It was ten o’clock at night. Janice knew that she needed to get some sleep. All day long, she sat in front of a computer at her law office and transcribes notes. The long hours of sitting and cranking her neck to one side have taken a toll. It used to be that the pain was just occasional and easy to deal with. But, over the last 6 months, things have gotten much, much worse.
She used to pop Tylenol three or four times a day but never got much relief. She always knew it was hard on her liver anyway. Janice then tried Ibuprofen. That seemed to help more and worked fine when she could get away with taking three or four Ibuprofens a day. Before long, she was taking four at a time; trying not to do that more than a couple of times every day. Her stomach started killing her and she knew something had to change.
In desperation, Janice went to her doctor. He took an xray of her neck and said that it looked fairly normal. To cover all the bases, he ordered a CT scan of Janice’s neck. Janice took half a day off of work and showed up at the CT center at two o’clock in the afternoon. They were kind of busy and didn’t slide her into the machine until almost three o’clock, which irritated her. Half way through the scan she started to freak out a little. Janice was kind of claustrophobic and couldn’t wait until they took the stupid headphones off of her and got her out of that damn tube. The technician said the radiologist would read the results and send them to Janice’s doctor.
Janice saw her doctor again one week later. He said the report showed some bone spurs and a slightly bulging disc, but nothing too bad. He prescribed Flexeril to relax her muscles, Indocin as an anti-inflammatory and Vicodin to kill the pain. He also suggested some physical therapy. Five sessions were covered by Janice’s insurance and didn’t seem to help all that much.
But now at 10 P.M. on THAT Tuesday night, she KNEW she was in trouble. The Flexeril and Vicodin made her feel like a zombie, so she couldn’t take them when she was in the office. The Indocin helped a little but was eating a hole in her stomach. She went through bottles and bottles of Tums trying to kill the heartburn. On this particular night… totally desperate for any relief, Janice swallowed all three drugs and a few Tums and hoped to get some rest. As she laid in bed waiting for the drugs to kick in, she prayed for an answer to her pain. Her doctor was not helping. She didn’t know where to turn. Could the solution be a simple vitamin? Come on, you say, that sounds like complete bull. But it’s true that Vitamin C may help chronic cases of neck pain.
I went through all of that. Does Janice’s story sound familiar to you?
SO WHAT CAUSES NECK PAIN ANYWAY?
Basically, there are three causes of neck pain assuming you have not suffered a recent injury:
- Autoimmune conditions such as arthritis
- Toxins that accumulate in your body
Overuse of neck muscles and poor posture cause strains on the neck muscles and the spinal column. After all, the average human head weighs about 10 pounds. Try holding a 10 pound bowling ball at a funny angle all day and see what happens to your hands. The strain on the neck causes inflammation. Fluid builds up in the neck region, the neck muscles become fatigued and painful and your neck may swell a little. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and a very good anti-inflammatory. It plays a role in collagen synthesis, which helps to heal some of the day to day damage to the neck structures.
This is a catch phrase for all kinds of conditions where the immune system starts to attack its’ own normal tissues. Essentially, your immune system confuses your body tissue with some foreign invader and attacks the wrong thing. In the neck, this can lead to osteoarthritis and Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) among other conditions. Vitamin C helps regulate an enzyme called nuclear respiratory factor 2 (Nrf2), which regulates the production of cellular energy and maintenance. The products of Nrf2 enhances the protection against cellular damage and help your immune system relearn the normal tissue from the foreign tissue.
Toxins are everywhere. Our food is loaded with pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. Our water contains chlorine, fluoride, pharmaceuticals and even perchlorate (rocket fuel). Some people think the local water utility filters out all this nasty stuff. I’ll tell you right now…it’s not even close. The air contains car exhaust, chemtrails from airplanes (think aluminum) and mercury discharge from coal fired electric plants. Your sofa and carpeting contain government mandated flame retardants that decrease thyroid function.
You get the point. There is no way to escape exposure to toxins short of living in a bubble on a mountain top. Even that probably wouldn’t work! Toxins screw up all kinds of bodily functions. One such manifestation of this is pain.
The answer is to detox on a continuous basis. The same Nrf2 signaling is essential for detoxification of reactive metabolites and reactive oxygen species (ROS). In other words, Nrf2 helps get rid of toxins and protect against molecular damage.
FORMS OF VITAMIN C
The most effective way to get Vitamin C into your system is IVC (Intravenous Vitamin C). It is given in doses of 10,000 milligrams or higher and can achieve a level 100 times higher in the blood than with oral Vitamin C. Indeed, this form of Vitamin C treatment can treat COPD, Polio, early onset Alzheimer’s, Obesity, Stress, Anxiety and Depression, Chronic pain, prevent heart attacks, cure drug addiction and many other maladies. Pretty amazing stuff, I’d say! The problem is that our beloved FDA (I’m joking) often threatens to revoke the licenses of doctors that use IVC. Thus, IVC may not be practical for most patients.
The next most effective way to get Vitamin C into your system is Liposomal (or Lypo Spheric) Vitamin C. It involves encapsulating Vitamin C molecules in a cocoon of Phospholipids (part of the cell membrane). Lypo Spheric Vitamin C is available on certain websites and does not need a prescription. It typically comes in a packet as a gel and is mixed with a beverage and taken fifteen minutes before meals. A dose of 4,000 mg to 6,000 mg per day is ideal. It is moderately expensive (about $ 1 per 1,000 mg packet).
The most common way of taking Vitamin C is orally. Specifically, mixing a powder with water. It is very inexpensive and tastes like lemon juice (Ascorbic Acid). The tricky part is getting the correct dosage. One needs to experiment with five to ten grams per day, reaching just below “bowel tolerance”, which means you get diarrhea.
Interesting, your body’s tolerance for Vitamin C changes daily. During times of stress or illness, you can often take much more than ten grams per day without any ill effects whatsoever. Many people report that relief from neck pain starts in as little as twenty minutes.
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