If you have ever suffered from a bone spur, you know just how painful it can be. The pain can be debilitating and life-altering. When I was finally diagnosed (i.e. viewed the x-ray), I was able to see the nasty calcium buildup that was the cause of my pain. Fortunately, through natural remedies, I was able to get rid of the pain and resume life as normal.
Bone Spur an Insidious Development
My discomfort started gradually. Initially, I’d go to the chiropractor because I was having difficulty in my morning walks. My right leg just wouldn’t extend back far enough. It affected my gait. I could take a normal step with my left leg, but a shortened step with my right.
At first, an adjustment would improve the problem, but after a while, it didn’t. Eventually, I started feeling stiffness if I sat too long. It was particularly noticeable in the morning upon awakening.
Over time it transitioned from stiffness to pain. The pain got pretty intense at times. So much so that I had to give up my morning walks. Getting up from a seated position took several deep breaths and lots of wincing.
The straw that broke the camel’s back was the time I got up from a seated position and felt like someone took a long sword and shoved it up my leg into my hip bone. I almost dropped to the floor in pain. I sat back down and remained seated. I was afraid to move.
Another Chiropractic Visit
I went back to the chiropractor thinking it was a hip alignment problem. He evaluated me and all was properly aligned so he knew something else was the cause. That’s when he sent me for an x-ray.
The results of the x-ray were I had a bone spur and moderate osteoarthritis. Yikes! Osteoarthritis?
Once diagnosed, I did a ton of research on bone spurs. I learned that osteoarthritis comes from a calcium buildup. Figuring that my lifestyle and habits did something to cause the buildup, there’s got to be a natural way to dissolve the deposits to regain the full range of motion of my hip. After much research and information gathering, I came up with what I call a “Spur-B-Gone” protocol. Here’s what I did.
I started taking niacinamide (Amazon affiliate link) daily. Nicinamide is the non-flush version of vitamin B3. I took 1,000 mg 3 times a day. Why? According to research, it helps with pain. It takes several weeks to feel the effects, but it does work. It is particularly helpful for bone on bone pain.
I took niacinamide for my hip, but I believe it actually did wonders for my knee. For years I’ve been plagued with intermittent knee pain when walking downstairs or down a hill. However, it wasn’t until I stopped taking the niacinamide (because my hip was doing so well), that a few days later I noticed the pain in my knee came back. Only when it came back did I realize it had been gone. Go figure. So I’m back on niacinamide to keep the knee pain away. I’m experimenting with lower doses.
I applied magnesium oil on and around the hip area. I did this no less than 5 times a day. I have a magnesium spray and a magnesium lotion (Amazon affiliate link). They’re both just as effective but I like the lotion because it doesn’t leave a residue.
I applied the “Breathe Ease” oil on and around the hip in addition to the magnesium 5 times a day. Why Breathe Ease? Well, in my research, I found that an essential oil blend called RC oil made by Young Living had a reputation for dissolving bone spurs. See below:
- Essential Oils for Bone Spurs (Osteophytes) – Scroll down to the RC oil paragraph.
- Dissolve Bone Spurs Naturally with Therapeutic Essential Oils
Not being a Young Living fan, I purchase my oils from Rocky Mountain Oils. Rocky Mountain had a blend called Breathe Ease, which essentially has the same oils as Young Living’s RC.
Bone Spur – When Things Improved
I started my protocol on June 3rd. The improvement was gradual. It took about 10 days for me to notice any change (at least that I wrote about in my journal). The early morning stiffness was beginning to diminish, as was my rather noticeable early morning limp. By the second and third weeks, I noticed it was easier for me to stand from a sitting position (much less stiffness). By July 5th. I felt like my old self. No early morning stiffness, no walking with a limp, no hip pain or stiffness at all.
As things began to improve, I reduced the number of times I applied magnesium and the essential oils from 5 times a day to 3 times. Now I’m down to magnesium only once a day.
A Foiled Follow Up
After I was pain-free, I later went back to my chiropractor. My intent was to have him write a script so I could go for a second x-ray because I wanted visible evidence that my protocol worked. The fact that I was pain-free was great, but naysayers want more than just my word for it.
Unfortunately, he didn’t feel the same way as I did. Although he was pleased my pain was gone, I don’t think he truly believes the spur was dissolved.
As far as getting another x-ray, his response was, “Why subject yourself to more radiation. If you’re not in pain, that’s a good thing.” Yes, not being in pain is a good thing, but having proof of the bone spur dissolving is even better.
Oh well, can’t win them all.
Anecdotal Essential Oil/Magnesium Success
My son, who was in a severe accident, still has residual pain in various parts of his body. He was visiting one day, and his knee was really beating him up. Standing from a seated position was extremely painful. I rubbed the magnesium oil on his kee and created a pain relief concoction consisting of cinnamon bark, clove bud, peppermint and wintergreen, diluted in an avocado carrier oil. After rubbing the magnesium and oils on his knee, I told him to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. In the meanwhile, we were having a rather spirited conversation (my son is a highly spirited fellow).
While talking, he got up and walked across the room to get a glass of water. I asked how his knee felt. He actually forgot all about his bum knee. He was surprised that he wasn’t in pain. I’m not sure if it was the magnesium or the essential oils, but no pain is a good thing.
I’m a fan of natural remedies and an even larger fan of essential oils. If there is a burn, cut, scratch or boo-boo, my first line of defense is essential oils. So much so that when my 2 ½-year-old-granddaughter came for a visit, she told me she had a boo-boo on her lip. She looked at me and said, “Grandma, I need oils for my boo-boo.”
Out of the mouth of babes. She knows because she and her brother have experienced the seemingly magical healing of essential oils.