For the last year I've been trying to get a diagnoses for why I hurt so bad ALL of the time (even while I sleep).
I chose this doctor because she claims to have experience in alternative type approaches to medicine.
I've yet to see any knowledge of alternative medicine, she keeps pushing pills and more pills (painkillers and anti-inflammatories).
The Meloxicam she Rx'd me really wasn't a good choice on her part because it can be devastating to kidneys and I have a history of kidney stones and chemo put a lot of strain on my kidneys, so why in the world would she Rx it. I mention herbs and her eyes glaze over Yup, I chose my doctor well...lol...
The last many, many months I've been working on finding a good pain lowering herb match for what ails me. I've been working with two herbs at a time, the two are used for several weeks so that I truly know what 'will' work. The constant herb is St. John's Wort. I worked with Meadowsweet first (w/SJW) and am now working with White Willow Bark (long steep tea and tincture).
I don't know what my best approach is regarding inflammation, especially since I don't actually know the 'Why'.
Is the pain, spasms and stiffness all in my mind? Is it CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome)? Is it FM (fibromyalgia)?
Different causes for pain so different herbs...different reasons for inflammation, different herbs.
I started this thread so that we can share ideas, experiences and helpful links and articles.....
A link I found while on a search.
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/05/1 ... medicines/
I keep a jar of candied Ginger here on the kitchen counter and a baggy of ginger in my backpack, the problem I have with using Ginger and Garlic daily is that they are what I call strong medicine, best saved for infections.
Turmeric, love it but can't seem to use it daily in the quantity needed for the medicine.