This guest post is by Scott G and entry in our non-fiction writing contest .
This is an issue that has consumed me for some time and it took a while to finally find something that actually works. I’ve tried many of the natural herbs for pain control, and while I did get just a bit of relief, I never got any significant relief. None, that is until the last few months.
Just a bit of background on my own pain situation. Because of the fights I’ve been in as a cop, I’ve sustained a bit of damage here and there. In 2003 I finally had surgery on my neck. The doctor fused C5 – C7 and prescribed lots and lots of pain killers. Unfortunately, I became addicted to morphine. I didn’t abuse the drugs, but I became addicted anyway and it wasn’t until January of this year that I finally had the guts to go through withdrawal. To say it was hell on earth would be a slight understatement. It’s kinda like saying, “I dropped the atomic bomb and it went off.” It leaves a lot left unsaid.
When I got off the morphine, I discovered that it had been masking other damage to my spine. I have some pretty bad osteoarthritis in my lower back and shoulder. The lower back problem is my own fault, but my shoulder is my dad’s fault: genetics. I began doing research into pain control techniques and tried a few, but nothing worked. I flat out refused to go back on narcotics for pain control, so I kept digging.
For quite some time I suspected that the weather had a major impact on my pain, but I didn’t quite know why until I found a web site that talked about barometric pressure and pain. I began keeping track of the weather and my pain levels. I found that the temperature had no effect on my pain levels. Nor did stable low barometric pressure, however, FALLING barometric pressure made me want to scream from the pain. High pressure felt great.
Here is part of the chart of my pain levels. I kept track of the pressure twice a day, 7AM and 7PM.
Date Pressure Pain Level
3/30 1019 mb 6
3/31 1020 6
4/1 1025 5
4/2 1024 5
4/3 1027 4
4/4 1022 6
4/5 1018 7.5
4/6 1010 8
4/7 1010 8
4/8 1010 8
4/9 1014 7
4/10 1020 6
4/11 1018 7
4/12 1015 8
4/13 1016 7
During this time, I was frantically looking for something to help me. Nothing worked. Not a single OTC med, other than aspirin, helped and even then, aspirin only dropped my pain level a notch. Finally, I remembered something a health food store owner told me about an amino acid called DLPA and pain control: DL-phenylalanine. It is a two part amino acid: “Left Hand” and “Right Hand.”
In my research, I discovered that there is an enzyme in the body that inhibits the release of endorphin, our body’s natural pain killer, when we experience pain. DLPA blocks this inhibiting ability and allows our body to release enough endorphin to deal with pain. I’m a skeptical person and always take a wait and see attitude when trying new things. I ordered some DLPA and WOW! I was flat out flabbergasted at the results.
4/14 1018 7
4/15 1016 5 Started DLPA
4/16 1019 3
4/17 1018 3
4/18 1018 2
4/19 1013 2.5
4/20 1016 1
4/21 1021 0
4/22 1018 0.5
4/23 1020 0
Needless to say, more often than not, I wake up with no pain. The end of the day I always have some pain, but now my body is able to rejuvenate itself and I feel great the following morning. Well, my wife also suffers from lower back arthritis pain, so I started her on DLPA. She got the same identical results. She is now able to go through the day in little to no pain. I also started my son on it for his arthritis with the same results.
Now, a couple caveats: it does not work on acute pain, only chronic pain, so if you’ve got a broken arm, it won’t help. It also does not work on nerve pain. Also, if you are under 21 years of age, pregnant, nursing or are allergic to phenylalanine, don’t take it. There are a few “learned” detractors about the stuff, but they are full of B.S. The stuff works, especially for arthritis. Not only does it work, but it becomes even more effective the longer you take it. There is absolutely no way to OD on the stuff and it isn’t toxic. It also helps control depression.
I don’t quite understand the dynamics of it, but L-phenylalanine without the D will not work. It is the combination of the two that works. I started out on 2000mg a day and at the end of ten days, my pain levels usually never got beyond 1. Then, according to my research, I actually lowered my dose. I’ve finally stabilized my pain levels to an average level of 0.5 by taking 1500mg every three days. Now, if at first you don’t get any relief at a certain number of mg, up the dose until you do. If after four weeks you don’t get any relief, stop taking DLPA because you are among the 15% that it doesn’t work on.
I order my DLPA through Swanson Vitamins. You can look it up. This is the cheapest place I’ve found. They have a variety of manufacturers, but I go with the Swanson brand. It’s the cheapest and is effective. Type in, “dl-phenylalanine” in the search box and it will bring up their brand.
Happy pain control.
Now, on to other natural remedies that actually work.
Topical Antibiotics – Anti-fungal – All Around Good Stuff
Tea Tree Oil : Based on my own personal experience, Tea Tree Oil is number one for topical antibiotics and anti-fungal. This past year I had a horrible fungal infection in my left ear. It had a two week life cycle. The fungus would grow causing a bacterial infection. My ear canal would bleed and plug up from all the gunk in it. I would clean it out with an ear syringe every day. About ten days later, the infection would clear up and I would be fine for about four days. Then the cycle would begin again.
I went to my doctor who prescribed me several ear drops, none of which worked. He tried about three or four different drops with no results. This cycle went on for about nine months until I got the bright idea to put a couple drops of tea tree oil in my ear. First off, let me say that this is PAINFUL! However, I only left the drops in my ear for a half hour. The fungal infection has not returned since I did this.
For burns, there are two products I highly, intensely, strongly, etc., recommend. Both are manufactured by a company called Melaleuca based out of Idaho. The first is their Melagel. It is tea tree oil infused in beeswax and some other stuff and is 100% natural. It promotes healing of burns and helps to kill the pain. The bees wax keeps the oil from evaporating.
Renew hand lotion : The second product is Renew hand lotion. This stuff is absolutely amazing. Let me tell you a story about serious burns. In 2000, I had replaced the radiator in my car and forgot to hook up the fan. I drove my family to the grocery store and noticed that the engine was overheating. I opened up the hood and poked around. I didn’t notice that the overflow reservoir was bulging.
My ex was standing near the reservoir when it exploded in her face. It was like watching Linda Blair projectile vomiting. A 300° stream of coolant hit her square in the face and chest. The skin on her face simply sloughed off. The doctor told us she had 2nd and 3rd degree burns. He told us there would be extensive scaring and she probably would need skin grafts.
When I got her home from the emergency room, I began using the Melagel and Renew lotion on her face. I did this three times a day for two months. By that time her face had completely healed without any scarring, nor did she need skin grafts. You couldn’t tell that she been horribly burned. The only thing that did occur was that the super-heated coolant bleached her teeth white.
Another little tidbit about the Renew lotion. I have moderate eczema on my face and the only thing that has helped keep it under control is cortisone lotion. That is until I began using the Renew lotion. The stuff is very effective at controlling the redness and associated pain.
There is only one catch with Melaleuca. You’ve got to be a member to get their stuff. If you want more information, you must go through a business representative… like me (shameless plug). If you want to know more, ask MD for my email address. It isn’t expensive at all and there are hundreds of products.
Jellybush honey : This stuff is fantastic as an antibiotic. Smear a bit on wounds and they will not get infected. It also helps with stomach ulcers. Doctors have found that about 60% of all stomach ulcers are caused by a pesky bug called Helicobacter pylori. It usually takes an antibiotic to get rid of this, but jellybush honey works. You want to get honey that is at least 15+ULF, but 20+ULF is best.
Grape seed extract : I have high blood pressure and circulation problems in my calf muscles. I heard about how grape seed extract helps to lower blood pressure and improve blood circulation. Since I’ve been trying to stay away from the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S., I have been looking for natural ways to get healthier. About ten days after taking the extract, I noticed that the pain in my calf muscles began to decrease and my blood pressure has dropped significantly. Try it out.
Brigham tea/Mormon tea : I grew up on this stuff. My mom forced it down my throat every time I got a cold or got sick. I’ve done some research on the stuff and now I know why Brigham Young told the Mormon pioneers to use it. It is an ephedra plant and is a specific for the flu and asthma. It opens up your lungs and promotes easier breathing.
If you live in the high deserts in the west or Arizona, you can simply go to the nearest bush and cut some for yourself. You can let it dry or use it green. It works either way. My mom steeped the stuff for an hour then sweetened it with honey. With honey it doesn’t taste bad. She gave it to me every four hours until I got better.
There are so many other herbs and such you can use. I’ve used Valerian root to help calm down my ADHD son and daughter. Garlic is great for warding off infections as well as pesky neighbors who want to talk to you, and, of course, vampires. Too bad it doesn’t work on the government.
Anyone else have any suggestions that they have actual experience with?
Medical disclaimer: This page is for educational and informational purposes only and may not be construed as medical advice. The information is not intended to replace medical advice offered by physicians. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, promptly contact your primary healthcare provider.
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