Healing from Chronic Myofascial Pain—Support for Chronic Pain Sufferers

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Treatments: Self-treatments and personal action

Described below is one of the many approaches I've tried or considered trying for healing my chronic myofascial pain:

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Nutrition and environment​ (toxics, etc.)


BOTTOM LINE: Beneficial to overall health, but hasn't resolved my chronic pain; eating every few hours helps reduce spikes in my pain.


There is no evidence in the literature or in my experience that specific foods or environmental toxins are responsible for chronic myofascial pain. However, as a general rule, eating a well-balanced diet and avoiding environmental toxins is good for your health. I would therefore imagine that reducing stress on the body caused by toxins or poor diet might reduce the chance of exacerbating pain symptoms. 


I have found that eating at relatively frequent intervals (about every few hours) helps to moderate my pain. If I wait too long before eating, somehow my pain flares up. Therefore I avoid letting myself get excessively hungry whenever possible.


A few years into my pain journey, I tried supplementing my diet with Vitamin D [see Other oral medications (& vitamins)]; however, this didn’t reduce my pain. I have since started taking Vitamin D again to supplement my diet because blood work showed my Vitamin D levels were very low. After months of taking them, I still haven’t seen any direct affect on my pain levels (but I continue to take them for general health purposes).


For the first 10 years of my pain journey, I was busy trying many things to resolve my pain, but I hadn't tried to completely change my diet to test its effect on my pain levels. Several people suggested I try an anti-inflammatory diet. However, because chronic myofascial pain is not necessarily a result of chronic inflammation and given that anti-inflammatory drugs didn't reduce my myofascial pain, I wasn't convinced an anti-inflammatory diet would resolve my remaining pain. 


Nonetheless, because an anti-inflammatory diet is a healthy diet, in July 2015, I began to make a concerted effort at eating a high-antioxidant, low-chemical, natural, and low processed-food diet (based on Dr. Weil's anti-inflammatory diet and the Harvard Healthy Eating Plate). My diet wasn't terrible before—I ate my veggies and fruits—but I have made a much greater effort to eat fewer processed foods (especially refined sugar) and I added greater quantities of potent antioxidants such as turmeric, garlic, ginger, and green tea (among many others) to my diet.


To date, I haven't had any discernible change in my physical pain since starting this diet. Interestingly, however, it has resolved my decades-long dust allergy. Thus I will continue to eat a mostly organic, minimally processed, nutrient-rich, low-sugar, vegetable- and fruit-dominated healthy diet while I continue other treatments that address my underlying traumas to help further reduce or eliminate my pain.