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Arteritis
Posted by: Pat Iglewski
Date: April 14, 2001 2:06 AM

My husband suffers from Giant Cell Arteritis. He was treated with Prednisone and developed a lot of complications. He is now off the Prednisone and his sed rate is down. He has been suffering now for one year and the worst symptom he still has is dizziness/headiness. He still has some weakness and extreme fatigue. In most of the literature on GCA not too much is mentioned about this dizziness/headiness. He is now under the care of an MD who also practices alternative medicine. He is doing very well with nutrients to build up his immune system but the dizziness/headiness is not going away. It is believed by all the doctors he has seen that this symptom is caused by the Arteritis.

RE: Arteritis
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: April 14, 2001 1:43 PM

Blood supply to the brain is the basic problem here. Therefore, anything which would relax blood vessels should help. A nutrient which does this is arginine, an amino acid which is metablized into nitric oxide - the substance the body itself uses to relax arteries. The dose would be 500-1000 mg. as needed up to 4000 mg. per day. Of course I can't recommend this for your husband as I have not seen him or reviewed his medical history and he is not my patient. I am simply giving you some information for your education.



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