Some of the more common causes of pain (part 1)

By: John Arts

Over the next few columns we are going to look at the most common causes of pain as reported to me by new clients. In most cases, I hear their stories after medical diagsis and treatment. Today we look at muscle pain caused by Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR).

PMR is becoming increasingly common in our aging population. While the causes are unknown, the body goes into an inflammatory state attacking tendons, muscles and joints causing stiffness and pain. PMR often causes disabling pain in shoulders, neck, hips and torso.

The interesting thing about PMR is that the latest research indicates that the skeletal muscles appear to function normally, but the pain mostly comes from inflammation of joints (including bursae) and tendons.

These tissues are overproducing inflammatory chemicals (cytokines) generated by an abnormal immune response.

This is why medical treatment with prednisone can be spectacular, as the drug effectively blocks the inflammatory processes.

The problem is that long term prednisone use is damaging to other body tissues.

My nutritional programme for PMR uses careful dietary choices combined with a supplement programme to reduce inflammation, correct immune imbalance and to re-build damaged antioxidant systems.

I introduce a range of nutrients and co-factors, including vitamin D, Omega 3, various antioxidants, Co enzyme Q10, N- acetylcysteine, curcumin, B vitamins and many more.  

As an example, we know that if vitamin D levels are high enough it will help regulate immune system inflammation.

These nutrients can all help improve energy as low energy is part of PMR.

This programme is very complementary with medical treatment and can help with PMR recovery. For more information give me a call or email: john@abundant.co.nz. You can read back issues at: www.abundant.co.nz

John Arts is a qualified nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health. Contact John on: 0800 423 559. To read more go to: www.sunlive.co.nz

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