Men with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis

by Christina

Hi Wray, my husband has been suffering with fibromyalgia for 8 years and osteo-arthritis for the past year, my research shows that they are often linked.

He has been using 1/4 tsp of a progesterone cream morning and night on the most painful arthritic joints for a few days and has noticed some relief which has enabled him to get some sleep for a few hours. He has extreme fatigue / exhaustion and all the other associated symptoms of Fibromyalgia. He is on Venlafaxine for depression and Tramadol SR 100mg twice daily + co-codamol for the pain.

What dosage of the Natpro would you recommend he take please? I have noted your energy-boost product and would also like to try that for us both in the near future, as I was advised by you via Jean in the UK for my conditions. I will be placing an order in the UK and am awaiting pricing for the energy boost from Jean.

Also I notice you numerously mention the importance of getting a Vit D test, would this be availalbe through a regular GP? We are both dairy free due to allergic reactions, (my husband has asthma) and has been much better since going dairy free - however we substituted with soya milk and I now understand that wasn't such a bright idea due to the estrogen... so we're onto rice milk very recently. Do we need to be concerned with calcium deficiency?

Each time I try to improve the conditions, I have been using something equally as harmful, i.e for myself the Mirena Coil! (for heavy bleeding).
Your advice would be much appreciated and at least I could know I wasn't substituting with something more harmful! Thank you for your time and for this wonderful site.

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Apr 22, 2010
Men with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis
by: Wray

Hi Christina. Bless you for your kind words! As soon as I saw fibromyalgia, osteo-arthritis and depression I thought vitamin D, and then you mention it. It is the most critically important nutrient for our health, please have a test done. From helping others in the UK, it is a battle to find a doctor interested enough. One woman changed doctors in the end, when he saw her results, 9ng/ml, he was so alarmed he gave her an injection while she was in his rooms. For more info on vitamin D see here. See this also.

A study done in Edmonton, Canada, which is 53 degrees north, (London is 51 degrees), will give you an idea of the problem, see here. Progesterone is an excellent anti-inflammatory, I'm pleased he's had some relief. But... a low level of vitamin D reduces the benefits of progesterone. A study was published on this late last year, see here.

It's difficult to advise on the amount of progesterone to use, too many factors to take into account. It's best to follow symptoms, increase gradually until you find the optimum. For example about 1200mg is given via IV transfusion for traumatic brain injury. Approx 70% of the victims are men. Tryptophan is good for pain and depression, please consider taking this. For more info see here.

Progesterone is excellent for asthma. I've found the energy boost a great help, it gets nutrients into the cells where it's needed. It's full of antioxidants too, and your husband has great need of these with so much inflammation. All soy products, unless fermented, are not good! Rice milk is full of sugar, sugar is the most oxidising substance we could possibly eat. It causes glycation, which results in free radicals, cross linking of protein, causing stiffness and inflammation. He should avoid all grains, all legumes, all dairy. Please consider these two ways of eating...
Paleo Diet
And no to the Mirena! Progesterone is amazing at preventing heavy bleeding, albeit up to 600mg/day is needed initially. Take care, Wray

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