Chronic pain can be debilitating and frustrating. Those words can also apply to being dependent on prescription painkillers to deal with that pain.
Knowing how to be more self-sufficient in terms of treating your chronic pain can help in a big way. Using natural remedies like CBD oil and various herbs can help you avoid having to resort to opioids and prescription painkillers and the host of problems that often accompany them, like dependence and addiction..
You can lessen your chance of becoming dependent on these drugs by treating your chronic pain naturally.
What Is Chronic Pain & What Can You Do to Manage It?
According to the National Institute of Health, chronic pain affects over 25 million Americans. Chronic pain is a condition that can be overwhelming and all-encompassing, making it hard to focus on other things in your life.
Chronic pain (pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks) doesn’t even necessarily have an obvious cause, which makes it all the more difficult to deal with. It can also lead to a host of other problems, like having trouble sleeping and a lack of energy.
Luckily, there are several ways to manage chronic pain and make your symptoms less severe that don’t include hospitals and prescription drugs.
Most preppers know that learning how to grow, prepare, and preserve your own food and medicine are huge parts of being successfully self-sufficient. Having a healthy diet that incorporates mostly food you’ve grown yourself can also help treat chronic pain.
Food you grow yourself, especially organically, will likely be free of the toxins that are often present in mass-produced food you get from the grocery store. Toxin-free food is better for your body and mind and could potentially play a big role in lessening the symptoms of your chronic pain.
Cannabidiol, or CBD oil, is a natural pain reliever that is derived from the hemp plant. Although there is a lack of conclusive research at this time, findings suggest that CBD may greatly help manage chronic pain.
One of the major benefits of using CBD oil is that it is not accompanied by major side effects of prescription drugs and pain relievers such as addiction. CBD oil can help decrease inflammation and manage chronic pain naturally.
Physical therapy can be an important component of treating your chronic pain naturally. Instead of resorting to surgery or medication, physical therapy can sometimes help alleviate enough of your pain that you won’t need to involve modern medicine.
Physical therapy can help your body naturally strengthen and stretch, and once your learn the exercises, they can often be done the comfort of your own home.
Chronic pain can sometimes be linked to a mental or emotional trauma, and engaging in counseling or therapy can help heal those traumas and help your pain subside as a result.
Simple mental strategies like mindfulness meditation can go a long way in centering yourself, forcing deep breathing, and working through tough issues. You can do a mindfulness meditation in any position that is comfortable with you.
Focus your attention on each part of your body in turn, all the way down to the nail on your pinkie finger. Breathe into each body part and let the pain or discomfort wash away. Regular use of mental strategies like this can be a helpful long-term solution for managing your chronic pain naturally.
Herbal remedies are another great way to deal with chronic pain. Herbs and other plants were used as the main source of medicine for many, many years and are still widely used today. Many medicinal herbs and plants can be grown on your own property. You can develop your own natural pharmacy right in your backyard. With natural supplements for chronic pain, there’s no need for prescription drugs.
Plants like ginger, turmeric, white willow bark, and devil’s claw are great herbs for pain management. Pain relief doesn’t have to come in a little white bottle.
While prescription and over-the-counter drugs might seem like the most sure-fire way to lessen your pain, there are too many risks associated with them, especially if you’re trying to be self-sufficient. They’re easily available, easily addictive, and extremely hard to give up once you become hooked. The opioid crisis in the United States makes this abundantly clear.
How Are Public Health Officials Fighting the Crisis of Opioid Addiction?
While serious preppers know how to treat basic health maladies, the average American looks to doctors and hospitals for a cure for anything from a common cold to cancer. Putting endless trust in the healthcare system is one of the things that has gotten the country into trouble with opioid addiction.
The crisis of opioid addiction is difficult for public health officials who must balance illicit use of opioids with the real needs of cancer patients and others who depend on it for their days to be bearable.
The University of Nevada, Reno writes, “many public health experts have traced the roots of the current surge in opioid addiction and deaths attributed to it to the use – and misuse – of prescription drugs.”
With more doctors prescribing opioids, more people become addicted and the destructive cycle continues. In response, public health officials are revisiting the guidelines for when to prescribe opioids for conditions such as chronic pain.
Balancing the consequences of over-prescribing with the potential harm caused to patients by under-prescribing needed medication is the ongoing struggle of healthcare professionals today.
How Is Big Data Affecting Pharmacy Practice?
In case you need more convincing that it’s a good idea to avoid prescription drugs when at all possible, think of your data. While preppers might look forward to the return of barter systems, the truth is that today there is often more exchanged than goods and money. Data is often in the mix as well. Any time you visit a hospital or pick up a prescription, your data is being collected and used for a variety of reasons.
Big data collection is changing pharmacy practice in the United States. It can help companies track opioid prescriptions, reveal drug abuse, and more. While these positive aspects can be hard to ignore, one must also examine the risks.
According to the University of Illinois at Chicago, “As more information is stored online, cyber threats present a growing challenge for the pharmacy industry.” Healthcare professionals must work to protect their customers and clients from data theft and financial loss that can result from big data collection in pharmacy practice.
When looking at the big picture, it’s clear that there are many ways you can work to avoid prescription drugs and treat conditions such as chronic pain naturally. This can help keep your body, mind, and data safe.
About the Author:
Magnolia Potter is a muggle from the Pacific Northwest who writes from time to time and covers a variety of topics. When Magnolia’s not writing, you can find her curled up with a good book.