It’s been a while since I’ve written here. As I reviewed this blog, I realize, I now have little to say. I’ve gone on a very long and slow health journey. I believe my health today is better than it was 20 years ago. Granted, I am older, but I feel good…except…
The Back Issue
I’ve written before about sciatica, hip spurs and lower back pain. Over the past year, I’d say, my lower back felt like it was deteriorating. I couldn’t understand it. My back only used to give me trouble if I overdid it. Like playing several hours of Just Dance on the Playstation with the grandkids. Doing so I knew my lower back would bark at me the next day.
However, over the past year, my back began barking more frequently. The pain got so bad that turning over in bed was torturous. My husband would hear me moan in pain as I turned over.
Different Type of Pain
Because I’ve had sciatica issues in the past, I’ve learned to identify and pinpoint where pains are emanating from and understand cause and effect. However, the burning, grinding type of pain I felt in both hips and the ache in the lower spine combined with the hip spur and occasional sciatic tightness/pain got to be a bit much! I had four sources of pain in the lower back/hip area. UGH!
The pain slowed me down. I could no longer put in my usual 10,000 plus steps a day. All I could think was, “I’m not going out this way!” So I began doing more research.
Pain Relief: Trial and Error
I read scientific research papers, visited my chiropractor, watched YouTube videos, read blogs, articles and anything I could get my hands on regarding my back pain. I started taking additional supplements (glucosamine chondroitin and proteolytic enzymes) while continuing to apply essential oils and magnesium lotion to the affected areas.
There were exercises, stretching and bike riding to help reduce the pain, gain mobility and make life easier to live. There were ok days, bad days and worse days. Good days seemed to be a thing of the past.
Fortunately, I keep a journal. One day I was reading older journal entries and it hit me. My liver is in need of help.
I immediately pulled out my Liver Love tea recipe and made a huge batch of it. The only change I made to my old recipe was to add rose petals to the mix. I started drinking the tea on November 9th. I drink two cups in the morning and I drink two iced cups of it during the day with a little honey and apple cider vinegar.
Here’s a snippet of the journal entry for November 11th, two days later:
I must document the fact that I woke up with no hip pain this morning. Yesterday things were a little better and I ended up putting in a little over 8,000 steps.
(NOTE: I was down to fewer then 5,000 steps a day).
From the 11th of November on, my back pain is all but gone. I can get up and sit down without groaning. I’ve been putting in 10,000 steps plus with no ill effects.
One Two Punch
In addition to Liver Love tea, I stopped taking the extra supplements. Instead, I made several batches of bone broth which is more bio absorbable. My son brought me 50 pounds of beef bones from the local organic farm. I make sure to have one cup of bone broth a day.
I feel like a new woman! What I take away from this situation is I’ve got to take better care of my liver. Instead of running to a doctor or chiropractor as a first line of defense for lower back pain, maybe it’s time to detox.
I still have the hip spur, but she (Espurelda) has been quiet ever since I started drinking the tea.