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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.Back Pain

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.Not going out this way!

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.

Liver Love

Fortunately, I keep a journal. One day I was reading older journal entries and it hit me. My liver is in need of help.

Liver Love TeaI 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 Punchone-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.


About the author: Felicia has learned the hard way that health, whether good or bad, is a result of daily choices and habits. On this blog, Felicia shares what she’s learned and the healthier choices she now makes as a result of her new knowledge. She hopes to encourage others to experiment to find alternative solutions to nagging problems (she’s also is a bit of a tree hugger and likes to share ways to lighten the toxic burden on the environment).

in Aging, Back, Bone Spur, Liver, Sciatica
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  • Sam November 23, 2021, 11:06 pm

    Glad to hear you are doing great! I’ll have to try out that tea, my lifestyle isn’t nearly as healthy or clean as yours so I ‘m sure my liver could use some power-washing. The tea has quite a bit of ingredients so I’ll see what I have in my cupboard and garden and let you know how it works out. Also, a friend of mine let me know about a new website called Hutano. It is a health website catered to people with darker skin tones who can build or search a database of skin conditions and health issues that are overlooked in the medical community. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

    • Felicia November 24, 2021, 7:48 am

      Hey Sam,

      Our livers take such an assault between our lifestyle and the environment that I believe everyone should treat it with love every once in a while.

      I’ll check out your friend’s website. Unfortunately, I had to remove the link. In this spam-crazy environment, if I allow one such link in the comments, it becomes open season for spammers. Hope you understand.

      In the meanwhile, I believe the liver tea recipe is forgiving. I probably have way too many ingredients in it. I think it will work with a fraction of what I put in it.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

      • Sam November 24, 2021, 4:34 pm

        I completely understand! I put the link in because when I googled the name, it came up with a few medical websites and one commercial site that was not related to the site my friend recommended. She is an advocate for improving healthcare for minorities. I am on the darker side of tan so I haven’t been to the site as it’s not catered to me, but I promised her I’d pass it along as I felt it was too important not to. The premise behind it is that when someone google’s a skin condition all the pictures are usually of fair skinned people and this is really unhelpful for doctors and patients to diagnose skin conditions in darker skinned people. The doctor who started the site wants to collect more photos for use in medical practice. It sounds like a really cool idea and I hope it ends up being helpful.

        • Felicia November 25, 2021, 8:17 am

          How about I put https://www.tryhutano [dot] com. This way folks can still type in the address and see her site. I definitely like her idea. Thanks for sharing it with us. I’ll have to check it out.

  • Loretta November 23, 2021, 4:18 pm

    Hello Felicia. I was pleased to see and read your current post, but sorry to learn that you were sidelined by back pain. I am always checking your site for updates on any and all things pertaining to health, particularly because I like that you favor natural remedies. Keep feeling better, my friend.

    • Felicia November 24, 2021, 7:40 am

      Thanks for the well wishes, Loretta. I do feel so much better.

      It’s amazing that no matter how well you think you can tolerate pain, when it’s gone you feel like a whole new person. I have to be mindful not to overdo as is my tendency. I don’t want to end up back where I started. 😉

  • Michele McNally November 23, 2021, 1:51 pm

    I’m so glad to hear that you’re no longer in pain Felicia. Well done for not giving up and for making enough space for your own learning and wisdom to kick in and help you. Thanks for sharing this post. I always enjoy reading your posts (no matter how much time elapses between them) and still remember how much your post on ‘healthy nails’ helped me a couple of years ago.
    Sending you love and best wishes
    Michele

    • Felicia November 23, 2021, 3:16 pm

      Wow, thanks Michele,

      So glad you opened the email and read it. 😀 I’m also happy to hear that my nail post helped you.

      Thanks for commenting and I wish you all the best.

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