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Surviving Chronic Pain

May 20, 2017

A doctor’s appointment is never fun, especially when you leave with a diagnosis for a condition that causes chronic pain. I, myself, deal with Fibromyalgia and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) – two conditions that cause me extreme discomfort on a daily basis.

I was lucky enough to have a doctor who shared my views on medicine. That is, medicine should be kept to an absolute minimum. I’m not saying don’t take medicine because that’s not going to solve anything. However, for me, dealing with pain had become such a normal part of my life that I decided to go a more natural route rather than putting myself on a medication and dealing with the pain for the rest of my life. With the help of my doctor (and that’s the important part here - always discuss your health choices with your doctor), I was able to implement three things that helped me survive my chronic pain.

 

First, as my doctor said, stretching is the best 'medicine' for fibromyalgia. Exercise helps eliminate some of the pain from both Fibromyalgia and PCOS. So, every morning and night, I try to stretch out my pain. I stretch my shoulders, my hips, my thighs, my ankles, my wrists. I stretch anything that can give me a bit of relief. During the day, I try my best to walk. I love walking more than some people love coffee and, while it is more painful at first, a simple fitness routine has gone a LONG way with helping my body to feel more loose and manageable.

 

In conjunction with stretching and exercising, I’ve started taking vitamins every day. I’m not going to lie, I take vitamin after vitamin after vitamin. I assure you if I skip a day or skip one of those vitamins, I feel it. They have a huge impact on how my body functions on a daily basis and they help me feel so much better, too. Here’s a list of what works for me. Feel free to try a few and see how you feel!

 

Morning Vitamins:

Multi-Vitamin

B Vitamin Complex

Iron

Coldwater Omega-3 (Melaleuca Brand)

Replenex Extra Strength (Melaleuca Brand)

 

Evening Vitamins:

Vitamin D (2000 units)

Magnesium

Replenex Extra Strength (Melaleuca Brand)

Rest EZ (Melaleuca Brand)

 

All of these supplements aid in keeping me awake during the day and dealing with inflammation, even for that late night joint pain. 

 

Lastly, my doctor encouraged me to change aspects of my diet in order to help decrease the inflammation in my joints. This included cutting out gluten (I could never get fully on board with this…I love bread WAY too much), cutting down on sugar, eating more fruits and veggies, and cutting out fast food and fried food. Sounds easy, right? Ha! No. But I did it. I took things that I wasn’t too attached to and switched them for a gluten free option (rice crackers in place of regular crackers, for example) and I started eating clean. Let me tell you, I feel so much better for it!

 

All three of these things combined and I’m able to survive my chronic pain. Of course, it is on a day-by-day basis, but these tasks have helped to greatly decrease the amount of pain that I’m in, so I stick with them. There are a ton of options for dealing with chronic pain. Talk to your doctor (or nutritionist) to see what might work for you. Be sure to check with both your doctor and a pharmacist before trying any new supplements in conjunction with any other prescribed medications. Some interactions can occur and it’s better to be on the safe side.

 

What are you going to do to manage your pain today? I suggest going for a walk and thinking on it.

 

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