Jim is a 46 year old retired New York policeman who uses power tools to repair his house. His problem is chronic pain at the base of the thumb and wrist. The pain worsens with use of the hand, making it difficult to use the power tools. Other repetitive motions cause pain such as turning a key in a lock, unscrewing the lid of a jar, and opening the car door. Jim also has "trigger finger" involving the thumb joint, and at night, before sleep he notices tingling and numbness in the hands.
Conventional Treatment – Steroid Injection and Splint
Jim’s hand pain worsened lately, so he went to a hand surgeon who gave him a steroid injection at the base of the thumb and applied a hand/wrist splint. These measures were ineffective, and his pain continued. The surgeon suggested operation. Jim came into the office to ask if anything else could be done to avoid surgery.
P-5-P, Vitamin B6, Pyridoxine for Trigger Finger
As it turns out, there is a simple and effective vitamin therapy for Jim’s Trigger Finger hand condition called Pyridoxine, vitmin B6. Jim was given a bottle of pyridoxine phosphate (the activated form) and 3 weeks later, an amazed Jim returned to report that his pain and swelling is gone, and his trigger finger had also resolved. He no longer needs the operation.
John Ellis MD, The Doctor Who Looked At Hands
I first leaned of B6 for carpal tunnel from reading Dr Jonathan Wright’s 2005 newsletter mentioning Dr. John Ellis, a Texas physician in the 1960’s who discovered that vitamin B6 eliminates carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, and other hand conditions.
Examine the backs of your hands. Have you ever noticed the backs of your hands are puffy and swollen, making the tendons obscured? Are your hands so swollen that you cant touch your palms with the tips of your fingers? That’s the positive “Ellis sign,” indicating extra B6 could be helpful. Usual dosage is 20 milligrams three times daily of the activated P-5-P form of B6. Old copies of Dr. Ellis’ book "The Doctor Who Looked at Hands" originally written in 1966, are still available.
Jeffrey Dach MD is founder of TrueMedMD, a clinic in Hollywood, Florida specializing in Bioidentical Hormones and Natural Thyroid. Originally Board Certified in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Dr. Dach is also Board Certified by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
Dr Dach is author of the book, Natural Medicine 101, available on Amazon or as a free e-book at www.naturalmedicine101.com.
His office is located at 4700 Sheridan Suite T, Hollywood Florida 33021. Telephone 954-983-1443.
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