Pain Management

As I hope you have read in my books and/or the About page, you will see I no longer take any medications for pain. In the long run, the side effects weren't worth it to me. Plus, I kept building up a tolerance to them, so they didn't work anymore.

This is a list of things I often do to cope with flare-ups... which can merely be an increase in pain intensity on top of my 'normal.' I keep a list handy because when pain shoots up, my brain goes on vacation. I believe this is the same with everyone.

General flare-up (usually in my neck, shoulders, and upper back):
  • Close my eyes and BREATHE. Release any tension in my body upon each exhale.
  • Activate Vagus Nerve by Ohmming/Humming.
  • Massage ears with one of the many essential oils I have on hand (or massage them without oil). Ears have a lot of acupuncture points. i.e. Balance or AromaTouch blends (doTERRA).
  • Use self-massager on my back, hips, and thighs.
  • Use Thermalon heat wrap on my shoulders.
  • Listen to singing bowls on YouTube. Play the one I have.
  • Meditate (see Meditation page).
  • Lay in bed and read.
  • Drink more water, including hot water with honey.
  • Practice the mind exercises I learned, including appreciation and gratitude.
  • Practice Donna Eden Energy Medicine routines.
  • Move my body parts to remind it that even though I still hurt, I can still move.
  • Apply wireless TENS unit on across the lower neck vertebrae. 
  • Use over-the-door traction device.
  • Use a Salonpas patch.
  • For lower back, apply marjoram with lotion.
Feeling suddenly drained and achy all over:
  • Rest a lot more in bed. (Read in bed.)
  • Apply Past Tense blend (doTERRA) to the base of my occipital point and rub in.
  • 15 drops of Energetix Hypothalmapath.
  • Drink decaf (organic) coffee with a drop of peppermint oil and hot water with honey.
  • If my bowels are backed up, so are the toxins.
Muscle cramps: from hips to knees; abdomen; sides (ribcage); lower & mid back:
  • TENS unit with back strap or iRelieve TENS unit 
  • Use Thermalon heat wrap on abdomen
  • Increase Magnesium Glycinate to two 3x day
  • Inflamma-Tone 
  • Apply Marjoram & Copaiba with lotion
Teres Major spasm triggered by inflammation/nerve compression:
  • Apply and massage in Past Tense blend (doTERRA) to the base of my occipital point and along each side of my upper spine.
  • Apply and massage in a blend of Lemongrass, Marjoram, and Black Pepper essential oils into the spasm.
  • Take 15 drops of Energetix Inflamma-Tone 2 - 3 times a day under tongue.
  • Use inflatable neck traction.
  • Do additional band pulls.
  • Use iReliev TENS unit
Scapula spasm:
  • Apply and massage in Past Tense blend (doTERRA) to the base of my occipital point and along each side of my upper spine.
  • If someone is available to do this for me, apply and massage in a blend of Lemongrass, Marjoram, and Black Pepper essential oils into the spasm.
  • Use self-massager on my back.
  • Use Thermalon heat wrap.
  • Use an S-curved massage gadget to work on knots/spasms.
  • Do additional band pulls.
  • Use iReliev TENS unit 
Carpal tunnel pain:
  • Wear Tourmaline sleeves for pain in forearms and elbows.
  • Apply wireless TENS unit on the back of forearms. 
  • Wear wrist braces
Knee pain:
  • Rub marjoram, lemongrass, & black pepper blend with oil into the sides of my knees. Can also use DoTERRA Deep Blue oil blend with lotion.
  • Wear compression support.
Sinus pain:
  • Do lymphatic drainage massage.
  • Put moist heat (bead) packs over my face and breathe the steam.
  • Use saline nasal spray as drops.
  • Turn up humidifiers.
  • Inhale peppermint oil and/or Breathe essential oil blend. Apply under nose.
  • Sip on hot drinks.
Sore throat:
  • Do lymphatic drainage massage.
  • 5 drops of Energetix Inflamma-Tone every 4 hours.
  • Hot drinks (with honey).
  • Ricola lozenges.
Herpes outbreak coming on:
  • Increase l-Lysine (pure encapsulations) from 4 to 6 capsules (2 capsules 3x a day).
  • 1 dropper of Energetix Inflamma-Tone every 4 hours.
  • 1 dropper of CBD oil (75mg) every 4 hours.
  • Apply Copaiba or Tea Tree oil directly to the area.
  • Soak feet in Epsom Salt and 2 drops Tea Tree oil.
Pins & Needles:
  • 1 dropper CBD oil as needed.
Depressive episodes: 
  • I didn't see it coming. As I began to sink into despair, I remembered I had followed my doctor's advice and stopped taking vitamin D-K2 when my levels came up. But I still needed a maintenance dose. 
  • The episode along with irritability and body temperature fluctuations began next... which affected the quality of my sleep... and I realized my hypothalamus needed support again. Within the day I started these supplementations again, I began to feel better.
  • Use Cheer essential oil blend as needed.
Maintenance:
  • Combine Copaiba oil with Everyone or other organic lotion and rub into my legs, back, torso, arms, and shoulders. Do this several times a week.
  • Do the Donna Eden energy routine and stimulate the vagal nerve (daily).
  • Morning routine of stretches and motion exercises.

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