It’s been four weeks since I took myself — by ambulance — to the emergency room of my local hospital with the most excruciating pain I have felt in …Back pain taught me 5 important lessons
To Better Days from a clinic in New Zealand. This is the story of where this business began.
Dr John Lyftogt has been treating patients for nerve, joint and muscle ailments for over 30 years. In this time, he noted a lack of development in treatments for long-term sufferers (with the exception of opioids which can create other problems). Frustrated by the indifference shown by modern medicine, John and his physical education specialist wife Maria set out to explore new ways to help those suffering with long-term muscle, joint and nerve pain.
Using his scientific understanding of the body and connecting with medical professionals around the globe who specialize in muscle, nerve and joint pain, John developed a range of radical new treatments.
These have been used at his clinic in Christchurch as well as by a global network of doctors. John and Maria taught, and continue to teach, thousands of doctors around the world to this day.
The next step was to bring this treatment to sufferers outside of the clinic too. The patent for the topical formulation was taken out in 2010. Devastatingly, the development program was delayed not once but twice by earthquakes at its base in Christchurch.
Yet John and Maria were resolute in continuing to help more people around the globe – to show them there is another way and to lead them To Better Days.
Their comprehensive website covers lots of articles on exercise, mental health, nutrition, pain management, science, sleep, wellbeing and some personal stories. You can join there community at To Better Days to share and find tips. You could spend literally hours just reading through it all.
Their active joint patches soothe discomfort and improve the health of joints, nerves and muscles. You simply apply the patch directly where you need it and feel the benefit in as little as 30 minutes, with results that last up to 24 hours. They offer a trial pack which offers a combination of 3 big joint patches and 6 small joint patches. allowing you to trial our product on your back, shoulders, knees, fingers, wrists and ankles, at only £9.59.They kindly sent me this back to give a try.
With chronic pain in a number of areas I had to decide which area I might benefit from the most. I decided to try the largest of the patches on my hip just before I went to bed. The reason I chose to put it on then is because it’s my hip pain that wakes me up every night without fail so anything to give me a full nights sleep would be wonderful.
I was soon asleep as usual but the amazing thing was that the next time I woke up it was my alarm clock ringing out at 7.15am. I had actually slept through the night without waking up in pain. For me to just get one full nights sleep a week is a miracle.
On the instructions it says apply to clean, dry skin and apply directly to the affected area. The activation mark will disappear once the patch starts working. It then says peel off after use and remove any residue with warm soapy water. I shower every morning so I knew the patch would have to come off and I did notice my skin was quite irritated by it. This is not the first time this has happened. I have tried many different patches but always end up with an irritation. Ordinary plasters also cause me the same problem.
I felt pretty gutted after having such a good nights sleep. This will not stop me from using it again but maybe try the smaller patch next time and for the 12 hours instead of 24 so that I can get the benefit of the patch. 72% of customers rate their patches as excellent, with most saying they experienced a reduction in pain.
When the skies are grey and it’s damp and cold outside we can feel down in the dumps even without any pain but for people who suffer chronic pain the dull outside can reflect on the inside and make pain feel worse.
So, to stop the pain from getting the better of you, you need to think of some reasons why the pain you are in is actually an acceptable pain because you will benefit from it in some way. Pain is actually a necessary part of happiness and research has actually shown that it can in fact lead to pleasure in several ways.
A few easy reasons why pain can actually help you recognise pleasure, are that it can form social bonds, it can give you permission to treat or reward yourself, it shows that experiencing relief from pain not only increases our feelings of happiness, but also reduces our feelings of sadness.
Stress and pain can also stimulate the serotonin and melatonin production in the brain, which transforms painful experiences into pleasure. Common sense tells us that people seek pleasure and avoid pain. But that’s not always the case – various activities involve pain, including running, hot massages, tattoos, piercings etc.
We need the sensation of pain to let us know when our bodies need extra care. It’s an important signal. When we sense pain, we pay attention to our bodies and can take steps to fix what hurts. Pain also may prevent us from injuring a body part even more.
Science News explains that “Pain protects us. When you touch a hot stove, you recoil in pain. That sensation helps you avoid getting a burn that could be dangerous — even deadly. The throbbing of a broken foot tells you to stay off it until it heals, so you don’t do more damage. Without those signals, we’d all be in trouble. Big trouble.”
However, does pain serve a purpose? Well, according to ABC News, To be sure, individuals can gain confidence and pride by pushing themselves to complete marathons or other demanding physical challenges. But enduring pain or stress injuries on a regular basis serves no good purpose for the body or soul, researchers say. But good pain is the body’s warning system, it’s the pain that warns you that you are definitely going to have a bad day today or something is seriously wrong with you.
ABC News goes on to say that “When treating pain, patients and their primary care doctors too often overlook the distinction between good pain and bad pain, many specialists say. Patients want to know exactly what’s causing their pain, and physicians often go looking for an underlying physical cause. But this is often the wrong approach. “In many cases, the pain itself is the disease,” Covington said.”
People with fibromyalgia have precious little to show for their suffering. They have no swelling, inflammation, limp or deformity. Blood tests, X-rays, scans and biopsies are normal. Theirs is a subjective illness. They find that family and friends eventually tire of hearing about their intractable pain and its impacts. Little wonder that depression and anxiety are common complications as the pain is most definitely real.
The NHS has a list of ten good ways to help get rid of your pain.
- Get some gentle exercise
- Breathe right to ease pain
- Read books and leaflets on pain
- Counselling can help
- Distract yourself
- Relax to beat pain
- Get lots of sleep
- Take a course
- Keep in touch with family and friends
- Share your story about pain
Reading through the NHS list I realised that I had tried every single one of them and most I practice all the time. If it’s not raining or too cold I will always try and get a walk outside as my exercise every day. I use breathing exercises if my pain wakes me up in the night and I read lots of books on the subject (obviously) which helps my posts on this blog. I had counselling once after a near death experience and the GP gave me hypnosis which worked amazing. I have trouble sleeping so always try and get an afternoon rest. I have done lots of courses and definitely think hobbies are a great way to help pain. I always keep in touch with my family and friends. They are what I get up for in a morning. I also like relaxing to help my pain and seem to have that as part of my day.
The final one on the list is sharing your story about pain. Well, I can vouch for this in a big way, it was writing about my pain that got me started on this blog and I have never looked back since. What I would love is to hear from others with their story or maybe a day in their life while coping with pain. If you know someone who might like to share this with me please get them to get in touch.