Chronic pain is defined as pain that persists for longer than 12 weeks despite medication or treatment. It’s been estimated by WHO (The World Health Organization) that about 1 out of 5 or more people globally suffer from moderate to sever chronic pain (some surveys claim higher in people of African descent. The most prevalent types of chronic pain include: arthritis, joint pain, back pain and neck pain. Chronic pain of course can have an affect on us mentally and spiritually as well as physically. It can stop us or dissuade us from being social and going to events with loved ones, doing much needed exercises to keep the body in a healthier state, or even have a negative effect on our close relationships, cause lost time from work and lead to depression.
The most prevalent types of chronic pain include: arthritis, joint pain, back pain and neck pain. Cancer pain is also high on the list. Headaches and nerve pain register high on the list as well.
If the underlying cause of the pain is not diagnosed and cured or minimum a way to decrease the pain isn’t found, of course this can lead to an entire gamut of physical ailments and mental states. Some people may even contemplate suicide to get a release from the pain, and that’s truly tragic. So as you can see, chronic pain is something that should be taken very seriously in the health care world and to the individual who is suffering.
DISCLAIMER: The following is just my humble opinions from living with chronic pain at any given time in my adult life. I suffer less from arthritis pain now than ever before, however, my search is still on for complete relief naturally and restoration of my body to be 100% pain free. Always consult your health care provider before implementing any medical changes for your safety.
➡️First and foremost, the first goal should be to get to the root of the problem. What’s causing the chronic pain?
➡️Once the pain source is identified, it needs to be assessed what treatment is best for that particular patient considering underlying medical conditions, previous treatment for pain if any and what the outcome was, goals of the patient for the relief of the pain.
➡️Choosing a course of natural therapy:
Physical Therapy can help to not only reduce certain types of chronic pain but to cure as well. There are no side effects like medications can have, it can be tailored to the patients’ needs, it’s highly supported by medial research, and it helps to improve physical activity.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to recognize that we need to eat life giving food. If you suffer from being overweight and also have joint disease and pain or just can’t seem to get around like you want to due to lack of energy and the excess weight, YOU NEED A LIFESTYLE CHANGE! Not pointing any fingers but if the shoe fits….well you know the rest. So many things we suffer from are curable with just intaking a more healthy diet and as a great side effect, all of that excess weight will drop off little by little. The healthy eating habits are for the duration of a lifetime. What it takes to get us healthy also we need to keep it going to maintain the health. A lot of people are going as vegan as possible and if meat is eaten, it’s very seldom. In my case, once twice a week my family will have chicken with dinner or salmon. I’m currently working on decreasing my family’s intake of eggs to once or twice a week, which I have incorporated for myself personally. Believe it or not, going vegan is much more affordable than purchasing meat and you still get a great intake of not only protein, but fiber, carbs and all of the vitamins and minerals the body needs. The key is variety. Vegan is not boring, it actually opens up a whole new world of tastes, textures and creativity in cooking. Going raw is always the healthiest and juicing fruits and veggies is a great way to meet your nutritional goals without popping so many vitamin pills and capsules. All of these healthy changes lead to decreased inflammation in the body, fat loss, decreased blood pressure, reverses the effects of diabetes, decreased bad cholesterol and so forth. I’m definitely more healthy than in my 30’s and 40’s. GIVE IT A TRY!
Essential Oils, Herbs and Roots
The use of essential oils such as lavender, rosemary, peppermint and others have been used for thousands of years. I personally use Blackseed Oil to help to decrease inflammation in the body and it works wonders for me. I accidently went without it for about 3 weeks (not paying attention that I purchase Black Cumin Oil instead). When I began to feel a return in back pain from almost 2 years ago, I examined the bottle more closely 😨…..no wonder, this wasn’t my Blackseed Oil! I quickly went out the next day to purchase it and got back on it and my pain indeed came back down to a more manageable level. At times I have no pain at all. Some essential oils are strictly to be use externally. Please see the link above for more information on usage.
I am a firm believer in the healing power of tumeric and ginger as well. I believe all that suffer from chronic pain should incorporate these into their diets. Buying the roots themselves or from powder is best in my experience than using pills but get a reputable product should you opt for the pills. Make sure the tumeric has black pepper included to make it bioavailable (absorbed for usage).
Apple Cider Vinegar
This is a well known remedy for certain inflammatory types of pain and so much more. Please see my link on ACV (as well as Blackseed Oil and vegan recipes for more information:
Kailo Pain Relief Patch
This is a patch with new technology that works on the concept of interacting with your body’s natural electrical system to reduce pain signals in order to help you feel better. Each patch contains millions of micro-capacitors that operate as a bio antenna, allowing the brain and pain location to communicate more clearly and effectively. You can wear it for 5-10 minutes or all day. It doesn’t cure the pain but will give those suffering from the pain relief. See the vid in the link for more info.
Other Natural Remedies: Devices like B Cure Laser (laser therapy), Acupunture and Meditation
Acupuncure and Meditation are said to be very effective, however, I think if you have a fear of needles acupuncture is out for most people and a lot of people are just plain skeptical. Meditation is always a great source for centering and may aid in decreasing the pain because of the decrease in stress that can result.
A quote about B Cure Laser:
The LLLT (Low Level Laser Therapy), as its 2021 prospectus stated, is used “for the treatment of pain, orthopedic problems, wounds, inflammations and other health phenomena”, and this, “in accordance with the indications approved by the Ministry of Health”. The device even underwent several trials designed to confirm its effectiveness.Globes- Gali Weinreb
➡️Evaluation of therapy/treatment:
Once you’ve chosen the treatment plan that you feel is right for you along with your healthcare provider, give it a predetermined amount of time to work. Most things worthwhile do not show instant results, however, it all depends on the therapy, the individual and the type of pain that is being targeted. Look back at your goal for the treatment that you predetermined before you started with the decided on therapy. It’s ok after the set period of time to say that it did not meet your set goals in that determined period of time and move on if need be to something else. Perhaps adding on to the therapy may even yield better results, like a combination approach.
➡️Above all, have a support group of family and friends that will help you when the disappointments come and lean on the Most High. Prayer changes things and He is always failthful!