My journey continues in trying to reduce my medication. My new health habits are giving me more energy and seem to have a positive effect on my pain level. A few months ago I took a break from reducing my medicine because I wasn’t able to function with the increase in pain, and it made it difficult for me to sleep. Earlier this week, after spending a few weeks on a healthier diet (and losing 8 pounds), I felt my pain reduce, and was able to cut out my mid day medication (I was taking a low dose of opioids 3X a day).
Today I am starting to increase the time between each dose. So far I have added a couple more hours in between. I can feel my hands shake some, and a slight increase in pain especially in my knees. I am hoping that in 3 or 4 days, I will be down to once a day.
I am surprised by how effective this has been for me. Unfortunately few doctors I saw gave any information on options for pain control that relates to the food we eat. Part of this is that it isn’t always covered under insurance to see someone who deals with nutrition. I have been referred to physical therapists, accupuncturist, chiropractor, sports doctors, pain management doctors, psychologist, neurologists, oncologist, rheumatologist, cardiologist and had numerous diagnostic tests and tried 11 or so medications. My hope has returned for a cure or at least a low amount of pain without medication. I am feeling better everyday!