Posted on 22nd August 2014

The dictionary definition of pain is ' An unpleasant feeling occurring as a result of injury or disease, usually localized in some part of the body' . This is not how I’ve perceived the pain I’ve suffered over the last couple of weeks. I would define my pain as, ' a   sore throbbing, stiffness and twitching of muscles throughout my body that has confined me to my home due to its intensity'.  There is no injury or disease and no localization apart from its severity in my lower back It ascended out of the blue and is slowly playing itself out. It caused me to rest and take to my bed on several occasions.

There is no adequate explanation for the pains many suffer during withdrawal. This pain has been labeled as neuropathic pain, arthritis, rheumatism, sciatica, ageing and even the beginnings of Multiple Sclerosis. Blood tests however are likely to be returned with no positive diagnosis. Doctors will then label this as Fibromyalgia or some other sort of emotionally induced pain and try and describe either anti-inflammatory drugs or anti-depressants. The trick is to recognize it for what it is, the recovery of our muscles and joints after being severely relaxed by benzos. It is yet another symptom of healing and needs to be seen positively and not treated with drugs. It is difficult when the pain encapsulates our whole body and we just want it gone but with some natural remedies and relaxation techniques I believe it can be eased.

For me I’ve found Apple Cider Vinegar to be of great benefit. I take a tablespoonful in the morning and another in the evening. I have no explanation for this except it helps the acidity in our bodies and makes them more alkaline. The pain hit when I had a week of not taking this as I ran out. I’m now back to my daily doses and feel considerably better. I would recommend taking just a teaspoonful at first to make sure you have no negative reaction. Also it must be raw, organic, unfiltered ACV with the ‘mother’.

Further anti-inflammatory 'natural aids' that can be added to food are turmeric, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, onions and black pepper. There are others that I haven’t tried but suggest anyone interested should Google ‘natural pain relief’ to find something that may help them. Also a plain diet with no processed foods, caffeine, wheat, dairy or sugar is recommended but I do still have a small amount of dairy in the form of homemade yogurt and soft cheese.

I am 21 months off tomorrow and moving forwards. I can do so much more now than I could at the beginning of all this. I do still have bad setbacks but these pass eventually. This pain interlude is now easing and I feel positive in myself and ready to move forwards through whatever the next storm may bring!

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