I’m going to say some things that are going to make some people pretty angry. That’s ok. It’s about time. You are entitled to your opinion, and I am entitled to mine.
For those who have chronic pain/illnesses who are taking: Painkillers, antidepressants, muscle relaxants, anti-anxiety medication, etc. I hope you will seriously consider doing something else. Try something else. I’m not talking about naturopaths, I’m going to make them angry here, too. Lately, I have seen a whole slew of friends diagnosed with “adrenal exhaustion”. If you take just a basic A&P class, you’ll know, that’s not really possible. Your adrenals don’t get exhausted like that. If your adrenals are really having a problem, a blood test can confirm it. Also, colonics – if you like them – well, . . . . , go ahead, but they don’t do a thing for you. Your body doesn’t need that to cleanse itself. It is designed for that. No help necessary. Baloney on that stuff, stop listening. They are making money off you. When the ‘cure’ for that doesn’t work, they’ve got something else. I’m sick of seeing people taken advantage of because they are desperate. BTW, painkillers, antidepressants, muscle relaxants, anti-anxiety meds, etc., are the western medical protocol for chronic pain/illness. When you take these drugs, and your body gets used to them and you have to have increasing doses of them, you’ll notice your healthcare provider even more determined to get rid of you. Yes, because they are being regulated, watched. When they prescribe too much to too many, they get rid of those patients. You have to find another doctor. You get accused of doctor shopping, and being an addict – not a good place to be.
Antidepressants, if you have not been diagnosed by a reputable mental health provider as clinically depressed, you have no business taking antidepressants. They change your brain chemistry. Your brain stops manufacturing the chemicals itself and becomes dependent on having the medicine to make them. A state worse than the first you were in. It is not helpful for chronic pain. It is a bandaid, a something to get you out of the office and off the doctor’s schedule, for a while.
The other day, I heard yet another ‘cure’. Yeah, vinegar, for just about everything. Did you know? It makes your bones stronger? Yeah, really – uh huh. Oh, you mix it with honey, yeah, because honey is a cure for everything, too. Well, honey for those allergic to bee/wasp stings, pollens, grasses, etc., can be deadly. And, vinegar – it is acetic acid. It doesn’t do anything PERIOD. It makes a great cleaner. If you mix it with baking soda, you can make ‘rockets’. Basic chemistry people, use your brain!!!! Acetic acid is not a cure for high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, arthritis or anything else. It will make your windows shine. Again, it’s a nice cleaner. I use it for my countertops and windows.
Also, Neurontin (gabapentin) and Lyrica – look up the literature on them – they are about as good as a placebo for pain. Neurontin is prescribed about as frequently as sugar pills. Don’t bother. It can make you sleepy, but if you don’t have epilepsy, it’s really not going to do much for you. It can make you gain weight, and sweat, but that’s about it. And, when you do read the literature, thoroughly, you will find they have no idea how it works on neurogenic pain. It doesn’t. I have neurogenic pain. Fortunately, I had a dad smart enough to tell me not to take that stuff. He said it makes a nice living for the pharmacist, and the drug company; otherwise, again – baloney!!! Yeah, that’s going to make people happy. Figure it this way, if a doctor is willing to give you multiple refills on the medication, it isn’t actually going to do much for you. It’s another ‘here, shut-up, I can’t help you drug’.
I am fortunate. I was able to avoid some of this crap, because of my dad. He was a pharmacist. And, an extremely intelligent man.
Doctors who don’t take insurance and are free with prescriptions for narcotics, aren’t sympathetic, compassionate people. They are bums. They are after your money. They don’t care about your welfare. A doctor who truly considers your welfare is hard to find for chronic conditions because they don’t make money, and chronic pain/illness sufferers can be a nuisance. Healthcare providers can’t often find a cause, and it’s frustrating to treat and to listen to, when they can’t provide anything.
Things to try: Read as much legitimate literature on your condition as you can. Take as little medication as possible. Stay in the best health, at an appropriate weight, with as much activity as you possibly can. Find a sport, or activity that you can tolerate. I found taekwondo helpful, and I had to modify that. Sometimes, I have to stop for a while. Find something that interests you, and get more interested. Find something to do that helps others, and do that. If it sounds like I am not sympathetic, I am. I am limited by chronic, constant, 24/7, relentless pain. Sometimes it is very, very bad. Lately, it has been. I fake it for a few hours at a time, when everyone else has gone home, or when I can go there, I lie down, and I read or knit, or watch an entertaining program or movie. I don’t belong to a pain support group anymore, because, when I did belong, all they did was rehearse their stories of woe. It’s hard not to do that, but it won’t help you. It reinforces that in your brain. That’s why I got interested in meditation. That’s another thing, meditation doesn’t take long to teach someone. You don’t need to buy special clothes, nor spend a lot of money being taught. It takes just a few sessions. If the person teaching you tells you that it will help your pain go away, or you won’t feel your pain – bullshit – you will feel your pain. The thing meditation does for me, and what I teach other people, is that it gives you the ability to give yourself an attitude adjustment. You can look at your pain, your life differently. In time, after being diagnosed with everything in the world, I did find out what the source of pain was, for all the good that did. There is no cure. It is up to me.
I still have friends, acquaintances, who give me info on the latest supplement, cure, etc. I try to be polite. I thank them. I smile to myself that I’m glad I had a great AP teacher who wasn’t shy about speaking the truth, and a dad who wasn’t either. Honey and vinegar, won’t cure you, one of them – can kill you. Acai berries taste good. Most supplements make expensive urine – if you’re going for that; well, take them then. We absorb nutrients best from our food. Eat well, make the calories count. Fad diets don’t work. Diets where certain foods are excluded, UNLESS you have a specific illness/condition documented by testing, don’t work either. I am allergic to dairy. I can’t have milk, milk-products, etc. I can eat hard cheeses. I stick to that, as best I can. Otherwise, I eat from the groups.
What sounds too good to be true, is.
Live well, and wisely. Thanks for stopping by. Lilie