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Another recommendation against nerve/inflammatory pain is MSM. I take it at night because it is a big pill I have to divide into 4 pcs, and I need to take 3 of them at a time for a 1200 mg dose altogether. You can sometimes find it paired in with Glucosamine and Chondroitin for inflammation relief. Curcumin or Turmeric in a high dose is good for pain's relief. Chamomile is tranquillizing but can also promote bowel movement. I add L -Phenylalanine, a natural amino acid that our body needs, to my regimen, because it is helpful for the neurotransmitters, and our levels of serotonin. Whatevr can help my nerves heal and recover is good for me and I need all the good mood of serotonin which my diseases/injuries deplete abnormally. L-Dopamine is available, and in nature we can get some from Mucuna Pruriens concentrates. A multiple amino acid complex is available thru Swanson Vitamins, and it has everything we need as a body-made and those that have to be gotten from our food; wich is hard to do. Good luck and truly; consult a naturopathic pharmacist or neurologist. I also listen daily to Dr. Richard Becker, on cable, but he must have a website. He is honest, truly dedicated to our health and healing.
  • Posted Tue 23 Dec 2014 04:36 PM EST
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check all recommendations with your physician or nutritionist/pharmacist.....the first thing we find to fight against nerve-damaged originated night- trauma is the use of Magnesium...so vital to our nerves being calmed. However, magnesium is used by the body in conjunction with calcium and zinc, among many other lesser but necessary items. Please change anything you buy to a "bio-available form". The calcium you find in stomach soothers is NOT anything our body can break down and use, contrary to what the commercials say, and contrary to the assertions by the osteoporosis folks, who also recommend such calcium forms not usable by our body...we may as well eat the plaster off the ceiling or walls. A calcium and magnesium aspartate or citrates are available, sometimes already paired in one pill. Great. Remember we need the mineral Boron when we use zinc, magnesium, calcium ,etc. So, a good multi vitamin/multi mineral is a daily wisdom. But for nerve trauma, the body needs higher doses more often in the magnesium. I add vit C, full complex of B and D to make sure nothing is getting out of whack by how my body takes other vitamins and minerals from my bones and tissues to make use of the ones I am ingesting or eating. Some folks have to carefully try the magnesium dose to rule out diarhea which is what we get if we eat too much....that's why magnesium sulfate is used for constipation. So, we next want to try the sleep helpers like Valerian, Trytophan or Melatonin. I personally use L Arginine before bed because it opens up blood vessels, especially the lower limbs, and my legs go crazy as my circulation gets tired later on into the 24 hr cycle, as the blood slows and presses on the nerves. Males may experience erections, as this is the way that erectile dysfunction medicines work, using L Arginine to open up p**** blood vessels, which let s them fill more and stay filled longer. It is simple chemistry, but at 500-1000 mg, it shouldn't be a problem. If he experiences tingling in his groin or p****, he may be disturbed by this additionally, so it will require a lower dose and a talk about erections naturalness; not anything to be ashamed about. I wondered at the vividness of and details in these nightmares. I would consult a naturopath or wholistic practitioner about any foods/ juices he is getting that would excite these brain areas, allowing them to give his such terrors befor he can wake up to escape them. It is good to have a highly active brain, but not if it is turning on him. He can alsobe led in self-instruction to teach him to "wake up " when the nightmares start, or to give a self hypnotic suggestion that those places or terror will not be visited anymore. I take pain meds but nothing is very strong, not strong enough to actually kill any real pain, only some dumbing downof it. We are left with out any recourse, when we are crippled and in pain also, but the pain meds we are accused of taking too much of or unnecessariily is not even much of a help for all the legal and moral and social and financial problems it causes. I pray someone will find a brain or nerve fixer some day soon, that will eliminate unnecessary pain and fix nerve damaged spines. And that they will make the fixes availalbe to all, not just to folks with thousands of dollars to spend every year. I pray for yr boy, too. God help him.
  • Posted Tue 23 Dec 2014 04:27 PM EST
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It has been a long, long time since I've written here. My brother, husband, and I bought a new home that was specifically designed to be handicapped accessible. We are loving our new home! I worry about my brother, because he is now taking very strong pain medicine, and he has begun to have night terrors, where he wakes up screaming at the top of his lungs that he is in a dungeon, tied down and can't move and is being tortured. I run to him through the house, yelling that it's ok, and everything's all right, and then, I turn on the lights, and he sees that he's not tied down but then he looks over and sees his wheelchair and all of a sudden the reality of his quadriplegia hits him and he bursts into huge tears, and I cry with him. Then, he falls back to sleep, and when he reawakens, he doesn't remember anything about the terror in the night. He even argues with me when I tell him about the episodes. I feel so sad for him, and I grieve with him and for him, and for the life he's lost. Then, I try to remind him of the life that he's now gained, the love he now has, the family and friends who love him, and his teenagers who love him so much. I'm glad that he doesn't remember these outbursts, but they haunt me. I've had to double up on my regular anti-anxiety and antidepressants, plus add some new ones. His loss and his night terrors break my heart, but he takes Ambien, so he never remembers these episodes. He seems embarrassed when I try to get him to talk about them. What can I do? I am so depressed and sad for him? He doesn't want counseling, and my psychiatrist just quit her practice, so I am stuck with my GP ordering my bipolar and anxiety meds. What can I do, but pray for him?
  • Posted Tue 16 Dec 2014 09:39 PM EST
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I've been so busy with my brother that I haven't had time for much else. Every time I think that spring is finally here, it freezes again! My fibromyalgia/arthritis/nerve/disc trouble has had me hurting so badly that I haven't even felt like getting dressed today, and it's after 5 pm. Thank God my husband helps with everything so that I can put all of my energy into caring for my brother. I feel so tired and in so much pain today. Does anyone understand?
  • Posted Mon 24 Mar 2014 06:06 PM EDT
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We finally made it to Tirr to visit my brother and take him home on Tuesday! It was so good to see him! He's lost weight and looks great, except his right foot is still so swollen that he cannot wear a shoe. I hope that they figure out what the problem is fast, bc they aren't sure it is gout, but
  • Posted Sun 02 Mar 2014 07:35 PM EST
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Well, I will get to see my brother again in 4 1/2 days! :-D I'm very excited about his homecoming from Tirr Rehab, but I am very worried about his gout that he has just recently developed while staying in the hospital. I don't know what to do to help the gout after he comes home! And why does Med
  • Posted Fri 28 Feb 2014 11:26 AM EST
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KGN
My brother's finally an inpatient at Tirr! We made it! :-D my husband and I are so happy and excited for him! I miss my brother so much, but I am glad he's getting the PT/OT he needs, and especially the equipment he needs. I love him so much! I miss him like crazy, but I'm soo happy for him! He has become so important to me. I used to be really shy but I've learned to be a bold woman when standing up for him. My husband and I sure miss him!
  • Posted Sun 02 Feb 2014 07:10 PM EST
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KGN
We finally got my brother's baclofen pump refilled! Thank the Lord! It seems like everything's breaking down at my house, just since this sleeting and ice started. Yesterday, I turned on the water in the kitchen, and when I swiveled the faucet to the other sink, the entire faucet spigot broke off in my hand! And now, our refrigerator is not cooling, and our washing machine's timer is broken, so that when it fills to wash, it keeps on filling and floods the floor! Tirr is in the future! :-D
  • Posted Wed 29 Jan 2014 09:05 AM EST
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KGN
I'm working on taking care of my brother, but I've got a terrible cold and so does my husband! I went to the Dr yesterday but since it's a virus, he just gave me a steroid shot, since my voice sounded like Wolfman Jack's, and some cough syrup, but I am really sick. My husband's almost got his cold whipped, but I just started getting sick Sunday evening after church. Everyone there is sick, too!
  • Posted Tue 21 Jan 2014 10:26 AM EST
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