Reasons Your Pain Won’t Go AwayFebruary 9 2018
What you don’t know is hurting you.
Here are the main key takeaways to consider when you’re trying to figure out why your pain just won’t go away.
1. Inflammation, part of the normal repair process, may have gone awry
Cytokines are chemical messengers secreted by the body. They have effects ranging from inciting nerve repair to causing inflammation. In the case of chronic pain, we know that the microglia, which is the innate immune system in the central nervous system, are “stuck” in a mode where they continue to excrete predominantly inflammatory cytokines. Under normal circumstances, microglia will shift from producing inflammatory cytokines to making anti-inflammatory cytokines and call in other cells to initiate the normal repair process.
Balance is restored by eliminating all of the factors that caused the microglia to get turned on in the inflammatory state and then doing things such as meditation, exercise, getting adequate sleep, and using things such as low-dose naltrexone (LDN) and turmeric to get the microglia to go back to their resting state.
2. Allergies can make your pain worse
Anything that incites an inflammatory response in the body has a potential to spill over into the brain and worsen the inflammation in the central nervous system, as with fibromyalgia. The allergies are not the cause of the fibromyalgia, but something that is further aggravating it.
3. Your diet can cause inflammation
Start by thoroughly looking at your diet and make sure there is nothing still in your diet causing inflammation. For ongoing inflammation in the brain, turmeric may be helpful.
4. Your fatigue may be a symptom so don’t ignore it
Sleep is not a thing, but rather a series of different brain waves divided into stages 2, 3, 4, and REM. People who are deficient in 3 to 4 sleep will present with chronic pain. If you have sleep apnea, where you stop breathing at night, it can cause chronic pain. If you have restless leg syndrome, it can also cause chronic pain. A proper evaluation of the quality and amount of sleep is necessary for anyone suffering from chronic pain and depression.
5. A migraine problem isn’t just in your head–it’s in your nervous system
Dehydration, alcohol, bright lights are all triggers that can cause migraines. The underlying cause of a migraine is an irritated nervous system. The nervous system is irritated because of an underlying inflammatory condition in the brain. The key to preventing migraines is to identify what it is that’s causing the inflammation. Start with an anti-inflammatory diet of rice, fish, chicken, fresh fruits, and vegetables.
6. Overlapping problems can come from the same source
The basis of both the migraines and depression is inflammation in the brain. Yes, the two are related and the cause of the inflammation needs to be identified.
One of the reasons that you may not be able to lose weight might be related to either food allergies or sensitivities or mould toxicity. We know that the composition of the bacteria in your gut has a very significant effect on your ability to lose or maintain weight. Skinny people have different gut flora than people who are overweight. If you have other symptoms, it’s very likely you have a chronic inflammatory condition but the cause has not been discovered or addressed.
7. The underlying root cause may still need to be identified
Sometimes arthritis in knees and joints can be from Lyme disease, sometimes from rheumatoid arthritis, and sometimes from tendonitis. It can also be associated with food allergies and food sensitivities. The first issue is getting a clear diagnosis.
Complex regional pain syndrome, also known as CRPS, it is a horrific pain condition. There’s a number of patients who suffer from CRPS, and the solution can, unfortunately, be elusive. Again, it’s important to try and understand what it is that has caused the nervous system to be so hyper-reactive. Get evaluated for Lyme disease and its co-infections, celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and neurotoxins associated with mould, along with a number of other conditions.
Tinnitus can be an extremely difficult problem to address and can be a result of multiple issues and not a single problem. Meditation and yoga are extremely effective in reducing inflammation, as is curcumin. You also need to identify the causes of the inflammation, such as the trace mineral imbalances, as well as eliminate anything that may be poisoning your system.
If you’re still concerned about the pain you’re experiencing, schedule a health check with one of our medical professionals on 03 5229 5192 (Myers Street Family Medical Practice) or 03 5241 6129 (The Cottage Medical Centre).
Sourced from Rodale Wellness.