Do you experience what is considered “chronic pain”?
Chronic pain is a complex and debilitating condition that affects millions of people worldwide, but what is the difference between chronic pain and acute pain?
Chronic Pain vs Acute Pain
Acute pain serves as a protective mechanism. It arises suddenly (think broken arm, twisted ankle, burn, all examples of acute pain), and is a signal to the body that healing and recovery are needed.
Chronic pain, however, persists for a long time, often lasting longer than 3 months.
The diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain is difficult because it has multiple factors involved.
Chronic Pain on the Rise
A 2019 neurology study on the Estimated Rates of Incident and Persistent Chronic Pain Among US Adults found that people in the United States are developing new cases of chronic pain at higher rates than new diagnoses of diabetes, depression or high blood pressure.
Researchers conducting this study identified around 52 new cases of chronic pain per 1,000 person-years. That is higher than the rate for high blood pressure – 45 new cases per 1,000 each year – and far higher than the rates of new depression and diabetes cases.
So what is causing chronic pain, and why are new cases of chronic pain increasing each year?
Causes of Chronic Pain
Before addressing how to alleviate chronic pain, let’s look at possible causes of chronic pain.
Chronic Pain: Physical Factors
Nerve damage: Nerves play a vital role in transmitting pain signals to the brain. Conditions such as neuropathy, nerve entrapment, or damage resulting from injuries or surgery can lead to chronic pain.
Scar tissue: Whether the scar tissue is internal or external, it blocks energy flow of electrons, pulls on the connective tissue which then pulls on the 33 vertebrae of the spine and the 22 cranial plates. As a result, pain can increase chronically. Furthermore, scar tissue is not only positively charged (like toxins and pathogens), but pain arises when the axons cannot fire continuously. In other words, blocked energy flow causes disease and chronic pain.
Dirty liver: The parasympathetic nervous system is directly connected to the liver which means that if the liver is backed up, the parasympathetic system suffers, and registered chronic pain worsens. Cleaning the liver helps with chronic pain significantly.
Inflammation: Inflammatory disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia, can trigger chronic pain by affecting joints, muscles, and other tissues.
Structural abnormalities: Structural problems in the musculoskeletal system, such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, or misalignments, can result in persistent pain.
Chronic illness: Certain diseases, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, and Lyme disease may cause chronic pain as a consequence of their effects on the body.
Chronic Pain: Psychological Factors
As mentioned above, chronic pain can be difficult to diagnose and treat because it generally involves multiple factors, for example, chronic pain from inflammation involves joints, muscles and nerves.
However, for someone who has experienced chronic pain for extended periods, psychological factors become a very real contributing factor.
Psychological factors contributing to chronic pain include:
Emotional distress: Emotional states, such as stress, anxiety, and depression, can intensify and prolong the experience of pain. The relationship between emotional well-being and pain perception is complex and bidirectional.
Trauma and PTSD: Individuals who have experienced physical or emotional trauma, such as accidents or abuse, may develop chronic pain as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or somatic symptom disorder.
Central sensitization: Prolonged pain can lead to alterations in the central nervous system, resulting in an amplification of pain signals. This phenomenon, known as central sensitization, can contribute to the persistence of chronic pain.
Catastrophic thinking: Negative thought patterns and catastrophic thinking, where individuals magnify the severity of their pain or anticipate negative outcomes, can exacerbate chronic pain.
Lifestyle and Environmental Factors Contributing to Chronic Pain
Lifestyle and environmental factors can also contribute to chronic pain. Some include:
Poor diet: Many people eat a diet full of too much sugar, carbs, and processed foods. These foods are highly acidic and inflammatory. Acidity causes the bones to leach out the important minerals from the tissues and bones, weakening the bones. The acidity also increases inflammation and chronic pain symptoms. The most acidic foods leading to worsened chronic pain include:
- conventional beef
- packaged & processed foods
- GMO foods
Poor posture and ergonomics: Repetitive strain injuries caused by poor ergonomics and posture can lead to chronic pain in various parts of the body, such as the neck, back, and wrists.
Sedentary lifestyle: Lack of regular physical activity and a sedentary lifestyle can weaken muscles, increase stiffness, and contribute to chronic pain conditions.
Sleep disturbances: Inadequate sleep or sleep disorders, such as insomnia, can lower pain thresholds and worsen chronic pain conditions.
Environmental factors: Exposure to certain environmental factors, such as extreme temperatures, humidity, or pollution, can trigger or exacerbate chronic pain symptoms in susceptible individuals.
Traditional Medications for Chronic Pain
To treat chronic pain, many doctors start by prescribing mild painkillers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen, and then rely on stronger drugs like opioids. There are over 200 medications available for people with chronic pain; however, most of them are prescribed off-label. Because they are off-label, they may have not been studied as treatments for chronic pain in large trials, have unknown short term and long term side effects, and are extremely addictive. Furthermore, they may cause drowsiness and sedation. What’s more, doctors repurpose antidepressants, anti-seizure medications, or drugs for abnormal heart rhythms for chronic pain.
Side Effects of Pain Medications
Pain medications, like any other medications, can have potential side effects. The specific side effects may vary depending on the type of pain medication, dosage, individual factors, and how the medication is taken. Here are some common side effects associated with pain medications:
- Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs):
- stomach irritation, including heartburn, indigestion, and stomach ulcers.
- increased risk of bleeding, particularly in individuals taking blood-thinning medications.
- kidney problems, especially with prolonged or high-dose use.
- fluid retention and swelling.
- allergic reactions, which can include rash, hives, or difficulty breathing.
- nausea, vomiting, or constipation.
- drowsiness or sedation.
- confusion or cognitive impairment.
- respiratory depression (slowed breathing), especially with higher doses or misuse.
- physical dependence and potential for addiction or misuse.
- liver damage if taken in high doses or in combination with alcohol.
- allergic reactions, such as rash or itching.
- Steroids (Corticosteroids):
- increased appetite and weight gain.
- adrenal fatigue
- mood changes or irritability.
- increased risk of infections.
- weakening of bones (osteoporosis) with long-term use.
- increased blood sugar levels (especially in individuals with diabetes).
Chronic pain is a complex and multifaceted condition with a myriad of underlying causes. Understanding the various physical, psychological, and lifestyle factors that contribute to chronic pain are essential for effective diagnosis and treatment. Addressing chronic pain requires more than just one pill; it requires a protocol including dietary changes, supplements, exercises, and possibly technological devices.
Suddenly stopping any prescribed medication for chronic pain is never advised. However, it is wise to learn more about alternatives to medication for chronic pain so that you may consider natural treatments before stronger alternatives, and to try to help your chronic pain subside naturally if that option is possible.
Supplements To Alleviate Chronic Pain
Acceleradine® helps with chronic pain in multiple ways:
- it is extremely anti-inflammatory
- it induces apoptosis, which means it destroys diseased and damaged cells that are causing chronic pain
- induces DNA repair, and helps heal at the point of chronic pain.
- helps clean the blood so the liver can do its job detoxing the toxins that cause acidity and inflammation leading to chronic pain.
- supplies the needed iodine for the thyroid hormones T3 and T4 to support metabolism and thyroid health. It is known that a sluggish thyroid is connected to a lack of circulation and worsened inflammation.
Acceleradine® and Accelerated Scalar Castor Oil Rub Mixture for Scar Tissue Pain
Mix about 2 tablespoons of Accelerated Castor Oil and 20-30 drops of Acceleradine® together. Using a Gua Sha tool over the site of pain or scar tissue, rub the medium brown mixture of Accelerated Castor Oil and Acceleradine®, using vertical, horizontal and diagonal strokes only.
The castor oil is antiseptic, a solvent and carrier of the Acceleradine® iodine, while the iodine induces either DNA repair, or in the case of the cells being too damaged, healthy apoptosis in order to repair traumatized or sick cells. Furthermore, Acceleradine prevents pain associated with the microtrauma induced through the Gua Sha massage.
Hypothyroid can lead to a higher risk of developing arthritis, fluid buildup in the joints, joint swelling, and chronic pain. Furthermore, thyroid hormones affect the rate of bone replacement. Accelerated Thyroid® not only helps support pain reduction, optimal bone formation, and arthritic symptoms reduction, but it heals the thyroid naturally, supports optimal metabolism, reduces inflammation, and detoxes the thyroid from radiation and heavy metals. All of these factors may help reverse chronic pain.
Accelerated Ancient Salt™
Accelerated Ancient Salt™ is not only a strongly negatively charged salt (to help “pull out” positively charged toxins, parasites, and undigested fats that cause inflammation and swelling), but it also provides over 62 alkaline minerals to help support an anti-inflammatory environment, increase blood volume, improve circulation, and reduce acidity in the body.
This health salt is a mixture of five precious salts from high frequency locations in the Andes Mountains, the Himalayas, and Utah. It is scalar charged to further enhance its frequency.
Through the use of basic quantum mechanics, the scalar energy is a higher frequency of energy that helps to detox the body of inflammatory toxins and pathogens while providing the needed minerals to support an alkaline environment.
Accelerated Keto®™ triggers ketosis within 30 minutes, and when the body is in this state, it helps reduce chronic pain in a few different ways including:
- it naturally reduces oxidative stress and inflammation that may be contributing to chronic pain.
- ketones as an energy source produces less “waste” in the body than glucose, and that waste contributes to inflammation and chronic pain.
- it provides physical and mental energy to combat the sedentary lifestyle and depression associated with worsened chronic pain.
- it suppresses cravings for sugar, carbs, and processed foods which lead to extreme acidity and inflammation in the body.
- it cleanses the liver daily to support optimal detoxification of toxins that contribute to chronic pain.
- it helps lower uric acid, fatty liver and insulin resistance; all of these issues worsen chronic pain.
Liquid Biocell Collagen
After the age of 30 the body loses collagen; in bone, collagen represents more than 90 percent of the organic matrix. Collagen is needed to help manage inflammation and improve lubrication in the joints and bones.
Many collagen supplements have suboptimal absorption and could actually be causing inflammation in the gut, leading to even more malabsorption. Liquid Biocell Collagen synergistically supports joints, bones, and skin through replenishing hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid (HA) and chondroitin sulfate in highly bioavailable forms, and is the ONLY liquid nutraceutical to offer a clinically tested, multi-patented form collagen.
Leaky Gut Bundle
Chronic pain can be linked to nutrient malabsorption and inflammation stemming from the gut. The Leaky Gut Bundle heals the mucosal lining, feeds the necessary good bacteria, and provides an environment for a healthy microbiome.
Accelerated Colloidal Silver™
Accelerated Colloidal Silver™ is the only alkaline silver solution that helps devitalize the foreign pathogens that may be contributing to chronic pain, in addition to reducing inflammation and improving circulation. It is enhanced with healing scalar frequencies and put through a water implosion process to improve its efficacy and help “energize” the “life force” in the body.
Accelerated Scalar Copper™
Copper helps to reduce chronic pain in a few ways:
- Copper is needed to prevent osteoporosis. The copper-dependent enzyme, lysyl oxidase, plays a role in bone formation.
- Copper plays an important role in collagen formation.
- Copper is needed to reduce fructose and uric acid which worsen chronic pain.
- Copper helps the iron move in the body to where it needs to go instead of creating “rust” and oxidative stress in the “wrong” areas of the body.
- Copper helps improve connective tissues; it is used to produce hemoglobin, collagen, myelin and melanin. If the connective tissues are suffering, chronic pain will worsen.
- Copper helps reduce bad cholesterol which could be inhibiting liver detoxification and function, leading to worsened pain.
Accelerated Scalar Copper™ is the only copper supplement with 99% absorption, whereas most copper supplements only achieve 5-10%, and is enhanced with scalar frequencies to enhance efficacy and healing.
Liver Flush Cleanse
The liver is closely associated with the body’s stress response and the parasympathetic system. If the liver is backed up or “clogged”, it won’t be able to detox the acidic toxins and heavy metals that contribute to chronic pain. The supplements in the Liver Flush Cleanse soften liver stones and prepare the liver to release those stones into the toilet. As a result, detoxification, inflammation, fat burning, and metabolic rate improve.
With hundreds of stones sitting in your liver, it isn’t able to break down fats for usable energy, to detox the body of toxins that cause inflammation and chronic pain.
The Liver Flush Cleanse also helps to:
- eliminate pain, cramps, and inflammation
- open Detox pathways for ridding the body of toxins and heavy metals that cause chronic pain
- help lower AST and ALT liver enzyme counts
- replace damaged liver cells with healthy ones
- reverse fatty liver disease and insulin resistance which are responsible for elevating chronic pain
- eliminate thousands of toxins and pollutants
- reduce uric acid that leads to gout, arthritis and pain
- flush out unhealthy cholesterol deposits and lowers cholesterol
- improve the breakdown of protein and fats that are needed for energy production and building tissues and muscles
- open obstructions in the liver and gallbladder that could be causing pain
- boost the immune system
- allow the liver and gallbladder to regenerate
Lifestyle Changes to Help Relieve Chronic Pain
Stop eating processed foods
Processed foods are extremely inflammatory and worsen chronic pain significantly. Not only do the foods increase uric acid, insulin resistance and fatty liver, but they also cause leaky gut, malnutrition, and extreme acidity in the body. All of these factors worsen chronic pain.
The added fructose in the processed food metabolizes in the liver and is directly converted into fat. Fructose lowers ATP, true cellular energy, and increases uric acid; all of these issues worsen chronic pain. Furthermore, the fructose and the added seed oils put the body in a pro-inflammatory state, worsening.
Processed foods are absent of the fiber that helps move the toxins out of the blood in addition to causing a steep rise in blood sugar; this worsens pain. Processed foods are designed to be hyper palatable and addictive, creating cravings for more processed food to cause overeating.
Prioritize eating wild animal protein
Wild animal protein provides the needed nutrients and amino acids to support protein synthesis, lean muscle tissue, and collagen production; these proteins are anti-inflammatory and help the healing of any injury causing pain.
Stop eating oxalates
Oxalates cause chronic pain through a few pathways:
- Oxalates steal minerals that the body needs and may cause malnutrition. This will cause the body to become acidic and proinflammatory.
- Oxalates interfere with normal connective tissue maintenance and repair, leading to unstable joints, and scarring. They tend to inhibit recovery from injury and perpetuate inflammation. As a result, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, stiffness, soreness, swelling, instability and tendonitis can result.
- Oxalates can lead to osteoporosis, weak or broken bones, and cracked teeth. Calcium attracts oxalates, and the oxalates accumulate in bones and teeth, replacing normal tissues.
Stop eating sulfur foods
Sulfur is a compound found in many of the “healthy” vegetables, medications and supplements that have to be metabolized through the body’s detoxification pathways. However, some of these foods actually back up the detox pathways if they are compromised, leading to issues of inflammation, arthritis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, and mental illness.
Food high in sulfur include cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and kale, onions, garlic and egg yolks.
Intermittent fasting allows systemic inflammation to be reduced and autophagy is triggered. With autophagy, the body is “cleaning up” the damaged and inflamed cells, repairing wounds, and relieving chronic pain. Furthermore, leaky gut begins to heal, and absorption of all nutrition, including minerals for bone and joint health, is optimized.
When the body is in ketosis with the help of Accelerated Keto®™, combined with intermittent fasting, it maintains muscle mass and bone mass which is necessary for pain management.
Stress causes the acidity and inflammation in the body to increase significantly; as a result, calcium further leaches from the bones to compensate for the lowered pH in the blood. Thus, the bones suffer while the body becomes inflamed, worsening chronic pain and arthritis.
Start strength training
Strength training is essential to maintain loose ligaments and joints, strong muscles, and good flexibility. Without these elements, chronic pain will increase. Often those with arthritic pain abstain from exercise and lifting heavy weights due to their pain; this will exacerbate the propensity for osteoporosis as the bones will become weaker without weight bearing exercises.
Limit chronic cardio exercise
Chronic cardio increases the acidity in the blood, extracting calcium from the bones, and increases in sweat, leading to the body sweating out more minerals including salt, magnesium and calcium.
LifeWave Stem Cell Patches to Enhance Results
LifeWave stem cell patches are designed to elevate peptides known to activate your stem cells to improve energy, sleep and general wellness. The following patches may assist with chronic pain management.
Th X39 patch incorporates phototherapy to help activate the body’s own stem cells, including ones to reduce inflammation and pain, support bone health, and reverse arthritis. Through this mechanism, the body resets over 4,000 genes, and in turn protects existing mitochondria and produces more ATP. With improved cellular health, absorption of minerals is enhanced, repair of bone and joints is expedited, inflammation is diminished, and chronic pain is reduced. Even more, people report better sleep and other anti-aging results.
The Aeon patch is known as an anti-inflammatory patch that also lowers stress levels, calms the brain and balances the autonomic nervous system. Furthermore, it activates antioxidant and antiinflammatory mechanisms to help chronic pain.
The IceWave patch is designed to reduce pain, sedate excess energy, and reduce inflammation. It helps with tension, pulled nerves, muscles, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and stiffness.
Health Technologies to Alleviate Chronic Pain
Health technology available today is amazing. Extensive research has been carried out with evidence based studies showing how well many of these technologies work in reducing chronic pain.
The BioCharger NG can assist the body’s own natural healing abilities to reduce chronic pain through four natural energies including PEMF, Light, Frequency and Harmonics, and voltage.
The AmpCoil is an at home PEMF and sound therapy system that combines biofeedback and an electromagnetic coil to harmonize, balance, and support the body’s healing. It helps reduce inflammation and chronic pain.
A powerful PEMF delivery system and an app that utilizes voice analysis biofeedback to determine the customized tones the body is asking for, combine, then play the frequencies back into the body, deep into the cells. As a result human biology returns to the natural state it is intended.
In conclusion, chronic pain supplements and health devices can be valuable additions to a comprehensive pain management plan for individuals suffering from chronic pain.
Sara Banta is a Stanford University Graduate with a Degree in Economics and Psychology, and a certified Natural Supplement Expert & Graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Sara is the Founder of Accelerated Health Products and host of the health & wellness podcast, Accelerated Health Radio.