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Bursitis 26 July 2009

A bursa is a fluid filled sac which is found around joints where the skin passes close to bone. The bursa can become inflamed causing pain and redness. This is known as bursitis. Occasionally inflamed bursas can become infected and this is usually associated with redness of the skin spreading away from the bursa and fever.

Bursas which usually cause problems include those of the hip, knee, shoulder and elbow. An infected bursa usually requires treatment with antibiotics. Typical treatments for bursitis include anti-inflammatory drugs and injection of steroid into the bursa.

An alternative treatment is to use intramuscular vitamin B12 injections which have been found to produce rapid pain relief and resolve the bursitis within two to three weeks. I use 2000 mcg of vitamin B12 daily until the bursitis has resolved.

Dr Jonathan Wright has also found an association between low stomach acid and the occurrence of bursitis. This would explain why vitamin B12 injections work so well. The same cells in the stomach which secrete stomach acid also secrete intrinsic factor which is crucial for the absorption of vitamin B12.

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