In 2005 my body suddenly went into inflammatory overdrive in response to osteo-arthritis in my lower back. X-rays had revealed the problem years before but it never really bothered me. Something (I suspect a combination of stress and diet) suddenly triggered massive inflammation which wouldn't shut down.
What proceeded was 11 months of 24-hour pain that left me unable to get in and out of a chair or a vehicle; or unable to pick something up off the floor without excruciating pain. Dr's prescribed NSIADS (Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs) which wrecked my stomach and pain medications which had me napping every afternoon at the farm. Over time immobility weakened the supporting muscles and pain began to radiate to other parts of my body; lack of exercise meant weight started to pile on and lack of sleep severely impacted my ability to function; depression/anxiety set in and I found myself on a frightening downward spiral.
I'm embarrassed to say how long it took me to snap to and launch my own quest for pain relief, especially when I already had emu oil products on my shelves. By aggressively and consistently using a formulated emu oil pain relief cream (prior to DuoFlex); ingesting emu oil (prior to Gel Caps) and additionally working with my diet and exercise I was able to completely stop the pain and re-mobilize myself.
That success was the basis for formulating our DuoFlex Pain Relief products and the beginning of my journey to take control of my own health. I realized that we cannot hand over responsibility for our own health to ANY ONE ELSE. Not a Doctor, spouse, friend or child. Final accountability comes down to us and not only must we research and question and seek all possible solutions to our health challenges but we must always believe that there is a solution out there somewhere, and never give up until we find it.
11 years later and I am still pain free unless I overdo it (like hauling 50 pound grain bags around), and then I apply DuoFlex cream at night and wake up feeling fine the next day. I continue to take the Gel Caps because of their myriad health benefits beyond reducing inflammation. My body broke the "Pain Cycle" of over-response to the arthritis and reprogrammed itself to respond normally.
If you know someone who suffers with Arthritis, Bursitis, Tendonitis, Rheumatism, Neuralgia, Fibromyalgia, Lyme Disease, Lupus, Postherpetic Neuralgia stage of Shingles and other inflammatory conditions please forward this to them and tell them to start their own journey back to health.