The physical trauma that happens after a car accident can lead to persistent and chronic pain. Many patients who have been injured in an accident complain of other health problems related to their pain, including insomnia, weight gain, and depression. It’s easy to see how these issues go hand in hand: When you can’t sleep you may use food, often simple carbohydrates or “comfort foods,” to help relieve tiredness. Too many calories and not enough exercise due to being in constant pain can result in your weight creeping up, which can cause depression. Being in constant pain also has a direct correlation with depression. It’s a vicious cycle.
I wanted to see if fighting the inflammatory response caused by injury with avian immunoglobulins or hyperimmune egg could help reduce pain. What I learned was that not only could hyperimmune egg help alleviate pain for accident victims, it could also reduce associated pain for those with autoimmune illnesses, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and IBS.
Patient: White female in her mid-40s who had been in a car accident. She had a legitimate, physical cause of her pain with bone abnormalities and a history of anterior cervical fusion surgery as a result. She was taking hydrocodone, Zanaflex, and Flexeril. She had been working with a pain management specialist and had many epidural injections as well. With all these modalities, she was still a 10 out of 10 on the pain scale.
Diagnosis: She was given a high sensitivity C-reactive protein (CRP) test. It came back above normal range. This is a key marker that there is inflammation in the body. Other tests showed her gammaaminobutyric acid (GABA) was low, and she had hormonal imbalances. She also had low cortisol and elevated histamine and serotonin levels, which indicated adrenal fatigue and possible food sensitivities.
Treatment Plan: Hyperimmune egg, high-dose fish oil that had a high EPA level, vitamin D, glutamine, taurine, glycine, theanine, high-dose folate and B12, and adrenal support which included methionine, Rhodiola rosea, and green tea leaf extract. The patient was also asked to eliminate potential food sensitivities especially oats and gluten.
Results The first two weeks of the patient’s treatment plan consisted of only hyperimmune egg supplementation twice a day. Just from that small beginning, she was able to cut her pain by half. After six weeks on the full treatment plan, which included adrenal support and a modified elimination diet, the patient’s pain was at an all-time low of 2 out of 10. Years later, she continued to use the hyperimmune egg supplement, along with others, and stayed on the modified elimination diet. She reported rarely needing to use any prescription pain medications since being treated.
Her quality of life improved dramatically. Her insomnia was gone as was her depression. She shared that since her pain was practically gone, her interpersonal relationships were better than ever, too. Since treating this patient, I have seen many positive outcomes as a result of incorporating hyperimmune egg supplementation into a patient’s treatment plan. Additionally, it appears that hyperimmune egg supplementation is beneficial for patients suffering from chronic pain regardless if it is caused by a traumatic injury or autoimmune disorder.