Pain Relief: My Personal Breakthrough: Low Dose Naltrexone

Pain Relief. It is a serious subject. Today I am writing about this because I want to help people like me, who suffer chronic pain and for whom pain relief is one of the most important things in their lives.

For many years, I’ve been experiencing my body’s traitorous degeneration. I have many conditions that cause pain, all of them un-reversible, all of them constantly getting worse and with them, my need for pain relief.

From Painful Diabetic Neuropathy to Fibromyalgia to Chronic Arthritis, I have lots of pain.Pain Relief is especially important to elderly females like me, Ravenbird!

I spent over ten years with opioid therapy as my only option for pain relief, to help keep my mobility because my physical health had gotten so bad that I had pretty much resigned myself to the idea of spending my golden years in a wheelchair., with little pain relief.

Enter, “The Opioid Crisis”. The criminalization of opioid products such as the Hydrocodone that my doctors prescribed for me began to get on my nerves right away. It made me angry that it seemed like every medical professional and quack blogger had jumped on the bandwagon to battle the evil opioids!

While I do understand that some people have abused it and that this is a serious problem, I was angry because it just seemed like the press was on an opioid witch hunt, and no one acknowledged that some people,  like me, truly needed the pain relief. Let me tell you when my pain was at a constant level 8 or greater, opioids did not give me a high of any kind! It seems like the drugs are so busy trying to counteract painful nerves gone rogue that there is no chemical left to stimulate any kind of bliss!

But I am an ornery old crone and I got tired of hearing about it all over the place, so one day I just said to heck with it and decided to quit

Walking for pain relief: Regular exercise can help lower pain related to arthritis!

using them altogether. I increased my intake of Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen and slowly, over a 2-week period, decreased my intake of Hydrocodone to nothing at all.

 

I do NOT recommend that method to anyone, because it is true that some people have a very tough time getting off opioids. I guess I’m just not one of them because my “weaning off” was far more rapid than recommended by doctors (I found out later). Also, for me, it was not a big deal at all. No withdrawals or anything and I was, in the end, up to six Vicodin a day.  All this was prescribed medicine of course, but still, six is rather a lot.

After I went to see my doctors and got a new Pain Management doctor, it was suggested to me that I might want to try LDN or Low Dose Naltrexone. My insurance wouldn’t cover it, because the on-label use for Naltrexone was to help heroin users to wean off, and for some insane reason, my insurance thought that wasn’t worth covering! But that is a rant for another day. Suffice it to say that I bit the bullet and asked for the prescription. It turns out to be very affordable, even on my limited budget, when you order 3 months supply at a time. And it’s well worth the cost.

I was directed to a local compounding pharmacy, Hoey Apothecary. These are the experts and it is a truly amazing place where you can talk to the pharmacists, get all kinds of natural health products in addition to compounded medicines for people and animals alike.

When I say compounding, I mean that the amount of Naltrexone that is used to combat pain is significantly lower than the anti-heroin addiction dose. For instance, a typical dose for a recovering heroin addict is 50 mg. daily. For other purposes, including pain relief, psych help and more, the starting dose is 4.5 mg, titrating up from 1mg.  What compounding is, in my non-expert description is just taking that tiny amount of medicine (picture enough to cover the head of a pin and you’re close) and pitting that into a capsule along with some natural filler material, thus facilitating easy dosing of minute amounts.

Hoey is a place that cares. I love these people and never have I felt a more personal interest in my well being from a pharmacy. They have classes that help people explore the possibilities of alternative therapies such as Low Dose Naltrexone and CBDs, which I also find helpful. You can check out their LDN classes here.

The term opioid epidemic is misleading. Many people cannot achieve effective pain relief without some opioid use.Anyway, to make a long story longer, I started on the LDN on a Monday and by the following Monday, I had already gained back some of my mobility! I had become almost cripple when I went off opioids, but honestly, the Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen did help more than I thought they would, so I was on my cane and walker, not a wheelchair yet.

By the third week on LDN, I felt more energetic, had a significant reduction of my pain and even my depression seemed lighter! I found out later that LDN is also used to combat Major Depressive Disorder and Anxiety, both of which I suffer from.

Moving forward, two months out from my starting on LDN, I felt better, friskier and more energetic than I had in YEARS! Now I’m not on commission or anything like that, I just want this article to be out here so that when I meet someone who might benefit from LDN, I have a page and some resources to refer them to, relating my story.

There are many ways to combat pain, depression, and anxiety, and LDN  is only one tool to help us achieve our goal, but a fine tool it is, the best I’ve discovered since I started doing Positivity Meditations following my attack 3 years ago, of acute pancreatitis. I will be writing a post on those methods very soon because I want to share as many helpful things as possible so that others like me will not lose hope as I did. I want people to know that there are many ways to help and heal the human body that are not yet completely embraced by traditionalist physicians.Pain relief can be enhanced with meditation, especially positivity meditation, and affirmations.

Naltrexone is by no means a new medicine. Low-dose naltrexone has lurked for years on the fringes of medicine, and its zealous advocates worry it may be stuck there. Naltrexone, which can be produced generically, is not even manufactured at the low doses that seem best for pain patients.

Instead, patients go to compounding pharmacies or resort to DIY methods — YouTube videos and online support groups show people how toWithout compounding, some people turn to making their own compounds for pain relief at home. turn 50 mg pills into a low-dose liquid. Since Naltrexone is now cheaply produced in 50 mg or more generics,  there is simply no incentive for major manufacturers to produce the capsules of LDN at the minute doses needed for pain relief and other purposes. Unfortunately, compounding is not an inexpensive process.

Some doctors prescribe Naltrexone off label even though it’s not FDA-approved for pain. Lucky for me, my amazing pain management doctor has seen fit to do this for me, and I will be eternally grateful because LDN has been nothing shy of a miracle in my life. These days, I am feeling younger and stronger than I did even 5 years ago.  I seldom even use my cane anymore, and my walker is now in storage.  As far as my pain goes, it is still a rollercoaster with the various maladies acting up at different times, and on bad days, all at once, but in general, I am better and even happier than I’ve ever been!

If you would like to know more, ask your doctors, or check for seminars or meetup groups near you. There may be a network of LDN providers or patients, I honestly don’t know, but it’s worth a Google or two to get the facts on whether LDN may be right for you.  Please, if you know someone who might be able to use this information, feel free to reprint or share in any way you like, this post. I am not affiliated with Hoey Apothecary, I just highly recommend them. I am not a medical professional, only a healer and psychic, but, as a sufferer of chronic pain, I want to share my experiences and this amazing therapy that I have discovered with the world. There are many compounding pharmacies now available and if you check, I’m sure you will find one near you. I hope this post has been helpful and as always, I wish you love, happiness and all the best health in the world.

Peace and Love,

September Update: Happenings to explore in Madison, Wisconsin

Here’s the updated list of events, classes and other happenings of interest near Madison, Wisconsin.

Sept 7, 10 AM to 5 PM: Pagan Pride Fair

Winnequah Park   Gazebo, Madison, WI.

 

Sept 7,  7 PM: Tarot Share Circle

Cosmic Delights Madison, WI.

 

Sept 11,  7 PM: Crystal Goddess Journey

Cosmic Delights Madison, WI.

 

Sept 9,  6:30 PM: Psychics Unite

Unity of Madison 601 Tompkins Dr. Madison, WI

 

Sept 10,  7 PM:  Tarot Share Circle

Cosmic Delights Madison, WI.

 

Sept 20,  7 PM:  Spiritual Sisters Creation Space

Cosmic Delights 2717 E. Washington Ave. Madison, WI.

 

Sept 23, 6:30 PM: Psychics Unite

Unity of Madison- 601 Tompkins Dr. Madison, WI

 

Sept 29, 2 PM: The World is Your Oracle: Divinatory Practices

Cosmic Delights 2717 E. Washington Ave. Madison, WI.

 

Oct 13, 1 PM: Spiritual Sisters Creation Space

Cosmic Delights 2717 E. Washington Ave. Madison, WI.

 

Nov 5, 7 PM: Tarot Share Circle

Cosmic Delights 2717 E. Washington Ave. Madison, WI.

 

Nov 6, 7 PM: Crystal Sound Bath

Cosmic Delights 2717 E. Washington Ave. Madison, WI.

 

Nov 7,  6:30 PM: Psychics Unite

Unity of Madison- 601 Tompkins Dr. Madison, WI

 

Nov 22, 7 PM: Spiritual Sisters Creation Space

Cosmic Delights 2717 E. Washington Ave. Madison, WI.

 

And as always, Psychic Readings and consultations with yours truly, Raven Fabal 1-6 pm every Saturday at Cosmic Delights Madison, WI.

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For information regarding my readings, appearances, witchcrafts or consultations, use the ‘contact me” or email me at raven.fabal@yahoo.com

 

Till next time, have a happy day!

Discovering Meditation Can Help Develop Intuition, and Banish Depression

Discovering Meditation

Dr. Bernie Siegel

Thanks for visiting. Today I want to talk to you about meditation. I have some new facts, research and fantastic news to share.  I will talk about how meditation can change our lives, improve our health and more!  Regilar maditation can help release your true psyhic potential, aLet’s start with an easy way to learn more about how meditation can be used to banish much sorrow, depression, anxiety.  Basically, this practice can help make you feel better than you do right now.  The first thing I want to introduce you to is free, easy and fun to do.  I’m talking about a series of videos on Youtube:  Guided meditations with Dr. Bernie Siegel.

This man’s wisdom, humor, and colorfully serene meditations got me through some very dark times, and I can’t tell you how excited I was to find that he has many meditations on YouTube! This is a great way to get started in guided meditations if you don’t have much experience. You can also visit his website and find books, tapes, CDs and more from this amazing man.

Meditation and Neuroplasticity

The only thing required is a quiet place to meditate and a willingness to make your life better! Our brains’ Neuroplasticity enables us to actually make changes by using meditation. With meditation, we can strengthen and improve our brain in ways that can be life-changing and extremely beneficial not only to ourselves but to

Rebecca Gladding M.D., author of “You Are Not Your Brain” recently wrote: “The brain, and how we are able to mold it, is fascinating and nothing short of amazing.

 

Meditation can take your mind worlds away, without you ever having to move.

According to a study published in the highly esteemed ‘PLOS Medicine’ journal, people with the most social relationships (both quantity & quality) are not only much happier but live 50%+ longer (!) than the rest of us.

Another study by UCLA Professor of Medicine Dr. Steve Cole showed that “feeling connected” to others strengthens immunity, while other studies have cited lower levels of anxiety and depression, higher self-esteem and empathy, the list goes on.

Since almost all humans have a tendency to obsess over the past and worry about the future (instead of simply being present), too much time alone can have real mental and physical health consequences. Isolation can be good for short periods of time, but the development of psychic and intuitive ability requires interaction with other humans. Networking with like-minded people is a terrific way to expand your horizons, learn new techniques and grow your intuitive potential.

Help for Hermits

Now all you cyber hermits out there (you know who you are) can get the benefits of being a social person, without necessarily having to actually interact with humans. This is especially good news for those of us who suffer Bipolar Depression, Social Anxiety and a host of other conditions that make us tend to keep to ourselves. Meditation, even guided meditation on YouTube can trick our mind into feeling connected with other humans and benefit from the experience every bit as much as naturally sociable people.

Dr. Newburg, now a bestselling author, writes “When people lose their sense of self [in meditation], feeling a sense of oneness, [this] results in a blurring of the boundary between self and others…[with] no sense of space or passage of time.

By making us feel connected to everyone and everything, meditation cancels out the detrimental mental, emotional, and physical effects of loneliness and isolation, conditions that affect more than half of modern society.

While friends come and go, meditation will always be there for you. Especially if you can use mp3, tapes, CDs or yes, even YouTube as tools to help your life become more full and balanced.

Exploring Real Life Community

Now, friends, I am not telling you that you have to be alone or isolated, I’m only offering a helping hand to those people who prefer to keep their own company and eschew crowds and gatherings.  By all means, when you are ready, do seek out resources in your community to explore, and I know you will be delighted by how just the experience of exploring new places and ideas can enrich your life!

For instance, here in Madison Wisconsin, the community is very fortunate to have a place such as Cosmic Delights.

Photo by Cosmic DelightsCosmic Delights, 2717 E. Washington Ave. Madison, WI 53704 Phone 608-467-3093

Cosmic Delights is a retail store and Mystical event center on East Washington Avenue in Madison Wisconsin. Find them online at www.cosmicdelights.com as well as at festivals and events in the area. They offer a great selection of jewelry, crystals, gifts, oils, incense, singing bowls, tarot, stickers, magnets, buttons, CBDs and other goodies.

Cosmic Delights also hosts a variety of events, workshops, and classes that enhance the body, mind spirit connection. Not to mention psychic readings with yours truly!

There are similar shops in almost all areas of America, and many around the world as well.  Google up “metaphysical stores”, mystical gift shop” or similar for your area and take a walk on the wild side, see some new things, experience some new and very beautiful friends from the Mineral Kingdom, have a reading done, and just plain have some fun, whenever you feel ready.  If sharpening your psychic and intuitive Gifts is one of your goals, it can be helpful to look for groups in your area such a Psychics Unite.  In this group, I have found a terrific group of people who are intelligent, open-minded and always interested in learning more about the unseen world. The Madison, Wi group has opened my eyes to many aspects of the psychic and spiritual realm that I just had not even thought much about. A terrific group, easy to share experiences with and learn from, I highly recommend looking for this or similar groups in your area,

 

You can always find beautiful and helpful jewelry and crystals, spell candles and psychic readings in my Etsy Shop. Drop by today and if you don’t see what you want, message me and I’ll create something specifically to suit your needs! If you have questions or comments, just speak your mind in the comments section, and in the meantime, happy meditating!

Have a happy day today!