5 ways to deal with chronic pain without medication
We hear it all the time, “I really need to be taking this medication,” or “I have so much pain and actually need this,” and “The doctor prescribed it so it should be okay.” It’s a constant battle for people in recovery, live with the pain or take the medication and not be sober? What are the different options that are available for situations such as these? I’ve been researching for different remedies for pain and natural ways to help decrease the pain. Whether you suffer from back pain, migraines, arthritis, menstrual cramps or whatever it may be, there are other options besides pain medication.
5 ways to deal with chronic pain without medication: Exercise
Of course, one of the most important things you can do for pain is exercise. When we exercise, we release endorphins and that helps to relieve any pain. It also makes us happier and can help to block pain signals from reaching your brain. Exercise gives you energy, makes you feel happier, healthier and you’re taking good care of your body in the process. You can lose weight, which also can reduce certain types of pain.
5 ways to deal with chronic pain without medication: Meditation
Meditating can also be very helpful in helping take away pain. It helps keep you focused on the now and not the past or future, staying in the moment and relaxing. In a study by researchers from the University of Manchester, It was found that people who meditate regularly found pain to be less unpleasant, most likely because they spent less time anticipating it.
5 ways to deal with chronic pain without medication: Healthy Diet
Keeping up with a healthy diet can also make a big difference on your body and pain level. If you eat the correct foods to keep your body healthy you can actually prevent more pain than you realize. Highly processed and high-sugar junk foods, such as pastries, French fries, candy, soda, fast food, etc., can cause inflammation in your body, whereas fruits and vegetables are natural anti-inflammatories.
5 ways to deal with chronic pain without medication: Vitamins and Supplements
Taking vitamins and supplements can also help reduce your pain and keep you healthy, also. There are a good amount of vitamins that are believed to help relieve pain, such as: zinc, omega-3, vitamin D, fish oil, different spices and even organic foods.
5 ways to deal with chronic pain without medication: Music
Music can also be very calming for your mind and body. There are actually studies that suggest if you listen to music for just an hour during the day, it can help decrease your pain. I think that music is good for any type of pain or situation. In my opinion, music is good for the body, mind and soul.
For whatever type of pain you are suffering from, always make sure to consult your doctor before trying to use certain methods to relieve that pain. These are just a couple great ideas instead of using pain medications but I know that there are many more out there. Personally, if I want to be sober bad enough, I’ll do anything to make it happen. Even laughter can be great medicine, there are so many different ideas for pain relief. It’s all about finding what works for you and what can help you deal with the pain you suffer from. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-888-672-4435.