Holistic ways to fight chronic pain, and win

Story highlightsInflammation is the root cause of many illnesses, a doctor saysPhysicians are slowly beginning to accept the importance of looking at pain holisticallyEating right, getting enough sleep and meditating can help manage painCrippled by searing pain, I lay sprawled in bed -- a scene that had become all too familiar to me.

For years, these dreaded episodes of fatigue, nausea and dizziness had come and gone. They would last for days at a time, haunting me like a ghost, then disappearing without a trace.

It started when I was 5. At 24, I was still battling the debilitating symptoms that wreaked havoc on my body.