How to reduce chronic pain through diet

A RECENT back injury gave me pain for a week, and I began to understand patients in chronic pain and to appreciate its impact: negative mood, lack of sleep and incapacitation. 

It also made me wonder what foods and diets positively and negatively affect pain. 

Pain is caused by specific receptors being stimulated by temperature, vibration, stretch, pressure and inflammation on the skin, in joints, muscles, bones and ligaments for musculoskeletal pain or in organs and body cavities for visceral pain. Reducing inflammation assists with pain control.1

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