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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Taste of My Own Medicine

Sprain my ankle.  That’s what I did recently, very shortly after my daughter was born. It’s embarrassing to say how it happened, so I’m not going to :)

Needless to say, I could not even walk on my right foot due to the pain, so I had to use crutches.  What was I going to do, given that I needed to help my wife take care of our brand-new daughter?!?  Such frustration!   Now I’ll tell you what I did to heal the ankle at an alarmingly good and quick rate.
  • Calcium lactate from Standard Process.  12 tabs twice daily x 3 days.
  • Magnesium gel from Designs for Health.  Applied topically to ankle twice daily x 3 days.
  • Peppermint essential oil from doTerra.  Applied topically to ankle three times daily x 3 days.
  • Arthrosooth cream from Designs for Health.  Applied topically to ankle twice daily x 3 days.
  • Arnica (homeopathic) from Boiron.  5 pellets under tongue twice daily x 3 days.
  • Epsom salt soaks for ankle.  Once daily x 3 days.
  • Ice & Elevation.  A few times daily x 2 days.
  • Grounding.  This consisted of walking on my lawn barefoot for just a couple minutes x 2 days.
The sprain occurred on a Thursday.  Crutches were used for the rest of that day.  By the next morning, I could actually stand without crutches, and as the day progressed, my ankle actually got BETTER!  The MAGIC HAPPENED when I decided to have Dr. Anne Kuo do a PROLOZONE injection to my ankle!!!!  Immediate pain relief!!!  And lasting too!  By the end of Friday, I was walking almost without even a limp, when just 24 hours earlier I knew that, using just RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) and Ibuprofen, I’d likely be using crutches for at least a few days.  By 48 hours, walking completely normally was 2nd nature again.  I kept up most of the regimen for an extra day just to be sure.

Good to know that a taste of my own medicine tastes good indeed!

So, that’s my new recipe for sprained ankles.  Feel free to use it or share it, though hopefully you won't have to!

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1 comment:

  1. RICE might be ok for 24 hrs but I don't believe it's helpful to continue with that. I've read about an alternating hot/cold treatment that lets one return to normal activity levels much sooner than RICE alone. 2nd hand experience with a friend's ankle, direct 1st hand experience with my own wrist. It's somewhat time-consuming and involved than RICE, but seems effective, which is the best thing.

    I use arnica pills & gels, Epsom salts, and homemade magnesium oil in my self-care rituals for sore muscles, tired feet, bruises. Glad to hear your ankle is better!