44. Vitamin B6, Pyridoxine for Trigger Finger and Carpal Tunnel
Jim is a 46 year old retired New York policeman who
uses power tools to repair his house. His problem is chronic pain at the base
of the thumb and wrist. The pain worsens with use of the hand, making it
difficult to use the power tools. Certain repetitive hand movements cause pain
such as turning a key in a lock, unscrewing the lid of a jar, and opening the
car door. Jim also has "trigger finger" involving the thumb joint. He reports tingling and numbness in the hands
most noticeable at night just before sleep. Jim's hand pain worsened lately, so he went to
a hand surgeon who gave him a steroid injection at the base of the thumb and
applied a hand/wrist splint. These
measures were ineffective, and his pain continued. The surgeon suggested operation. Jim came into the office to ask if anything
else could be done to avoid surgery.
B6, Pyridoxine for Trigger Finger
As it turns out, there is a simple and effective
vitamin therapy for Jim's Trigger Finger hand condition.(1-9) This vitamin is Pyridoxine, vitamin B6. Jim was given a bottle of B6, pyridoxine
phosphate (the activated form) and 3 weeks later, an amazed Jim returned to
report that his pain and swelling is gone, and his trigger finger had also
resolved. He no longer needs the
Ellis MD, The Doctor Who Looked At Hands
I first learned of Vitamin B6 for carpal tunnel from
Dr Jonathan Wright’s newsletter mentioning Dr. John Ellis, a Texas physician in
the 1960's who discovered that vitamin B6 eliminates carpal tunnel syndrome,
trigger finger, and other hand conditions.
Examine the backs of your hands. Have you ever noticed the backs of your
hands are puffy and swollen, making the tendons obscured? Are your hands so swollen that you can’t
touch your palms with the tips of your fingers?
That’s the positive “Ellis sign,” indicating extra B6 could be
helpful. Usual dosage is 20 milligrams
three times daily of the activated P-5-P form of Vitamin B6. Old copies of Dr. Ellis’ book "The
Doctor Who Looked at Hands" originally written in 1966, are still
Unlike other water soluble B vitamin which are safe
at high doses, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) can be toxic, causing sensory neuropathy
at dosages above 300 mg per day.(11-15)
The biologically active form of pyridoxine P-5-P (pyridoxal-5-phosphate)
has no reported toxicity. Therefore,
P-5-P is the preferred form of vitamin B6.
Make sure your B Vitamin Complex uses the P-5-P version rather than
plain old pyridoxine.
Warning – B6
high doses above 300 mg per day, Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) can be toxic,
causing sensory neuropathy.
For references and links, see my web site: www.bioidenticalhormones101.com
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Author Jeffrey Dach MD