You’re not a complainer. But you’ve lived with back pain for so long that you can hardly remember what life was like without it.
You’ve faced aisles and aisles of pain medications that promise relief. But you might not have heard of one of the most encouraging new options: hCG.
What Is HCG?
Doctors discovered human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) as they tried to determine early pregnancy signals. During the first trimester, fertilized eggs produce hCG. This hormone provided one of the first reliable pregnancy tests. It targets the mother’s fat and transfers the nutrients it finds there to the developing embryo.
People have used it as a pregnancy detector, fertility treatment, and even a weight-loss routine. But you may not have known that many researchers laud its ability to alleviate pain as well.
How Does HCG Relief Pain?
In one study, Dr. Forrest Tennant, MD observed patients with severe spinal conditions, fibromyalgia, and arthritis. He considered these volunteers the “severe of the severe.” Each lived with chronic pain for at least five years and could not find a lasting solution. After just one week, 8 of the 12 patients reported their pain lessened.
But how does the hormone affect this change? It helps your body with two essential things: hormone production and tissue growth.
It Stimulates Hormone Production
HCG is not exclusive to pregnant women, as men and women produce it. HCG consists of two amino acids. Amino acids, essential organic compounds, play a role in nearly all biological processes. When doctors administer hCG, it stimulates beneficial hormones in your body, including:
These hormones influence your body’s endogenous opioid activity. Endogenous opioids are hormones your body naturally produces, like endorphins and endomorphins. These hormones influence the way our bodies control pain. So if opioid activity drops too low, it can cause pain, sleep disturbances, decreased energy, and even depression.
When you suffer through years of severe back pain, you have likely taken many medications to relieve it. However, opioid medications can cause hormonal deficiencies. Because hCG produces supplemental hormones, you can reach hormonal balance again.
It Encourages Tissue Growth
HCG also stimulates the cAMP hormone. CAMP, or cyclic adenosine monophosphate, helps grow soft tissue. Chronic back pain damages soft tissue, and it takes a long time to repair that damage. Sometimes, the damage happens so often that your body cannot keep up with the demand for new and repaired tissue.
When hCG catalyzes tissue growth, it helps heal your back. That, in turn, alleviates pain.
Does HCG Have Side Effects?
While you want pain relief, the idea of adding another medication might seem like too much. Or, you may have concerns about hCG’s potentially addictive qualities.
HCG can actually reduce the number of medications you take. In Dr. Tennant’s study, all eight patients who benefited from hCG that first week continued with the regimen. After a year, they reported no side effects. Instead, their pain had lessened even further, and they felt more energized. Some even experienced pain-free hours.
Because hCG helps decrease pain, you can decrease how much you rely on other medications. In fact, many patients have reduced their opioid use by 30-50%.
Some medications have addictive qualities. Use only the prescribed amount for the allotted time for any medication, otherwise you could end up with an accidental addiction. However, you can use hCG safely—it doesn’t have addictive properties.
How Is HCG Administered?
You might feel confused about how to take hCG before you speak with your doctor. While every patient has different circumstances and experiences, most follow the same pattern. Once you fill your prescription, you’ll see that it’s an injectable medication. Most people will inject about 100 units every day. And that’s it.
What Can I Do?
Consult with Your Doctor
If you want to learn more about hCG, speak with your doctor and ask him or her about a treatment plan. Your doctor might refer you to a specialist. They will discuss your medical history and give you more information about hCG to see if it’s right for you.
Stay as Active as Possible
Sometimes you just need to sit or lie down because the pain overwhelms you. But, when you find a time it’s manageable, try to walk or do other low-impact, aerobic exercises.
If you work and need to sit at a desk, you can do exercises there. For example, roll both shoulders forward and backward in a circular motion. Repeat this until you feel your upper back and shoulders loosen (around 10 times). As you sit, try to keep your back straight. Bad posture can irritate back problems even further.
The most important thing you can do? Don’t quit. Don’t quit seeking a treatment, and don’t quit on yourself. Your doctor can help you find relief. Don’t wait to get started.