Today’s video is one that I made in the late summer of 2018, when I was a lot tanner and a lot more blonde (neither of which is relevant to today’s topic but I figured I’d point that out). Anyways! This video post is all about my journey with pain management since the beginning of my journey with chronic Lyme. Like anyone with a chronic illness knows, managing pain can be a difficult balance if you are also striving to heal your body from the inside out. While traditional medicine will typically suggest X, Y, & Z of pain medications (both over the counter and prescription), I have found there are many alternative ways to manage one’s pain outside of these drugs. An example of this is a friend of mine who uses vegan cbd oil and other CBD products to aid with her pain management. While I don’t think it is something for me, it has certainly helped her with her journey. However, don’t get me wrong, pain meds have their place in my healing journey, and I’m certainly not ashamed of that. I haven’t done everything “perfectly” in my road to health and wellness, and that’s ok. What is most important is that you are knowledgable about what you are putting into your body and how it will effect you, along with what steps are necessary to continue healing your body. Now, I’m certainly not advocating you throw all caution to the wind if you are on a strict healing protocol like the AIP where you are to fully eliminate NSAIDs and other pain killers. There is a reason these drugs are eliminated during the AIP elimination phase (and hopefully from there on out as healing occurs). Overall, my point of this post is not to tell you when it is OK and not OK to take pain meds. That decision is ultimately up to you. Instead, the point of this video is to share some of the ways I have successfully managed mild-extreme bodily pain caused by the chronic Lyme and it’s complications in hopes that they too can help you. Some of the methods I discuss include acupuncture, myofascial massage, essential oils, epsom salt baths, and colonics. Another thing that I would like to mention in this post that has always helped significantly with pain is exercise and movement therapy. I seriously do not know where I would be without it, and while both of these methods have certainly changed a big deal since being pregnant, they still are very important. To learn more about why movement is so beneficial and to healing from a chronic illness, be sure to check out my girl Victoria from Lemons’N Lyme at her new health and wellness brand The Influence Health. And as always, for more information on my journey with Lyme and all the tools I’ve used to become healthier and stronger click here.
Romans 12:10 “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.”