How Alternative Forms of Therapy Improved The Quality of My Life | The Health Sessions

How Alternative Forms of Therapy Improved the Quality of My Life

This article is written by Trevor McDonald. 

It was 8 a.m. on a Monday morning, and my alarm clock had been buzzing for nearly an hour. I was going to be late to work again. My pain kept me up until about 3 a.m. the previous night, and it was back with a vengeance. Time to pop another opioid painkiller. Could I remember a time when I wasn’t high?

Everything is a little fuzzy, and the pain persists. These pills aren’t working like they used to. I’d stop taking them altogether if only I could. But I can’t…

Not everyone who takes opioid painkillers gets addicted, but many people do. When your pain is chronic, and painkillers are the only reprieve, it’s difficult to avoid addiction.

Like every other fortunate addict, I eventually found my way out. But painkillers were no longer an option. I have scoliosis and suffer from chronic back pain from a bulging disc. Even after dragging myself back from the pits of addiction, I suffered. I wish I could convey how hard it was to go through recovery with chronic pain, but I know some of you know exactly what it’s like. I’m not the only one who has walked this path.

The pain was a constant trigger and it held me back from living a full life. One day, I decided to take control. It’s easy to feel hopeless in the face of adversity. But it’s important to remember that most problems have solutions.

Traditional methods failed me, but I found hope and happiness through alternative forms of therapy. I want to share the methods that worked for me, but I’m a firm believer that everyone is different. When it comes to alternative therapies, especially, there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

Here are some of the alternative therapies that worked well for me.

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7 Tips for Managing Your Arthritis Symptoms Naturally | The Health Sessions

7 Tips for Managing Your Arthritis Symptoms Naturally

This article is written by Carolyn Ridland from Caregiver Connection. 

Arthritis is a chronic health condition that affects millions of men and women in the United States. It occurs when one or more of the joints become inflamed and cause pain and other symptoms. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

If arthritis symptoms are not managed well, the condition can interfere with your quality of life and may even lead to reduced mobility. For these reasons, it is important to understand how arthritis affects the body and what you can do to protect your health.

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More Than 'Just a Headache': What's It Like to Live with Migraine? | The Health Sessions

More Than ‘Just a Headache’: What It’s Really Like to Live with Chronic Migraine

What’s it really like to live with chronic health problems every day? How do you deal with the physical symptoms, emotional turmoil and practical problems? In this interview series, real life ‘spoonies’ share their experiences and tips.

Danielle Newport Fancher is a writer, migraine advocate and author of 10: A Memoir of Migraine Survival. She build a network for migraine sufferers called Migraine Writer. 

 

  1. Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Danielle Newport Fancher. I’m a writer and migraine advocate. I’m sick of the stigma that a migraine is seen as “just a headache.” And, I am on a mission to change that perception.

  1. When did you first get sick?

I’ve been suffering from migraine since the age of 16. I’ve experienced chronic migraine for the past ten years. And on 10/2/2013, a migraine started that never stopped. In result. I’ve been battling constant pain ever since. This means that I haven’t had break (not even for a minute) in over five years.

  1. In what ways does having migraine affect your daily life?

Given that I am in constant pain, I am always catering to my migraine in every decision that I make. I don’t want to make a poor decision (like not drinking enough water or accidentally skipping a meal) to put me over the edge and trigger a new migraine.

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5 Best Sleeping Positions for Lower Back Pain | The Health Sessions

5 Best Sleeping Positions for Lower Back Pain

This article is written by Layla Parker from A Sleepy Wolf. 

Lower back pain does not only disturb you during your waking hours. It can also embarrass you on your bedtime, preventing you from having a peaceful evening repose.

I bet that many of us are no longer stranger to this condition. After all, multiple causes can mention it. Stress alone has been found out to contribute to the proliferation of back pain. It doesn’t require arthritis or other serious illness before you can sustain this strange predicament.

However, a person should know that lousy sleeping posture can further aggravate the ache in your back. On the other hand, sleeping correctly can also prevent it. Here are the 5 best sleeping positions for lower back pain.

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How Chiropractic Care Can Help Manage Chronic Pain | The Health Sessions

How Chiropractic Care Can Help Manage Chronic Pain

This article is written by dr. Brent Wells from Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab.

Dealing with chronic pain can be, well a pain. You are inhibited when it comes to completing everyday tasks because you don’t want to intensify the discomforts that you are already dealing with. Up to 39% of individuals coping with just back pain alone say that they can’t do the things they usually would as far as their regular routines.

There are a variety of treatment options available when it comes to chronic pain, but what you chose to do can have an impact on your life as well. Many people are turning to more unconventional, holistic methods of treatment to deal with health issues associated with pain. One of the options that a vast number of Americans are turning to for chronic pain management is chiropractic care. Discover more about how it can help you and what you can expect when you visit a chiropractor’s office for relief of your chronic pain.

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