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I wonder if you all had the same experience I did in the 8th grade. All the girls were herded into the girls locker room and then we had to lift up the back of the shirts while bending over. Two women sat in front of us and looked down our spine. For most girls they were able to keep going about their day, for me however I got told that I had scoliosis and got to take a note home to my mom saying I needed to see a specialist.
At this point in time I really had no idea what scoliosis was or how it would impact my life. If you don’t know what scoliosis is it is when your spine has a curve in it and the vertebrae have rotated. I have two curves in my spine one between my shoulders and one in my lower back. Scoliosis is now believed to be caused by the muscles in your back forming/developing at different rates thus causing the muscles to pull on the spine and making it curve and rotate.
As you can imagine this causes problems with the muscles and nerves surrounding the curved spine. I also have one hip higher than the other and my sciatic nerve gets pinched often. This has been an ongoing struggle for the past 22 years, since that day in the Jr. High School girls locker room.
So when people talk about chronic pain I have a lot empathy for them. I know what it’s like to wake up in the morning and not want to get out of bed because it hurts too much, or how hard it is to chase my kids while in pain.
Today I’m sharing with you some of the tips and tricks I have learned over the years along with something new I have added into my pain managent arsenal.
First, the something new. I finally found a natural way to help my chronic pain! Curamin® Stop Pain Now is a dietary supplement that has become my first line of defense for keeping chronic pain at bay. I talk more about my experience using Curamin® a little later but I am so excited about how well it has worked for me I couldn’t wait to tell you.
10 Tips for Managing Chronic Pain
My back will never be straight as an arrow, so I will always have some pain associated with my scoliosis. I can do many things to eliminate pain and improve mobility. These tips will work for many chronic pain suffers.
- Cut out processed foods. Clean eating with whole foods is a great way to eliminate extra toxins out of your body. Those toxins will build up in your muscles and cause inflammation.
- Cut out soda, especially diet soda. This has been the hardest one for me! I will not lie to you I LOVE Diet Coke and could easily drink 3-5 in a day. It’s terrible! Diet sodas all have man-made sugars that will build in your body. Caffeine is also an inflammatory, mix that with all the other carcinogens in soda and it is just plain bad for you.
- Add oranges and blueberries to your diet. Not all fruit is anti-inflamitories but oranges and blueberries are great for inflammation and you get a good boost of antioxidants from the blueberries. Use my anti-inflammatory green smoothie for a healthy tasty way to add these into your diet.
- Pay attention to how much acid you are in taking. Acid from tomatoes, pineapple, and grapefruit can cause extra inflammation. You don’t have to exclude these from your diet completely but lowering your acid intake will help with the inflammation common with chronic pain.
- Move! Get your body moving. It can be hard and really intimidating to get up moving when you hurt all the time. Trust me your body wants to move and will be grateful for the exercise. Any exercise is great walk outside, go for a bike ride, or do some yoga. I have a yoga workout called Yoga for Scoliosis I LOVE it. When my hip, back, or shoulders are sore and hurting I will do my yoga workout and feel so much better!
- Stretch ~ No matter what exercise you do make sure you stretch! Working out and moving your body is really important but stretching those muscles back out is just as important. If you already have chronic pain you don’t want to add sore muscles because you didn’t stretch.
- Get a good mulit-vitamin. Your nutrion adds a lot to your overall health and comfort, you need to make sure you are getting all your vitamins. I would recommend seeing your doctor for blood work so you know if you are getting all your vitamins.
- Ice ~ When my back flairs up the first thing I reach for is my ice pack. It’s my best friend! When I have a severely tweaked nerve I will put a heating pad on the area for 15 minutes and follow up with my ice pack. Heat will help loosen the muscles but the ice will help with the inflammation.
- Use a foam roller. Depending on the type of chronic pain you have a foam roller can be extremely helpful. I have a large roller I use for my back, but they have smaller ones you can use on your hips, thighs, or calves. If you have a condition that affects your muscles than a foam roller can be a life saver.
- Supplements ~ you might want to think about adding in some nutritional supplements. I would highly recommend adding Curamin® Stop Pain Now. I have been personally taking Curamin® for about a month and have noticed a HUGE improvement in my chronic pain.
I have been documenting how often I have reached for my over the counter pain meds or my percription muscel relaxers since I started taking Curamin®. I’m so happy to say I haven’t used my muscel relaxers once and only use my over the counter pain meds a couple times a week. This is huge for me! To be honest my doctor and myself have been really concerned about what the over the counter meds are doing to my stomach, trust me when I say I was taking WAY over the recommended dose a day.
When you go to look for Curamin® the best place to look is your nearest fine health food store. Check out the store locator to find a retailer near you. I easily found mine at Vitamin Plus with the other natural pain relief supplements. I used the Curamin® Extra Strength 60 count it is safe and it’s clinically studied ingredients and award winning formula is effective and non-addictive. I am happy to say I have not had any negative side effects, and my stomach isn’t hurting anymore.
I also want to share with you all my favorite anti-inflammatory post workout shake. It’s perfect for calming those sore over worked muscles, as well as helping with chronic inflammation .
This smoothie is very good for you and with the addition of the blueberries, turmeric, and/or ginger it is a great anti-inflammatory smoothie.
- Ginger and turmeric have been clinically proven to be great natural anti-inflammatory agents and the taste pairs nicely with the orange and blueberry.
I love making smoothies! You can pack in a whole lot of healthy goodness into a smoothie, and they are so easy throw al your ingredients in your blender and mix it up.
- ½ scoop protein powder of your choice
- 8 oz water
- 1 mandarin orange, peeled
- ½ cup spinach
- ¼ cup blueberries
- 1- 2inch piece peeled fresh ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon organic turmeric
- Starting with your water place all ingredients into your blender. Blend on high until the spinach is shredded finely and a texture you enjoy. The amount of time to get a smooth texture will depend on your blender. It usually takes longer than you would think, I like to blend mine until the spinach is very fine.
- You can also add in a ½ of a frozen banana or a couple ice cubes to make the texture thicker and the smoothie colder.
With these tips, Curamin® and your anti-inflammatory green smoothie you will be on the road to less pain and living a full life again.
Here’s to living a happy, healthy, pain free life!