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What is Polymyalgia Rheumatica?
The simple translation of polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is pain in many muscles, which is a regrettably apt description of this inflammatory condition. Since the condition is so similar to arthritis, lupus, and other health disorders, a doctor's diagnosis is critical to be certain you are treating the correct health condition. However, once you are certain you are dealing with polymyalgia rheumatica, there are holistic and home remedies that can help relieve your inflammation and reduce the rheumatic pain.
Polymyalgia rheumatica is most likely to strike in your 50's or later and is twice as likely to afflict women as men. The symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica are principally body aches and specifically muscle aches, most often in the thighs and backside, neck, and the shoulders and upper arms with the worst pains presenting each morning. There is a similar and often simultaneous condition called giant cell arteritis, which presents with very similar symptoms.
Home Remedies for the Muscle Aches of Polymyalgia Rheumatica
As an inflammatory health condition, you want to start with anti-inflammatory herbal remedies and foods. Reducing your sugar intake and eating or supplementing turmeric and/or ginger root is a good place to start. NSAIDs are unlikely to help much with the pain, so you may want to consider acupuncture and/or movement arts such as Tai Chi and yoga.
06/16/2013: Jane from Burdenham, Somerset, Uk: "Hi to all, I have been researching PMR as I think my mum will be diagnosed after her blood tests. I am an autoimmune sufferer with B12 deficiency and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I have been using 7 keto DHEA for a few years now though in the beginning I used straight DHEA. Yesterday I researched medical papers on the use of either of these as a treatment for PMR, as far back as 2000 I found that this had been researched with positive results. DHEA is a mother hormone for oestrogen and testosterone and 7 keto is a sulphate of DHEA which doesn't convert into either of these hormones, these are our bodies natural steroids. As you see PMR mostly in older people especially women or women who are peri-menopausal or post menopausal, then it is a logical asumption that the loss of hormones have an involvment in PMR. Men do not suffer to the same extent hormonally as women do which would explain why the majority of people who suffer are women. I use 7 keto for two reasons one is that it boosts T3 thyroid conversion two it is a very powerful immune support. There is a lot on the net re both of these products, it is worth thinking about. I wish you all well Jane x"Replies
10/25/2013: Seadragoness from Lakewood, Ca replies: "Thank you for your post. I was just diagnosed with polymyalgia yesterday 10-24-13 1 day after my 51st birthday! Im not sure about the rheumatica part yet but it looks that way. They are sending me to see a specialist. I do not want to take steroids. And since I am at the menopausal stage most likely I can replace the steroids more naturally or try what you suggested I have no idea what dhea is but I will research it. I guess I have alot of researching to do. Contact me anytime. Thanks"
Acupuncture, Dietary Changes
[YEA] 06/23/2010: Martha from Fort Worth, Texas: "PMR diagnosed 6 months ago. D.O. recommended Prednisone. One month later the Prednisone symptoms came: bruising, more night sweats, "moon face", threat of diabetes, osteoporosis, high cholesterol... I saw neither as a "solution".
I began to see an acupuncturist, two weeks ago. I have had two visits. She let my body tell her what I needed. She administered acupuncture, then cupping, followed by massage. She adjusted my OTC herbs, which closely follow what I have already read on this site. She suggested using the book "Eat Right 4 Your Type" (D'Adamo). I am eating 50% organic, and follow my blood type recommendations to a T. "Good food is medicine" she says.
I feel SO much better. I can get thru the day without a nap, my muscles hurt less, my temp at night is lower, I have less heartburn, and am HAPPY!
I would never have tried acupuncture unless I felt cornered. I felt no solution otherwise. Feel free to use what ever info you would like. I am 60 years old, and work full time. God bless."
05/21/2011: Sally from Chicago, Il replies: "I have just been diagnosed with PMR and am on a prednisone treatment. I am wondering how long you had to be on the prednisone after discovering that acupuncture was what helped. I have heard that you have to be weaned from prednisone very slowly. Thanks for your advice!"
05/21/2011: Jamie from Lake Worth, Fl replies: "Sally, ask your doctor, please!! I would be leary of medical advise from an internet discussion board.
There are many knowledgeable people who come and visit this website and share. So I do not mean to be disrespectful. You medical care provider has your chart and history, and is aware of all details.
Prednisone must be weaned off, my dog was just on it for 11 days. He took half a pill twice a day for 3 days, half a pill one a day for three days, half a pill every other day for 3 doses.
Not trying to compare vetrinary medicine to your care. However, the point is even for such a short regiment there is a weening process.
If you are anxious and cant wait to see your doc, call the pharmasist. I am sure they could help you too, at least give you some information."
05/21/2011: Carly from Seattle, Wa - Usa replies: "I agree with Jamie - getting off of prednisone requires your doctors input - only your doctor knows how long and how much you have been taking. My husband quit taking it "cold turkey" last year, not knowing how serious it was until the terrible symptoms set in and we found out how bad it could be. Long term prednisone use requires great care in coming off of, trust me. If you do it too fast it can actually shut down your adrenals and kill you. Too bad the doctors do not let you in on this little fact when they prescribe such drugs. Take care, and do what your doctor says on getting off of them PLEASE. Best of Health to you."
12/02/2011: Kim from Los Altos, Ca replies: "I had been suffering from lower back pain in early October. On 10/25/11 I got the flu shot, and things went haywire, with pain up and down my legs, lower back, hips, and a low-grade fever. Had bloodwork done and they found Sed rate was 120 and my latest C-reactive protein was at 113! (low hemaglobin & high platelets too). Between the severe pain and inflammation, I was admitted to the hospital and had every test imaginable to no avail. (thankfully, no tumors or signs of cancer or any infection).
Because low doses of Advil helped the pain (the only anti-inflammatory drug I'd been given), I was sent home. 2 weeks ago, saw an acupuncturist, and what a difference! Pain is gone from legs, but I still have it sometimes in lower back. Combine that with a strict anti-inflammatory diet (no coffee, sugar, alcohol, meat, and eating lots of veggies, tumeric, green tea, etc. ) AND reading Dr. Sarno's book "Bodymind Prescription" and I can sit here at my computer and write this!
My doctors are saying I have PMR, but they really aren't sure of anything. They want to retest my blood and start me on low-dose steroids (they say if I respond, it will "prove" I have PMR).
After what will probably be over $100k in medical bills (yes, I have insurance), and over 10 doctors, and no answers, I have to say I'm a bit discusted with modern medicine at the moment.
Funny how no one asked me what's going on in my life, what I eat, or what seemed to help me (I had to tell them that Advil was the only relief from pain before I was let out of the hospital 3 days later).
I like the idea of lemon baking soda. Was also suggested to take a "baking soda" bath. Put several cups of baking soda in bath water - and relax!
Would love to hear from others if anyone has experienced a connection between PMR and the flu shot, and love hearing what natural remedies work.
Thank you all for contributing!"
12/02/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Adding epsom salts to the bath (magnesium sulphate) would help with the inflammation as well."
03/30/2012: Deedee from Manahawkin, Nj replies: "Hello, I thought I would respond to your post as I have been going through hell since my flu shot in Oct. 2011. Right after the injection, my arm began to itch (internal itch where you can scratch all day and it won't relieve the itch). That came with a burning sensation. Asked the doctor about it and she said she never heard of it.
Next few weeks I began to have this sensation in my spine like I was having a spinal tap. Then came some vision loss. It was like looking at lattice work around the peripheral visual area leaving only the center of my vision open to seeing what was in front of me. Next, dizziness, nausea and GERD that got so out of control I would wake up with vomit and pieces of food in my mouth and throat. Vocal cords became so inflamed I lost my voice for 3 days. Next, right leg seizures in mid step. Muscle pain in thighs... Then, the ultimate. I couldn't get out of bed in the morning the 'usual or normal' way. The pain in my lower back area was so severe I rolled my legs off the bed then used my arms to push my upper body to a seated position or to drop myself to the floor on my knees. Getting up from a chair or toilet was nearly impossible so I got a comode for the toilet so I'd have something with arms to use. I stated standing to have my meals...
Like you, I had several tests, labs, etc. Finally, I took all my records to a new primary doctor who sat there piecing things together and came up with PMR. I'm concerned most about the visual problems/headaches so I have another apt. with Neuro. I am looking into acupuncture as I don't like the side affects of Prednisone. I've never heard of PMR/GCA but boy, my symptoms all seem to line up with it and I know it had to have something to do with that flu shot... NEVER AGAIN!!!"
04/27/2012: Patfoster from Wilmington, De replies: "I, too, received the flu shot in October, 2010 and a couple of weeks later, my nightmare began. I thought I had injured some herniated disks in my neck when doing yard work, so I went to my neurosurgeon. My symptoms starting moving from my neck/shoulders to my arms, lower back and legs. I could hardly move. He ordered many, many tests, referred me to other doctors, and five months later, I was diagnosed with PMR by a neuromuscular neurologist. The day I began my first dose of prednisone, I was able to move normally again. I have had many relapses and am still on prednisone. My new rheumatologist has been tapering me (now at 8mg) and has recently combined it with another drug-hydroxychloroquine. I can hardly move most of the time, and am tired of feeling so bad, so I'm now looking for other ways to help me feel better and get off of the drugs. I will be exploring some of the suggestions of warm water therapy and accupuncture."
05/26/2013: Jimmyeatsworld from Weymouth, Ma, Usa replies: "In response to Jamie of Lake Worth "see your doctor, don't trust the internet". My mother suffers from PMR. The steroids have brought her relief but now she is dealing with the TERRIBLE side effects. Too many to list. What i've learned is, do not trust your doctor for treatment of most chronic disorders. Out of the eight years that they attend medical school they spend about 40 hours studying nutrition. Doctors mean well but in this age of corporate fascism they are governed by the restricions put on them by big pharma and the politicians whose pockets they grease. Compartmentalized to a streamline of disinformation. "If the solution is not a mega-profitable pill, shun it" is the standard dialogue in the medical field. I cured myself from what they said was an incurable virus that would kill me using natural cures that I learned about on the internet. God gave us ready made remedies for everything. Many can be found in your backyard, local forests and farms. It worked for the Indians and Chinese for thousands of years. But in the age of The Almighty Dollar...... Things have changed.
For starters, I would recommend staying away from vaccines, municipal tap water, processed foods and plastic containers with Bisphenol-A. I do this to the best of my ability. I have not had a vaccine, not even a tetanus shot, since 1996. I virtually never get sick! If I do its a mild cold that is short lived. I am embarking on this journey to find relief for my mother from PMR and the steroid side effects which are effecting her badly. This is a great forum with a lot of useful info. Thanks to all."
05/27/2013: Lloyd from Charlotte, Nc replies: "In response to Jimmy and others who refer to the onset of PMR after vaccines, this just so sounds like an infection doesn't it?
I am an advocate on this wonderful web site for colloidal silver for killing virus, bacterial and fungal infections. Other things work to kill such infections such as echinacia which I love, especially for bites (use topically and take drops in water internally for a bad bite from spider) but silver solution will work better for a system wide infection.
I use a high ppm and take orally 2 to 3 teaspoons daily on empty stomach. For a really bad infection take over a six month period.
In determining if the "problem" say PMR which sounds at first not to be viral but actually may be based on virus/bacteria/ or fungus or yeast, I have found if one goes back to the inception of the onset, one might often come across some infection, surgical procedure, dental work etc, ever so slight... Well like vaccines mentioned in the posts above... and such might be the locus of the attack by the microbes.
So if I SUSPECT that virus/bacteria/yeast (mold, fungus, parasite) could be involved, even as a trigger, then at least try a strong ppm of silver solution. Use of silver goes back 2, 000 years to the time of the Greeks.
I have been on high doses of silver for nearly 20 years and make my own and give away bottles and bottles every year to friends and family.
I have never seen any issue with silver usage with side effects (eg skin tinting) ... not with liquid silver solution made with the electrical process where a solution is made so diluted that you cannot even detect a metalic taste in the water."
05/27/2013: Tulip from Willmar, Mn replies: "Tell your friend with PMR to see a Homeopath. A friend of mine had great success from a homeopathic remedy."
07/06/2012: Reinette from Johannesburg, South Africa: "Dear PMR friends, I was diagnosed 1 year ago, my Dr. put me on Predisone and is weaning me off it, I take Vit B as well as cod liver oil capsules, no pain killers but I do take ALKALINE POWDER at night. As an alkaline it works 100 percent, it works for me, get better soon my friends."
Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 07/13/2012: Kay from Ft. Myers, Florida, Usa: "I was on steroids over a year & a half.. Finally weaned myself off steroids. Five days later I was in horrific pain & stiffness again for 2 weeks. Then I found your website and read about apple cider vinegar. I began to drink it every morning. Must be raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar "with the mother. " After 2 days of drinking this every morning... Like a miracle... No pain! I am on my 5th day of drinking it and feeling better every day! I take 2 teaspoons of vinegar in 8 oz. of water. I am so grateful that I found your website."
Apple Cider Vinegar, B Complex
05/09/2012: Debbie from Glennville, Ga: "It took 8 dr's before I was diagnosed with PMR. I had to search it up for myself. someone mentioned that condition. i then went to the mayo clinic. a blood test call sed rate & crp will show the inflammation in your body... i was on prednisone for about a year. now i am better, but i can sure predict the weather, my buttock tells me so... i take a b complex vitamin a couple times a week, & tbsp of apple cider vinegar (natural with the mother) not pasteurized, in a glass of water to neutralize the acidity the prednisone caused. so far so good.. hope this helps someone a little."Replies
05/29/2012: Gb08 from La Porte, Tx, Usa replies: "Are u off Preds for good? Are you still having systoms. I was dignosed with PMR in March. Preds make me feel great, but worried about long term. I am a 60 year old coach and teacher with the dept of defense, live in Portugal and just don't understand this. Hope you off Preds and can give me some advice. Thanks for any help..."
Flu Vaccines and Polymyalgia Rheumatica
05/28/2013: Neralie from Toowoomba, Australia: "I have had PMR for just over two years and it is slowly starting to ease off at long last. I now take 3 and 2.5 mg Prednisone alternately. It is harder to lower the dose as it gets down because you have to do it so slowly. I developed my symptoms two days after my flu vaccine. My doctor thinks the vaccine is definitely the culprit and says I am never to have another vaccine. I also take Rehmannia Complex, a herbal tablet that has definitely helped, but other than that, you just have to be patient. There is some great information on PMR on the patient.co.uk site that has helped me."
[YEA] 10/06/2013: Helen from Canada: "Polymyalgia: Hello, I had PMR, and got rid of it.
My DNA is from Northern European stock. In 2007 I started losing weight, was in extreme pain, couldn't sleep and was diagnosed with rheumatic. My blood specialist wanted me to take prednisone for 2 years, I took it for about one month saw a hurbalist who said she could get me walking I lived on pain killers, boiled roots and bark herbs and had acupuncture for the pain. Still no avail. Someone mentioned garlic and I remembered that my mother used a lot of raw garlic. A clerk at a health store helped me find out how much organic odorless garlic my body weight could tolerate. Nine months later my blood specialist said I didn't have to come back and I that garlic was wonderful.
It has been 6 years and I am still PMR free."
11/30/2012: Rose from Lagos, Nigeria: "How long will I continue to take lemon and baking soda. Is it for a year until condition improves?"
11/29/2012: Sela In La from Covington, La: "I can't explain how relieved I am to find out I'm not the only PMR "victim" and that I'm also not the only one on the miracle drug prednisone. I hate this drug but I love it. I was diagnosed recently while in the hospital for pneumonia. I have been ill for two years and had no clue why. I'm 49 and have read that's extremely young to get this. The pain was so bad I cried. Was on narcotic pain meds for a YEAR until I was put in the hospital for pneumonia last march and was put on preds 40 mg. I recently started to get off them myself because the doctor would never take me off unless I spent 280 dollars to come see him and take a pulmonary function test, something I did not have the money for. I have read that the addeno (sp?) virus can sometimes cause PMR but there's that pesky question now popping up in my mind about the flu shot I had last year. Hmm. Anyway, thanks so much all of you. I now have some paths to try."Replies
04/01/2013: Hb from Covington, Louisiana replies: "Sela, I am also in Covington and would love to speak with someone else in my area that has PMR, as I have had it for almost 3 years now. fototinthb [at] yahoo (dot) com."
08/29/2011: Jeanie from Jamestown, Ca: "I have had PMR symptoms for 1 year. I was placed on prednisone immediately. If I took 20 -25 mg, I could do anything. Move my arms, walk, work without pain. However, it kept me from being properly diagnosed. Presnisone masks a lot of tests. It took me several months to taper off. My Doctor had me reduce 2.5 mg every 2 weeks. Of course, then I was back to the extreme pain and weekness in my shoulders and hips. Two trips to the Mayo Clinic put me on the right track. Unfortunately, it still takes a long time to recover. I am still waiting for it to "go away"."Replies
09/08/2011: Tracee from Modesto, California replies: "Jeanie - my mother (66 yrs.) was diagnosed with PMR a little over a year ago. The first 6 months was 20mg pred. Slowy decreasing to 0. She has had 2 flareups. Wondering if we could talk via phone. My personal email is tnwharris(at)yahoo.com."
09/16/2011: Mckenzie from Charlotte, Nc replies: "Jeanie... What was Mayo's advice? which Dr.did you see and in what medical dept. specialty? I am heading to mayo sometime soon. thanks!"
07/23/2012: Hilda from Airdrie, Alberta/canada replies: "I have had PMR for a year and half now and was offered Prednizone which I refused. However I have been coping by using a glutathione accelerator which is an anti-inflammatory that gets to the cellular level. A doctor told me that he is amazed that I am not taking Prednizone!"
04/05/2013: Elliot from Snowmass, Co replies: "Can you explain more about the "glutathione accelerator" you mentioned? Would be curious to know about your progress since you posted. Thanks."
08/07/2012: Emma from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: "I had polymyalgia about 15 years ago and it has returned recently, but a much milder case. The first time I had it, it went undiagnosed. Dr. unable to diagnose. I don't want to go on steriods so I am trying to eat healthy (more veg & fruit) and take vitamin B, fish oils, magnesium, bromelain, tumeric, boswellia, etc. Wishing all of you success in beating this disease. I found it interesting to read what other sufferers had to say."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 02/15/2009: Diane from Downers Grove, IL USA: "Wow-I am so glad I found this site. It was given to me by a new dear friend. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 2 years ago after going to 4-5 specialists. No one knew how to really treat it. Last year I saw a chiropracter and he put me on a PH balanced diet.
Sort of vegetarian but you could eat all the fish you liked, no breads, pasta or anything with grains. Vegetables, lots of salad with olive oil, fruits and fish. No sugar products all natural fruit drinks. Vitamin supplements a day: 3 omega3, 4 flax oil, 4 C, 2 E, 3 calcium, 3 MSN, 3 Mineral, 3 Glucosomine. I was on it for 6 months and while I had some relief I still was stiff every morning.
This year I started a new neurologist and went thru all the tests again: blood, MRI, EMG. She actually says I have Polymyalgia Rheumatica. Now I am taking Prednisone but am very concerned with side effects. I did get immediate relief but realize it will weaken my immune system. How frustrating!"Replies
07/23/2010: Shary from Centennial, Co replies: "If I have PMR at all, it's very mild. The doctor wanted to put me on a trial week of steroids but I declined in view of all the nasty side effects. Also, most of the time I don't need to take anything at all for my various aches and pains, so taking steroids would be like killing a mouse with a howitzer. I know this sounds sort of nuts, but what helps me the most is the healing code. It isn't black magic; it's similar to the EFT used by the psychiatric profession. It's an effective way to teach your brain how to dump negative thought patterns that promote anxiety and stress. Stress is a big contributor to an impaired immune system. Unless you find a way to eliminate it, all the ACV and baking soda in the world isn't going to help. Another thing you might want to look into is muscle imbalance. Your sore, stiff muscles might not be PMR at all. It might be a severe case of muscle imbalance, which can also cause inflammation but is correctable with appropriate exercises."
08/24/2012: Lou from Dayton, Oh: "I was told 2 l/2 years ago that I had polymalgia and was put on prednisone. Helped for a while, but I wanted to get off of the prednisone so my family doctor sent me to a specialist who didn't think I had polymalgia and did all kinds of blood tests, but couldn't tell me what I had. I have all of the symptons of polymalgia and don't know where to turn now. It is getting hard for me to do everyday functions like getting out of bed or up from a chair. My ankles, hips, wrists, arms, neck, shoulders, everything just hurts. Been on lots of natural supplements and nothing seems to be working. Nobody seems to even know what or ever heard of polymalgia. Can anyone out there help me. I'm 53 and feel like 83."Replies
08/27/2012: Vicki from North Port, Fl - Usa replies: "Lou, I was just diagnosed in April of this year (I was 63 yrs old at that time) with PMR. The pain was almost unbearable..... Couldn't step up on a curb, get up from a chair without holding on to something, couldn't bend down to tie my shoes, had to lift my legs with my hands to get into the car, couldn't turn over in bed without wincing the pain was so bad, even had to buy a toilet seat riser because it hurt so bad to just squat. I was getting depressed because I didn't know what was wrong and I was thinking "hey, if I don't wake up in the morning at least I won't hurt anymore" that's how bad I felt. When my physician saw the pain I was in she prescribed predinosone and said I'd feel better in the morning. Oh my goodness, within 3 hours of taking my first pill I felt better and in the morning after another pill I felt even better. Of course I was gradually weened off but before I finished that dose I saw a rheumatologist and she said I was getting off of the meds too quickly and that I would get this pain back. NO WAY did I want that to happen! She started me on a higher dose (15mg) for a longer length of time and I am gradually being weened off of that. I am now down to 11mg so as you can see it is very gradual and it might be until spring until I am completely off of predinosone. I have not had any pain since being on the meds and the only thing I hate about it is that I get hot flashes a couple of times a day and I'm gaining weight the two side effects I wish I didn't have! Don't know if any of this helps you but I hope you can get some relief somehow."
08/28/2012: Happy from Up The Creek In, Wv, Usa replies: "in reply to --08/24/2012: Lou from Dayton, Oh: "I was told 2 l/2 years ago that I had polymalgia.... --
this is my best shot:
Your disease is cause by your intake of acidifying substances that make the blood and urine too acid in pH; thereby causing the body to try and save your life from certain death by leaching calcium and other minerals from your bones and tissues to use to keep the blood alkaline enuf for you to remain alive. Adjust your pH in the short term with supplements, and stop all fluoride sources that are causing this. [or other poisons]
1. you have been poisoned. a Likely poison: fluoride ... poly-myalgia is a symptom of fluoride poison.
2. regardless of the specific poison, poly-myalgia is probably caused by the body using calcium and magnesium, & etc. minerals from the bones and tissures to keep the blood pH in the living ph range of pH.
3. buy pH testing strips and test your urine and saliva for pH level.
4. buy ionic form calcium and mineral supplements to use to provide calcium to the blood, to alkalyze the blood with. To stop the leaching of calcium from your bones and cartiliges. To quench the acid forming fluoride ions and neutralize their acid charge.
5. make your own lime water saturated solution out of food grade quick lime and water; to also use to donate calcium to the acid forming fluoride toxin, acid quenching process.
6. buy a book on pH alkalyzing and how to do it. Search the internet for pH adjusting info.
7. stop all fluoride sources. search the internet on where they are.
8. read the fluoride essay on earthclinic. com about fluoride and lyme disease."
08/30/2012: Lou from Dayton, Oh replies: "Thank you Happy from up the creek. I will definately try this."
09/23/2011: Margaret Zolotto from Canberra, Act Australia: "Hi, I sent an email about my daughter who is 43 being diagnosed with polymyalgia. I sent this to Ted at this address, is he still at this address as I was reading something he said about lemon juice and baking soda back in 2009. I also asked what ACV meant as he mentions this as well. If he is no longer around where can I send my long email with details to? Do you have anywhere that could give me some advice as I am worried about her and the medications and of all times she is thinking of having eggs frozen in case she meets someone in the future and wants to have children. Can you help me please. Thank you for your time. Margaret."Replies
09/23/2011: Dud from From The Woods Of, Wv, Usa replies: "Margaret;
Poly-myalgia is sometimes a result of fluoride poisoning. Did she by any chance take a prescribed anti-biotic, like cipro, etc, etc, just before getting the symptoms ? [contains fluoride]
Some anti-depressants also contain fluoride., I think. Many other drugs do contain it also, a long list. Pesticides contain it. Rat poisons contain it. City water supplies contain it.
........... check all her medications to see if they are made/contain from fluoride, in any form.
If so, she must detox from it.
Research fibromylgia, lyme disease, treatment protocols."
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand: "Dear Marianne: Polymyalgia rhematica is bought on by the body's low immune responses. You need to raise your immune levels. Certain supplements such as magnesium chloride or magnesium citrate for example at 250 mg/day should help. Some zinc acetate 50 mg/day, brewer's yeast about 2000 mg/day, kelp, and vitamin B complex and some selenium and you should feel much better the next day. It is necessary to raise your antioxidant level using a recently revised formula I have used, just came out yesterday which is as follows:
One whole fresh lemon juice you just squeezed yourself, then mix add some water, to about 1/2 glass of water at least. Then keep adding baking soda 1/4 teaspoon each time, until it the lemon juice tastes like water. Then drink this twice a day, once in the morning and once before bedtime. This will effectively alkalize the body, increase the immunity by more oxygen, raise the antioxidant level of ORP (oxidation reduction potential) of -140 millivolts, so the body can recover. This is the closest a healing water analogue I can come up with, that is similar in many ways of the natural healing water or sacred healing water found in certain parts of the world. So this should help with a great many conditions, perhaps as much or even more than ACV. However, I haven't had the time to tests which one is more therapeutic, chemically speaking whether it is the ACV + baking soda, or lemon joice + baking soda. If I do, I will post when I have time"
Our Bangkok contributor Ted replies: "Dear Jackie: Try taking plenty of vitamin B complex, where B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 are about 300 mg/day, while B12 at 300 mcg per day. The other vitamin Bs can be obtained from be obtained from taking plenty of brewer's yeast and apricot pits. Also take some aspirin, as it will not only help with the inflammation, but this seems to dissolve and kill nanobacteria which might be causing the inflammed joints. It is important to take vitamin C sodium ascorbate and perhaps apply comfrey poultrice to the area of the joint and some nice heating pads to help the pain.
Taking plenty of cod liver oils and fish oils are both anti inflammatory as well as reduce the heavy metal buildup which prevents the joints from repairing itself. You need to take 1/4 teaspoon baking soda plus 1/4 teaspoon citric acid with 1/2 glass of water once in bed time and once in the morning on an empty stomach to help alkalize and this should restore the blood to its proper biological terrain for healing purposes.
This will not cure the condition, but the pain should be greatly reduced. Magnesium is synergistic with the vitamin B6 so therefore you need to take about 250 mg of magnesium chloride, or magnesium acetate, or magnesium citrate."
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02/24/2012: Kc from Auburn, Massachusetts, United States replies: "All due respect PMR is in the Autoimmune which is the complete opposite of a poor immune system. This why catabolic steroids reduce symptoms. I have seen many patients who have had PMR and have been succesfully treated this way. Some most with no reoccurences and some with. Once treated and off steroids I suggest micronutrient testing by an experienced MD who does Alternative Medicince."