Inflammation is a buzzword in the invisible illness community (for good reason!), but it's really an umbrella term for your body's response to any kind of injury. If you cut your hand, your body tells your immune system to heal the wound. That's acute inflammation. Simple enough, right? Hold that thought, actually, because chronic inflammation is subtle and more complex. It can be caused by many conditions, including autoimmune disorders, which involve your immune system mistakenly attacking healthy tissue. Inflammation can also be triggered by exposure to toxins, such as industrial chemicals or polluted air. When you have chronic inflammation, your body’s inflammatory response can damage healthy cells, tissues, and organs. Over time, this can lead to some serious health problems, and even disability. Symptoms of chronic inflammation include fatigue, pain, rashes, fever, and many other issues. See…pretty complicated, right? If you suspect that you may be dealing with chronic inflammation, it's important to find a caring practitioner who can help you deal with your symptoms, identify and treat the root cause, and put you on a path to healing. There are several immune-modulating herbs you may find helpful, including hops, sweet wormwood, and sarsaparilla. You can also try infrared sauanas, hot yoga, and do a little detective work, looking into food sensitivities which could be triggering inflammation such as dairy, grains, gluten, or soy. Inflammation can be tricky to deal with, and it can be frustrating to know that your own immune system is actually behind your symptoms! Your body is protecting you the best way it knows how, even if it’s a little misguided. By talking with other people who get it—aka your WanaFam—you can find support through the ups and downs of this tough symptom.
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I live in CA and all of my symptoms are worse because of the fires. I heard that smoke can cause inflammation and I know inflammation makes us worse. Aside from the smoke part getting better, what can I do to make inflammation better?
Been battling what turned out to be severe laryngopharyngeal reflux or "silent reflux", different from GERD. Had a bronchoscopy, that found erosion, inflammation & scarring with ulcers on vocal cords & tracheobronchial tree. Was intubated. When they pulled the breathing tubtube, I aspirated lotlots of vomit. Spent 3 days in hospital w/ treatments & monitoring for pneumonia. Somehow managed to not get it. So another serious disease to deal with.
my MARCoNS test came back positive. not looking forward to treating another issue, but glad that the puzzle pieces are slowly coming together. hopefully i can see some improvements since apparently MARCoNS causes hormonal imbalance, gut issues, and overall inflammation—all of which i had symptoms for!
Hey friends 💕 wondering if anyone has any good severe pain remedies for stomach inflammation, either natural or unnatural
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