Pain is often the primary urge that causes most of us to go to the doctor for a checkup.
"Forget injuries; never forget kindnesses."
Confucius (551 BC – 479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, politician, and philosopher. By Simran Khurana (Updated March 18, 2017)
The mental-emotional state has a significant effect on the level of pain. (Separate discussion) The self-healing method is essentially anti-inflammatory and works on the causes of pain, not its symptoms. The disadvantage of this method is that it is slower and requires patience and perseverance. Each of the techniques described in detail in the Natural therapies chapter effectively reduces pain. NATURAL THERAPIES.
The pain scale is a subjective measure of pain affected by the intensity of the pain, the duration, and the location.
If you look for definitions for physical pain, you will find that they are not uniform.
Pain endurance does vary from person to person, but pain intensification has more objective metrics.
Physical pain - My suggested definition. (Without using synonyms for pain)
"Pain is a short or continuous alarm sensation caused by temporary or permanent cell damage (above a certain threshold) in tissue with sensory nerves (nociceptors) ." Pain is a part of the self-defense mechanism.
Apart from the brain and liver, most of the major organs in the human body are pain-sensitive.
- We can feel pain in our bodies almost anywhere possible. Although there is no "brain pain," migraines are one of the most troublesome pests. (What hurts is not the brain itself)
- The liver has no pain sensation, but the gallbladder and nearby organs feel pain. The pains of chronic liver patients (like me) are horrible because the body rots! But this is not a pain of the liver itself.
- The pain intensity is often a subjective question; however, there are paralyzing pains in which the patient cannot function. Severe toothache, eye pain, earache, and prolonged migraines are paralyzing pains. (The head, because of the multiplicity of nerves in it, is especially susceptible to pain)
Three factors determine the objective severity of pain.
The pain scale is a subjective measure in which the person is asked about the pain level. The objective measurement of pain tries to quantify the pain objectively. Primarily to assess the level of pain of injuries & chronic patients are witnessing. To this day, to the best of my knowledge, there is no objective measure of pain. The subjective perception of pests has a relatively high variance.
- The Density of the sensory nerves (nociceptors) differs in different body areas. The head area, palms, hands, genitals, and nipples are rich in sensory nerves, which tend to hurt more.
- Essential organs are not pain-sensitive, such as the brain and the liver are.
- Cumulative tissue damage = result of multiplication of the affected tissue damage volume multiplied by the duration of exposure to the harmful agent.
- The intensity of tissue damage volume. (Per time unit)
- Duration of exposure to the harmful agent.
- The Regeneration rate of the damaged tissue is directly proportional to the speed at which the pain passes. For example, skin cells recover quickly, so when we cut ourselves superficially with a knife, the pain passes relatively within a short time.
It is relatively easy to produce a statistical estimate of objective pain, but the patient's subjective response to pain is more important than the intensity of the objective pain!
Frequently asked questions and answers regarding pain in general and chronic pain in particular.
If nothing hurts me, a sign that I am healthy?
- The answer is not necessarily. Damage to cells at low intensity often does not reach the threshold that requires an alarm! (Pain)
Is chronic pain a sign that I still have tissue damage?
- Usually, the answer is, "Yes."
If the chronic pain intensity increased, a sign that my health condition had worsened?
- If the pain intensity has increased significantly over time, and there have been no other (mental) changes, the answer is probably "Yes."
I have intermittent pain; what does this imply?
- Intermittent pain may indicate an unstable immune system. The difficulty is in locating the causes of the phenomenon. (Nutrition, physical and mental lifestyle)
Physical pain is most often the result of illness, injury (accidental or intentional), or both combined.
- Blow, accident, burn, injury, etc. (Accidentally or intentionally) causes immediate inflammation. Sometimes, it also creates infection.
- Local or chronic inflammation results from a pathogenic infectious processor without a present pathogen still producing inflammation.
- When we have toothaches due to cavities in the teeth, the cause is a caries bacterial infection that causes inflammation, swelling, and pain.
- If we are cut from a knife, the body's response is an inflammatory response—Swelling, redness, and closure of the bleeding wound. The pain is usually temporary and subsides within a few minutes.
- Migraines are an inflammatory phenomenon with pains that can last indefinitely for consecutive days. Migraine is also an inflammatory phenomenon, except for the swelling we usually do not feel or see. (Jugular veins.)
How to relieve pain with the self-healing method? (Usually, it is necessary to combine several types of treatment)
The mental-emotional state has a significant effect on the level of pain. (Separate discussion) The self-healing method is essentially anti-inflammatory and works on the causes of pain, not its symptoms. The disadvantage of this method is that it is slower and requires patience and perseverance. Each of the techniques described in detail in the Natural therapies chapter effectively reduces pain—link: NATURAL THERAPIES.
Anti-inflammatory nutrition. (The effect is relatively slow)
- Start your morning by drinking one cup of squeezed lemon juice mixed with lukewarm water. (It is even better if you add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar + one tablespoon of olive oil.)
- Eat only natural, varied foods. Do not eat any processed and industrialized foods or artificial and alcoholic beverages. (Huge category)
- Regular consumption of foods especially rich in antioxidants. (Such as berries) preferably along with goat yogurt to strengthen the intestinal flora.
- Intermittent fasting is a very effective method of relieving chronic pain.
- Natural (unsweetened) juices can significantly relieve pain, especially in gastrointestinal diseases.
- Drinking natural lemon juice (without sugar) mixed in lukewarm water may help relieve intestinal acidity and many chronic pains.
- Natural grapefruit juice improves liver function and reduces pain. (It is necessary to ensure no contradiction with other drugs.)
The Ultimate Detoxification - Cleansing the Liver, Gallbladder, Intestines, Kidneys. (The effect is relatively slow)
- Freshly squeezed juice - the best natural remedy.
- Coffee enemas have an almost immediate effect on pain relief. The main difficulty of people is to overcome the feeling of lack of hygiene! Coffee enemas can be made at home in the bathroom with great comfort and maximum hygiene.
- Liver, Gallbladder, Intestines, and kidneys flush. (Mechanical detoxification)
- Cleansing the kidneys. (Drinking Parsley tea, Steam sauna, Jacuzzi)
Herbs and various supplements. (The effect is relatively fast)
- Herbal supplements & Antioxidants. (Customized - preferably by a naturopath)
- Link: Supplements I used. (Antioxidant & Anti-inflammatory, Vitamins & Minerals, Internal tissue rehabilitation, Probiotics)
- It is advisable to avoid the systematic taking of supplements, which may even be harmful.
- Drinking bentonite clay may reduce severe pain caused by inflammation or acute infections. You can also have baths filled with hot water and bentonite clay.
- Omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish oil) have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect. For those who do not eat fish or seafood, it is advisable to take a supplement of quality omega 3. (Omega 3 from fish oil is better than omega three from flaxseed or vegetable oil)
- Low levels of vitamin b12 can cause inflammatory effects. Simple blood tests can be performed to detect vitamin b12 deficiency. The absorption of the vitamin in injections is better than that of pills.
- Licorice (Gan Cao) is considered an ancient medicinal plant with natural steroid properties in China, which reduces pain without acute side effects.
Other anti-inflammatory therapies. (The effect is relatively fast)
- Although acupuncture can be painful at times, it effectively relieves pain.
- Link: Acupuncture — Balances the Body's life-force (qi) energy.
- Massage, reflexology, and moderate exercise can often alleviate mild chronic pain.
- Direct and controlled sun exposure has analgesic properties. Vitamin D3 is critical to the proper functioning of the immune system. (superior to any supplement)
- Cupping therapy, Scraping (Chinese Gua-sha), Dipping feet in ginger water, Medical leeches.
- Link: Cupping therapy, Scraping (Chinese Gua-sha), Dipping feet in ginger water, Medical leeches.
How Do Pain Relievers Work? - George Zaidan.
The main problem is that painkillers do not cure infections or inflammations that cause pain in the first place. (It cannot cure any illness)
It is difficult for the body to cure inflammations without proper liver function. Therefore long-term painkillers treatment is not recommended.
- Apart from opiate painkillers, other types are less addictive. I have been taking high-dose Thermadax for a long time or Optalgin drops, but painkillers are often not adequate for internal diseases!
- Aside from the risks of addiction to opiate medications, prolonged use of painkillers has a devastating effect on the liver.
- Medical marijuana is considered very effective, but it usually does not cure the disease that created the pain.
Steroids being anti-inflammatory, reduces pain but at the cost of sustained damage to the immune system.
- Steroid use is widespread, reducing the body's inflammatory response. But steroids do not cure anything! Over time, they cause significant cumulative damage to the immune system.
There are a few exceptions where there is a higher probability that painkillers may lead to recovery from chronic diseases.
- Relieving pain and other severe symptoms can dramatically improve mood. When a person is more energetic, there is a better chance of recovering from chronic diseases. The mechanism is very similar to the placebo effect. In this context, the placebo effect is relevant only shortly after the disease's onset and taking medication.
- Recovery through symptomatic treatment exists but is not shared. It may occur in relatively mild cases of chronic diseases.
- Chronic patients often reach the "disillusionment" stage, where they realize they will remain dependent on medication for many years!
Is there a medical justification for painkillers for chronic patients? (The answer is "Yes")
- Painkillers for prolonged use have many side effects, including severe impairment of alertness and concentration. Painkillers are sometimes needed for more extended periods, but a comprehensive explanation of a lifestyle change and diet is often required.
Although painkillers usually have an immediate effect, they do not cure the causes of the pain and are therefore especially useful for sharp and not prolonged pain. When it comes to chronic pain, treatment must be rooted, including an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle.