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Monday, 30 Apr 2012 08:46 AM

Question: My 22-year-old son was just diagnosed with a schwannoma in the pons cerebellum area of his brain stem. He is in a lot of pain. What can I do for him?

Dr. Blaylock's Answer:

A schwannoma is a generally benign type of tumor that affects the fatty sheaf surrounding a nerve cell. I am not sure why your son is having so much pain. There are a number of ways to reduce chronic pain, such as magnesium, St. John’s Wort, low-dose lithium (5 mg a day), curcumin, and quercetin. St. John’s Wort will take two to three weeks before it is fully active. You will also have to be careful when taking St. John’s Wort with other drugs because it can interfere with drug metabolism. Lithium also takes time for full effects. L-theanine can also reduce pain.

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