MSM for Chronic Pain Relief
I’ve had quite a few people ask what I’m using for pain management. One of my favourite things since falling ill is MSM. It is my one staple since I first heard about it and it’s potential to help the body heal from all sorts of things.
It is sometimes referred to as the “miracle supplement” and also the “beauty mineral” because it is so beneficial in so many areas. One of the reasons for this is that MSM makes our cell walls more permeable, meaning that toxins can be more easily removed and nutrients can more easily be absorbed.
MSM, or Methylsulfonylmethane, is a vital element to every cell in the body and that is why this supplement has the potential to do much good.
Think about it: if we’re removing toxins and absorbing nutrients more efficiently from every cell in our bodies, then all sorts of things can potentially improve. It’s affecting every cell, so it can potentially affect many issues we might not expect to experience improvements in.
MSM doesn’t only make cells more permeable, but it is a powerful anti-inflammatory, and it also promotes collagen and keratin production. This means it can potentially produce improvements in joint, skin, hair and nail conditions as well as reducing pain caused by inflammation.
Because of the permeability of cell walls while using MSM, we can experience many unexpected benefits. Things like increased energy thanks to better absorption of vitamins and minerals, and a decrease in pain not only because of the anti-inflammatory properties, but also because the cells are able to more easily eliminate toxins and waste products like lactic acid.
Methylsulfonylmethane also dissolves calcium phosphate which is one of the main causes of degenerative diseases. It promotes healing, helping the body produce it’s own antioxidants.
I’ve heard people saying it’s helped them improve their memory, their skin, their sight, their nails, their arthritis, and for me it has definitely improved my energy and pain levels. It is the one supplement I do not go without. Ever.
How do I use it?
I initially started taking 1 tablet (1000mg each) a day for one week, then 2 a day for a week, then 3 a day for a week, then finally 4 a day, but by the third week my pain was already dramatically reduced.
Once on 4 a day I came off my prescription pain medication. I had been on Amitriptyline and Naproxen daily for months and it only took the edge off the pain. The MSM reduced my pain more, although I still had pain daily, it was very mild and bearable.
MSM can keep me awake at night if I take it later in the evening, so I don’t usually take it later than 4pm.
I would take 2 tablets in the morning (with or without food) and another 2 around lunch time.
You can also buy it in powdered form which is better for those who suffer from allergies or sensitivities to fillers used in tablets.
I have recently switched to the powdered form which I take in a glass of water and electrolytes. It’s a very salty drink which masks the bitter flavour of the MSM quite well. The taste only becomes an issue for me if I double the dose, a single scoop is quite unnoticeable.
Although MSM absolutely plays a huge role in keeping my pain levels low and my energy levels are definitely higher while taking the supplement, my pain drastically reduced once I became fat-adapted on the ketogenic way of eating.
I now only need 1600mg of MSM daily instead of 4000mg!
You can read more about how keto has reduced my ME/CFS symptoms over here, but if you’re unable to manage a drastic diet and lifestyle change like Keto, then taking MSM daily is an excellent way to help manage your pain in a more natural way.