Reasons Your Pain Won't Go Away March 29, 2018 11:31
What you don't know is hurting you.
One of only a handful of physicians in the country who is board-certified in Family Medicine and Pain Medicine, Gary Kaplan, DO, author of Total Recovery and founder of The Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine, was able to apply his pioneering perspective to help answer one of the most difficult questions plaguing our country: What is causing my pain?
Here are some key takeaways to consider when you're trying to figure out why your pain just won't go away.
Inflammation, part of the normal repair process, may have gone awry
Cytokines are chemical messengers secreted by the body. They have effects ranging from inciting nerve repair to causing inflammation. In the case of chronic pain, we know that the microglia, which are the innate immune system in the central nervous system, are "stuck" in a mode where they continue to excrete predominantly inflammatory cytokines. Under normal circumstances, microglia will shift from producing inflammatory cytokines to making anti-inflammatory cytokines and call in other cells to initiate the normal repair process.
Balance is restored by eliminating all of the factors that caused the microglia to get turned on in the inflammatory state and then doing things such as meditation, exercise, getting adequate sleep, and using things such as low-dose naltrexone (LDN) and turmeric to get the microglia to go back to their resting state.
Sometimes arthritis in knees and joints can be from Lyme disease, sometimes from rheumatoid arthritis, and sometimes from tendonitis. It can also be associated with food allergies and food sensitivities. The first issue is getting a clear diagnosis.
Complex regional pain syndrome, also known as CRPS, it is a horrific pain condition. I see a number of patients who suffer from CRPS, and the solution can unfortunately be elusive. Again, it's important to try and understand what it is that has caused the nervous system to be so hyper-reactive. Get evaluated for Lyme disease and it's co-infections, celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and neurotoxins associated with mold, along with a number of other conditions.
Tinnitus can be an extremely difficult problem to address and can be a result of multiple issues and not a single problem. Meditation and yoga are extremely effective in reducing inflammation, as is curcumin. You also need to identify the causes of the inflammation, such as the trace mineral imbalances, as well as eliminate anything that may be poisoning your system.
Your body may be more responsive to alternative therapies
Norm Shealy, MD, PhD, has been a pioneer in working with microcurrent therapy. He has reported very impressive success with a large number of pain conditions. We have not seen the same level of success in our patients, but we find that acupuncture can be extremely effective for a large number of pain conditions. But most commonly our treatments are layered, involving a number of therapeutic approaches, which works synergistically for a comprehensive solution. I also recommend meditation or yoga.