#Monday quotes on #pain…
#Monday quotes on #pain…
Do the discs in your #spine ‘slip’?.
The spinal disc acts as a strong elastic pivot for each joint segment of the #spine, providing stability and allowing a relatively wide range of motion in all directions in the lower back and neck. When a disc starts to lose its strength and pliability, however, it can cause a range of painful and potentially debilitating symptoms.
There are 24 moveable vertebrae on your #spine which are separated from one another by your discs.
Each disc consists of a soft inner part surrounded by a fibrous coating. Sometimes the coating gets torn which allows the softer material to bulge out. The pain when the softer material bulges out can be excruciating and this condition is commonly known as ‘a slipped disc‘.
However, discs are tightly attached to the vertebrae and cannot physically ‘slip’ in any way. The actual medical name for this is a ‘spinal disc herniation’.
This type of back problem can settle down after a few days and you may never have the problem again. But some people suffer from this happening on a regular basis which could result in needing an operation to fuse the discs together to stop the bugle.
Degenerative Disc Disease which can be part of the ageing process in which the discs in the #spine start to dry out, thereby losing some of their flexibility and shock absorption. As part of this process, the inner portion of the disc shrinks, providing less cushioning between the bony vertebrae in the #spine, and the outer part of the disc can suffer small tears, all of which can cause pain.
On ITV Tonight Britain on Painkillers: The Silent Epidemic.
A quarter of a million people are struggling with opioids in the UK. There are many risks involved with taking them for long-term use. They say they are of no use for long-term pain and they think that exercise, meditation and tai chi are a good option or soothing alternative to get through your pain.
Over the past decade in Britain, prescriptions for these drugs have gone through the roof – up 80% in England alone. We’re now among the biggest consumers of opioids in Europe.
And the tragedy and irony is that while the drugs are super-effective for acute emergency pain, in 90% of long-term chronic pain cases, they don’t even work.
Pain specialists are also trying to get to grips with the fact we’ve practically sleepwalked into a public health crisis: GPs under pressure to help their patients deal with pain and patients sometimes too in distress to find other strategies rather than popping the pills.
According to the British Pain Society, approximately 8 million adults in the UK report chronic pain that is moderate to severely disabling. Back pain alone accounts for 40% of sickness absence in the NHS and overall it costs £10 billion for the UK economy. The UK has some of the best pain services in the world and the multidisciplinary British Pain Society is at the forefront of informing the public and professionals of what is available.
However, the British Pain Society believes more research is essential to allow pain services to offer the latest effective and safest treatments. Unfortunately, pain research is not a priority for major UK funders.
So how have we got here and how do we step back from the brink?
Is it time to radically rethink how we manage pain?
I’ve been on Tramadol for over 15 years so a rethink of how I can cope with my pain would be amazing.
Mickel Therapy was developed in the UK by a medical doctor, Dr David Mickel, for the treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ME, Fibromyalgia, MS, anxiety, depression, IBS and some types of back pain. Mickel Therapy is a one-to-one talking session between two people, the therapist and yourself. He has two books on Amazon which he has written on the subject but they are expensive from £25
– Dr David Mickel
It involves no medication, dietary change, supplements or psychotherapy of any sort. Treatments are a series of one hour sessions, during which you will learn why your symptoms are there and, crucially, how to work with them to regain your health.
The treatment can also be administered by email, telephone/webcam or a combination of both. Mickel Therapy believes that a part of the brain (Hypothalamus) which is responsible for keeping your systems in balance, is working too fast, and that’s why people suffering feel overwhelming tiredness, as well as a number of other symptoms.
It is the role of the therapist to help you to see why you have symptoms and gives you easy to follow tools that help prove for yourself how you can, in fact, rid yourself of the symptoms. The therapy works in between your sessions with the therapist, with your own participation.
The actual notion of a talking therapy to help you free you of a hugely debilitating physical condition can sound a bit far-fetched, but the reported success rate apparently speaks for itself. On the main website it states that ‘to date, over 2000 people have successfully applied the tools and techniques of Mickel Therapy for CFS, ME, Fibromyalgia and other conditions’. A list of Mickel Therapy UK Practitioners is available on the Mickel Therapy Website.
Intuitive Health UK explain Mickel Therapy as –
they also say it is NOT –
If you don’t want to resort to taking any form of drugs then you need to find the best thing to help with pain relief for back pain or fibromyalgia. Here is a list of …… which are all specifically made for back pain and fibromyalgia.
Healthline has a list of 5 natural painkillers for pain relief.
A book on CBS Hemp Oil: A Natural Alternative for Disease Treatment and Pain Relief by Christopher Knowles is available on Amazon and research has shown that there are two main components of Marijuana that are showing promising results for the treatment of many medical conditions. The two main components that are showing promising results include: THC and Cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is the non-psychoactive ingredient that will not cause people to “get high”. Cannabidiol is the component that can be extracted from the different areas of the plant including both the marijuana portion and the hemp portion and is offering promising results in treating rare medical conditions, and another way to get pain relief without drugs.
Physique is a website with some great pain relieving items and there Deep Freeze Cold Patches are perfect for someone who finds cold is better than heat for pain. If you prefer heat for pain then the Thermacare heated back wrap can give you 16 hours of pain relief. If you like using both then there is a great company called Pain Relief Cushions which sell different types of wheat filled bags that can go into the microwave for heat or freezer for cold. I cannot manage without these pain relief cushions which I pop into the microwave on a regular basis. Just the smell of the lavender they are filled with helps me to relax.
Actipatch – The ActiPatch® product provides advanced long-lasting chronic pain relief using Electromagnetic Pulse Therapy and works great for back pain, knee pain, muscle & joint pain, arthritis, sciatica, fibromyalgia, strains, sprains and more. ActiPatch® is drug and ingredient-free so is safe for continuous use and can be used while taking any other medication.
Of course, the posture shirts which I have written about before are another type of pain relief for any type of back pain. A new great spinal support is a ‘Posture Shirt‘ made by Alignmed, who sell patented posture clothing. Their shirts give you a gentle pull and help relieve pain. It also helps to correct your body alignment, improve your balance and increase your mobility. They say ‘your posture has an influence on your physical health and overall well-being, so having aligned posture benefits us during work, training and in everyday life.’
Finally, for anyone suffering from sciatica the Sciatica Pain Relief Cushion is an absolute must for home and in the car where you will feel pain relief straight away. The Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion is a class 1 medical device designed to alleviate the pressure on the sciatic nerve while sitting allowing the nerve space and time to heal. By placing the cushion on your seat every time you sit you are able to stretch your sciatic nerve whilst reducing the increased pressure the nerve experiences during sitting. This cushion is specifically designed for people who have sciatica pain symptoms that are aggravated or exacerbated while sitting or seated. It is easy to use and safe.