Pain amplification syndrome is a condition that develops when the nervous system gets used to carrying pain signals and continues to after the cause of the pain is gone. Pain signals can become embedded in the spinal cord, as a painful memory. Trauma turns on pain signals, which alert us and at the same time mobilizes our internal resources. Once the trauma is resolved, the alarm goes off, no more pain. When the alarm does not go off, a loop is created between the nervous system and the brain. The nerves keep firing and send electrochemical signals to the brain and they are interpreted as pain. The longer the loop continues, the stronger the pain signals are amplified.
Pain amplification syndrome has increased significantly over the last 10 years. The numbers of adults with pain amplification syndrome have become the third-largest patient group in specialized rheumatology clinics. Part of the reason is there is more rheumatology patients. Twenty percent of persons in the general population have something identified as chronic regional pain.
Allopathic medicine uses drug treatment to decrease inflammation and reduce pain by blocking inflammatory mediators. Drugs known as analgesics can be a useful short term solution, but chronic pain is something that is on- going. Long-term side-effects of drugs can include stomach bleeding, bone demineralization, kidney damage and even nutritional deficiencies.
Natural pain remedies are often as effective as drugs, but without the side-effects. These painkillers include food choices, supplements, phytonutrients, herbs and homeopathic remedies. Let’s explore a non-drug approach to pain. The pain amplification syndrome cannot exist without your brain’s perception of it. There are a few things to do, one is to increase the pain blocking chemicals in the brain. Complementary medical therapy approaches are acupuncture, naturopathic remedies, diet, craniosacral therapy, and reflexology.
Inflammation plays a role, and can cause pain. A good diet reduces the body’s inflammatory response. Whole foods such as legumes and vegetables should be a large part of your diet. Essential fatty acids, Omega-3 fish oils, and flax seeds reduce arthritic pain. Omega-6 fatty acid from whole food sources such as nuts and seeds. Evening primrose may work to reduce inflammation in a way that is similar to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Vitamins B3, B6, and C, and certain minerals such as biotin, zinc, and magnesium are essential.
Pain is a signal that your body is out of balance. It is the job of any healer to help your body reach equilibrium, equilibrium can not be bought with a pill. If anything pharmaceuticals that are taken over an extended period with interfere with that process.
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