My friend has some serious issues with inflammation and is in heavy use of naproxen. SHe uses that one because compared to other common pain killers, it is less problematical to her stomach. Don't bother with any sermons on the evils of grain as I have already tried that and she is unwilling to give them up. She feels that her stomach is unable to properly digest meat and so she cannot give up the grains. Of course, I have diff opinions on proper course of action but she is not going to listen. So as far as I can see, treating the actual likely cause of her slowly worsening prob will not happen at this time due to her attitude about diet.
However, on a more specific note, she wishes to get off of heavy painkiller use, which right now is naproxen. Her pain is caused by some kind of joint pain issue for which the doctors can't give an explanation, but they say it is not arthritis and may at least partly have something to do with crystals building up in the muscles. The problem is in many of her joint areas, shoulders and fingers being the worst. Not surprisingly, she also has poor intestinal health, probs with constipation, and probs with intestinal pain that preceded the use of the painkillers. Of course, what she wants is a magic pill that will fix everything. What she is currently trying is some herbs to take the place of naproxen. Any suggestions? I try not to take pain killers myself but am curious myself if there are any herbs out there that might be useful for things like headache or menstrual cramp or other common causes of pain.
Good answers at the following questions that have already been answered about anti-inflammatories:
I hope this helps!
Joint pain and calcium oxalate crystal formation are often exacerbated by magnesium deficiency, so I would suggest that she take that in addition to things people have already mentioned.
Her story sounds EXACTLY like mine. In my case, I had no idea that it was the grains that was killing me. My entire story can be found on Robb Wolf's site here
I don't know that reading it will change her mind, but within 5 days of being wheat free I was able to stop taking all the meds that I had to take to make my digestive tract function and all of the excruciating gut pain was gone. After 10 days of being wheat free my C-reactive protein levels went from 12.04 to 8.47. It wasn't until after I went full Paleo that my joint pain disappeared, but it was gone within 3 weeks of strict Paleo. Perhaps if she reads the details of my story she will at least be willing to try it for 30 days. If she feels what it's like to live pain-free, even for that short period of time, it could change her whole attitude.
I also blog about my ongoing Paleo efforts at http://cavegirl101.wordpress.com. Feel free to send her there. Maybe she will listen to someone who has been in her shoes.
could very well be dairy sensitivity (which very often results in arthritis like auto-immunity), and/or gout from too much fructose. if she isn't willing to go full paleo, at least she should try to go <25g fructose a day (form all sources) and cut out ALL dairy products for a month to see if it helps.
Magic pill = remove grains from her diet. Honestly, she'd rather take pills than do that simple thing? Joint inflammation is a sure sign of grain ingestion for me. Does she get migraines too? Poor intestinal health is also a sign of damaged villi from grain/gluten ingestion.
The only non-NSAID OTC painkiller in the US is APAP/paracetamol/acetaminophen. I don't think you will get anything approaching the efficacy of these drugs by using herbs so she would have to be willing to live with some pain.
Well, unless you consider the opium poppy to be an herb. That would help the pain a lot, but there is the minor legality issue ;)
Too many unknowns as to the source of inflammation, but I would start with a high quality fish oil. I too have serious pain and inflammation and take up to 12,000 mgs a day . Bromelain supplementation can also help (it's from pineapple)- 400- 600 mgs a day. Main thing is to not drop the meds cold turkey but wait a few months (if possible) for the supplements and any change in diet to take hold.
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