Turmeric and Chronic Pain

Has anyone or does anyone take Turmeric for their Chronic Pain? If so, do you notice any difference?

Thoughts on taking Turmeric welcome too!

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  • Dear Kat,

    Tumeric is an anti inflammatory, it is used extensively in eastern medicine, and is known to be very effective in some. Please check with your doctor before taking any complementary medicine as it may be contraindicated to your prescribed therapies, if not, it may give you great relief. Good on you for researching alternatives.

  • Thank you! Yes I have been looking in to it and have seen lots of good things about it, I just don't know anyone that takes it, let alone has seen any benefit from it. But thank you, i will ask before taking! Xx

  • It depends what is causing your pain, eg; inflammation or nerve pain as to the efficacy.

  • Hi I've been taking Turmeric for about a year now I have Arthritis in both my knees I used to take ibuprofen but had to stop because of gastric problems so started Turmeric & it really works for me . I joined a media site called Turmetic Life & followed their recipe for Golden Paste give if try just check it will be ok with what other Meds you might be taking

  • Yes I can no longer take Ibuprofen either for the same reasons. I'm not looking for a miracle cure of course, but thought it might help with inflammation - sounds like it helps you though? I will check out that site now.

    Can you tell me how you take it, the paste, capsules, powder?

  • Have you tried Ibuprofen gel? I use that now because of the gastric problems. You don't get that with a gel you rub onto the painful part.

  • Yes, I use ibuprofen gel, deep freeze and another type of heat lotion, but they don't really do anything for me

  • Hi you make up the paste as directed & start taking a 1/4 teaspoon 4 times a day & increase as you go along go on their site there's loads of info it's not nice to take in fact it's quite horrible but I think it's worth it give it a go

  • Hi I have just started taking Turmeric Capsules for overall joint/muscle pain. You need to get those which have black pepper in too, as this helps with their absorption. I seem to feel a bit better, but it is very early days. I will report back in due course. Have you tried magnesium at night? You don't say if it is muscle pain or joint pain. Magnesium is a muscle relaxant which helps you to sleep and also helps with muscle pain. I swear by it. If you're anything like me, you'll try anything. Turmeric does have very good write ups, so I am hoping it will help.

  • Hi Sue! Well it's both really, my Chronic Pain is pretty much in my lower back and legs, after spinal op on my discs. But no I haven't tried magnesium, so thank you, I'll give that a go too!

  • Hello

    Studies on the use of Turmeric as an anti inflammatory have shown that it has nothing more than a placebo effect. It is also very fashionable at the moment. However, if the placebo effect means that your pain improves then take it!

    Re gastro problems with I ibuprofen, have you tried other drugs in the anti inflammatory family such as Diclofenac Sodium or Naproxen? I have severe problems as I have Coeliacs Disease and IBS, the DS was a disaster but I take Naproxen now, with plenty of Omeprazole to protect the lining of my stomach, and so far so good after 3 years.

    I hope that helps...this morning I'm ready to take everything I've got washed down with a bucket of Turmeric paste if it would help, absolute agony. Never mind, we keep going. Best wishes

  • Aww noo! Sending you hugs (gentle ones!!)

    Well that's what I had thought - the placebo effect.

    And yes I have tried Naproxen with absolutely no result - did nothing for me. So I just take Omeprazole now?

  • Omeprazole isn't a pain killer it just aids the lining of the stomach to prevent ulcers from other medication. That is a shame about the Naproxen, I thought it wasn't doing anything for me so I stopped it...couldn't walk because it was helping with OA in my feet. So hopefully it is helping with inflammation elsewhere.

    Have a good day

  • I have read studies that prove Tumeric does work in some circumstances, why else would it have been used for thousands of years in the east?

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