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"I Stopped Medicating Myself with Food"

How AQUAGIRL08 Learned to Manage Her Chronic Pain with Diet and Exercise


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  • So glad I read this. I had a bad fall and 2 surgeries to recover from it. Nothing even close to what AquaGirl is living with. I learned a lot by reading this-I am an emotional eater and in past 2.5yrs since the accident I have gained about 40# I finally decided to get out of the "pity party" and get this weight off. This give me some great tools to use for pain relief, as I am on high dose blood thinners and can't use anti-inflammation drug/otc or Rx. Thanks for the inspiration
  • All great advice! I especially loved the one about sugar reduction. Too few people truly damage inflammation is doing to their bodies.
  • Almost everything that you spoke about sounds just like me and what I have been living with since 2012 from an accident. Surgeries and pain. I have pain everyday and I have gained weight. I struggle everyday. I am so thankful that I ran across your page. Great support and thank you.
  • I was exercising regularly for a couple of weeks, but now my hip pain has flared up and today I can barely walk. This article was exactly what I needed to stay positive and not give up. Reading how others live with chronic pain, but manage it without medicating themselves with food, has really helped inspire me to not give up. Thank you so much for sharing your story.
  • Hi, I'd love to know what 'power foods' you eat as I have some chronic joint pain and I've improved the situation by cutting certain foods out but I hadn't heard that there were some that controlled inflammation. This is a very encouraging post. Thanks
  • You have truly inspired me! I too am hypothyroid due to Thyroid cancer, and have severe spondylolisthesis in my back and a fellow teacher to boot!
  • Sound to me like you ARE medicating yourself with food. Though in a different way. You've stopped feeding your emotions with all the unhealthy choices and started taking care of your medical problems by eating the healthy things your body needs to take care of itself!!
  • Thank you. I live with chronic pain. You are an inspiration. I have found a hot therapy pool and giving up sugar/sweeteners to be life changing. I continue my journey. Thanks for hope!
  • Way ta go! Nice lifestyle changes!
  • I have found that being positive and leaning on the strength of the Lord is most important! When I started this journey, I used food to solve all my problems! The stress here at our home is unbelievable sometimes, but the good Lord will work that out in time. I took small baby steps and each day I got stronger and stronger. I started to look in the mirror and realize I can do this! It is about setting small goals and being positive! I think that is the most important aspects of being healthy! Also, realize you are worth a lot! God didn't make no junk!
  • A very timely article for those of us struggling with pain. Some elements of this story is me. I was a martial arts instructor - something obliterated the cartilage in my hips - had a double hip replacement, had to learn to walk all over again. I am slowly coming back from my 2007 operations and with spinal stenosis. Thank you for showing the way to better health with pain and injuries. Bless you! And thank you SP for your help on our road to wholeness.
  • I thank you for writing this. Words can't begin to express how motivating it is to me, personally. I was in 3 auto accidents (with othering hitting ME) in 14 months and was temporarily totally disabled after the 2 wreck. I'm mobile, but most days have a lot of back pain. Having gained weight doesn't help. That's why I am here. YOU are an INSPIRATION!!!!
  • I am having trouble figuring out what exercises I can safely do without ending up back in therapy. I've tried working with 3 different trainers and each time had to quit for months from injury. How do you go about finding someone who will help rather than hinder.
  • Actually, it wounds like you STARTED medicating yourself with food--the healthy, anti-inflammatory foods with all those important flavenoids--and quit poisoning yourself with the junk. "Let food be your medicine" Hypocrites.
  • Great blog and very inspiring! I live with chronic pain also, I have bone mets from stage IV breast cancer. I can't exercise the same way I use to to before I had cancer, but I have found ways to exercise to adapt to my situation. My cancer is not curable, but I won't give up trying to be as fit and healthy as I can, to make the years left the best quality that they can be. I was first diagnosed with stage II breast cancer in 2003, and just last month, I passed my 6th year of surviving stage IV so far, so I must be doing something right!

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