Spinal Stenosis - Editor's Choice

Over the years, Earth Clinic readers have sent us many reports about their treatments for Spinal Stenosis. The editors at Earth Clinic consider the below posts to be some of the most helpful and informative and have named them 'Editor's Choice'. We hope that you will find this useful.


Posted by Stacy (Riner, Va) on 02/28/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I suffer from spinal stenosis causing severe low back pain and sciatic nerve pain. Since taking MSM my pain has almost completely resolved. I have only minimal pain after long periods of walking. I take 2000 milligrams of MSM twice a day. I'm extremely pleased with the improvement in my pain after taking MSM, and I've only been taking it for one month.

The only side effect I have experienced is a change in my sleep pattern, waking every morning around 4:00-5:00 am with difficulty going back to sleep. I'm going to try stopping the nighttime dose and try taking the second dose after lunch to see if that resolves the problem. Also, I am allergic to sulfa drugs but have not experienced any skin related side effects with MSM. While it is a possibility that resolution of my pain is coincidental, I'm not willing to give it up in order to find out. If my pain returns while on MSM, then I'll know. I'll keep you posted.

Enzymes and Glucosamine

Posted by Bill (Chattanooga, Tennessee) on 09/15/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Having recently been told that I had degenerative arthritis that might require back surgery, my immediate mission was to avoid the surgery. And, I have so far done that. Without going into great detail, I began to research and finally decided to take two items in fairly heavy doses compared to the recommended dose on the labels. Enzymes and Glucosamine. Important! All supplements are not created equal!!I will be happy to share the exact product names and amounts with you, but cannot place them on this website. There are specific proteolytic enzymes that can be very helpful. There are also some simple exercises that can help relieve stress on the spinal joints.

Let me say that I have no connection with any supplement company or reseller. I purchase my supplements from a local health food store.

The supplements that I use are these: Glucosamine Sulfate (crustacean shellfish) 1500 mg. Celadrin Fatty Acid Complex 1500 mg. (providing 780 mg of esterified fatty acids) MSM (methylsulfmethane) 200 mg. The serving size for the above is 4 caps and I took 6 caps AM and 6 caps PM (note, the three items above are in one capsule)

Proteolytic Enzymes Serving size 1 tab (all items below contained in one tab) Pancreatin 8X 100 mg. Papain 30,000 USP/mg 60 mg. Serratia peptidease 200,000 SPU/g 26 mg. Bromelain 1,200 SPU/g 25 mg. I began with 2 tabs 3X daily between meals (minimum 1 hour before or after). Then moved to 3 tabs, 3X daily, then to 4 tabs , 3X daily and would have gone to five but pain began to subside. Stayed at this level until pain was greatly diminished. Now I take (total) 4 glucosamine per day and about 6 proteolytic enzymes per day. As I go forward, I will probably further reduce the amount taken but will continue.

Additionally, I checked my ph level and used AVC and baking soda to maintain a 7.0 ph level. I am doing oil pulling but cannot at this time really give a qualified report on oil pulling.

I do E-Cise 2 Static Back and a bit more which may not show up on the website. The exercises were important to recovery. Yes, when I first tried them, I probably turned a bit pale. However, with time they are amazingly helpful and become less "noticeable". If there is interest, I will give more details later.

A personal comment. I am thankful for doctors, medicine, supplements, natural remedies and of course EARTH CLINIC. Most importantly I am thankful for the Internet as without it... I would probably be at this time recovering from back surgery!