfate and magnesium.  The understanding is that the magnesium is absorbed into the skin, and reduces swelling and inflammation. This has not been proven, but just the activity of soaking in warm water helps to relax muscles and joints, so there is relief pain.  It should not be ingested. More information at WebMD.  

I use Dr. Teal’s with lavender to soak in the evening.  Not only do I gain some muscle relief, but the lavender aromatherapy helps to relax me.  

Bone Broth

Bone broth contains collagen.  As we age, we have less. This collagen protein is essential in joint health.  The collagen is like a cushion that assists the joint to work easier. The collagen is produced by simmering bones to create the broth.  There are other benefits to bone broth including boosting the immune system. Use this link to learn more, and for a bone broth recipe from Dr. Axe.  

Comfrey Extract

This extract has poisonous qualities, so use with care.  There is evidence that rubbing the extract into the lower back can relieve pain.  Another link to WebMD will provide more information.  

Omega 3

I have a complete article on Omega fish oil.  See this link. Although research is inconclusive, I have found some relief.  See my article here.  

Naturopathic medicine

I personally do not have any experience with this as of yet.   But I wanted to include it because I heard a testimonial from a mother of a daughter who had found some miraculous relief from her fibromyalgia.  

I need to spend more time investigating this alternative.  But to hear this story of how the daughter suffered for over a year, and then was helped by this Naturopathic doctor is worth checking out.  If you are in the eastern LA county area, the office she visited was Integrative Natural Health, in Claremont, CA.  Click on their name for a link to their website.  Their website is very informative with background about the philosophy and what to expect.  

I’d especially like to hear back from you if you visit them and tell me about your experience. Or if you have had experience with this alternative option.  

Pets

I read an article that claims that pets may help older adults (that’s me) manage pain.  I can’t afford a pet right now, but I know there is research about how calming it is when you pet a dog or a cat.  I believe being around animals is just good for you period. But if pets can help with managing pain, all the better!  Here’s the link if you want to see the article.  I would love to hear about stories you might have of how your pet helped you.  

 

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Sleep

I have a complete article here regarding the benefits of sleep and how to get better sleep.  I recommend you check it out. Sleep gives your body a break from the pain, and repairs broken parts.  If you are like me, you probably push yourself too hard. I recommend you work on getting more sleep. You should notice the benefits immediately.  

Conclusion

I want very much to know if this article was helpful to you.  Any feedback is welcome. If there are improvements I could make to this information, I would like to know about them.  

I am not a doctor and do not claim that any of these remedies are cures.  But I am a pain sufferer. I continue to search for relief for myself and in so doing, hope that something here can provide pain relief for you as well.  

 

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.

 

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.

When I recommend a website I receive no financial gain.  I just recommend what I have found to be helpful and hope it might help you.  If you see a product that I have a link for, and you purchase it, I do receive a small compensation for that.  Furthermore, if you purchase something from an ad featured on my website, I also receive some compensation.  Thank you in advance.

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