What makes Chronic Pain Worse?
Chronic pain or any type of pain is not something we like to live with. There are all different types of pain people live with. Avoiding foods for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Back Pain, Arthritis, Migraines and cramps to name but a few.
We all have pain at some point, some more chronic than others, but did you know what you eat and drink can either make the pain worse or better. I found this is out the hard way.
When I hurt my back I became aware of this after a visit to the chiropractor I was feeling so much better so decided I would have a glass of white wine with my friend who came to visit. The next day my back was worse than it was before I went to the chiropractor in the first place. I went straight back for another session -he then asked me what I had done after leaving his office. Innocently I said I had white wine with my girlfriend. He then informed me how it makes the pain worse and if I had to drink wine to change to red.
Therefore if you suffer with chronic pain from Arthritis, Back Pain and headaches, or have IBS or any other type of chronic pain take a look at the list of things to avoid.
Avoid these foods.
- Sugar, this includes anything with high sugar content including grapes
- Nightshade vegetables, eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes
- Trans fats and fried food – they cause inflammation
- Dairy Products
- Junk food
- White Wine
What is good to eat?
Fresh food as much as possible, organic, fresh and home cooked. When going out to eat you can easily order steamed vegetables, salads without dressings and drink red wine in moderation always 🙂 always make sure you drink plenty of water. Water helps you hydrate which also helps alleviate some of the pain.
I suffered a long time with a chronic back condition, 8mm herniated disc, 4 bulging discs and was told I may not be able to walk too well again. This injury caused me to be paralyzed from the neck down. I used only holistic methods, diet, meditation and holistic healers to aid in my recovery. I am pleased to say that I dance, run and have full body movement. Most of all I do not have any pain.
Flare ups happen from time to time and when they do it is usually because I have overdone the walking or dancing or the food and alcohol I have consumed.
We are all individuals and I constantly tell my clients that what is good for one person is not always good for another. We all have different metabolic rates, blood types and cultural differences. Learn to know your body, know your responses to the foods and drinks your consume. Keep a food and drink log, you will be surprised what you will learn about yourself when you read back what you have consumed.
Every day when you wake up sense how you are feeling, notice what level of pain you have and where it is in your body and write that down. Keep a log of everything you eat and drink for the day, at the end of the day sense how you are feeling again, has the pain got worse or has it moved or is it a different type of pain? Write this down. IF you are not feeling good and your pain is worse then look to see what you ate and drank, you will then be able to figure out what is affecting your body and blood type. If you are feeling great then repeat what you have done and you will always feel great 🙂
There are factors to consider when you are in pain all the time.
- Emotional State
- Physical State
If any or all of the above has a challenge or problem then pain usually is worse. Stress being the big factor. Again know your body and your circumstances and instead of being overwhelmed and in pain all the time put things in perspective and make your lists.
How to make it better
- Relax – when you are tense the pain is worse
- Meditate and let go of the pain
- Positive Affirmations
- Supportive supplements Organic
- Choose the right foods
- Organic or Homeopathic Pain Relief (I use Arnica gel and tablets)
If you are taking pain killers and medication please make sure you check with your medical practitioner before changing or adding anything to your medication.
Pain is not something we want to live with but we can take charge and control of it ourselves. Reducing pain makes for a less stressful life. Know your body and know what is good for it and what is not.
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