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GOT PAIN?

September 24, 2015 Stephanie Mitchell


If simple tasks such as walking down stairs, or opening a bottle are causing you pain...then keep reading.  It's possible that arthritis is causing your joints to be swollen and painful.

Don't let pain get you, get a hold on pain and live your life.  
It's very important that a doctor is consulted to diagnose what is causing your pain.  If you have pain, your body is letting you know something is wrong.  Listen to your body!  There is a whole range of treatment options if your doctor diagnosis you with arthritis.

RELIEF WITHOUT PILLS 
  • maintain healthy body weight - takes pressure off joints

  • exercise & stretching - relieves stiffness in joints

  • physical therapy - will improve or restore your physical function and improve your fitness level

RELIEF WITH PILLS
  • NSAIDS (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) - blocks prostaglandin chemical that causes pain, inflammation and fever 
    • warnings: check with doctor, can cause stomach bleeding or ulcer, increase risk of heart attacks, not recommended for those with high blood pressure or kidney disease
  • APAP (Acetaminophen) - eases pain without Gastrointestinal or heart risks.
    • warnings: harmful for liver and kidneys, possible overdose because acetaminophen is a main ingredient in many cough and cold products
  • OPOIDS or NARCOTICS - for severe pain
    • warnings: may be habit forming
  •  CORTICOSTEROIDS - weakens your body's immune response to reduce inflammation, injections offer speedy pain relief and reduced inflammation which can last weeks to months
    • warnings: thinning of skin, weight gain, increase risk of infection, cataracts and osteoporosis, just to name a few
  • ANTIDEPRESSANTS - 2010 the FDA approved Cymbalta (duloxetine) for chronic muscloskelatal pain including arthritis, unclear of mechanism of action, possibly has an effect on brain chemicals that cause pain
    • warnings: drowsiness, dry mouth, blurred vision, mood changes or possible suicidal thoughts
 
 
ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES
  • ACUPUNCTURE
  • MASSAGE THERAPY
  • VITAMINS & MINERALS - just a few of the most common supplements
    • Glucosamine and Chondroitin - may help increase cartilage between joints
    • Omega 3 fatty acids - may help reduce your body's inflammatory response
    • Green Tea - powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
    • Vitamin D - studies show those with joint pain are low in vitamin D
    • Calcium - helps bones and joints
  • CREAMS, GELS AND OILS
    • Menthol, Camphor - counter-irritatants which simply trick your brain to think about the tingling sensation so you forget about your pain
    • Capsaicin - from chili pepper, blocks the P (pain) factor
    • Arnica - increases blood flow to relief bruising and inflammation
    • Essential Oils - essential oils have medicinal properties, which work on the physical and mental levels to address the ailment at hand and to promote healing
      • Chamomile Oil helps to control muscle spasms and has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.
      • Clary Sage is a very soothing oil. It has a calming effect when one is anxious and muscles are tensed up from pain. It has anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. Do not use clary sage if pregnant.
      • Rosemary Oil has analgesic and antispasmodic properties. It is also good for relieving back pain as it improves blood circulation.
      • Peppermint Oil is good for muscle soreness.
      • Lavender Oil prevents muscle spasms and inflammation. It also helps to relieve tension, which may contribute to or worsen pain.
      • Helichrysum Oil research indicates that helichrysum oil decreases muscle pain by lowering swelling, inflammation and improving circulation.
      • Sandalwood Oil relieves muscle spasms. One of sandalwood’s most important uses is to sedate the nervous system, so it helps to reduce nerve pain.

I was inspired by countless family members and friends to formulate Over Did it Creme, which is enriched with the best essential oils and natural anti-inflammatory ingredients without troublesome side effects.

                                             




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