Pain is the body’s natural way of telling us there is something wrong inside. But it can be very unsettling when there is no apparent cause or reason for your pain, especially if it keeps coming back.
We all tweak a nerve or get a bruise every now and then. But if your “random,” mild to moderate pains occur occasionally, frequently, or even chronically… your body may be trying to warn you of something more serious.
Causes of Unexplained Pain
Unexplained pain in your knees, back, shoulders or joints can often be explained by one thing: inflammation.
As a Lose the Back Pain reader, you may already be aware that chronic inflammation is the cause of multiple degenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s and cancer.
But it can also be the secret cause behind intermittent and chronic unexplained pain.
Inflammation is a natural immune response designed to protect your body from infection and to promote healing. When even minor injuries or irritants occur, your immune system floods the area with white blood cells to fight possible infection. This causes inflammation and swelling. Fibrin is then sent to seal the site with a protective mesh, much like a scab.
Under normal circumstances, the site heals, the swelling and inflammation go down, and the fibrin is broken down and reabsorbed.
But sometimes, the inflammation doesn’t go down.
There are many factors that contribute to chronic inflammation and fibrin overproduction:
- Toxins in your blood
- Other infections
- Whether you’re diabetic
- How well you sleep
Thankfully, no matter which of these factors affect you, it’s possible to fight back naturally.
3 Steps to Relieve Unexplained Pain
Even though most occasional or frequent pain is caused by inflammation, the worst thing you could do is take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, like ibuprofen. In the long run, the temporary relief you get isn’t worth it.
Painkillers, especially NSAIDs, have been shown to cause stomach pain and eventually ulcers, constipation, hemorrhage and other gastrointestinal tract disorders that are potentially lethal. As many as 25% of chronic NSAID users will develop an ulcer disease.
And even though they’re tempting, other over-the-counter painkillers like acetaminophen or aspirin have just as many long-term side effects.
There are plenty of other natural, safe ways to quickly relieve occasional to frequent unexplained pain caused by inflammation.
1. Exercise — Exercise has been proven to reduce inflammation and fight it over the long term. Exercise decreases the stress hormone cortisol, which contributes to system-wide inflammation. And the release of endorphins along with a chemical combination of dopamine, serotonin and adrenaline work together to naturally relieve pain.
2. Drink Water — Most people are chronically dehydrated and don’t even know it. When you’re dehydrated, inflammation builds up as a result of increased cortisol. Most people require between two and three liters of water daily… but eight glasses of water a day is a great place to start.
3. Try Acupuncture — In the Eastern school of thought, acupuncture works to realign meridians of energy by stimulating a certain combination of the 2,000 points on the body. According to Western medical thought, the fine needlework most likely relieves pain by stimulating the central nervous system to release hormones, neurotransmitters and boost the immune system. If needles make you nervous, acupressure produces similar benefits.
3 More Steps to Relieve Unexplained Pain Over the Long Term
Changes in lifestyle and adding specific supplements to your diet can drastically reduce your systemic inflammation — and reduce incidences of unexplained back and joint pain in the process.
1. Diet — You’ve probably heard of an “anti-inflammatory diet.” If you have unexplained pain, you might consider trying one. The “standard American diet” is full of inflammatory foods — mostly white and refined foods like processed flours, sugars, potatoes and fried food. Reduce or remove these foods from your diet and replace them with fresh fruit, vegetables and lean meats. (You’ll also notice increased energy, fewer headaches and weight loss!)
2. Sleep — Sleep is essential for reducing inflammation. When you’re asleep, your body literally heals itself from the day. If you don’t get enough high quality sleep, your inflammation will continue to build up over time.
3. Enzyme Supplements — As we grow older, it becomes increasingly difficult for our bodies to fight fibrin due to enzyme deficiencies.
If you’re committed to fighting systemic inflammation and unexplained pain, proteolytic enzymes are the perfect place to start. These enzymes are plentiful in people in their 20s, but they exponentially decrease the older we get.
Traditionally, proteolytic enzymes were used to help digest animal proteins. However, doctors soon realized that after that job was done, remaining enzymes continued to roam around the body, literally seeking and destroying other protein “danger zones,” like cancer cells’ coatings, scar tissue, hardened proteins and blood vessels packed with fibrin.
That’s why proteolytic enzymes are your “first defense” as far as pain and inflammation are concerned. Plus, if you use a 100% naturally-derived enzyme supplement like Heal-n-Soothe®, proteolytic enzymes are completely safe. There is no overdose.
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Written By: Updated: April 29,2013