I replied in your other post about anti-inflammatory foods decreasing pain...just wanted to add, look into the Mediterannean diet. It's extremely anti-inflammatory, and can give you even more inspiration to try new foods and new recipes.
I promise you, if you quit smoking, reduce or eliminate sugar, increase your fruit, veggie, and legume intake, and reduce dairy and meat and all that tasty fast food and processed food and everything else I mentioned in my other post, you'll feel almost instant pain relief by a little. Then by the end of the month, you'll have even more pain relief! Next month will be a full year since I improved my diet, and I'm never going back to those inflammatory foods! Ever!View Thread
I know you're not going to like hearing this...but I'll say it anyway because I want you to get better...quit smoking! Eeek! It had to be said, I'm sorry. You'll be better off without it.
The severity of pain someone feels has to with inflammation. Smoking is highly inflammatory, so hopefully that can be your incentive to quit. What you can do now to lessen your pain is consume an anti-inflammatory diet. I'm sure you can find tons of stuff on the Internet, and there are a lot of good health books oout there that talk about inflammation and the importance of an anti-inflammatory diet.
But here it is in a nutshell. Don't follow the Standard American Diet...its SAD
The SAD is high in Omega 6 fatty acids (inflammatory) and low in Omega 3s (anti-inflammatory). The result is inflammation...more severe pain! Plus, more chance of heart disease and cancer.
So, consume foods high in Omega 3 fatty acids (sometimes called "good fat" or "healthy fat") to get the balance right! Salmon, or high quality fish oil capsules. I don't eat fish, so I get my Omega 3s from chia seeds (can put them on or in anything), ground flaxseeds (make sure they are ground--that releases the "good" fat, flaxseed oil, olive oil, and more foods that are just a google search away...
Fruits and veggies are anti-inflammatory foods too. So...get inspired by checking out a vegetarian/vegan cookbook at the library (I have a few myself...don't pay for them, check them out for free). Other anti-inflammatory foods and drinks include nuts and seeds, legumes, coconut oil, coconut water, and green or white tea.
Inflammatory foods and other things: Smoking, fried foods, vegetable oils, processed foods, fast food, sugary treats, soda, too much coffee, too much alcohol...and prescription and over the counter medications!
I KNOW this works because I was living with a 7 or 8 on a scale of 1-10...I was miserable...chronic muscle spasms, sometimes acute (a 20 on a scale of 1-10!)...then I started changing my diet...I'm not 100% cured, but I'm living with a managable 4 to 5 (and occasional 6) on a scale of 1-10. I also see a chiropractor once a month to keep my pain down.
I was in the Army in the 90's and was told to crack my neck to relieve pain by friends of mine. Years later, when I was out of the military, in Nov 2002 (I remember, because this is when my chroic pain began!) I cracked my neck so hard, that a searing pain ran through me, I was in severe pain for weeks, moderate pain for months...but right after for the next week or two, my neck was crooked to the side.
I never knew the exact diagnosis, possibly a slipped disc or a neck sprain or spasm, but it's been giving me problems up until today. I see a chiropractor regularly, which helps.
I still have the habit of "adjusting" my neck, only now, I use heat and stretch first, get really relaxed, and I don't pull roughly, just a gentle tug to see if it makes that beautiful, addictive cracking sound! My husband yells at me every time, though, even though I'm gentler, he says anything can happen, don't do that! So I'm trying to stop, I'm getting better.
My advice is...try to quit like me! Like my husband said, you never know what can happen, people have broken their necks or died in rare cases. Still, my neck gets tight and I just want to release it...after all this talk, I feel like doing it now...nooooo! View Thread