Pain is the result of inflammation in the body.
So what is inflammation?!
Inflammation is a normal process of tissue repair that our bodies undergo, as a result of stressors, an injury or infection. We need inflammation to heal and return to health again! If you cut your finger, inflammatory processes driven by our cells and your immune system will repair the cut. Symptoms of inflammation are:
5) Loss of movement or function.
These symptoms of inflammation are just part of the repair process. The pain is just your body telling you that the area of injury shouldn’t be used while it is undergoing repair.
Chronic or ongoing or long-term pain is not normal and is a symptom that the above repair process has become dysfunctional and isn’t working to get you back to health again. Again, it is your body trying to tell you that something is wrong, and to do something different to help fix it.
Chronic pain can come and go, or you can have periods of constant low-level pain, with times of much higher pain flares seemingly without reason.
What causes the constant pain and the flare-ups, and what can we do about them?
Chronic pain means that the inflammation process is being constantly triggered, every day. It also means that the healing process is not able to be completed, due to the daily triggers and a dysfunctional immune system which keeps the inflammation and pain occurring.
Anything that can cause inflammation in your body will exacerbate any existing inflammation and this causes more pain. Inflammation can itself be caused by many factors, including:
1) Physical or emotional stress
2) Your dietary intake – excesses of some foods and deficiencies of some nutrients
3) Infections, which can be low-grade or hidden, or past infections that are recurring
4) Dysbiosis - an imbalance in your microbiome
6) Poor quality sleep
7) Allergies and intolerances
8) Toxins, chemicals and radiation exposure.
Hence to fix YOUR chronic pain, all of these factors need to be investigated and resolved! Treating only the symptom of pain with medications will never fix the problem and the pain will not go away. Finding and fixing the root causes of inflammation WILL enable the body to heal, and WILL stop the pain!
If you have chronic pain, or someone you know does, I would like to help reduce the pain so you can have your health and quality of life back again!