“Investigators at the University of Pittsburgh have treated
chronic pain patients with high doses of omega-3 fatty acids – the
ingredient found in many cold-water fish species such as salmon.”
“The researchers say their findings suggest that this could be
the answer to the adverse effects seen with nonsteroidal antiinflammatory
drugs (NSAIDs), including cyclooxygenase (COX)-2
inhibitors, which have been associated with potentially catastrophic
Dr. Joseph Maroon, neurosurgeon and specialist in
degenerative spine disease at the University of Pittsburgh reported
the findings April 19th at the 73rd meeting of the American
Association of Neurological Surgeons.
Patients who took high doses of omega-3 oils were impressed
enough with the outcomes that they chose to continue using the
oils and forego the use of NSAIDs.
The 250 study patients suffered from chronic neck or back
pain but were not surgical candidates, and they had been using
daily doses of NSAIDs.
After 75 days of taking high doses of omega-3s, 59% had
stopped taking prescription drugs fro their pain.
“88% said they were pleased enough with the outcomes that
they planned to continue using the fish oils.”
“No significant adverse effects were reported.”