I want to share my experience with trying Kratom for pain relief in a BJJ related injury.
Quick little history:
I was prescribed Norco (Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen) about 2 years ago for a serious lower back injury. Couldn't stand, sit, or lay down without excruciating pain. Took one pill and was like, 'What injury?'
On Norco, I enjoyed muting the pain and being somewhat functional during my healing period, which would otherwise be to 'just wait and heal' in pain like most doctors prescribe (in addition to RICE, Rest Ice Compression Elevation).
Very pleasant healing period on Norco. Actually changed my whole perspective & philosophy on what 'healing' is for me. Stopped the pills after a little over a week. Did not get addicted, and haven't felt the urge to take any more since. I've been back on the mats injury free for about 2 years.
Recently injured my neck on a smaller scale, wanted more Norco from the doc but was denied because I guess doctors feel uneasy about giving these things out upon request. This is medical politics bullshit that I'd rather not get into.
Heard about Kratom from the Joe Rogan podcast and other sources. Since I couldn't get conventional pain killers from my doctor, I ordered some Kratom online.
I took Kratom for 4 days and I think it's a pretty good pain reliever, almost comparable to a medical grade opiate like Norco. That's pretty impressive given that it's just a ground up leaf in a capsule. Definitely tons more pain relief than taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen paired with RICE. It worked very well for me and I will keep this stuff handy if I need it in the future. Probably won't ask the doctor for pain pills ever again.
I'm not going to say I recommend it because I'm not a professional, and it is an opiate, which people react to very differently. However, I do want to share my experience so you guys know about this option - especially if you're in the same situation. You should definitely do your own research and come to an educated conclusion as I have before you try 'alt medicine' like this.
Also, I'd like to ask if anyone else here has any experience with this stuff too and would like to share similar stories?
TLDR: Took conventional opiate painkillers for an injury once, tried Kratom for a new injury and it works almost as well. Will use it again if needed.
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