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Treating Fibromyalgia with Nutrition

March 31, 2018 @ 8:09 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

I was asked about treatments for Fibromyalgia.  Pain clinics have injections and pharmaceuticals that often help, but not always enough.  I approach from a different angle.

Fibromyalgia is a collection of many different maladies that are  magnifying each other.  They are very difficult to untangle.  Treating all aspects of the pain is the key to success.

I have actually “cured” fibromyalgia only 4 times, but usually I can decrease the pain enough that other measures will work better than before. 

The key is understanding that pain often is nerves misbehaving, magnifying the intensity of unpleasant stimuli.  This is neuropathy or neuralgia.  These conditions are made much worse by nutritional deficits.

B1, B6, B12 and Folate are key nutrients for nerve function.  Controlling diabetes is also important.  Low calcium, potassium or magnesium cause cramping and pain.  These should ALL be checked.

Vitamin D is often overlooked as essential for nerve function.  Low vitamin D will cause depression, malaise, nerve malfunction and increased pain.  I aim for a vitamin D level of 70 ng/ml – higher than needed for bone health, but completely safe.  If your level is very low you may need megadoses, well above 5000 IU daily.

Take Control Naturally with Vitamin D3, as well as B1, B6, B12, Folate, Calcium, Potassium and Magnesium.

Jay Ginther, MD

CBC is Complete Blood Count

June 29, 2013 @ 10:43 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

CBC is Complete Blood Count.  That means red cells, white cells, and platelets.  A normal CBC eliminates diseases of the bone marrow such as leukemia or myeloma, both of which can cause osteoporosis and Fragility Fractures.  I rarely find patients with these conditions, and then, almost always in early, treatable stages.

By far the most common finding in a CBC is mildly low numbers of red cells.  This is usually something a person has had for years and is of no concern.  However, low red cells (anemia) can indicate a problem with nutrition.

Chronic Pain

February 15, 2013 @ 2:10 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

This week I spoke to doctors and nurses who run Pain Clinics.  The obvious connection is Vertebral Fractures requiring Kyphoplasty or Vertebroplasty.  If you only do the procedure, you have not solved the problem.  You must treat the Osteoporosis too, preferably with the Anabolic, Forteo, if you want to avoid further fractures.

Vitamin D is the other connection.  Successful treatment of chronic pain often requires enough Vitamin D3 to bring the 25-hydroxy Vitamin D level to at least 40ng/ml.  This is not yet widely known.  Not all clinics are testing for Vitamin D levels.  They should be!