How i treat neuropathic pain/burning pain

Nothing compares to feeling like your body is on fire.  This pain is certainly the overriding symptom.  Recently i scratched my knee and you would have thought I had been stabbed. It’s almost unbelievable to learn that meditation such as qi gong can actually stop this.  But meditation triggers the  parasympathetic system which, in turn, calms the sympathetic system.  The overactive sympathetic system is what is sending blood to these areas when there is no longer injury but is causing pain. I believe that this pain is inflammation.

Things I do to help myself:

  1. Meditate/qi gong (i do this daily for at least 20 mins)
  2. Get out for a walk. Exercise reduces inflammation levels.
  3. Anything to the calm system will calm that inflammatory response and cool the burn. Maybe that’s sitting with a cup of herbal tea and reading a book.
  4. Eat alkaline foods.
  5. But then maybe some ice cream. 🙂
  6. Watch a funny movie.
  7. Use my acupressure mat to calm everything.
  8. Get out of the house to change focus.
  9. Take a quiet moment and think about what the pain would feel like if it didn’t feel like burning
  10. Take a warm bath with Epsom salt. Sounds counter-intuitive but it calms me.  Just don’t use hot water or you will possibly get the opposite effect.
  11. Acupuncture needles just to calm my body – nothing else.
  12. Don’t get upset, don’t get stressed. That will make it worse.  I remember that it will soon pass.
  13. Go to sleep.

I am not a doctor but I have figured out ways to control my pain. I should also add, if you have any ideas for me, I welcome them always.

Turmeric

If you have RSD, you may want to ask your doctor about taking this…I know women who are preggo are supposed to avoid…but it has been a life saver for me and i now completely avoid Advil because i can count on turmeric as a pain killer and anti-inflammatory.  Here are a few of its benefits specific to RSD/CRPS patients but click on the link for more.  I take it in capsule form.

— Is a natural liver detoxifier

— It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects

— Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.

— Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.

— Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

— Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin

http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/20-health-benefits-of-turmeric.html

 

 

Putting the fire out

A few things have helped me when the burning pain got to be too much: a shot of Toradol or a few days of diluted raw apple cider vinegar have shown the quickest change.  I think the ACV has actually worked better and i’ve felt close to remission this way. It just tastes like garbage and you really can’t drink it in those amounts for very long without making yourself sick (you can change the PH too much in your body).  Anyone have any other secrets for this pain?

I think this rainy weather or my detox has me thinking ACV today. I would do something cooling but my acupuncturist says I am cold in the inside (i know, dead on after the last post) and that the heat is in my skin (where the small nerves are). So doing anything too cooling can backfire on me on a cool day. I’m already treating the mechanism (the inflammatory response) with fish oil, turmeric, magnesium etc. but i feel it’s time to treat the symptom when i start feeling like this.

RSD Headache

We’ve all been there. You’re trying to focus on something but you can’t because your head hurts. It’s not a normal headache. Some days it’s not too bad, other days you can’t function. You really can’t do anything.

In recent months I have been trying to cleanse my liver which I knew was overburdened from years of prescription drugs.  It is this trial and error that leads me to believe this brain feeling is due to our livers being stagnant. I’m not a doctor and don’t pretend to be. But from a common sense perspective (often missing in medicine), when your liver is not removing toxins from the body efficiently, the sympathetic response (your inflammatory response) goes bananas to try to fend off those toxins. Could that be why our diet can affect our RSD symptoms? Perhaps that eating leafy greens and things that help cleanse your liver might ease your brain symptoms? And perhaps also ease the burning pain since your inflammatory response is calmed?

All I can say is I have noticed a substantial difference by adding Gentian drops (bitter root) to my water, cooled dandelion tea to my smoothies and upping my leafy/bitter greens. It may very well be that the meds prescribed to help calm our brains may be actually contributing to the very issue they are meant to treat. Your liver then has to process that pill.  Even if your liver function tests come back normal, there is a very good chance it is not functioning optimally due to the extra stresses put on it.

I am headed to the doctor this week to ask to go off the last med i am on. I was put on Cymbalta in April of this year to see if the calming of my nervous system would help the sympathetic nerve blocks last longer.  There was a slight change but the biggest benefit was for my brain. I was able to think a lot more clearly and that RSD brain ache was lessened. But I want off of it. I have not taken any Robaxin (muscle relaxer) in months and am relying solely on cupping and epsom salts for muscle issues and I took one Advil recently when my headache was out of control.  Otherwise I have relied on foods, qi gong, acupuncture and turmeric capsules for pain. It is my goal to not take any medications whatsoever.

If I dramatically improve without any Cymbalta and by continuing to treat my liver, I will be one happy girl. And then I will start my 2 week trial of intravenous Vitamin C to hopefully knock this thing into permanent remission.  I have said for a few years now that I believe the medications we are put on end up causing more problems than they fix.  I still believe that.