This is just a brief update on my self-relocated shoulder, which I self-diagnosed by dumb luck, trial and error and some assistance – I think – from some natural supplements that I wanted to discuss publicly because I believe they helped me tremendously and I can vouch for them personally; my hope is that my experience may help others who are dealing with the kind of chronic pain I had been dealing with for the past year-plus.
So here goes!
The first supplement is off-the-shelf Turmeric, which is also a spice – or a flavoring, at any rate – that is commonly used in cooking. It has anti-inflammatory properties without the properties of the off-the-shelf pills that tout the same, which for a time I was eating like Pez (6-8 per day) and which I had to stop taking because they were making me literally sick to my stomach and weren’t doing much for my shoulder, which ached regardless – just a little less, for a little while.
My crunchy girlfriend practically force-fed me the Turmeric, the healing powers of which I doubted because – I’m ashamed to admit this but admission of error is the first step toward truth – it didn’t come in a medicine (officially) bottle and wasn’t something the authoritative sources said would help.
I am learning to question everything the authoritative sources say will help.
At any rate, a spoonful of powder mixed with water, taken with every meal. That and MSM flakes, also provided by my wise healer, who has questioned the authoritative sources much longer than I have.
What are MSM flakes?
Yeah, me too!
“MSM” is short for methylsulfonylmethane, which is an organic sulfur, basically, that has anti-inflammatory properties, too. I began adding a spoonful of this stuff to my thrice-daily concoction about two months ago.
And a little more than a week ago, my shoulder moved. I was inadvertently applying a little traction to it – as by leaning my body back with my left arm resting flat on my desk, which I was doing to try to ease the pain some. And then I felt (and heard) it let go. An audible pop – and forward movement (of my whole arm from the joint shoulder down) followed by an almost opium-like feeling of relief.
And the pain was gone.
My shoulder isn’t quite 100 percent yet but it is at least 70 percent better than it was a month ago or even a week ago. My range of motion is returning and the pain is subsiding. I can sleep again, something I wasn’t doing for the past year-plus, due to the almost-immediate onset of a dull ache upon laying down and no matter how I arranged myself or the pillows. It was Hell on earth – or close to it – and it made me deeply empathetic toward anyone dealing with chronic pain, of any sort. Life just sucks when you hurt and cannot sleep.
It sucks worse when you don’t heal and the idea of having to deal with a doctor and what medicine has become in this country – to say nothing of the money – seems the only way out. I had reconciled myself to living with it, because for reasons that are everything to me, I will not be leveraged by anything – my pain, included – to bend to the strange and evil rituals associated with Sickness Psychosis.
No wearing of Obedience Rags. Ever.
Thankfully, I have a crunchy girlfriend, instead.
I’ve had correspondence from some doctors who question whether I relocated my own shoulder; some think there is a tear and it got worse – and that relieved the pain. I suppose it’s possible, but here’s what I can tell you – straight from the horse’s mouth: I can work out with pretty heavy weight and my shoulder does not hurt during or after, the latter being a huge change from a month ago.
It does not make sense to me that I have a tear – especially a bigger one. I’m basically ok again, with only intermittent pain and far less of it than before. And the pain is remedied by the same technique of applying traction to that arm/shoulder. It will move – a little, not like the huge movement of about a week ago – but I can feel (and hear) it. And then I feel better, immediately.
This cost me next to nothing – a bottle of Turmeric is about $4; the MSM flakes about $15 for a can.
I’m not arguing that some people don’t need surgery to correct tears or even that I may have needed it. I am simply stating that my shoulder is far less painful and much more functional since I began my regime of natural remedies – and I recommend anyone reading this who is dealing with chronic pain to consider alternatives to the authoritative sources.
You may be very happy that you did.
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