Living With Chronic Pain

Living With Chronic Pain

I'm not asking for your pity, I'm just telling my story.

I know I do not have it the worst, this article isn't here for me to try and convince anyone that I do. This article is here to help express what it is like living in a constant state of aches, not knowing when a crippling wave could come rolling in. I know I'm not the only one who lives this way, and I hope I can help give a voice to others like me.

I have been diagnosed with chronic migraines since I was 16 years old and am now also diagnosed with sciatica issues which cause muscle spasms and flare ups in my lower back. For those who don't know: Chronic Pain is defined as pain lasting longer than, or occurring multiple time throughout, 12 weeks.

I am only 20 years old, and some days it is impossible for me to sit longer than an hour. Again, I know there are others who have it far worse. But when you have days that consist of 3+ hours of classes in a row and you want to succeed as a student: all you can do is wish you were perfectly fine.

At my age, I shouldn't have to have MRI's of my back and head. I should not have to see spine specialists and Neurologists. I should not need the prescriptions I have: but I do. I accept that I do because without it all I would be hurting and nowhere near how I am today.

At the same time, though, I wish I could practice yoga or eat more salty foods or wear certain perfumes or even just sit through my classes. I wish my roommate didn't have to worry about me because a muscle flare up could end up lasting and lead to a hospital visit.

While I've learned how to manage it and still go on to be a full-time student, with a part-time job, a member of a club, a co-editor for Odyssey, and have a social life: it does not mean it's a walk in the park.

I guess my story is just another example of why we shouldn't judge a book by its cover or make assumptions before knowing the whole story.

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Top 9 Natural Treatment For Migraine

A DIY steps to treat your Migraine for your home remedies

Compared to a headache, migraine can make you stop from continuing doing your work for the whole day. It's so serious and common health for many people and it is often confuse between a headache and a migraine. 

Unlike a headache, migraine are prone to have a throbbing pain on one side of the head or both and most people see visual auras before they felt a pain behind the eyes.

Other symptom would include with nausea, constant yawning, feeling exhausted and even with a light or noise can make the pain even worse. 

Migraine can be manage in more effective ways by preventive medications which you can take on a daily basis to help reduce the migraine attacks or abortive therapy so you can treat it after the pain begin to attack.

There are also natural remedies that can help you prevent and lessening your migraine symptom from occurring so you can get back on your feet. 

These are the 9 natural treatments you can use in your home 

Yoga & Meditation 


Yoga or Meditation help reduce blood pressure, which are common trigger of migraines. It can put you in a full relax mode and when you are getting rest, the body heal itself.  

Meditation can do wonderful things to your mind and body and can be a perfect home remedies for sinus and migraines

This can be a good practice for women as they have a high chances of getting migraine attacks compared to men during their post-adolescent. 

Diet Change 


This maybe the time to check on your diet if you are getting migraine attacks more than usual. Your diet can play a large part and there are many possibilities on how it affects your health.

Try to keep a journal on your daily diet intake and check and see if there's any food you took that causing your migraine or you can check with your dietician.

Try to take less dehydrating drinks like coffee and soda and change it to water or add more fruits and veggies that has a lot of water in it.

Essential Oils 


Essentials oils offers a variety of benefits from cosmetic and dietary purposes, extracted through a steam distillation, cold pressing and resin tapping. Essential oil is highly concentrated and more powerful than botanical oil. It is also helped to relieve stress and maintaining your emotional balance.

There are few essential oils that can help to relieve the symptoms of your migraine such as lavender and peppermint oil. Lavender oil has a scent that's a wonderful blend of fresh, floral, clean and calm. It is proven to help lessen the severity of a migraine when inhaled for 15 minutes while symptoms are occurring.

Peppermint oil’s scent invigorates the mind and senses, while inspiring a sense of peace. It provides a cooling effect and a tingling sensation on your skin hence it will increase the blood flow where it applied.

Applying both essential oil directly to your head and neck will create the perfect blend of fresh aroma of calming and soothing your migraine. 

Himalayan Crystal Salt 


 

This salt will reduce the severity of your migraine. Plus it can strengthen your immune system, balance out the serotonin levels in the bloodstream and increasing your energy levels. With its highly content minerals, you can use as a energy drinks where it will restore the body's electrolyte and give alkaline balance.

You can mix with just a plain water or together with a cup of lemon juice, add a 2 teaspoons of Himalayan crystal salt and you will feel instant migraine relief.

Herbs 


 

Certain herbs like feverfew and butterbur are both effective at preventing and treating migraines. Feverfew leaves contain a chemical called parthenolide which can decrease factors in the body that might cause migraine. There are even few cases reported that after taking it their migraine attacks have become less frequent.

Butterbur has long been used as an herbal treatment for migraines, allergies and skin infections. But still, it is best to get a consult with your doctor before taking it as it will have a dangerous impact on any condition you have that can cause you other side effects.

Ginger Ale Drink 

 

A commonly used cooking spice, has been used as a natural remedy for diarrhea, upset stomach and to aid digestion. It is also used to treat migraines as nausea and vomiting are common symptoms before the attack.

You can use it with your own homemade ginger ale and mix it with honey or lemon juice, you can find plenty of ginger ale recipe around the web that can fit with your taste.

Quit Smoking 


Smokers are among the highest rated people with migraines, and a study reveals that the migraine will sets in just after five daily cigarettes. 

Furthermore, nicotine serves as a precipitating factor for headaches, especially migraines and has an increasing effect on certain nerves located in the throat that can trigger migraines.

You don't have to stop smoking excessively, just keep your body busy with other activities and add some willpower, then you are good to go!

Flaxseed 


Rich in fiber and omega-3 fats, this super food is a powerful remedy for migraines. It contain a wide range of compounds that help with brain function and reduce the risk of heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acids will help prevent and reduce the inflammation in the head and should be taken periodically.

You can easily add to a smoothie, oatmeal or even mix it with your favorite meals.

Detox Bath 



There are millions of reason on getting a detox bath apart from getting a me-time after dealing with your daily routine. This stress-free bath will not only help to cleanse the body, but it will also remove all the toxins that are harmful to your body and get rid of those nasty migraines.

To bring toxins out to the surface of your skin, make the water as hot as you can tolerate with, then soak in the water as it cools. This will release the toxins from your body.

Add an essential oil like lavender and peppermint oil to your bath water, and let that soothing, calming and refreshing aroma soak into your body and not have a care in the world.

Reference:

https://migraine.com/migraine-treatment/natural-remedies/butterbur/

https://www.migrainetrust.org/living-with-migraine/treatments/feverfew/

https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/do-you-get-more-migraines-when-you-smoke

https://migraineagain.com/best-migraine-diet-healing-homemade-ginger-ale/

https://migraine.com/migraine-treatment/natural-remedies/ginger-for-migraine-headaches/

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090624102257.htm

 


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