For the past ten years, I have been suffering from chronic pain.
I was trying so hard to be this Amazonian Wonder Woman, and it finally caught up with me. Six months ago I found myself in a horrible dark place, as my entire body seemed to shut down all at once. Wham! Bam! Boom! It was like a supervillain kicked my ass. From head to toe, my pain felt way worse than childbirth, and I’ve had two ten-pound babies. For those of you who suffer from chronic pain its no joke. I happen to suffer from the evil plantar fasciitis on both feet and the very sneaky spinal stenosis. I call it sneaky because in my case I never know when it is going to flare up. This chronic pain has affected almost every aspect of my life. Dancing, hooping, exercising, walking, sitting, standing, sleeping and sometimes even laughing can be pure agony.
I’ve seen four doctors throughout the years, and their opinions vary slightly. Surgery, physical therapy, and weight loss seem to be the central themes. After comparing each doctor’s views, I have concluded that I do not want surgery and I need to get my body healthy from the inside out.
Back Health Journey
Restless nights followed by achy mornings
According to Statistics 8 out of 10 American will suffer from chronic pain at one point in their lives. When you are in pain, you are always on the lookout for the latest and greatest back pain remedies.
During my journey, I investigated and purchased a wide array of treatments. Gadgets, gizmos, ointments, treatments you name it. Here are the top 10 remedies that have been working wonders for me.
Being raised a devout Catholic, I’m no stranger to the idea that faith in God can help to heal you. My faith in God has helped me to manage my pain and ease my mind. Studies have shown that people who pray daily are healthier than those who don’t. That sounds good enough for me. This summer I’ve been reading a book called, The Secret of The Rosary written in the 17th century by St. Louis De Montfort. This book is not only informative but enlightening as it explains how powerful praying the Holy Rosary is. It’s also an easy read and very relatable.
2. Infrared Suana
Infrared Sauna uses light to create heat waves. The infrared energy directly penetrates into your body tissue. The heat helps release toxins, promote circulation and ease joint pain. The heat waves are great for relieving stress, which often comes hand in hand when suffering from chronic pain. I use my infrared sauna at least three times a week. I enjoy just sitting in the dry heat letting my body relax and sweating it out. I have noticed an overall improvement in how I feel, not to mention it does wonders for my skin.
3. Losing weight
I’m just stating a fact; I’m incredibly overweight. I currently weigh over 200lbs, and I’m only 5’6. As of today, I’ve had over six doctors tell me that I need to lose weight. All this extra weight around my core add extra pressure to my spine, joints, and feet. Since I can no longer do any strenuous exercise, I have to rely on my cleaning up my diet and exercising more wisely.
According to WebMD, over 33 million Americans have tried acupuncture.
Acupuncture, a traditional Chinese form of healing, has been around since 6000 BCE. It uses thin needles which are then inserted into specific points of the body to help restore energy or chi as is sometimes referred. It rebalances your Ying and Yang so to speak. When your chi is balanced, your body can start to heal itself. I try to visit my acupuncturist at least every other week. If I am having a flare up, I go in once a week. I have had excellent results, at times I felt immediate relief. It works!
Stand up straight, listen to your mother
I suppose I can say that years of slouching have started taking its toll on my spine. Having good posture can help prevent injuries and overall damage to your spine. Two types of postures are essential for overall spine health. Static posture, which is how you hold yourself when you are not moving. Dynamic posture, which is how you carry yourself when you are moving. I have learned to become more aware of my posture throughout the day as well as practicing daily posture exercises.
I do not take opioids or antidepressants I refuse to put those chemicals into my body. I have been medicating with cannabis for four years. These days, it’s not all about smoking a joint and getting high. Today there are several more sophisticated forms of medicating with marijuana. Edibles, topicals, tinctures, bath bombs, are just some of the ways to treat your pain. Cannabis also helped me battle a bout of depression that came along with my latest pain episode. When your body is broken, your mind can be quick to follow.
And don’t forget the CBD products. CBD heals pain and fights inflammation without giving you that “high” or “stoned” feeling. Daily CBD supplements have helped to reduce my pain and flare-ups.
7. Ice Ice Baby
I’ve found that during my flareups ice therapy provides me with almost immediate relief. It helps numb the tissues around the area and reduces inflammation. This is my one of the best ice pads I’ve found.
Its filled with a gel that freezes quickly, and is large enough to cover the entire back area.
8. Acupressure pads
Acupressure pads are just like laying on a bed of nails. The padded mat is covered in spikey plastic buttons. The spikes target your acupressure points. The acupressure points release endorphins that help promote blood circulation and reduce pain. I use mine at least 5-10 minutes daily.
9. Orthopedic inserts
When you are out of alignment, your whole body suffers. Orthopedic inserts help to align your feet which help ease stress on our joints and spine. I recently visited a place called, The Good Feet Store and purchased a few pairs of orthopedic inserts. I can personally say that I have noticed an overall improvement with my pain. These have worked like magic for me.
10. SoundBath meditation
A sound bath is a form of mediation that uses Tibetan singing bowls, gongs, and crystal quartz bowls to create sounds that help to heal your body from the inside out. Sound bath has been scientifically proven to help relieve stress and calm your mind. When the sound reaches your brain, it triggers responses in the rest of your body. Your body starts to produce hormones and chemicals that help to relieve pain. I attended my first sound bath when I was at my worst. All I can say is that afternoon I walked into sound bath hunched over barely able to move my legs. Two hours later I felt calmer with very little pain.
I hope these pain remedies work as well for you as they did for me. As of today, I’ve been two months with little to no pain. I feel like I’m getting my life back, only this time it’s going to be better, I’m going to be better.