How do you know if you have descending pain? You have muscle aches all over which are often labeled as fibromyalgia. You hurt everywhere and experience episodes of overheating, sweating, and cold hands and feet, often at the same time!
Tips to Reduce Descending Pain
The critical point is that usual pain treatment only treats ascending pain, not descending pain. Opioids, antidepressants, anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxants do not usually do much for descending pain.
Each person with IPS must adopt a few simple but specific medical, physical, and dietary measures to attain some relief and recovery from both kinds of pain. You must maintain your dopamine-noradrenaline neurotransmitter systems daily, or you will have increased pain and misery, and believe that more drugs like opioids are the answer.
The understanding of blocked and diverted electric currents has led to the identification and labeling of a group of treatment agents that help normalize electric currents. These are known as neuropathic agents. The neurotransmitter most responsible for the proper conduction of electric currents is called gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA for short). It is synthesized by the body from the amino acid glutamine.
Neuropathic medications include gabapentin, pregabalin, carisoprodol, topiramate, duloxetine, and benzodiazepines.
In addition to neuropathic agents, there are simple “age-old” remedies that still work for most people because they help modulate electric currents so that they don’t divert, accumulate, and cause more inflammation and pain:
Epsom or Herbal Salts
Every person with IPS needs a daily program of neuropathic agents and age-old remedies to minimize the consequences of accumulated electricity.
Forest Tennant is retired from clinical practice but continues his groundbreaking research on intractable pain and arachnoiditis. This column is adapted from newsletters recently issued by the IPS Research and Education Project of the Tennant Foundation. Readers interested in subscribing to the newsletter can sign up by clicking here.
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