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Nature's Spirit
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   Posted 2/4/2005 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hopefully we can all add something to this post that can help alleviate pain along with our other medicine methods.. Here is one that I can remember off hand, I'll post more when I can..
 
I posted this on the crohn's board, but I hope maybe some of you can get relief from this too.  If anything more relaxed  yeah   
 
Castro Pack
 
Things you need:
1. Castor Oil
Hexane-free and certified average cost $4.50 from any health food store
2. Arnica Oil
Kinda expensive but average price is around $9.95
 
3. Rice Bag
You can make a rice bag with plain ol' rice and cloth, just dont add any zippers or metal so you can reheat in the microwave. You can buy one from a health food store or sometimes hospital gift shops carry them. Make sure its fairly heavy.
 
4. Cotton Flannel or Terry Cloths and A Sealable Plastic Bag
To soak up the oil and the bag to reuse the cloths
 
5. CD or Tape of Peaceful music or Nature Sounds.
silence works too ! hehe
 
I had this wonderful pack given to me by my doctor who believes in nature over practical medicine.
 
Instructions:
Make sure the area that is inflamed or painful is clean and that you have at least 20 minutes to yourself.  Microwave your rice bag for 1 minute, try to get it as hot as you can without COOKING IT hehee. Lock yourself in the bedroom and play some peaceful music and turn the lights low. 
 
Cover the area where you are going to be laying down, oil can be fun and messy! 
Next get in something you can wear that you don't have to worry about getting oily.
 
Preparation of the oils:
With your cloth of choice, pour the Castor Oil onto the cloth in a figure 8 making sure it's the length of the cloth about 1ft worth.
 
With the Arnica Oil pour about -5 drops only- on the cloth in various places on top of the castor oil.  Fold the cloth.
 
Unfold and lay the oiled cloth on the inflamed or painful area directly on your body, make sure your not allergic to these oils... most people aren't but have benedryl close by ;)
 
Take plastic wrap or anything that will not penetrate oil and cover the oiled cloth so you can then apply the heat.  Lay down with this pack for about 20 minutes or until the heat turns cold. You can have someone reheat it if it cools sooner than 20 minutes.
 
When your finished, put the oiled cloths into the sealable bag or wash them whichever you prefer. 
Try to do this once a day. 
It relieved my back pain from a broken tailbone and she told me to use it on my stomach for my crohn's pain or anywhere else that is sore.  I was painfree for 24 hours, swelling everything was gone.. but I had to do it the next day because it's not a permanent solution..  Ahh it also took the edge off too from being in such a relaxed state~ the oils, the peaceful music, and dim lights helped sooooooooo much!!
 
Castor Oil also helps arthritis pain, digestive problems, the list is too long for me to remember but ask a doctor what else it can do for you..
There are two days in the week about which and upon which I never worry.  Two carefree days, kept sacredly free from fear and apprehension.  One of these days is Yesterday... And the other day I do not worry about is Tommorrow.  
~Robert Jones Burdette


coopfesta
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   Posted 2/4/2005 10:15 PM (GMT -7)   
here's one for Pain management.  I'm not saying it will alieviate the pain, but will help people manage it.
 
make a grid on a piece of letter-sized paper, 24 squares length, 11 squares width.  number the ten rows 0-10, 0 on the bottom, and each column is a time of day midnight to noon to midnight, left to right.
 
Every time you detect a change in your pain level, mark it on a scale of 0-10, with zero being no pain and 10 being the worst pain you can possibly imagine (can't even get up pain).  This will produce days of grids with "x's" in them, forming possibly a pattern.  You may see that there are certain times of the day when you are having higher pain levels or certain behaviors or events that impact on your pain.  Also, log when you take your meds, too, and what's going on when you detect a change in your pain levels.  These logs can be put at the bottom of the columns by making a very long box at the bottom of each column.  You can write important stuff that's going on during that hour there. 
 
See what you find out.  First off, you pain won't be constant, and you may find patterns that can be managed with meds or relaxation prior to stress times, or behaviors that exacerbate or lessen pain.  Also, calling your pain a number instead of a word is helpful in and of itself.  Even if you don't want to do the record keeping, call your pain a number.  Pain can be managed and knowing what impacts on it will make you more functional 
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius

Ellen


Jo-Ann
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   Posted 2/5/2005 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
That sounds like an awful lot of work. Ellen, that's why you're a doctor, you've got the patience of Job.
 
I have a very good way to deal with pain. I use Tylenol 3 and have for quite some time. One of my drs has mentioned seeing a dr for pain management. I told him that I am alleviating  my pain, I don't want to manage it.
 
But, a hot shower and a shot of tequila also relieves pain.
 
Jo-Ann
A good friend will bail you out of jail...
but a true friend will be sitting
next to you saying,
"Dâmn... that was fun!".


coopfesta
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   Posted 2/5/2005 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   
hehehehehe
 
I am all for anything that makes you move!  Narcotics got me through the taxotere, don't forget, kept me working and functioning!!!!!  Actually, the first rule of pain management is to have the right drugs.  Funny how I forgot to mention that.  I'm a little burnt up, I think.
 
The diaries are for those who want to try to handle it even more.  They can give you a sence of control. 
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius

Ellen


Nature's Spirit
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   Posted 2/5/2005 10:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey great idea Doc!
 
I'm always tryin to organize things, ya might find this a little wacky but I actually have FUN organizing things and puttin things together and creating things and and and ! My mom won't do a puzzle with me no more :( heh my career advisor in hs said I should do something in mechanics, imagine that haha a 5'4 girl tippin the scales at 105 under a car, actually wait it does sound like fun!  But my true heart lays in art, all forms ;)
 
Im gonna try that tho, I have a program on my puder that could do half the work for me~all I'll have to do is just enter data.
 
Did I tell you that I think it's kewl your a doc? I'm so happy for you!
 
Here is some more info on those oils and how they can be useful for many things
 
 
http://www.spiritofhealing.com/webstore/kits/pages/casto_oil_kit_1029.htm
There are two days in the week about which and upon which I never worry.  Two carefree days, kept sacredly free from fear and apprehension.  One of these days is Yesterday... And the other day I do not worry about is Tommorrow.  
~Robert Jones Burdette

Post Edited (Nature's Spirit) : 2/5/2005 11:47:55 PM (GMT-7)

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