Are You Living With Chronic Pain?
Author: Shelley Bennetts Date Posted:27 February 2020
Untreated chronic inflammation can lead you to anxiety, pain, loss of independence, depression and some very serious diseases. Manage your chronic inflammation and regain the life you love to live.
You must have good reason to be reading about inflammation. Either you, or someone you love is suffering and you want to do the best you can to relieve the pain. You want to be able to enjoy your life, your family and not be in pain and miserable. To some extent inflammation is just a part of life. It’s our body’s first line of defence against disease and damage. Sometimes though, inflammation spirals out of control and we must learn how to best manage it.
There’s good and bad inflammation as you’ll read, and it’s the bad, or chronic inflammation that is of the greatest concern for you. Although there are some very effective drugs that will help, they come with their own problems over time. Chronic inflammation inevitably leads to dis-ease; anxiety, pain, loss of independence, depression and some very serious diseases.
There are other strategies you can work on in conjunction with your medical specialists’ regime, particularly related to your diet and dietary supplementation.
Help your body manage inflammation by identifying and increasing the anti-inflammatory foods in your diet and decreasing the amount of inflammatory foods.
It’s our first line of defence, as our body works at peak performance to heal and make us healthy again.
Inflammation is our body’s natural response to infection, disease and damage to tissues. A burn or a cut, the presence of something foreign, a microbial infection, or death of cells will all trigger inflammation. The damaged tissue sends out distress signals to the immune system for help.
Our body systems will pump more blood to the area of damage, causing redness and warmth. As immune cells and extra fluids are released, the area will swell and become painful, effectively restricting movement to allow for healing.
By stimulating the production and activity of immune cells, inflammation is our first line of defence against infection. A healthy body works fast to resolve inflammation and resist infections. Once the immune cells have done their job by cleaning up the tissue damage and getting rid of any potential infection, the redness and swelling will go. Problem solved!
This is acute inflammation. It starts rapidly and quickly becomes severe. The symptoms generally only last for a few days, as in a cut to the skin or intense physical activity. In some cases, symptoms may persist for a few weeks as in bronchitis, a sore throat from a cold or flu, appendicitis or even an ingrown toenail! If your immune system is healthy, your discomfort will end.
Unmanaged inflammation plays a major role in the development of most diseases!
Chronic inflammation on the other hand, is long-term inflammation, lasting for months or years. This persistent inflammation can, and usually does, lead to disease.
If that acute inflammation is not treated, or our body struggles to effectively fight it, it can become chronic. An example could be a build-up of dental plaque causing chronic periodontitis.
Or, if for some reason, the immune system attacks healthy tissue, mistaking it for something harmful, it can cause chronic inflammation. Anyone who suffers from the autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis knows the long-term and painful effects of this chronic inflammation.
Chronic inflammation can also result from a long-term, low-intensity irritant that persists, like asthma, sinusitis or prostatitis.
If you suffer from chronic inflammation, you’ll know how the constant pain and fatigue wears you down. Depression and anxiety are likely symptoms, as are digestive problems, frequent infections and even severe weight gain or loss.
Unlike acute inflammation where the body takes care of itself, chronic inflammation needs to be managed and well-regulated. According to the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, one in three Australians suffer from some form of chronic inflammatory disease like rheumatoid arthritis!
Treating Chronic Inflammation
Health Practitioner advice
Always consult with your medical specialist when drastically changing your diet or when adding dietary supplements to your health regime.
An Anti-inflammatory diet
It's the same old culprits... Some foods contain ingredients that can either trigger or worsen your existing imflammation. An anti-inflammatory diet can assist you with your symptoms
Compressing, immobilising and cooling
Compressing, immobilising and cooling the inflamed area can also improve your symptoms. This certainly works well for symptoms of acute inflammation and may help short-term for chronic inflammation of accessible joints.
Under the direction of your medical specialist, you will have been prescribed either ‘Corticosteroids’ that reduce immune cell function, or ‘Non-steroidal’ anti-inflammatory medications (NSAID’s) that interfere with key molecules or cells contributing to the symptoms of inflammation. Both are very effective in treating the symptoms of chronic inflammation, but harmful when taken for long periods of time.
Regular Daily Exercise
Depending on the extent of your pain, keeping your body moving is vital. The longer you sit, the tighter and less mobile your joints will become. There’s nothing like the weightlessness of water. Stretching tight and painful joints while in water is a gentle approach. Plenty of Physiotherapists run Hydrotherapy classes. Get in touch with your local public pool to find out what’s on offer. Alternatively, a daily walk, however short, will ensure that you don’t seize up completely.
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Remember that inflammation, especially chronic inflammation has been associated with many human diseases including cardiovascular (heart and veins), pulmonary (of the lungs), auto-immune (the body attacking its own cells) and degenerative diseases (cancers, diabetes and Alzeimers).
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*Although taken from reputable sources, the information in this blog should not be taken as medical advice.
Information in this article was accessed through:
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Medical News Today
The American Arthritis Foundation
The Herbal Extract Company of Australia