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How MSM Changed My Life

Updated on October 2, 2009

My Life Before and After MSM

MSM, methylsulfonylmethane, is a natural sulfur that does wonders for the body and I want to share this information with as many people as I can to help others like myself. I couldn't begin to imagine what my life would be like, or the pain I would be in now, if I hadn't come across MSM. The diagram on the left shows a normal spine and the spine of a person with Ankylosing Spondylitis. Scroll down to the list of sites that explain more on what MSM can do. It isn't just for arthritis related problems.

Before I Found MSM

Let me first begin by saying I have Ankylosing Spondylitis and Fibromyalgia and if you are familiar with either of these, then you know the pain that accompanies both. I was taking a total of 14 prescription drugs daily for these 2 diseases before I found MSM.

Ankylosing Spondylitis is a rheumatic disease that is in the group of conditions known as spondyloarthopathies. It's a form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine, although other joints can become involved and causes inflammation of the vertebrae that can lead to severe, chronic pain and discomfort. This inflammation can lead to new bone formation on the spine, causing the spine to fuse in a fixed, immobile position, sometimes creating a forward-stooped posture. This forward curvature of the spine is called kyphosis.

Fibromyalgia is chronic, widespread pain with a painful response to gentle touch. The soft-tissue pain of fibromyalgia is described as deep-aching, radiating, gnawing, shooting or burning, and ranges from mild to severe. Pain can increase with activity, cold or damp weather, anxiety, and stress. According to an article at the website, it is suggested that Fibromyalgia may be secondary to AS and could be caused by a lack of restorative sleep.

When I Was First Diagnosed

In 1995, after it was getting increasingly difficult to get out of bed in the morning because of the pain and stiffness I felt in my back and hips, I went to a rheumatologist who gave me the diagnosis. I was given three different prescription medications. Two were for my Ankylosing Spondylitis and one was for my Fibromyalgia for a total of five pills a day.

In 2001, my feet started to bother me with pain and stiffness primarily in the morning. They are also partially numb around the bottom of the toes. I have done some research and believe that Ankylosing Spondylitis is the cause. So I went to a neurologist who prescribed a medication for my feet, which required me to take nine pills a day. Now the running total per day for prescription drugs was fourteen and I could feel the affects it was having on my overall health. And, after taking all these prescription medications, I was still in a considerable amount of pain, needed painkillers as well and could hardly function. Stairs were almost impossible for me to navigate.

Here Are Some Websites That Can Tell You More About MSM

Here's a diagram showing what fusion does to the posture in a person with Ankylosing Spondylitis.


Then I Found MSM

Then I found MSM, which is a nutritional, organic form of sulfur that provides a vital building block for joints, cartilage, skin, hair and nails and is a natural anti-inflammatory. It is a natural occurring vital nutrient and is not a drug, herb or stimulant. Our body makes new cells every day of our lives. When our system is deficient in MSM our bodies cannot make enough good cells to overcome the effects of the bad cells. We are then subject to various illnesses, aches, pains and allergies until we correct the problem with good healthy cells.

After taking MSM for 3 months, I was able to remove all the prescription drugs I was taking. It decreased my Ankylosing Spondylitis and Fibromyalgia symptoms to the point where I do not need painkillers anymore. It also reversed my food allergies and helps me sleep at night. I can navigate stairs again. It hasn't cured me, as there is no cure for these diseases, but it has decreased my pain and increased my ability to function again.

If you decide to try MSM, you need to take the same amount of Vitamin C to help your body absorb the MSM. I recommend Ester-C, as it is non-acidic, stomach friendly. You can find MSM in the vitamin aisle of your local department store. I recommend MSM capsules instead of tablets, as I've found they work much better.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Are you serious? My dog had a bulging disc and was receiving steroid shots. They worked for about a day. I gave her msm1000 for humans and she's fine now. It is amazing stuff. Do you happen to work for the pharmaceutical industry?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is probably a fake review, because what you describe a calcium deficiency problem.

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      Kaesy LM 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Donna, sorry to hear about your pain. My mom also takes MSM and her pain was more severe then mine. In the beginning, she took 3 MSM a day and once she was starting to feel alittle better, she cut it back to 2 a day. Make sure you take the same amount of vitamin C with it. Take care!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi! I'm so glad that MSM helped you. I was diagnosed with a Spondyloarthropathy, which my rheumatologist said is very similar to Ankylosing Spondylitis. I have mild neck and back pain, but about three months ago I was put on Prednisone for excruciating sacroiliac pain, which they said is related to my Spondyloarthropathy. But now I'm going to have to go off the Prednisone because it may have caused a stomach ulcer, which is a common side effect of steroids. I will have to see a gastroenterologist to see what is causing this abdominal pain since I've been on the Prednisone. I would very much like to try MSM for the severe sacroiliac pain, which I'm sure will return after I go off the Prednisone. Can MSM help severe pain? If so, how much should I take? Thanks so much! Donna

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      jamesoscar 7 years ago

      great information, great to read. From another who has ankylosing spondylitis


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      cjsysreform 8 years ago

      Hey there, interesting page. I know a bit about fibromyalgia and how devastating it can be -- good for you for taking control of your health and finding something that helps! And welcome to the Skin Care for Women group. :)

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      sciencefictionn 8 years ago

      Interesting and useful information!

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      Kaesy LM 8 years ago

      No Susan, I'm new to squidoo.

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      Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Did you see your reviews in the forums?

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      Kaesy LM 8 years ago

      Thanks Darcie. I hope it helps your father like it's helped me.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My dad has ankylosing spondylitis as well, I will send him this lens. Thanks so much for sharing, glad to hear you found something that works with the pain. With love, Darcie

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      Kaesy LM 8 years ago

      Thanks kitty for stopping by. I will add that info to my lens.

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      Heidi 8 years ago from Benson, IL

      Interesting lens...Might want to post some info about where to find MSM but that's about all I can think of right at the moment.