Consuming an anti-inflammatory diet to alleviate Chronic pain

Waqar Ahmed Cheema, Arooj Nawaz Cheema, Nasir Hussain Awan


The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a relationship between consuming an anti-inflammatory diet and alleviating chronic pain in specific daily activities. A sample of 12 men and women 21 years of age or over volunteered to participate. Subjects were recruited from social media sources and were pre-screened by telephone to meet inclusion criteria. The five week study included a 1-week control diet consuming a typical Western diet (diet WD) diet followed by a 4-week Pain Free/anti-inflammatory diet (diet PF). Chronic pain was self-reported using a standard 0-10 Numeric Pain Scale. Daily food records to assess compliance and electronic questionnaires were used to collect data. The questionnaire data were evaluated to describe the sample and to compare the means and percentages of the pain levels post diet WD to post diet PF. A paired t-test indicated a significant reduction (p < .001) in self-reported pain with the treatment diet. A non-parametric Friedman’s test compared diet WD to diet PF and self-reported pain was significantly reduced (p < .03) in all 6 daily activities (walking, climbing stairs, carrying objects, dressing, grooming, and sleeping). This study found that 100% of participants used this diet intervention to reduce their chronic pain in specific daily activities. Uncontrolled weight loss was a limitation of the study and was experienced by all participants and may have contributed to a reduction in chronic pain. Further research with larger samples is needed to determine whether following an anti-inflammatory diet may be a viable choice to alleviate chronic pain.


inflammation, anti-inflammatory, diet, pain, chronic pain

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