Chronic Pain

Dealing with Inexplicable Pains

This happens much more often than you’d think- you’re experiencing extreme pain, so you go to your physician to have it checked out.

However, the only thing he/she can do is tell you to go home and take something and then lie down for a bit because he/she can’t really find anything to explain why you’re experiencing this pain. Here are some tips on how to deal with that unexplained pain.

First of all, before you head out for a visit with your physician, think about your nutritional status. Magnesium and Vitamin D3 are both very effective for naturally controlling pain levels, but most people don’t get enough of either one of them. Between 1975- the early 1990s, magnesium in foods decreased by approximately 1/3.

It is naturally anti-spasmodic and is necessary for over 300 cellular actions in the body. Therefore, unless you’re eating lots of seaweed or you’re taking lots of supplements, you’re going to need to make sure you’re getting at least 800 milligrams per day. Since the advent of sunscreen and working indoors, natural levels of Vitamin D3 have also taken a nosedive.

You should see your physician to have a blood test to find out your Vitamin D3 levels, and they should be somewhere between 60-100 ng per milliliter. Vitamin D3 is essential for bone health and to prevent bone pain, as well as all kids of other diseases and disorders.

How to Deal With Unexplained Pains

Finally, if you’re experiencing restless leg syndrome, you can try to increase your iron intake. However, this should be done by consuming red meat because iron supplements can cause heart problems.

Keep a journal of your pain for a few days or so before going to visit your physician so that you will be able to describe the pain a little more clearly. You’ll need to be able to describe where you’re feeling the pain, when you feel the pain, things that make it better, and things that make it worse.

Often, physicians have difficulty diagnosing the source of pain if you can’t communicate clearly with them. So, make sure that you’re able to give your physician a detailed explanation of what you’re feeling.

Keep in mind that physicians are typically not trained in alternative forms of pain relief. They will typically prescribe medications that can end up masking, not curing, problems and setting broken bones. In some cases, things such as chiropractic, osteopathy, acupuncture, physical therapy, massage, or other alternative therapies can provide much more effective relief than traditional medical treatments.

If you’re aware of what is causing your pain and you’re trying to eliminate it, you can take medications such as ibuprofen, aspirin, calpol, or neurofen until the problem is resolved. However, if you prefer to seek more natural treatments, consider turmeric, Jamaica dogwood, meadowsweet, willow bark, or corydalis yanhusuo.

On the other hand, if you’re not sure what is causing your pain, try to relax and not think about the pain. Do what you can to get on with life as you normally would. Watch some television or read a book. Also, meditation can also be very effective at treating pain that is a result of anxiety and tension.

Even though pain can make it very difficult to sleep, you should still try to make sure you’re getting enough of it. If you don’t get enough sleep, your pain will become worse.

Stress can be a major contributor to pain. So, if you work in a stressful environment, consider taking some time off work. If possible, take a vacation to get away from it all- and relax.

Be aware that many times, migraines and other extremely painful autoimmune disorders can be related to food allergies. Allergies to foods can cause the intestinal villi to become injured, which allows proteins to enter the blood stream, causing pain. Try eliminating certain foods. If you have autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, consider eliminating foods such as soy, gluten, corn, and dairy for a two-week period.

Most often, migraines are related to foods such as aged cheeses or chocolates and beverages such as coffee and wine. Take some time to jot down your symptoms and your pain on a scale of 1 to 10 both before and after, or you would end up forgetting how bad it was- or wasn’t.

You should also know that digestive disorders can cause severe pain. Stomachaches can be quite disturbing, but could pass in a short period of time. In some cases, they last for about an hour or so- sometimes longer.

However, they are your body’s way of signaling you that maybe you should think about making some changes in your diet. Drink some ginger tea or some mint tea and plenty of plain water and the stomachache should pass in a few hours. In doing this, you will clean out your body and the pain will go away.

If your pain is located in bones, joints, or muscles, it could be a result of excessive exercise. For muscle pain, consider drinking some pickle juice, or rubbing the area with a cooling liniment followed by a warming one. Allow your body a day or two in order to recover and soak in an Epsom salt bath. If your pain is unbearable, you should go see your physician immediately- it could be a broken bone. You don’t want to ignore any prolonged pain.

If the above techniques don’t get rid of your pain, you should find a new physician- one that will listen to you and work with you to treat your pain. Always remember that you shouldn’t panic or do lots of physical activity, as this could cause things to become much worse.

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