It wasn’t too long ago that I healed my chronic pain. After that there was still a problem: I had a huge pain in my left shoulder. It constantly felt like I was being stabbed in the heart and back. Nothing worked and I thought that I might die. That is until today when I found the secret to healing the rest of my pain.
I had heartburn! GIRD to be exact. Simple changes in my diet and lifestyle led to me feeling better. The culprits: Coffee, cigarettes and the wrong types of exercise.
First exercise: I’m a card-carrying yogi but I loathe downward dog. It turns out that any bend that places your heart upside down is an open invitation to heartburn.
Diet is obviously all fatty foods but simply eating too much can also cause heartburn. It’s better to eat small meals through the day. I always knew that this worked for me for some reason but now I understand why.
Eating green veggies and lean meats are the way to go. No wonder being vegan made me feel amazing. Time to re-evaluate the diet.
But why was heartburn causing excruciating pain throughout my body? I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia years ago but didn’t really buy it. It turns out that the acid was burning my chest, causing it to contract, pulling my shoulders up, throwing off my back, making it hard to breathe and reducing blood flow, making it impossible to relax.
Stretching had almost no long-lasting effect because my own diet was throwing me off. One great thing is that while coffee is a culprit, green tea is actually good for reducing the body’s acidity. So I’ve been loading up on that. While fatty foods are bad for you, lean meats like white tuna actually have an anti acidic effect on the body.
Finally I’ve found some peace, hours after realizing what was wrong. My body is able to relax and I’m going to take it relatively slow. Instead of cigarettes? Gradually reducing the nicotine levels in my e-cigs will let me still have that smoking sensation while moving towards that wonderful feeling of embodied wholeness.
The point of all of this is that a diagnosis of chronic pain that will never leave doesn’t necessarily have to be a tragic life long illness. It may be for some but there are many causes to “diseases” that doctors simply miss. We are all human afterall.
I’m grateful. I feel the best and most hopeful that I have in my entire life. I hope that there are others with similar stories. I’d love to hear from you!