The short answer is…Yes. Inflammation is our physical body’s way of letting our mental body know that there is a reaction, infection, etc. going on within us.
This inflammation makes us feel uncomfortable and think something is seriously wrong. Sometimes that is the case – and you should always get any pain or discomfort assessed by a medical professional – but getting it assessed does not always mean taking medications to suppress the pain.
Pain is not always bad
We all have been brought up in a society that tells us that inflammation is bad and should be suppressed, when in fact most of the time that process needs to happen so we can truly heal.
Our body has this inflammation response so that it can repair itself; and if that is suppressed then the cause of the inflammation may be driven deeper. Over time multiple suppressions may manifest as chronic disease (Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Atherosclerosis, etc). Also long term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – commonly known as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen – can lead to harmful side effects (see our article on NSAIDs)
We have to understand and monitor the inflammation to make sure an acute illness is not the cause. Once that is determined then we need to support the body through this process so that it will build strength and be better able to respond to inflammation in the future.