For those of you living with any kind of chronic pain condition, you know that finding ways to manage your pain can be a daily battle. For me every day is different. You know when you go to the doctor sometimes you are asked what your pain level is at that day? Well, for me that can range from a three to a nine on most days (on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the worst).
When I wake up I tend to be in the most pain, and it usually eases up throughout the day. Then toward the end of the day I start having more pain. It becomes a challenge to get comfortable, and sometimes even a challenge to fall asleep or stay asleep a lot of nights. Needless to say, I’m always looking into ways to manage my pain.
As I was doing some research one day I came across an article about kratom. I had no idea what kratom was, but the article said it’s an herb that can manage pain, so I had to investigate. What I found was that some fibromyalgia patients are using this herb with great success to manage pain. The herb is grown in tropical climates, primarily in Southeast Asia and Indonesia. Kratom is part of the coffee bean family and a lot of middle easterners use it as a stimulant of sorts, much as we Americans consume coffee. (And you know how much we enjoy coffee!)
I’m a pretty skeptical person, just reading one article about a product is not good enough for me to make an informed decision, so, after much research, reading stories about chronic pain sufferers finding relief, and more about the origins of this herb, I decided to try it. Well, as easy as that sounds, you normally can buy herbs at any health food store, drug store, or even Walmart, right? With this herb it wasn’t quite that easy.
I had two obstacles to overcome before I could try it. The first being, where to purchase it. The second was that by the time I decided to try it there was a ban on buying it set by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Wait! What? Yes, so apparently this herb could not be purchased in my state, California, at the time. I had to wait about a month and then the ban was lifted. If you would like to learn more about that prohibition, check out this video https://youtube/OrbENWV9ngo
If you Google “kratom” you are bombarded with websites where you can purchase the popular herb. I found one that seemed pretty reputable, as it was Paypal-verified, so I decided to make the purchase. The price of this herb depends on several factors, the first being the strain. There are several strains of kratom, and they are all for different conditions and ailments. The one that I chose to go with was the Red Vein Thai. The website I used said it was good for pain relief. The white vein of kratom is good for use as a mild stimulant, much like coffee, to give you energy. The maeng da variety is more for very serious pain, but should be used more at night because it can make you tired.
I have found that kratom is fairly affordable and comes in convenient capsules, which are a little more pricy at around $30-$40 for a bottle of 30, or the powder form, which tastes horrible, but still works just as well. It can be mixed in coffee, puddings or yogurt. I have had very good results with the caspsules.
If you’d like to try kratom or any other medicine or herb, the only advice I can give you is to consult your doctor before introducing it to your daily regimen. Do make sure it will be safe for you to try.
I will be writing more articles on alternative medicine, as well as chronic pain and ways of coping. If you enjoy these types of articles please let me know. I really enjoy helping others through my own experiences of living with fibromyalgia for more than 10 years.
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