Q: I’ve had chronic pain in my shoulders and elbows for six months but a blood test showed no arthritic signs. I’ve been having therapy and taking antidepressants for six weeks for an emotional trauma but it hasn’t helped the pain. Would acupuncture or natural remedies help?
A: Emotional problems can provoke or exacerbate physical pain, so the trauma treatment you’re receiving may help eventually. ‘If the joint pain predated your emotional problems, it may take some time to fade,’ says GP Dr Rob Hicks. ‘Longer-standing conditions take longer to heal.’
There are several types of blood test but, because of your upper-body symptoms, your GP probably organised a specific ESR test for inflammation caused by polymyalgia rheumatica, according to Dr Hicks (drrobhicks.co.uk). However, this doesn’t rule out other inflammation.
Natural anti-inflammatory supplements may help ease the pain and benefit your general health. Try omega-3 essential fatty acids (Ideal Omega-3, £23.70 for 60 capsules) or Superior Joints (£29.95 for 60 capsules), which contains natural eggshell membrane (NEM ), a clinically evaluated pain-relief ingredient, plus turmeric and ginger which are both anti-inflammatory extracts. Check with your doctor first. Read More…