Can loss in body weight make you cope with chronic pain in a more effective way?
The first deepest human fear is unknown suffering, or being in ongoing pain without understanding why. Most of you who are suffering from chronic pain always find it difficult to get to the root cause of your pain and that’s when you start doubting if it’s due to the excess weight of your body. The extra weight not only adds to your obesity blues but also puts more weight on your bones and joints resulting in chronic pain.
Weight gain: Triggers inflammation and chronic pain!
When you don’t maintain a regular and healthy diet, you invite fat cells to accumulate that increases inflammation. When you are inactive and your diet lacks anti-inflammatory food items, the amount of fat cells in tissues rises up the inflammation rate and you gradually start gaining weight. If this goes on for a longer than expected time frame then there is a high chance you might fall victim to obesity. Once you become obese, you are carrying so much weight and you’re no longer in course of any physical work, the body starts developing some common symptoms of pain. This particular pain, when left untreated or undiagnosed, has the prolonged effect of turning into something most of us are struggling with these days, which is chronic pain. As it grows further you find your daily routine so demanding that your body becomes tiresome, you overlook hope and confidence to perform exercises in order to lose some weight. Then there’s another alternative for treatment that seems so easy-to-go because you really do not need to do a thing, which is opting for prescribed medications for relieving the pain. Initially, you may feel good about it but the real harm appears when you become reliant on them for a long period of time; an opioid, sedative, muscle relaxant, or antidepressant, actually suppresses the body’s metabolism and causes weight gain. So, it circles back to the point where it all began, and that is food and what you eat for managing your pain. The diet recommended here does not eliminate carbohydrates, but limits them in some exceptions by emphasizing protein intake in an attempt to adhere to the weight control program. The majority of chronic pain patients are woefully deficient in protein intake. Protein contains the amino acids that are critical for many pain control functions, including the formation of many muscles and cartilage. Other components of a chronic pain diet ideally should help to reduce inflammation, control weight, and regenerate nerve cells.
So, maintaining a regular and healthy diet can reduce both fat cells and the inflammation from them which means it can reduce the amount of pain. Eating anti-inflammatory foods can also help tackle obesity, and makes your body healthier over time