What Is Pain-Why Do We Feel It?
Wikipedia describes pain as (we’re talking about physical pain here): a typical sensory experience that may be described as the unpleasant experience of a noxious stimulus or bodily harm. Or more simply “Pain is whatever the experiencing person says it is, existing whenever he says it does.”
Why do we have to feel pain? Wouldn’t life be better if we didn’t have to feel any pain? While that may sound like a good idea at first, it’s important to understand there are two types of pain, acute and chronic. Acute pain tells us loud and clear that something is wrong and a change needs to take place, such as when you burn yourself, you quickly realize you need to move away from the heat source. You could also suffer acute pain from spraining your ankle or the pain from a recent surgery, ect. acute pain is usually temporary and easily treatable. So I think you’ll agree acute pain is generally a good thing.
Chronic pain on the other hand is pain that is caused by disease, and being able to turn off your chronic pain would be advantageous to us all at times. You can suffer from chronic pain in virtually any part of your body. Chronic pain tends to persist for a longer period of time (at least 6 months) than acute pain, and may not respond to medical treatments. Chronic pain can drastically reduce ones quality of life, and pain management becomes an integral part of treating chronic pain.
Common Causes Of Chronic Pain
The most common types of chronic pain are back pain, joint pain, arthritis pain,fibromyalgia pain, pain from carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, foot pain, hip pain.
Chronic pain can result from diseases such as psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative arthritis, migraine headaches, herniated disc, spinal stenosis, sciatica, gout.
Who Can Suffer From Chronic Pain?
Men, women, and children, of all ages and nationalities, virtually anyone, anywhere could suffer from chronic pain. As many as 25,000,000 Americans (that’s one in ten) suffer from this debilitating condition.
Chronic pain can lead to frustration, fatigue, anxiety, isolation, depression, and a lowering of ones self esteem. Chronic pain not only affects the sufferer but also his family and friends, his co-workers and employers, everyone he has a relationship with. Chronic pain because of it’s nature can dominate your thoughts and make it difficult to lead a happy productive life.
Natural pain management for chronic pain
In this article I will be be addressing pain management it a very general sense. I will include articles on more localized, specific pain at a later date.
The first step in pain management should be to take a look at your lifestyle. What you eat and drink, how you take care of your mind and body. Many times by making healthy choices the pain we may live with can be minimized or even eliminated altogether.
Vitamins And Supplements To Help With Pain Management
- B vitamins
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
- MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)
Herbs That Can Help you Manage Your Chronic Pain
- Ginger Extract-has moderate pain reducing capabilities, and is useful in the treatment of nausea and vomiting caused by motion sickness, pregnancy, and cancer chemotherapy. Is also used as a digestive aid and can even be helpful for heart disease and cancer.It has with a good safety profile.
- Willow Bark-natures aspirin can help with inflammatory pain and stiffness. Useful in treating headaches, low back pain, osteoarthritis, menstrual cramps, fever, flu, tendinitis, and bursitis. People who must avoid the use of aspirin should also not use willow bark.
- Devil’s Claw-is an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and digestive stimulant. Helpful in treating back pain, neck pain, arthritis, osteoarthritis, tendinitis, and related conditions.
- Turmeric and Curcumin-has a good safety profile and has been shown to have strong anti-inflammatory properties, some studies have shown it to be as effective as cortisone and phenylbutazone in reducing inflammation. It’s thought to help prevent prostrate cancer, colon cancer, liver disease caused from overuse of alcohol and prescription pain-killers.
- Boswellia-an anti-inflammatory herb for treating rheumatoid arthritis, chronic colitis, Chron’s disease, and back pain and stiffness. It’s safety is not well studied and it’s long term effects on the body are unknown, so as with all remedies herbal or otherwise you should consult your doctor before using them.
- Cramp Bark and Black Haw-for the treatment of spasmodic pain, can help prevent threaten miscarriage, relieve uterine cramps, painful periods, asthma, and muscle spasms.
- Mints-peppermint, spearmint, ect. have a cooling effect when applied externally and are good for muscle pain and stiffness, arthritis, and nerve pain (such as from a from spinal cord injury.)
- Rosemary-known as a principle stimulant, the essential oil of rosemary is known to relieve headache pain, while improving digestion and detoxification, it can also increase circulation.Drink the tea as an anti-inflammatory, as well as relieving menstrual cramps.
- Epsom Salts-magnesium sulfate has both anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties. It’s great for relieving aching limbs, muscle strains, and back aches. In addition it’s known to help heal cuts and abrasions, reduce soreness from childbirth, and relieve colds and congestion. Feeling stressed? Stress robs our body of magnesium and Epsom salts not only help relax the stress away but replace our depleted magnesium too.
- Angelica-contains anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and anodyne properties, and has been used for centuries for the treatment of arthritic conditions.
- Allspice-drink as a tea to relive muscle soreness, cramps, arthritis pain, and toothaches. Also aids digestion, relieves gas and bloating, and can ease nausea. Allspice also helps control blood sugar level swings, which can reduce food cravings and help with dieting.
- Aloe-best straight from the plant, good for burns, asthma, some forms of arthritis, aching joints, bursitis, sore muscles, muscle strains, cold sores, and virtually any skin disorder.
- Meadowsweet-anti-inflammatory, diuretic, astringent, once used to make aspirin. Relieves acid indigestion, diarrhea, colitis, gastritis, peptic ulcers, and hiatus hernia.
- Feverfew-another anti-inflammatory, helps relive headaches even migraine headaches, arthritis, fever (hence it’s name), and menstrual pain.
- Ashwagandha-has long been used to treat rheumatism, high blood pressure, immune dysfunctions, erectile dysfunction, memory loss, nervous exhaustion, weak muscles, insomnia, depression, any stress related disorders or when you may be under stress for any reason.
- Arthcare Oil-an anti-arthritic herbal formula also strengthens bone tissues, and skeletal and neuromuscular systems. It can bring relief to backaches, muscular strains, joint pain, and rheumatic arthritis.
- Hot Peppers-the ingredient that makes peppers hot, Capsaicin, has been found effective in treating pain from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, post-surgical pain and nausea, cluster headaches and chronic headaches, diabetic neuropathy, toothaches, colds and flu, and the itching and inflammation of psoriasis. It’s also been found recently to be effective, surprisingly, in the treatment of peptic ulcers. It can help clear the lungs and is beneficial in treating other pulmonary conditions.
- Licorice Root-has been found to be helpful in treating stomach ulcers, heart disease, some studies found help for symptoms of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and menopause.
- Yucca-helps relieve the swelling, pain, and stiffness of arthritic conditions as well as general muscle fatigue, sinus headaches, backaches, joint discomfort and inflammation, muscle spasms in the neck or back, and migraine headaches.
All medicines whether natural or synthetic should be taken only with the knowledge and under the supervision of your doctor, or health care provider. While generally exhibiting fewer side effects than their prescription counterparts, natural herbs and supplements can and do pose risks if taken carelessly. Do your homework and know what you’re putting in your body.
Use Your Mind to Control Your Pain
Your mind can be a very powerful tool to help manage your pain. Here are some techniques to take a closer look at in your quest to find a prescription drug-free method of pain management.
- CBT (Cognative Behavioral Therapy)
- Relaxation Therapies
- Neuromuscular Training
You may find your chronic pain can be helped or even eliminated by just making healthy choices in your day to day life.
Eat a proper diet, rich in healthy foods that supply plenty of protein, and fat, (yes your body does need some fat) vitamins, and minerals, and everything your body needs to maintain health.
Make sure you supply your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs to rebuild and repair itself. I always recommend taking a good muti-vitamin daily, whether you think you need supplementation or not.
Also exercise everyday, even if it’s only 20 minutes, I recommend aerobic exercise, as then you are exercising your heart, lungs, ect.
Maintain a positive outlook on life, work at being happy and healthy, your mind is a very powerful tool, learn to control your mind and your body and you might be surprised at what you can overcome!
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