Does anyone take Turmeric/Curcumin to help with PMR?

Posted by traynor4 @traynor4, Aug 14 8:36am

Does anyone take Turmeric/Curcumin to help with PMR? If you do how much and does it help?

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I had been taking 1000 mg of Curcumin for mild arthritis in hands and knees at recommendation of my primary prior to PMR. To be honest, not sure if it helps. I continue to take as it seems to be a good source of an antioxidant.

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@sharonanng

I had been taking 1000 mg of Curcumin for mild arthritis in hands and knees at recommendation of my primary prior to PMR. To be honest, not sure if it helps. I continue to take as it seems to be a good source of an antioxidant.

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I have also been taking a curcumin & ginger combination and I will say that it hasn’t hurt but I am not convinced that it has helped. I continue to take it for other potential benefits.

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Hi @traynor4, you may be interested in these related discussions:
– Does anyone use curcumin (Turmeric) to address autoimmune diseases? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/turmeric/
– Does Turmeric/curcumin help relieve pain? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/turmericcurcumin/

@noosat1 may have some PMR specific experience with turmeric to share with you.

Has turmeric been recommended for you by your care team?

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I take it but have not noticed any difference.

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I have been investigating a plant called simax vine, has anyone tried this or maybe a byproduct from it. It was used slot before modern pharma for inflammation but I never heard of it, I have been using turmeric and cumin but neither has made a difference

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@traynor4 I join the chorus who take turmeric, but can't say if that has helped at all. I continue to take it hoping there is some benefit.

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If you can tolerate it, (sadly, I can't) there certainly doesn't seem to be any harm in it. I have to put a plug in for MSM, 'though. It has no side effects and has been shown to lower cytokines.

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@suetex

If you can tolerate it, (sadly, I can't) there certainly doesn't seem to be any harm in it. I have to put a plug in for MSM, 'though. It has no side effects and has been shown to lower cytokines.

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I’d like to hear more from any others who are taking MSM.

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I've been taking tumeric for years, so not sure if it is helping or not, but I do have a mild case that only bothers me when I lay down for some reason. I never had elevated levels of CRP, so it was difficult to diagnose.

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I'm wondering if Low Dose Naltrexone would help you. When I was suffering for 4 yrs waiting for a diagnosis of PMR, I hurt all the time, even when I was laying down trying to sleep. I convince my Rheumy to let me try LDN (I also had Crohn's so had other reasons for trying it) and he provided it. It was wonderful! In two days the non-active pain stopped. I could sleep and it helps with that. I had to stop it when I had my hip replacement- you can't use it with narcotic pain meds. But 3 weeks in, I realized that I hurt all over again and I couldn't wait to get back to it. Anyway, only side effects are vivid dreams which I find a real hoot. Look it up ot is an amazing drug. I take 2 mgs, usual dose goes up to 4.5mgs but I could tell the difference so stuck with 2mg. It also has an anti-inflamatory effect.

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I used to take it; not sure if there was any difference. My nephrologist suggested I not take it as he said it was of no real value. He said you had to take way too much for it to do any good. Having been off it for several weeks, I can't say that I feel any different. I do take MSN. When I have stopped taking it, I do see a difference with my joint pain.

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