Chronic pain sufferers often struggle to find a treatment that works. Opioids dull the pain, but come with the risk of addiction; drugs like Lyrica and Cymbalta can have unwelcome side effects; over-the-counter pain relievers often don’t work for severe pain; and alternative treatments like massage and acupuncture are not always covered by insurance.
So people experiment and try different things – often settling for something that just takes the edge off their pain.
That brings us to kratom, an herbal supplement largely unknown to most pain patients and their doctors. At a recent pain management conference attended by thousands of practitioners, I could find only a handful of doctors who’d even heard of kratom. I’ll confess I didn’t know much about it myself until a few months ago.
“Honestly, I was blown away at how good it was for my pain and also had the benefit that it lifted my mood, which was important because of the depression I had been experiencing from the chronic pain.”
“This natural approach to pain management has allowed me to work full time as a school teacher and be an actively involved mom. These are things I never thought I would be able to have in my life as a result of debilitating pain from a neurological condition for which there is no medical cure.”
“I have acute chronic migraines that, unmedicated, result in pain that is completely debilitating, and at times have landed me in the emergency room with stroke symptoms. Multiple doctors have okayed my use of kratom for pain management, as over-the-counter medicine simply does not work and I cannot take opiates.”
“My wife has fibromyalgia and has taken kratom for more than 12 years with no adverse effects. Prior to finding kratom, she had tried all of the medication that was prescribed to her. The prescription medication either didn’t work, or the side effects outweighed the benefits. Kratom has been a godsend for my wife and has allowed her to function as a mother of 4 children for more than a decade.”
“I have been living with chronic pain from multiple reconstructive foot surgeries for 20+ years. Kratom not only effectively treats my pain, but it enabled me to tell my doctor that I no longer wanted my monthly tramadol prescription.”