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December 08, 2007

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Caroline

Do you think Vit C has helped with your back pain? Maybe I should try some extra. I have back pain from the bottom of my skull to my tail bone but it is the lower back pain that interferes with my sleep too. I'm awake 2 or 3 times during the night and have to reposition and then around 5 or 6 it starts to really get worse as I take Tramadol morning and night and by 5 or 6 the nighttime dose has worn off.

So I drag myself out of bed every morning with my lower back so stiff and sore. There doesn't seem to be any position that will prevent it. The Elavil at bedtime has helped a bit but not enough to get that blessed full nights sleep.

Caroline

One Sick Mother

Caroline,

I think in my case the Vit C has helped hugely. I was taking 1g a day (which was doing nothing) and I have raised it to about 4 grams taken throughout the day -that is quite a high dose. However, it was proven through bloodwork that the 1g wasn't cutting it for some reason.

There have been at least one study done with EDS-ers proving that a high dosage (1.5 - 4 grams daily) of Vitamin C has helped with some symptoms, even in those who were not deficient prior to the study.

Anyhoo, I think Vit C is worth a try. It's non-narcotic and inexpensive. I think it took a few days before I noticed an improvement. I know from the scurvy documentation I read that it took 6 days or more to see improvements begin to take effect once they fed the sailors citrus fruit.

By His Grace

OSM, you hit the nail on the head with this one. I'm up at 3 am for reasons we all understand and always I end up in a quandry: what meds do I take or do I even take meds? This morning, it was meds time! Like most mornings. But at least I'll feel pretty good when the rest of the world is up around this outfit!

thanks for the read.

hugs to you

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