How are you today?
Today’s BLOG features a story of a woman who had a successful outcome from her PMR with an unconventional drug called Low Dose Naltrexone. I’m so happy for her!
Jenn’s Story- LDN Has Helped Me to Recover from PMR
I first started having pain and stiffness a year ago. I was diagnosed in July and, at that time, could barely walk or turn over in bed. Prior to this disruptive illness, I was very fit and active.
My doctor put me on a trial of steroids for a week to determine if it was PMR, which helped.
However, I decided to try a different approach as I really did not want to go on steroids long-term.
I chose Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) as my primary medication to help ease my PMR symptoms.
I figured,” what do I have to lose”? If LDN does not work, I can always go back to the dreaded steroids.
Well, I am here to tell you that the LDN worked within 6 weeks (it takes awhile to titrate to the correct dose)! I was 60% better within this timeframe, seeing gains in less pain and stiffness each day.
Since then, I have used pharmacy-grade anti-inflammatory supplements, acupuncture (x 6 months), Reiki, and diet changes. As I moved closer and closer to remission, I added in a 3-week detox, which brings me to where I am now.
Today, I am pretty close to being completely pain and stiffness free! Living in Washington, I can now enjoy the great outdoors, and I am back to hiking 4 or 5 miles a week! I have weaned off the LDN and feel like I have a new lease on life!
I am sending this out to encourage all of you who suffer from PMR. So, hang in there; it’s all possible to get through.
I am over the moon and have to pinch myself!
Jenn adds this bit of advice.
You must be an advocate for yourself.
The LDN was her suggestion after doing her own research.
She says, "My rheumatologist was hesitant but agreed to try it. We must know our bodies. One size doesn’t fit all.
This is allopathic medicine. We are all different and must research, and understand as much as we are able. We should never ever give our power away to medical professionals. It must be a collaborative effort".
Thank you Jenn for your valuable insight.
If you are curious about the prospect of taking LDN, be aware that it is not a mainstream treatment for PMR. Read my 2 documents on this site for more information on the topic.
The Use of Low Dose Naltrexone for PMR
6 Ways Integrative Doctors Can Help with PMR
Take care, my friends, and Happy Spring and Easter!