As I may have mentioned before, I have degenerative disc disease from a back injury. It’s been a battle dealing with all of the day-to-day pain and the pain that comes on suddenly that’s unbearable.
There are days where I can just deal with it and other days, I can barely pick up my babies or walk. There really is no way I can reverse my condition, but there are natural remedies for pain management.
I’ve been in and out of aquatic therapy (no pressure on joints), physical therapy, and regular therapy because it was hard for me to understand and to adjust to the changes the injury has caused in my life.
I’ve also been on butt-loads of medication. The medication was for nerve pain, muscle pain, and arthritic pain. I was taking so much that when I got refills, I would come home with brown grocery-sized bags.
It was getting to the point where all of the medications made me feel worse about myself because I was only in my early 30’s and I was taken meds prescribed to our senior population.
I decided that enough was enough and that I didn’t want to take anymore medication, no matter what. I chose to find natural pain relief to reduce my pain.
I’ve done a lot of research and have been medication-free for six months. The days I wake up without any pain and am able to run a couple of miles are so amazing to me!
There are days I do experience some pain, but it’s nowhere near what it was before.
Hoping that this information can help at least one of you, I’ve made a list of natural remedies for pain management that have helped reduce my pain and any other ailments brought on by my condition or medications. Enjoy!
*Please consult a physician before taking or going off of any medications.*
4 Natural Remedies for Pain Management and Inflammation
- Ginger- Using ginger for pain relief is by far is my favorite! I started opening ginger capsules and putting the contents into my tea and was drinking it every day. I noticed a difference on the second day. Since ginger helps to naturally reduce muscle pain and joint swelling, such as in arthritis, my pain decreased significantly. Now I cut up fresh ginger root and add it to my ice water with fresh peppermint or I blend it right into my smoothies as one of my pain management remedies. The spiciness of ginger doesn’t bother me, but if you don’t like spicy foods then you should stay away from ginger.
- Turmeric Curcumin- I also would add this to my tea because it is an anti-inflammatory. Besides using turmeric for inflammation, it also has a list of other benefits. Some of the benefits include, decreasing the likelihood of heart disease, treating Alzheimer’s, fighting depression, and is an antioxidant. I used turmeric capsules, but I didn’t open them like I did the ginger. Ok, I did open them once and it stained my cup and my teeth. So, now I just leave it in the capsule. I make sure I add a little coconut oil to my tea because turmeric is oil-soluble and not water soluble, so you only get the full benefits in your system when taken with any type of oil.
- Aloe Vera- If you’ve ever taken any type of pain medication, then you know that you can get constipated. It’s a terrible feeling, especially if it lasts for a couple of days. No matter how much water I drank or veggies I ate, sometimes (most of the time) nothing would happen for a couple of days. Over-the-counter laxatives were always within reach, but I hated the constant cramping. I needed something that would be gentle to my system, but that would get the job done. I found that I was able to buy one long aloe leaf from my farmer’s market for $1.50. What a great price, right? Aloe aids in the treatment of IBS and other digestive issues. I’d slice the leaf open and use the gel from the inside in my smoothies. Don’t eat the outside leaf part, unless you want a severe case of diarrhea. Also, I suggest to not eat aloe on its own. It has a very pungent taste.
- Peppermint- The medications I was taking had a lot of side effects. Bloating and gas were some of the worst. Even though I’m no longer taking the meds, I still experience some of those discomforts. Fresh peppermint helped with my bloating and gas. I would muddle the leaves and put them in ice water or blend it right into smoothies. Sometimes while I’m cutting the leaves, I would chew on the stem of the plant.
Are there any home remedies you use for pain or any other ailments?