Here is a shocking fact for you. Over 100 million Americans suffer with chronic pain. Majority of them are treating their pain issues through prescription medications, but what happens when the pain meds stop doing their job? When pain is an everyday occurrence, pain medications can seem like a magic cure for the pain. However, pain medications are only a Band-Aid for a deep-rooted problem. Here are some solutions on what to do once the pain medication stops working.
Find Natural Alternatives: Chances are that if you go to your doctor complaining about your pain medication not working, they are just going to put you on a different prescription, which will come with a whole new set of side effects. Instead, try to control the pain through natural alternative therapies. These therapies are not supposed to be a last ditch effort for your pain. Instead, they should be implemented early on for a safe and effective pain solution. Here are just a few to try:
- Chiropractor: Many times pain stems from a skeletal or nervous system level. If that is the case, a chiropractor can provide wellness adjustments that can help alleviate the pain.
- Massage: Massages provide immediate pain relief and relaxation, as well as therapy for muscles and joints. Deep tissue massages allow stored toxins to be released.
- Acupressure or Acupuncture: These treatments may provide pain relief since it pinpoints the location of the pain.
- Herbs and Supplements: Some natural supplements can help with pain management, but they should be talked over thoroughly with a doctor. Never take any supplement without your doctor’s blessing and without doing your own personal research.
Change Your Mindset: When it comes to chronic pain, your mind can actually make it better or worse. That’s right. Your thoughts are more powerful than you imagined. Instead of thinking negative thoughts when the pain flares up, try keeping a positive attitude. This of course is easier said than done, but it does work. Also, if you run for your bed when the pain comes, you are only more susceptible to fall depressed and experience heightened pain. Try to do something enjoyable despite your pain, such as grabbing a coffee with a friend or seeing a movie you’ve wanted to see.
Target Inflammation in Your Body: Another important thing you can do for your pain is to change your diet. If your diet contains inflammation-causing foods, such as processed foods, too much sodium, fast foods, alcohol, and more, it is time to make a change. Eating a healthier diet and getting regular, low impact exercise can make huge changes in your pain levels.
No one likes to live with pain, but medication is not the only solution out there. Try these three tips when your pain begins to flare up. Hopefully you will be able to find a natural solution for your pain that does not require a prescription.
Remember to always consult your chiropractor or doctor before taking any health advice.
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