Ankylose This! Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Omega-3 fatty acids and ankylosing spondylitis

We've all been told, I think, about the anti-inflammatory benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, but now there's a clinical study about their efficacy against ankylosing spondylitis (see also). It turns out that while relatively low doses of omega-3 accomplished little, disease activity was reduced among those taking high doses. (High and low doses mean 4.55 g and 1.95 g per day, respectively. The omega-3 doses came from marine sources; I wonder if it matters.)

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  • I tried omega 3 in both small and large doses (eg. 6 grams) and the relief it provided was only very small. May as well not bother with it.

    Later I eventually tried the No starch diet (NSD) and it worked. I would not have tried it except that I was having rather strong side effects to each and every kind NSAID that my doctor tried -- side effects such as tinnitus, dry mouth, frequent urination, confusion, and lots of ulcers.

    It aint a cure but I no longer need to take NSAID's every day in order to function like a normal human being. I don't live in constant agony anymore - most days I have no pain at all. However the disease is still there and can still be rather stiff.

    Posted by Anonymous Anonymous (6/23/2007 3:23 AM)  

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