Suffering from chronic pain greatly reduces your quality of life, it takes a toll on you both physically and emotionally. The standard treatment methods for chronic pain are medications, however, there are some natural ways that seem to lessen your chronic pain. Learn to treat your chronic pain naturally with these simple and effective home remedies.
According to the study conducted by National Institute of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), around 50 million adults in America suffer from severe or chronic pain. Any pain that lasts for more than 12 weeks, and does not respond to treatment is termed as chronic pain. When you suffer from this type of pain, it can either be continuous or sporadic, agonizing or mild, completely debilitating or merely troublesome. Chronic pain generally occurs because the pain signals remain active in your nervous system, sometimes even for years.
Chronic pain is a persistent condition, and greatly affects your quality of life because it makes simple tasks like working and socializing difficult. MoRE often than not, chronic pain stems from arthritis, joint pain, back pain, headaches, and pain from a previous injury. It can also be a result of carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, muscle pain, sinus pain, and nerve pain. Along with its physical effects, chronic pain also affects your emotional well being by leading to depression, anxiety, stress, and fatigue.
The symptoms associated with chronic pain include mild to severe pain that refuses to go away, soreness, stiffness, a feeling of discomfort, sleeplessness, loss of appetite, fatigue, changes in your mood, lessened activity, and a weakened immune system. Because pain is very subjective, there is no particular test that can locate and measure pain accurately. Therefore, your doctor has to rely on your own description about the location, type, and the timing of the pain.
Once your doctor identifies the causes of chronic pain, the next step is to decide how to relieve it successfully. It is important to note that the pain remedies that work for one person, may or may not work for another person. In simple terms, customized treatment plans are the best treatment plans for chronic pain. The most typical medications used for the treatment of chronic pain are anticonvulsants, antidepressants, opioids, muscle relaxants, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs. You may also be given certain nerve block injections such as epidural steroid injection and facet joint injection to relieve your chronic pain.
Although these medications and injections do help in alleviating the chronic pain, they also cause some harmful side effects. If you prefer more natural methods to treat your chronic pain, there are various simple and effective home remedies available that are known to provide relief. These are:
There is no other natural herb that compares to turmeric when it comes to treating inflammatory conditions. Considered to be one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory herbs, turmeric has been used as a home remedy to treat gout, arthritis, sciatica, and several other autoimmune disorders. Research has shown that when turmeric used in combination with bromelain and Devil’s claw, it provided significant pain relief for patients with osteoarthritis. An assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine and anesthesiology at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Charles Kim, said, “It’s often found in spicy foods, very much in Indian cooking. Studies have shown it has definite anti-inflammatory properties”.
Ginger is regarded to be best natural painkiller because of the presence of a compound called ‘gingerol’. Gingerol is an anti-inflammatory compound that reduces inflammation, thereby reducing your chronic pain. Ginger also contains certain substances like zingerone and shogaol that are renowned for analgesic properties similar to that of ibuprofen or aspirin. A study conducted in 2005 showed that ginger reduces inflammation and pain more effectively than the typical pain medications like aspirin. And it does all this without any side effects.
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