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Suffering from chronic pain? Here are food items that can help you fight it.

Did you know ginger can help you fight pain? This pungent root is a staple in traditional medicine, and it is known as a cure for nausea and stomachache. But can you believe it also has soothing properties that can help fend off chronic pain? Studies revealed that ginger can help fight off menstrual cramps and muscle pain.

Rich in phytonutrients, blueberries can soothe inflammation and relieve pain. Other sweet gems that contain antioxidants and polyphenols are oranges and strawberries.

Suffering from migraine attacks? You might want to pop some pumpkin seeds. Theyre rich in magnesium and can lower the frequency of headaches. These chewy bits can also help stop or treat osteoporosis. If you need more magnesium in your diet, you can pair pumpkin seeds with cashew or almonds. Lentils, beans and spinach are also rich in magnesium.

Are your joints tender due to rheumatoid arthritis? Check out salmon. Its rich in anti-inflammatory omega-3, which can relieve tenderness or pain in the joints. The fatty acid content is also good for the heart.

Did you know eating chili peppers can reduce inflammation? Capsaicin, the component that gives the peppers heat, possesses pain-killing properties. On the other hand, mint can relieve painful cramps or reduce bloating and gas, which are telltale signs of irritable bowel syndrome. If youre suffering from an upset stomach, drink some peppermint tea.

Got back pain due to disk swelling? Red wine can help. Resveratrol, a compound present in red grapes, can ease the discomfort and is a wonderful alternative to over-the-counter pain medications.


The Right Treatment

Interventional pain specialist Arif B. Khan, MD, offers lasting solutions for several pain conditions. He has helped people of all ages in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area of TX. His treatment recommendations always start with conservative interventions such as activity modification, therapeutic exercise or physical therapy.

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Arif B. Khan, MD, is the medical director of Texas Interventional Pain Care, an interventional pain center specializing in the treatment of many painful conditions, and located at 2201 N. Central Express Way, Suite 171, Richardson, TX 75080; 4800 North Galloway Ave. Suite 300 Mesquite, Texas 75150. Phone: 972-952-0290 or fax 972-952-0293.