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Omega-3 Fatty Acids For Pain
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Canada17 - February 4

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this case series study was to investigate and report on patients with neuropathic pain who responded to treatment with omega-3 fatty acids. METHODS: Methods: Five patients with different underlying diagnoses including cervical radiculopathy, thoracic outlet syndrome, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, burn injury were treated with high oral doses of omega 3 fish oil (varying from 2400-7200 mg/day of EPA-DHA). Outcome measures were obtained pretreatment and posttreatment. These included validated surveys (short-form McGill Pain questionnaire, DN4 neuropathic pain scale, Pain Detect Questionnaire), objective clinical tools (Jamar grip strength, Lafayette dynamometry, tender point algometry) and EMG Nerve Conduction studies. RESULTS: These patients had clinically significant pain reduction, improved function as documented with both subjective and objective outcome measures up to as much as 19 months after treatment initiation. No serious adverse effects were reported. CONCLUSIONS: This first-ever reported case series suggests that omega-3 fatty acids may be of benefit in the management of patients with neuropathic pain. Further investigations with randomized controlled trials in a more specific neuropathic pain population would be warranted.


belle1329 - February 4

Yesterday, I just tried to start taking fish oil, and had an awful reaction. I felt sick to my stomach, I had takne 2, I felt I was gonna vomit and it passed after about an hour. the next day I tried taking just 1 tablet and got the same reaction but not as bad, Im going to try taking it before bed, someone told me to try that.


Canada17 - February 4

Did you take it with food?


Fantod - February 4

Interesting - Thank you for sharing the information.


Canada17 - February 5

I did some more research. I want to try this one out and see how well it works. It is also very good for your heart so there is added benefit there too. But, I have an easily irritated stomach.

I found the following information from an article entitled "Omega-3 Fatty Acids" (by MAGGIE B. COVINGTON, M.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine) at which you may find helpful:

"Other potential side effects of omega-3 fatty acids include a fishy aftertaste and gastrointestinal disturbances, all of which appear to be dose-dependent."

"Most commercial fish oil capsules (1 g) contain 180 mg of EPA and 120 mg of DHA. Therefore, three 1-g capsules per day in divided doses provides the recommended dosage of 0.9 g of omega-3 fatty acids. Fish oil is also available in a more highly concentrated liquid form that provides 1 to 3 g of omega-3 fatty acids per teaspoon, depending on the product and manufacturer."


belle1329 - February 5

Yes I did take it with food, because i had tried before taking vitimans with out and the same reaction. Vitimans and I do not agree. Although I skiped the fish oil yesterday and just took a D vitiman for my osteo and no reaction :). Maybe Ill start slowly, maybe it was too much at once, I am also going to try the fish oil at nite. Daughter works at obgyn and they tell their patients to take it at nite. Its worth a shot:)



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