You may have seen the commercial for new drugs to deal with constipation caused by opioid and narcotic medications. I can tell you from personal experience extreme constipation is no joke. I shared last year how a serious negative reaction to a dental antibiotic caused severe constipation necessitating removal of part of my colon!
So I absolutely know how debilitating this problem can be. While I was recovering from surgery I was experiencing substantial pain and the doctor prescribed an opioid drug. He did, however, explain that it would not only help manage pain but also slow down everything, including my digestive system. Not wanting to create that problem again, I weaned myself off of the pain meds within the first 2 weeks home from the hospital. However, there are many people who experience chronic, daily pain and find they must use those meds just to be able to function.
What I learned about those drugs that really concerns me is that they actually change your brain, and quickly at that! The study conducted showed that just one month on morphine reduced volume of gray matter in the brain by 3%. I don’t know about you, but I need every bit of my gray matter.
Drugs like morphine, heroin and oxycodone have a chemical structure similar to your body’s endorphins, which allows them to use those endorphin receptors and eventually overtake their place in your body. Because we seek to feel good and these drugs hit those areas that cause those feelings, it’s easy to see why it is so easy to become addicted. Over the past 10 years as many as 100,000 Americans have died from opioid overdoses and millions have become addicted to the drugs. It is a serious, complex problem.
So what can you do if you suffer from a chronic pain issue? Well if it is from a joint issue like arthritis, eliminating gluten and nightshade vegetables can go a very long way in providing relief. Along with that, eliminating or at least severely reducing grains of all types and sugar will be very helpful. Uncovering and eliminating any foods that are causing allergic reactions for you is also an important step to take.
Don’t overlook things like chiropractic care, myofascial release and acupuncture. Including healthy fats in your diet like pasture butter, coconut oil, omega 3 fatty acids and cetyl myristoleate, an all-natural compound that may mediate certain substances associated with minor pain is another excellent step.
Natural supplements like turmeric, ginger, boswelia and bromelain are surprisingly effective as well. I use a combination of turmeric and ginger if I overdo and have back or knee pain and it has never failed to bring relief.
If you are dealing with a chronic pain condition, I encourage you to seek to address the underlying cause so that you don’t have to rely on narcotic and opioid medications long term.
If you deal with a chronic pain condition, how do you handle it?
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