We’ve all dealt with some form of joint pain or back pain our entire life. When we were young and bullet proof this joint/back pain was short lived. But as we age, say in our 50’s, the pain we endure seems to be an every day issue. We then ask ourselves, what can I do or what can I take to relieve the pain, whether it be joint or back related. As a rule, most of us consult our family physician for advice. In my case the doctor’s approach to treat the joint/back pain were steroid injections, prescription muscle relaxers and opioid pain medicine. Your liver can only process so much steroid medication, whether it’s administered by injection or orally. Muscle relaxers do assist in relieving pain to some extent. But muscle relaxers alone will not stop the pain. Opioid Pain Medication is a different animal all in itself. The normal dosage is 1 pill every four to six hours taken in conjunction with a muscle relaxer. You’re prescription is usually written for a 30 day supply. Opioid Medications are addictive if not taken as prescribed. Note: Due to the abuse of Opioid Medications the FDA has cracked down on how these drugs are managed. Most pharmacies today supply you with a pamphlet regarding side effects for any / all prescription drugs. Please do not disregard or ignore this information. Also make sure your physician cross checks for potential reactions with other medications you are taking. I managed to wean myself off of Opioid Pain Medications by researching alternative means to relieve my joint and back pain. When it comes to joint and back pain there’s other ways to relieve your pain. Diet Change, Exercise, Supplements, Ergonomic-Posture Change and Reducing Stress are a few that come to mind.
I have had some really good results with dietary supplements and therapeutic type exercise on a daily basis to relieve my pain. As I have stated in my bio I use a spice called Turmeric, sold as a dietary supplement, for the inflammation issues in my lower and upper back, shoulder arthritis, Plantar Fasciitis, and knee joint discomfort. Stretch exercises help to loosen up my joints and get the blood flowing which reduces the pain. Another thing that hinders the reduction of inflammation and pain is lack of Hydration. I drink on an average of 150 ounces minimum of water every day. I do not drink cola products and haven’t for 12 years now. I do drink my two maybe three cups of coffee daily and maybe once a month I may drink a beer. I do enjoy a good Merlo Wine.
My hopes are that through this venue we can all share what has or has not worked for each of us.
Pain: As per Merriam-Webster
Medical Definition of pain
1a: a state of physical, emotional, or mental lack of well-being or physical, emotional, or mental uneasiness that ranges from mild discomfort or dull distress to acute often unbearable agony, may be generalized or localized, and is the consequence of being injured or hurt physically or mentally or of some derangement of or lack of equilibrium in the physical or mental functions (as through disease), and that usually produces a reaction of wanting to avoid, escape, or destroy the causative factor and its effects <was in constant pain>
1b: a basic bodily sensation that is induced by a noxious stimulus, is received by naked nerve endings, is characterized by physical discomfort (as pricking, throbbing, or aching), and typically leads to evasive action
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