When you’re newly diagnosed with a chronic pain condition, you have 2 important decisions to make around pain management.

  1. Will you include prescription painkillers?

  2. Or will you choose drug-free strategies?

It may come as a surprise to learn that more women are opting to manage their chronic pain in a natural way.

They are doing so without the aid of habit-inducing pain relievers. How is this possible?

By using the following as a guide, this will help you make the right decision for you.

Why Choose Drug-Free as An Option?

While narcotic painkillers have their place in rain relief, particularly for acute or short-term pain.

The downside is they can be dangerous when it comes to treating chronic pain.

Long-term daily use of opioid drugs is associated with physical dependence.

Patients in a state of dependence experience painful withdrawal symptoms if the drug is stopped and must be extremely careful about combining opioids with other medications.

And while dependence isn’t the same as addiction, it does put you at risk.

Five percent of people who take opioids as directed for one year will develop an addiction, according to MedlinePlus and the National Institutes of Health.

The line between dependence and addiction isn’t always clear-cut

For this reason, it’s important if you are using prescription painkillers familiarize yourself with the most commonly abused prescription opiates as well as the warning signs of prescription drug abuse.

It’s clear that prescription painkillers aren’t a harmless treatment for chronic pain.

But what else can chronic pain sufferers do to find relief?

While there’s no simple cure for chronic pain, there is an assortment of lifestyle strategies you can use to minimize pain in everyday life.

Your new lifestyle to healing internally emerges!

Pain Management By Reducing StimulantsYour food choices have the ability to increase or decrease inflammation in your body.

Therefore, switching to an anti-inflammatory diet is recommended as a way to moderate chronic pain.

This is a huge adjustment for many Americans women who love their morning coffee to get going early in the morning before their workday.

In its strictest form, an anti-inflammatory diet cuts out:

  • Simple carbohydrates

  • Red meat, and dairy

  • Limits consumption of poultry

Grains, and starchy vegetables like potatoes and corn. Instead, it structures meals around vegetables, fruit, and fish.

Giving consideration to your lifestyle, an anti-inflammatory diet, may not be the best choice for you in terms of pain.

An easy way to make gradual diet improvements:

  • start by cutting out soda

  • removing white bread

  • reducing consumption of dairy

In addition to making better food choices, when you suffer from chronic pain, it’s so important that you limit your consumption of alcohol and caffeine.

Caffeine impacts sleep quality, ultimately worsening chronic pain over time.

Boston University School of Medicine mentions, “using alcohol to self-medicate puts sufferers on a dangerous path toward addiction”.

Does exercise help you or hurt pain management?

Knee Problems Pain ManagementExercise?? It’s not easy to exercise when you’re in pain and fatigued.

But an active lifestyle is highly effective at mitigating the symptoms of chronic pain.

In the short term, pain management exercise releases:

  • endorphins that reduce your perception of pain

  • improve your mood

  • promote self-esteem and positivity

Over time, exercise can build strength and range of motion, shave off excess weight, and improve sleep and energy levels.

If you have an injury, you will find that your body benefits from working with a physical therapist who can help you to identify or target muscle groups so that exercise is more tolerable for you.

Physical therapists can prescribe stretches and exercises to build functionality and monitor progress over time.

Alternative medicines as a choice to live your fullest

It seems like, women who need extra help coping with pain have a few places to turn.

Chiropractic care brings can definitely bring relief to the certain chronic pain that you may suffer with.

Especially if you have back pain or headaches, through the use of spinal manipulation and rehabilitative exercise.

Acupuncture provides safe pain relief for a wide variety of conditions, including sciatica, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia.

Most noteworthy is that a massage offers temporary relief and relaxation during flare-ups of localized pain.

sonaturelle wellnessSome health insurance plans cover chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage, making holistic pain care more accessible to many Americans.

Drug-free pain management isn’t the easiest path.

However, unlike prescription painkillers, adopting these lifestyle strategies can reduce pain over the long term.

Unfortunately, it can take some experimentation for chronic pain sufferers to find the pain management strategies that work for them.

Instead of feeling discouraged when something doesn’t work fast.

The opposite would be to take solace in the fact that you’re making progress toward a healthier, more pain-free life.

Pain management found on retreat.

Article submitted by guest blogger Julia Merril at BefriendYourdoc.org

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Milan Perry, HHP, MH provides Healthy Lifestyle Coaching for successful women 50+, holistically oriented who are at a point in life where they need more to take her health to a higher level. She is Board Certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Certified in Herbalism and is a Culinary graduate.

As a herbalist. healthy lifestyle coach, menu planner, busy wife. The “joie de vivre” is wine + anti-aging (not in that order). She coaches women that have tried the fad diets of quick weight loss of 20 pounds without success.

Moving past that, you’re at a point in life where you feel more in touch with your need of well-being.

If you’re still struggling with trying to maintain your weight and feel as confident as you used to, schedule your FREE ‘Chic Women Don’t Diet’ Makeover call with Milan.

….stay BEAUTIFUL and HEALTHY,

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