A reader is eager for advice on how he can replace prescription pain medication with a natural alternative. He suffers from multiple herniated discs and degenerative disc disease and without medication the pain is unbearable. He has chronic pain in his lower back, buttocks and sciatic nerve. He currently takes oxycodone, fetanyl (skin patch) and methadone in high doses, but doctors say his medication can be reduced if he opts for surgery. He has had surgery for his condition in the past and is not keen to have any more operations. Is there a natural remedy out there that may be able to help?
According to Nick, you should try a Bioflow wristband, which uses a patented magnetic module to treat the blood and assist the body to heal itself, providing natural pain relief. "My arthritic thumbs and knees no longer give me any pain and I am sleeping better and have more energy," he reports. Another reader points out that the wristbands have been proven to reduce pain in a clinical trial of nearly 200 men and women with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee (BMJ, 2004; 329: 1450-4).
Apparently, Bioflow comes with a 90-day money back guarantee, so there is nothing to lose - but the pain! See www.usefulmagnets.co.uk for more information.
Another recommended product for natural pain relief is IceWave. According to the manufacturer's website, IceWave is "a non-invasive nanotechnology product that works within minutes to provide a cooling effect and soothing relief to inflamed and injured areas." See www.lifewave.com for more information.
If these suggestions don't appeal to you, why not try readers' favourite, homeopathy. According to Sue, the homeopathic remedy Mag Phos in a 200C potency (available from homepathic pharmacies such as Helios and Ainsworth's) is known to be very effective for pain relief, especially if dissolved in a little warm water and sipped at regular intervals. Norene also swears by homeopathy for the treatment of pain - although she uses arnica: "Start with a very high dose of arnica (for myself I used 10M). After a couple of days, reduce the dose and continue taking the remedy for a while, according to personal needs. To maximise effectiveness, take homeopathic Symphytum (comfrey) in addition to arnica."
Bowen therapy and osteopathy
Other suggestions for this problem are Bowen therapy and osteopathy. Says Lorraine of osteopathy, "I cannot sing its praises enough...I suffered terrible back problems but have not felt a twinge in the past six years since my treatment." As for Bowen, Angela reckons it can bring amazing relief to many pain sufferers.
Finally, we have an encouraging story from Diane:
"I have suffered from bulging discs, sciatica, oedema and a host of related problems for the past three years. But recently I have started several therapies which have helped me immensely. First of all I started going to acupuncture once a week, then I began drinking Green's Plus - adding powdered calcium, magnesium, and powdered MSM (Methyl-sulfonyl-methane) to the drink - everyday for nutrition. MSM is a great natural pain reliever, along with magnesium. I also use magnesium oil - either in the bath or applied directly to the site of pain. It works wonders!
In addition to this, last year I started seeing a chiropractor, who uses a 'Pro Adjuster' on me. I have now been free of pain for the last month. I was told that I was going to have to have back surgery, but now I am feeling so wonderful that I am considering not having the surgery at all. I can go all day without my pain medication and can sit and stand longer than I ever thought I would again!"
E-news broadcast 3 April 2007 No.347