Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Please accept my humble obeiscences! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and all devotees everywhere!
I have arthritis in my neck and upper back, and problems with my lower back as well. I also have occipital neuralgia from my C1 vertebrate being so out of place. I get chiropractic adjustments as much as possible, and I've also used just about every pharmaceutical painkiller you can think of over the years, but none of them work very well. NSAIDS make me sick in the stomach, opiates/oids don't work for more than a few weeks, and then my tolerance makes them ineffective. Other atypical painkillers such as Tramadol don't work very well. I've recently tried an herb called Kratom that seems to help a lot, but it is pretty expensive to use all the time, and it has withdrawals when I stop it.
Basically, I'm wondering if there are any herbs that are decent painkillers or muscle relaxers, but are also cheap and not addictive? The amount of pain I'm in constantly is very debilitating and impairs my ability to do physical things. Also, when I first wake up in the morning, my back is so stiff that I can hardly get out of bed. I can't sit or stand in one position for longer than a half hour without getting really stiff and having difficulty moving. I'm only 38 years old, but physically feel like I'm 80!
I've gone to physical therapy recently, and do stretching exercises daily as well as periodic chiropractic adjustments, but the pain and stiffness just keep getting worse.
Thank you in advance for any suggestions you may have. Hare Krishna!