Originally Posted by HollyBubbles
I've just made my way through an entire block of Black forest chocolate... Not directly helping the pain or swelling, but it's a good enough excuse to eat chocolate anyway!
If it is good dark chocolate with lots of cocoa, then it just might be helping your pain!
Not just because the yummy sensations probably cancel out some of the ouchy ones, but because cocoa contains phenylethylamine, a chemical cousin of the 'in-love" hormone produced by the brain when pair bonding. (Yep, that's right, the plant world has us by our short and curlies!
So you have a gut issue that makes anti-inflammatories a no-no. I can't take those because I have an extra-sensitive stomach. Something that might help you is a cream like this: Hirudoid - Heals bruises fast
I'm not sure what it will be called where you live, but you can ask a pharmacist for something with the same ingredients. I find this super effective with these sorts of injuries. When I was 22 my left leg got trapped behind a post at the knee and my mare tried to gallop off, causing us to fall into a steel-tube gate with my leg between her and the gate. They needed pipe benders to bend the gate back into shape, and I had a really interesting-looking leg for a while... but this stuff was good! Even in the vicinity of open wounds - just avoid those, but no big deal if a little makes contact, no sting. And make sure there is no alcohol in the base of the cream you buy!
Also, laughter and mirth actually encourage healing (along with extra Vitamin C). This is the time to get out some of your favourite funny movies / comedy DVDs etc. I will leave you with two little clips to that effect: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCwMjEIEsvI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTc3PsW5ghQ