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long-lasting cold and prolotherapy
Posted by: Jenny
Date: November 13, 2006 9:37 AM

I had a head trauma 1,5 year ago and I've been diagnosed with cranio-cervical joint instability (C1 instability) causing severe headache. I was scheduled for prolotherapy treatment to treat this but the problem is that I got a cold so the prolotherapy doctor advised me to wait until I have recovered from the cold. It's been 2 months now and I still haven't recovered. I have a sore throat, a litttle bit of fever (37.5 Centigrade) and pain in the sinuses. While waiting to recover I am very inactive and the headache is getting worse and the upper neck is getting weaker. It's shaking all the time. My GP took a blood sample which was normal and she told me that I should not take antibiotics so it's just a normal virus. I'm wondering if I should continue to wait until I have recovered from the cold or should I go and do the prolo anyway? Is there anything I can do to recover faster from the cold?

RE: long-lasting cold and prolotherapy
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: November 13, 2006 4:07 PM

First of all, let's not blame a "normal virus." We are all exposed to all kinds of viruses, yet some become ill and others not. The difference is in the individual immune system. A cold that hangs on for weeks and months reveals a seriously depressed immune system and despite the pain in your neck, this is the greatest threat to health which you have described. As to prolotherapy, it should work as long as you remain alkaline throughout the healing phase. There are supplements which support alkalinity (whey protein powder for example). You can test salivary pH with ordinary litmus paper available at drug stores and pool supply outlets. You want to maintain 7.0 or higher. If you can do that, the prolotherapy should work. As to the immune system, that is the key to recovery from the cold; however there is no "one size fits all" treatment. I would need to evaluate you more carefully to have an opinion of what the problem may be, preferably in the office but we could also do it using the Educational Consultation.

RE: long-lasting cold and prolotherapy
Posted by: Jenny
Date: November 14, 2006 10:43 AM

I had no idea that the pH was so important. I will do the salivary pH test right away. It was really good news that I can do the prolotherapy treatment anyway if the test shows a high alkalinity because I've been waiting for such a long time to do this. Since my immune system is not working well I was afraid that the prolotherapy wouldn't work since it's the immune system which has to do all the work. I've always had a lot of colds and when I was 14 years old I was playing soccer while having a cold and got a permanent breathing problem afterwards with a lot of mucus coming out of the mouth. The doctors don't know if it's asthma and they don't want to find out even though I have insisted many times with many different doctors. This "asthma" has made the colds so much worse. I wish I could come to your office but I live in Sweden. I will consider the educational consultation.

RE: long-lasting cold and prolotherapy
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: November 14, 2006 4:01 PM

Do not rely on one salivary tests. Take 3-4 per day for 3-4 days. You want to see consistent alkalinity, not just one time. Hey, Sweden is not so far away, only about 10.5 hours.

RE: long-lasting cold and prolotherapy
Posted by: Jenny
Date: November 14, 2006 6:38 PM

Alright, thank you for your advice. I'm actually travelling to the US for the prolotherapy since we don't have that here. It's only one flight away. I'm looking forward to some long flights..

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