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islandguy - August 5

With all the drugs that are prescribed by the doctors for the ailments of fibro, has anyone had any success with any natural remedies? I take all the vitamins etc that are recommended for Fibro but I wonder if I am missing something that is working for someone else.
Thanks to all

 

Fantod - August 6

Hello - I have had some success with homeopathic remedies. I use Malic Acid (825 Mg twice a day) which is recommended to reduce muscle pain.
I have a nutritionist who suggested grinding up organic flax seed in a coffee grind and using 1 TBS a day in yogurt to combat inflammation. Keep the whole and ground seed ( 1/2 cup at a time) in the fridge. You could also take flax seed oil capsules but that is not as potent as grinding the seeds yourself. As a sleep aid I use 1.5 mg of melatonin and 100 mg of Thenanine in addition to my amitriptyline dose. D-ribose is good for energy (750 mg). A calcium supplement with magnesium and boron is good for relaxing muscles. I use a minimum of 1200 mg a day split between a day and night time dose to help me sleep better.
If you have bursitis or orthopedic problems, the nutritionist recommends using the SULFATE form of Glucosamine (1500mg) and Chondroitin (1200 mg). It does a better job of stabilizing remaining cartilage and fights inflammation. Last but not least, Bryonia Alba 6c made by Boiron is good for stiffness with motion. Some days I become very stiff the more I move around and this is extremely helpful.
You should be careful using homeopathic remedies and make sure that you understand HOW to take them.
I hope this information is helpful to you.

 

Fantod - August 6

Also, Sarapin which is derived from the pitcher plant is a good alternative to cortisone for treating trigger points. It does not damage tissue like repeated cortisone injections and works just as well.

 

islandguy - August 6

Thanks for the great posts.
I will try some of the natural medicines and see how it does for me.
I appreciate the input....

 

phyllis hirschauer - August 8

I too have done most of what was suggested here. I made a full time job out of preparing and taking everything to try to help myself until a friend a colleague told me about Glyconutrients. She sold them and I tried them and I felt so much better with so much less in the way of different herbal combinations.... also, it turned out to be cheaper. I have been pain free for a year now :)

 

JJ1 - August 9

Just be cautious with natural remedies. Some people think "natural" means "safe" and that isn't so. The internet is a good resource - do a google search for anything you are thinking of taking to see potential side effects or problems when taken with other meds or taken with certain pre-existing conditions.

 

skidoo - August 9

If you are allergic to shellfish you should consult your physician before using glucosamine products. Glucosamine is derived from shellfish. -- If you are pregnant or lactating you should consult your physician before beginning to take glucosamine. -- Glucosamine sulfate may increase the risk of developing insulin resistance and could decrease the metabolic actions of insulin. -- lthough glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are biochemically classed as carbohydrates (sugars), the body is not able to break them down into glucose, so these compounds do not raise blood sugar by providing an additional source of glucose. However, many factors can affect insulin secretion and blood glucose levels in diabetic patients, and we recommend that individuals with diabetes check their blood glucose levels frequently when initiating glucosamine into their regimen. --
High dosages of glucosamine may cause gastric problems, nausea , diarrhea, indigestion, and heartburn. Glucosamine should be taken with meals to help avoid these problems.


 

skidoo - August 9

Before taking Malic acid, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
You should not take Malic acid if you have Alzheimer's disease.
Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.

-- Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
-- Chest pain
-- Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin

 

melvian - August 9

A natural relieving pain gel called Sombra. It's awesome.

 

Goji Girl - August 9

I have had great success with Himalayan Goji Juice. At first I thought, how could a juice work for my pain? I have been on everything from morphin to oxycodone, & I personally stopped taking those medications, because I feel that they caused me more harm. With the juice, you just take two ounces in the morning, & two ounces at night. I sleep great now, & I have energy, & my pain is virtually gone. I have only been on the juice for three months, & I can't even say all the great things that it has done for me. I hope that this information will help you.
Take care

 

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