I was recently diagnosed with myofascial pain syndrome, whiplash, and nerve impingement in my shoulder.
Q. Dear Terry, “I am 65 years old and have several health issues. I was recently diagnosed with myofascial pain syndrome, whiplash, and nerve impingement in my shoulder. This was all the result of a car accident last summer. I also have degenerative disc disease. Needless to say, I have a lot of pain. I am desperately trying to avoid any prescription drugs, but I’m struggling! Can you help me with suggesting a good regimen?” — Ellen M., Boston, MA
A. Dear Ellen, Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder that affects the fascia (connective tissue that covers the muscles) and may involve a single muscle or a group of muscles. Chronic pain can be one of the most difficult and frustrating conditions to treat, not to mention it can negatively impact our daily lives.
I understand and appreciate why you are trying to avoid prescription pain medications – because they do not address or resolve the underlying inflammation.
When it comes to addressing pain, I recommend these four ingredients: highly absorbable curcumin, boswellia, DLPA, and nattokinase. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to help you become more comfortable as quickly as possible. I would take these ingredients three times daily.
In addition to the ingredients above, I also think adding vitamin B6 and magnesium would be very beneficial. When looking for these ingredients, I strongly recommend choosing one that features vitamin B6 in the active form, pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P-5-P) and magnesium in the form of magnesium glycinate. These ingredients can help with muscle relaxation and resistance to nerve excitability. I would take 60 mg of vitamin B6 (as P-5-P) and 200 mg of magnesium (as magnesium glycinate) three times daily.
Terry . . . Naturally