Chronic Pain – Insomnia

November 19, 2010
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This article furthers our discussion about chronic pain, a major factor suffered by millions.

Chronic Pain:

Everyone knows that when we are in pain we cannot sleep. Causes for chronic pain can be:

  • recent trauma or surgery
  • trauma to tendons; they take a minimum of 6 weeks to heal and any strain during healing prolongs the healing phase another 6 weeks!
  • vertebral subluxations; your back could be “out” is the phrase we tell our chiropractors. This can cause low back, neck and shoulder pain and stiffness and become aggravated as we sleep.
  • If we grind our teeth at night our body can be attempting to facilitate cranial drainage to help keep the lymphatics of the head and neck open and draining during the night. This can cause TMJ pain in our jaw and affect the quality of our sleep as does inadequate cranial drainage also impact our sleep. Seeing an experienced SOT chiropractor experienced in testing and treating for cranial subluxations, one who is also able to evaluate your bite and proper setting of a night guard will greatly improve this condition.
  • Low GABA! Yes low GABA elevates our sensitivity to pain! Therefore we would have a chemical neurotransmitter reason for our heightened perception of pain. This is more common in individuals with fibromyalgia, lyme disease and chronic fatigue disorders.
  • Chronic inflammation especially localized in joints and connective tissue will keep us from our restful sleep. This is common in lyme disease, fibromyalgia, and arthritis patients. However, individuals with leaky gut that harbor streptococcus can also have painful and tender joints that are not found with standard diagnosis for arthralgias, arthritis, or fibromyalgia. It is a major source for undetected and chronic degeneration and inflammation in the body and it is resistant to standard antibiotics. It can also cause tender finger joints, stiff and painful knees and hips due to the chronic inflammatory effects of this bacteria living in the body.
  • The biochemistry of emotion discussed in other articles can aggravate an old injury, prevent it from healing and even accentuate the pain in that area! The neuropeptides of negative emotions are generally “extinguished” by the body, meaning detoxified. However, we do not always have the time to process our emotions chemically speaking. Candice Pert discovered that these neuropeptides of emotion do cross the blood-brain barrier and can be stored in the body. (See her book “The Molecules of Emotion”) The significance of knowing this about our emotions is that we can have a part of our body that does not heal, or we feel worse, or are totally symptomatic because of an unhealed negative emotion lodged in the form of a neuropeptide in the tissue.

This finding is significant for those with long term localized pain and for those that do not seem to hold their chiropractic adjustments! Having that part of the body checked and treated by a certified NET practitioner will eliminate the pain if it is simply caused by the localized accumulation of neuropeptides. It will also eliminate a source of interference that prevents the body from healing due to the presence of these neuropeptides. Referrals can be obtained through www.netmindbody.com in the United States, UK and Australia.

  • Vitamin D deficiency can contribute to tenderness as well as aches and pains in the body that are generally non-specific and persistent. It makes it difficult to rest. Do not assume that even if you get 20 minutes of direct sunlight on your skin daily that you have optimum vitamin D levels. Please see our other articles about vitamin D for more information and suggested optimum health levels.

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Anna Manayan

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