Please read Spinal Stenosis Part 1 if you haven’t already!
Inflammation, nerve & tissue damage from spinal stenosis often leads to chronic pain.
Arthritis: Remember as I mentioned in part 1, arthritis is often an instigator to developing spinal stenosis. Therefore at the first signs of arthritis you should begin taking a natural arthritis formula to prevent further deterioration and also to help repair the joint. There are many great formulas that typically contain glucosamine, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, MSM, and natural anti-inflammatory like curcumin and boswellia. My personal favorite, which I take myself is Osteomove by Natural Factors. Pain relievers such as Motrin, or Aleve are only masking the symptoms and Cortisone shots speed up the deterioration of the joints. (Note: people with psoriasis should not take MSM).
Specifically for spinal stenosis and nerve pain there are many different supplements that can be helpful. These are a few that I have found to be effective for my patients. It takes time at least 4 months to a year for noticeable improvement depending on the severity of the condition. So be patient!
Nerve pain is often associated with a process called "pain central sensitization." The nerves and brain are like wires that carry information. When they become over-stimulated with chronic pain, it may make the whole system over-excitable.
B12 & B6: For nerve function/repair sublingual B12 1000mcg and a time released B6 100-150 mg such as Rodex Forte (Legere Pharmaceuticals) is typically suggested. Sublingual Vitamin B12, methylcobalamin, is readily taken up by neurons wherein it promotes the rejuvenation of nerves, reduction of excitotoxic injury, and the reduction of pain. Vitamin B6 enhances B12 absorption and helps nerve repair by producing neurotransmitters for carrying signals between nerve cells. Do not exceed dosages without consulting a practitioner.
Skullcap (Scullcap) Herb: Skullcap normalizes the functions of the nervous system, soothing and relieving tension. It restores optimal function and structure of neurons. It also relieves or decreases muscle spasms in smooth or skeletal muscle.
GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid) an amino acid is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. Its primary function is reducing nerve ending excitability throughout the nervous system. GABA receptors are located throughout the body and including the outer edge of the spinal cord and throughout parts of the brain. The nerve cells which are responsible for releasing GABA act as a “stop sign” for pain signaling in the spinal column. GABA supplementation activates healthy functioning receptors to increase utilization of GABA to decrease pain perception. The book Basic Neurochemistry: Molecular, Cellular and Medical Aspects by Richard W Olsen and Timothy M DeLorey supports this. Their research found, “Electrophysiological data suggest that there are two GABA recognition sites per GABAA-receptor complex. An increase in the concentration of GABA results in an increase in the mean channel open time due to opening of doubly liganded receptor forms, which exhibit open states of long duration.” Professor Jin Mo Chung at the University of Texas Medical Branch has stated, “The preservation of GABA is a promising possibility for treating neuropathic pain and there are not many existing good treatment options for neuropathic pain.”
Serrapeptase: To reduce nerve scarring and buildup of tissue in the affected area of the spinal column Serrapeptase is an anti-fibrotic proteolytic enzyme which helps break down garbage connective tissue and reduces inflammation. Think of it like Pac Man gobbling up scar tissue and plaque. Typical dosage is 120,000 SPU per day and try to keep at least 1 hour before meals. I usually suggest taking just before bed.
I hope this has been helpful and supplements recommended here are available on holistichealthline.com. I know spinal stenosis can be very challenging; the good news is it is treatable.
For further suggestions you can always make an appointment (in-office or telephone) at the Tree of Life Wellness Center 508-336-4242.
Jane Jansen Holistic Practitioner Tree of Life Wellness Center
And Host Holistic of Healthline Radio