I was shocked! The pain came back. But it wasn't supposed to. Only this time it was different.
Several years ago, I hurt my back while working around the house. The pain was horrible. For weeks, I could hardly walk. Going to the chiropractor helped a little, but it didn't completely fix the problem. My tight back muscles kept pulling my back into a painful position. So I got a massage and the chiropractor was able to give considerable relief after that. One more massage and adjustment and I was good to go.... Until I hurt it again.
This time I had my doctor give me a Prolozone® treatment. Prolozone is an amazing treatment that my friend and colleague Frank Shallenberger, MD developed. The treatment consists of simply injecting ozone and some nutrients into the area of pain. The mixture brings healing to areas that normally don't heal, especially joints. There's not a lot of blood flow to these areas, so they just don't heal that well.
The Prolozone was a miracle. Within one hour I could lift my left leg up and grab it - I could hardly put my shoes on prior to the treatment. The pain was gone. And it didn't come back for months.
Now, Prolozone is a treatment that actually heals joint pain in many cases. So when my pain came back, I was stunned. It wasn't supposed to come back after the treatment. But, like I said, this pain was different. It wasn't in the same spot. In fact, it wasn't my spine that hurt, but my muscles.
A massage helped tremendously, but it wasn't complete. The pain was still there. I was taking magnesium to relax the muscles. Again, it helped, but it didn't get rid of the pain. I was struggling to sleep, so I decided to take some melatonin to help me get some rest. The lack of sleep was making the pain worse. What happened the next morning gave me another shock. My pain was gone!
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I've read a lot of health material through the years. But I had never heard of melatonin being a miracle pain cure. I knew it helps fight cancer, helps with sleep, and even fights heartburn. But not pain. So I did some research. And sure enough, melatonin has an amazing ability to fight pain.
What I learned is that melatonin doesn't actually fight pain at the source. Prolozone is the treatment of choice for fixing structural damage that causes pain. In fact, melatonin doesn't really even stop pain. Instead, melatonin works in your brain. It helps your brain evaluate pain signals. There are pain signals your brain can't do anything about. And there are signals that it can do something about. For instance, if you touch a hot stove, your brain instantly tells you to move your hand - and it works. Melatonin won't stop your brain from making that decision and communicating it to your body. But if you have pain that doesn't go away no matter what the brain does, then melatonin can help.
In my case, my muscles were tight and couldn't relax. The melatonin helped my muscles relax. But it did a lot more than that. According to research, it also helped my brain re-route the pain signals those muscles were sending so they didn't hurt anymore. It was amazing!
There's a lot more I want to tell you about melatonin, including all the types of pain melatonin can help. So I'll tell you more about it on Monday. Until then, if you're in pain and think melatonin might help, you can pick some up at your local drugstore. Or you can take the melatonin that helped me - Advanced Heartburn Relief. I know it's for heartburn, but it does a lot more than that. It will help you sleep great. And it might stop your pain.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
Life Sciences, volume 84, issues 15–16, 10 April 2009, Pages 489–498.