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I have a disc in my spine that is pressing on nerves that are affecting my legs (soreness, weakness, etc in muscles and joints). Also have painful swelling in knees and ankles. Have been to all types of doctors, had P.T., epidural injections, steroid injections, etc. I have been on Prednisone, which in large doses did help, but because of the bad effects they can have on the body after long term use I want to find some sort of alternative method to ease my pain. I also want to avoid any type of back surgery, I cannot stand or walk for long periods of time, and have a problem rising from a sitting position.
The pain in my legs can best be described as the type of pain someone would get who would have pain in their muscles and joints from overdoing excersise or running several miles when not used to it……just worse. It is pure torture to spend the day at work….getting up and down from the chair, getting in and out of a car….I am 59.
There are several alternative meds for pain and swelling. These are herbs and phytonutirents in foods. Herbs include tumeric and ginger. These have a tremendous anti inflammatory effect. Pineapple has an ingredient known as bromelain. This too has effects on inflammation and pain. You should be able to find several articles on these foods. Another important supplement is fish oil. This as been found to affect the inflammatory cascade associated with arthritis.
However, you injuries seem to be disc related. I would of course recommend the above, but intermittent traction is the best treatment for you symptoms. These are therapies like VAX-D. I only say VAX-D because it is the most well known. DRX is the best in my opinion. These therapies do not involve surgery and are becoming more available.
I'm allergic to Ibuprofen and Aspirin, and I have carpal-tunnel syndrome. I use ice to bring the swelling down, but I wonder if there is a holistic or medicinal alternative to IB or Aspirin?
I haven't tried Aleve, but my allergic reaction to IB was so severe, I'm afraid to try it. Thank you for the eucalyptus suggestion, I'll give that a try.
I had some success lately with tumeric which is an anti-inflammatory herb
also fish oil is anti-inflammatory
these may also help
Analgesic/ Anodyne herbs
arthritis herbs Http://www.holisticonline.com/Remedies/A…
Http://www.ehow.com/ eliminate carpel tunnel with flax seed oil.
I have rotator cuff issues and was prescribed 800 mg ibuprofen 3X a day! That's quite a bit if you ask me. Is there a natural alternative to SAIDs that works??
You should work with your own knowledgeable health care professional, someone who understands natural medicine, to develop the best combination of the following herbal alternatives for you.
1.Ginger: This herb is anti-inflammatory and offers pain relief and stomach-settling properties. Fresh ginger works well steeped in boiling water as a tea or grated into vegetable juice. Powder capsules are also available.
2.Boswellia: Also known as boswellin or "Indian frankincense," this herb contains specific active anti-inflammatory ingredients, referred to as boswellic acids that significantly reduce inflammation.
3.Fish Oils: The omega-3 fats EPA and DHA found in fish oil have been found, by many animal and clinical studies, to have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce joint inflammation and promote joint lubrication.
It is also vital to understand that you need to reduce omega-6 fats like vegetable oils seeds and nuts, as it is actually the ratio of omega 6:3 fats that determines how much inflammation is present. You could theoretically consume enough omega-3 fish oils to work but then ruin the effect by consuming too many omega-6 fats.
4.Bromelain: This enzyme, found in pineapples, is a natural anti-inflammatory. It can be taken in supplement form.
5.Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO): This oil, found in fish and dairy butter, acts as a "joint lubricant" and an anti-inflammatory. The delicious raw butter we carry from organic pastures contains "Wulzen anti-stiffness factor." This factor has been found to be highly effective in reversing arthritis and protects against calcification of joints. Take CMO orally and apply the cream topically. (it's available both in oral supplement and cream forms).
6.Evening Primrose, Black Currant and Borage Oils: These contain the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which is useful for treating arthritic pain. These are the exception to omega-6 fats that are necessary to have in your diet. It is reasonable for many to take these as a supplement, particularly if you struggle with dry skin in the winter, as this is a strong indicator that you are deficient in these fatty acids.
7.Cayenne Cream: Also called capsaicin cream, this spice comes from dried hot peppers. It alleviates pain by depleting the body's supply of substance P, a chemical component of nerve cells that transmits pain signals to the brain.