In 2008 I was struck by an SUV while riding my bicycle, I have had C5-C6 and L4-S1 fused. While the surgery did a lot, I was left with FBS and CRPS. Due to my strong dislike of the side effects from my pills, and after weening myself off of a physical addiction hydrocodone twice, I grew disgusted with the legal drug dealing system that calls itself “Pain Management.” It is a frightening thought that most of the pain doctors I visited after hearing I had been on hydrocodone a while, had surgery, and was still in pain, immediately jumped to the conclusion that I needed to be on methadone. Way to put a band-aid on a severed artery, Western Medicine.
I have luckily found a pain doctor that listens, and will not try to put me on opiates, but I still wanted to take more control of my own life and manage my pain. So I vowed to find a way to deal with pain that didn’t require me being intoxicated 24/7, destroy my liver, or any of the other horrible side effects that come with the opiate painkillers that are handed out without regard for the patient. I do have my good and bad days, and sometimes I do have to use my prescribed medication occasionally, but I generally take them when pain is unbearable and I need the “big guns.” So this is not advocating throwing away all Western medicine, but using all available options.
On top of my herbal experimentation, I practice T’ai Chi Ch’aun, and teach it, and I regularly receive Graston from my Chiropractor. I also use massage as part of my therapy. My loves are history, all things anthropological, cooking and herbalism. All of my methods are tried on myself first, and occasionally friends and family.
I am not a doctor! I am not a medical professional! So please do not take this blog as medical advice, always consult a professional for the final word in what you should or should not take. And always educate yourself no one will do it for you!