Polymyalgia Rheumatica: Holistic Therapy & Folk Cures

Last Modified on Oct 29, 2014

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.

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7-Keto-DHEA   1  0   

Posted by Jane (Burdenham, Somerset, Uk) on 06/16/2013

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

Posted by Seadragoness
Lakewood, Ca
10/25/2013
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
Posted by Ray Schilling, Md
Kelowna, Bc, Canada
12/23/2013
[YEA]   7-keto DHEA is supporting the immune system. It is often very low in patients with autoimmune diseases including polymyalgia rheumatica. Your doctor could order DHEAS, which is the storage form of DHEA circulating in the blood. If it is low, I agree that 7-keto DHEA is the one to take, start with 25 mg and slowly increase to not more than 100 mg once per day depending on your symptoms. Also take higher doses of omega-3 fatty acids (molecularly distilled or pharmaceutical grade, the more expensive one, has 400 mg of EPA and 200 mg of DHA in one capsule). Take 3 capsules in the morning and three at night. Add to this 500 mg of curcumin per day. I am also very suspicious of an underlying wheat allergy (gliadin and gluten), which likely means you should refrain from sugar and wheat products. Read this blog I wrote:

http://www.askdrray.com/our-endangered-food/

Polymyalgia is another one of the inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Conventional medicine (before 2008 I belonged to that group) does not want to go there, but has not better answers than corticosteroids or methotrexate, both very strong and dangerous substances. Now I am retired and I can freely talk my mind; I am now interested in non-toxic methods of treatment as it is used by anti-aging medicine. One caveat: 10 to 15 % of patient with polymyalgia rheumatica develop giant cell arteritis in the temporal artery, which can lead to blindness. Your primary care physician can discuss this with you further.

Posted by Robert Seals
Santa Cruz, Ca
05/09/2014
I have found a ayurvedic med from India that completely relieves PMR symptoms it is called BYNA. The ingredients check out as herbal but it acts like a steroid, I am looking for a lab to check it out. This med could be a miracle, Robert
Posted by Rosemary
Cape Coral, FL
09/07/2014
did you find more info on the ayurvedic herbs from india? thank you
Posted by Linda
Jacksonville, Fl
10/28/2014
I was diagnosed with Polymyalgia Rheumatica in June and not wanting to take the normal 2 yrs of steroids I went looking for more natural remedies. I couldn't fine any ayarvedic specialist in the area so I tried Chinese herbalist. TaDa, she gave me a tea with many anti inflammatory properties and I noticed a difference within 24 hrs. I was pretty much immobile and week by week I gain more movement. My joints still hurt but I feel that with time this will be repaired also. I hope those of you with PMR will find this encouraging for your future.
Posted by Sandhya
Maui, Hawaii
10/29/2014
8 Posts
My friend has Polymyalgia Rheumatica and the statins are awful yet the pain was much better. Her immune system went way down. She tried Chinese herbs but the ones she received weren't working. Could you put down the herbal formula for everyone please? How much is you pain on a 1 to 10 scale with 1 being the lowest? Thank you for sharing.

Acupuncture, Dietary Changes   1  0   

Posted by Martha (Fort Worth, Texas) on 06/23/2010

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Sally
Chicago, Il
05/21/2011
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!
Posted by Jamie
Lake Worth, Fl
05/21/2011
24 Posts
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.

Posted by Carly
Seattle, Wa - Usa
05/21/2011
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.
Posted by Kim
Los Altos, Ca
12/02/2011
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!

Posted by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
12/02/2011
Adding epsom salts to the bath (magnesium sulphate) would help with the inflammation as well.
Posted by Deedee
Manahawkin, Nj
03/30/2012
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!!!

Posted by Patfoster
Wilmington, De
04/27/2012
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.
Posted by Jimmyeatsworld
Weymouth, Ma, Usa
05/26/2013
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.

Posted by Lloyd
Charlotte, Nc
05/27/2013
385 Posts
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.

Posted by Tulip
Willmar, Mn
05/27/2013
Tell your friend with PMR to see a Homeopath. A friend of mine had great success from a homeopathic remedy.

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Posted by Reinette (Johannesburg, South Africa) on 07/06/2012

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   2  0   

Posted by Kay (Ft. Myers, Florida, Usa) on 07/13/2012

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Civano
Seattle, Wa
03/26/2014
[YEA]   Was having trouble weaning off of Prednisone until I started drinking a glass of water with 1 Tbs of ACV each morning. I have cut the Prednisone from 30mg per day to 5 with no pain so far.
Posted by Nancie
Escondido, Ca Usa
07/25/2014
How much apple cider vinegar do I take and how often for Polymyalgia Rheumatica?
Posted by Civano
Seattle, WA
08/13/2014
I take 1 Tablespoon of ACV in a large glass of water in the morning and again around 3 PM every day for Polymyalgia Rheumatica.
Posted by Elke
Portland, Or
10/01/2014
Amazing that this would work. I will give it a try.

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Posted by Debbie (Glennville, Ga) on 05/09/2012

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.

Posted by Gb08
La Porte, Tx, Usa
05/29/2012
2 Posts
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...
Posted by Wayne
Hawley, Minn.
10/12/2014
I read about taking apple cider vinegar but where does one buy it since it has to be raw?? My husband, Wayne has PMR and is on predisone and has for about 15 months now...he has days where he is so sore, stiff and tired and I feel so sorry for him... he is concerned about going off prednisone as when he gets down to about 15 or less it really acts up.. now he is taking another med along with the prednisone which is to help weine him from the pred...any other suggestions for my dear husband... he has thought about homapatic (spelling ??) therapy... what do you think?? does insurance cover that?? thanks... will be waiting to hear... the wife of Wayne
Posted by Marylee
Seattle, Wa
10/12/2014
Hi Wife of Wayne,

can't answer your questions about homeopathics and insurance, but you can buy raw and organic Apple Cider Vinegar at most grocery store since it's become so popular. You can also find it online. Whole Foods has several raw and organic Apple Cider Vinegar "with the mother" brands. Trader Joe's carries it. Regular old grocery stores also carry the brand "Bragg", but it's more expensive now than the other brands which are just are good. I've tested them all! Good luck.

Posted by Rsw
Uniontown, Oh
10/13/2014
To Wayne's wife,

Just FYI, it is not uncommon for people who are on a statin drug to develop Polymyagria Rheumatica. I don't know if Wayne is on this medication or not, but if so, it might be something to think about. Best wishes!

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Posted by Neralie (Toowoomba, Australia) on 05/28/2013

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.

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Posted by Helen (Canada) on 10/06/2013

[YEA]  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.

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Posted by Rose (Lagos, Nigeria) on 11/30/2012

How long will I continue to take lemon and baking soda. Is it for a year until condition improves?

Posted by Sela In La (Covington, La) on 11/29/2012

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.

Posted by Hb
Covington, Louisiana
04/01/2013
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.

Posted by Jeanie (Jamestown, Ca) on 08/29/2011

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".

Posted by Tracee
Modesto, California
09/08/2011
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.
Posted by Mckenzie
Charlotte, Nc
09/16/2011
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!
Posted by Hilda
Airdrie, Alberta/canada
07/23/2012
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!
Posted by Elliot
Snowmass, Co
04/05/2013
Can you explain more about the "glutathione accelerator" you mentioned? Would be curious to know about your progress since you posted. Thanks.

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Posted by Emma (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) on 08/07/2012

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.

Posted by Diane (Downers Grove, IL USA) on 02/15/2009

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  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!

Posted by Shary
Centennial, Co
07/23/2010
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.

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Posted by Ted (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"

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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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Posted by Kc
Auburn, Massachusetts, United States
02/24/2012
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.

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Posted by Ali (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) on 10/09/2011

[YEA]  Hello, 2 days on your lemon and soda after being diagnosed over 2 years ago and down to alternate days prednisolone 2.5 mg and 5 mg , any lower typical sites of pain return, being very quiet about it but today halved dose to 1.25 today and my soda and lemon, so far hardly any stiffness! I'm praying this is it and I will be able to get off the wonderful winner drug predisolone which I couldn't have done without but want to now say bye bye to!! TRY IT!

Posted by Edna (Mississauga, Ontario) on 07/12/2009

Hi Ted, I read your reply for PMR.I have just beem diagnosed with it.I just want to know that that is it fine taking soda, if someone is having B.P. and secondly is it 1/4 tsp twice a day or should the same water be taken in 2 parts. Would apprecition your reply. thanks.


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