When I came across using curcumin for chronic pain, I found the specific product Curamin, I was becoming rather despondent about my neck pain and the effects it has on my life.
It felt like my neck was getting worse and progression is the closet worry of a mama with Fibromyalgia (it’s not supposed to be progressive, but it developed over a period of ten or so years before plateauing for several).
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I was curious and also wary. Nothing ever seems to give me the effect advertised, or noticeable positives.
The ingredients in Curamin
Curamin “is a blend of all natural ingredients such as DLPA, boswellia and nattokinase which are proven anti-inflammatory compounds. DLPA boosts the effectiveness of endorphins and enkephalins (pain relievers already in the body), nattokinase boosts circulation and alleviates muscle pain by balancing fibrogren levels in the body while boswellia has been known to remove pro-inflammatory compounds.”
Dr Teitelbaum recommends it as one of his favourite 10 supplements for Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
From the first day I noticed a change in my neck, it brought the pain levels down a point on the pain scale.
It also helped me in the night. Recently my neck was becoming so bad that I woke several times and needed to change pillows multiple times. I was waking with extreme stiffness causing severe headaches.
The Curamin enabled me to get better blocks of sleep and this has translated into more energy – it lasts me longer into the day.
I still, however, started to get sleepy very early. I have learnt that there’s a difference between fatigue and sleepiness.
I have revelled in feeling just a bit less soul-crushingly fatigued.
The true test for the difference it makes came when I ran out before the new bottle arrived, I slept poorly (the restless/awake time shot back up to an hour with less blocks of sleep), felt super exhausted upon waking and my neck pain went up a level.
It is so nice to have found something that helps. Unfortunately, neither curcumin nor boswellia is recommended for pregnancy or breastfeeding, so mamas who are going down that path will have to give it up for a time.
For me, the cost is worth the effect. I completely understand that nothing works for everyone, but, if you’re not allergic to these ingredients, then it may be worth a try.
What are the options?
The “original” Curamin that I tried
Curamin PM for nighttime relief
Curamed is curcumin without the three bonus ingredients (DLPA, boswellia and nattokinase).
Update August 2019
Having been pregnant and nursing for the past 1.5 years I have not been able to take this (turmeric in food doses is all that is recommended). I have been taking MSM, you can check out my post about this here.
Has anyone else tried this? Or other things that have a similar effect?