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Old 11-10-2010, 12:29 AM   #1
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Question Alternative non-herbal therapies for Fibromyalgia?

Hey everyone. Does anyone know of any alternative therapies besides herbal ones that can be helpful for Fibromyalgia? I have recently been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and am looking into all of my options for effective pain relief! I know relaxation is supposed to help but what else?

 
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Re: Alternative non-herbal therapies for Fibromyalgia?

Try magnesium oil soaks. You can also spray it on your body afterward for added benefit.

 
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Re: Alternative non-herbal therapies for Fibromyalgia?

Might sound a little out there, by have you tried eliminating highly reactive foods from your diet? Things like dairy, gluten, soy, corn, eggs and sugar can be EXTREMELY inflammatory, especially if you have an intolerance/allergy to them. Anti-inflammatory spices like turmeric, garlic, ginger can be helpful. I think watching what you are eating in general can be helpful. It might be incredibly helpful to find a Naturopathic doctor in your area who can really help you with more specific natural therapies.

 
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Re: Alternative non-herbal therapies for Fibromyalgia?

Make sure u dont really have Lyme Disease. I diagnosed myself with Fibro only to later on, learn I had late-stage Lyme. The symptoms are about identical.

 
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Re: Alternative non-herbal therapies for Fibromyalgia?

what about acupuncture?

 
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Re: Alternative non-herbal therapies for Fibromyalgia?

Guiaphenesian (I think thats spelled incorrectly, but its the expectorant in Robitussin and Mucinex)

It is widely held by fibro patients to help, and if you buy it from Costco in bottles of 200, its dirt cheap.

In the drug store, the generics are usualy labeled as "Mucous Relief Tablets", Mucinex is an (expensive) brand name.

 
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Re: Alternative non-herbal therapies for Fibromyalgia?

I know that the ARP wave treatments can help with this. i know of a cousin that uses this for fibromyalgia and boast best results versus anything they have tried. I know they do give a free treatment to show you the results before doing anything. Its worth a try in my opinion.

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Re: Alternative non-herbal therapies for Fibromyalgia?

Farmgirl:
What exactly were all your symptoms and how did you get diagnosed with lyme? did you use Igenix? Also, did you have any skull bone sensitivity and tingling on top of head and feel and unexplainable feeling of being sick? Also, how are you treating your lyme. I have been sick for 5 yrs with a million symptoms but all the traditional lyme testing was negative. I also used a specialized co. called MDL and that was negative. I am wondering if i have fibro or CFS or some kind of systemic infection or virus for 5 yrs. I am not going to list all of my symptoms right now because i don't have time, there are so many. I can just tell you that i am very sick. i do have hashimotos and hypothyroid which at the moment is not under control. I went off synthroid on my own for 8 weeks just to see what would happen and i am even sicker. My blood work was off the chart hypo. I am now on a new natural supplement called thytrophin pmg. If that does not help i might have to go back on synthroid. I would love to hear about your lyme situation. LaLa

 
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Re: Alternative non-herbal therapies for Fibromyalgia?

I'm more researched in the herbal routes so I'll give you the list:

Passionflower-tension, anxiety and insomnia
Valerian-beneficial results on sleep and muscle tension
Chamomile-relaxing properties
Red clover-provides energy and boosts the immune system
Griffonia Simplicifolia-a natural pain killer
Willow bark- pain killer
Rhodiola- an adaptogen which balances body conditions, improve energy levels
Kava capsules in 60 to 120 mg dosage
black cohosh- great for female system
B vitamins, magnesium, malic acid- great vitamins for fibro to take regular

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Re: Alternative non-herbal therapies for Fibromyalgia?

Hi I would at least stay away from potassium supplements which has aggravated that in my opinion in the cases of some.

 
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Re: Alternative non-herbal therapies for Fibromyalgia?

Lala:


Its a looong story!

Pls reply to this so I will get an alert and then remember to write more in full later or tomorrow.

But I had a PCR test, it is a DNA test, far more specialized and accurate than the typical Western Blot and useles ELISA tests for Lyme today. I understand those are only around 60% accurate for diagnosing Lyme, if that.

Do you have mercury fillings in ur teeth?

When did ur symptoms first start and what was the progression?

So many ppl, if not sick with undiagnosed Lyme, are sick from heavy metal poisoning/toxicity, gut problems (due to poor diet and Rx DRUGS), the fillings in their teeth poisoning them (mercury is very much bad for you and fillings can and do leak), Candida and more.

Pls try to find a competent Naturopathic doc (ND) if you possibly can and/or Holistic Health Prac) HHP) but I strongly recommend the former.


Will try to write more soon,


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Re: Alternative non-herbal therapies for Fibromyalgia?

Farmgirl:
Yes. i do have fillings. In fact, my last tooth bottom left is broken. A piece of the tooth broke off. I need to go to the dentist to get a crown. I have been stalling because i don't have dental insurance anymore and it will cost about $1000. I have spent so many thousands of dollars already on natural drs to try to get better, to no avail. I just sent blood work to Igenix. I finally decided to take the plunge and spend the money on that because my insurance does not cover it. I did, to start, the basic testing for $410.00. This company is suppose to be the most accurate for lyme. Getting back to the dentist, I had a crown done on another tooth about the same time as this tingling started. The problem is that i can't pinpoint exactly if the tingling started right before the crown work or right after it. I was thinking maybe it is a tmj thing. Now all of a sudden i have more tingling in my face and my left ear is clogged. I can barely hear out of it. I went to the dr and he said there is fluid in the ear and gave me an antibiotic. It did not help. Tomorrow i am going for an endoscopy. I have chronic indigestion and heartburn. I am a mess. All i do is go to drs and spend lots of money. Even if i am covered for the reg drs there is still co-pays plus pay a fortune in health insurance. I am not going to have any more money soon. I don't know where to turn. I was thinking that maybe i have a systemic candida infection. There is a dr in NYC that is a candida specialist. I was maybe going to try him. Of course, not covered by insurance. My problems all started with a virus 5 yrs ago. I did have depression before that and a poor diet. Lots of sugar. Then i picked up a virus or some kind of sickness from another person who had a awful cold or flu. I was never the same again. It is very strange. All the tingling though did not start then. It started a few yrs later. The start was more like an upper respitory infection and then lead to chronic fatigue like symptoms and it never ended. I still gets bouts of chronic fatigue. I had a bout of it over the holidays. After Thanksgiving, i could hardly get out of bed. That lasted the whole holiday season. It was very difficult to go out shopping. I did it but it was not fun. Then all of a sudden i started with tingling on my left cheek and an ear that i cant hear out of and lots of pressure in my head and skull pain and neck pain and a balance problem. Oh, also eye twiching. The list does not end. I will end now though because you are probably tired of reading this. I know it sounds like lyme but maybe not. Maybe some kind of odd bacterial infection or fungus. Maybe candida and that is causing malabsorption. I have taken thousands of different supplements also. Please get back to me with your story. I see that we are practically neighbors also. Hope you are well and thanks for listening and getting back to me. LaLa

 
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Re: Alternative non-herbal therapies for Fibromyalgia?

Lala,

Sorry it took me so long to get back to u. Please, please get to an ND (Naturpathic doc). Forget MDs as far as getting to the root causes of ur present symptoms and sufferings. All they know are drugs and surgery. Diagnostic tests are of course very useful to rule out an actual condition, tumors, and what-not (and then the treatment....drugs and/or surgery; its all they're taught in medical school).

Please search online or in ur phonebook?? for a Naturopathic doc....
Go to ur healthfood stores and share ur story and see what they can offer you for relief in the meantime.

One thing at a time.

The fillings should go IMO. Mercury fillings poison many ppl and they are NOT safe, no matter what u hear from any person or organization. I know what im talking about.

What was the outcome of ur endoscopy? Ive had 3.... nothing ever came of them but I did do them for peace of mind at the time, which I had desperately needed!

Oh, yes, ive that too... about Igenex! Good job on getting them to test you.

A dr in NYC that is a Candida specialist? Really? Hes not an MD is he?
Be careful because there are many out to rip ppl off, too.


I wish u very well!!


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Re: Alternative non-herbal therapies for Fibromyalgia?

Hi FG:

Thanks for your reply. How are your doing? I never really got your whole story. As for me, i am the same. No answers as of yet. I continue to have tingling on the top of my head and on my face and sometimes my arms and feet. I don't think i mentioned to you that i had a mri of the brain that showed some white matter and ishemia. (spelling?) That MRI was 3 months ago. The neurologist has done different tests and everything else is normal. He now wants me to repeat the test. I am going tomorrow. I am very scared. I just want answers. My igenix test had two positive bands and two indeterminate. I spoke to the head of Igenix and he said he doubts it is lyme based on the result but i can take it a step further and do the urine part of the test. Another few hundred dollars. there is a protocol to be followed with it. My dr has to give me antibiotic injections then you take a urine sample then more antibiotic treatment then more urine and then they test it. What this does is supposedly if you have the lyme bacteria it will be releasing in the urine from the antibiotic. I am not sure yet whether i am going to take that step because it is taking antibiotics when i don't really know if i need them. What if my problem is really candida that will be made worse by the antibiotic. I alo have a big problem with my balance. I know it has to do with my ears. There is some weird sensations in them. I am going to an ENT on friday. I went to one a few months ago, and again no answers. I know there is something wrong with them. I can't live like this anymore. I was perfectly normal until i got hit with this virus back in 2005. I still wonder if this is all about candida. The only way i will ever know is if i stop eating all carbs and take special supplements for it. I have done that before, but maybe not long enough and it got worse. I am fed-up and sick. Hope you are doing ok. At least you know what is wrong with you. Oh, and yes, i have been to many nd's. Also my endoscopy just showed acid reflux. I also have a hiatal hernia, which i new about. Also i have hashimotos. I am not sure if i had mentioned that previously. Anyway, take care for now. Talk soon. LaLa

 
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Re: Alternative non-herbal therapies for Fibromyalgia?

hmmm,

I have been very ill also. I had dealt with anxiety and depression off/on for years, naturally and had mild joint symptoms, etc but all of a sudden 4 years ago years ago i experienced a 'nervous breakdown' and finally took psychiatric meds which took awhile to work but never totally helped. I never wanted to stay on them long and as i began tapering off them i began developing mild stomach issues, etc. Well overnight in June 2009 i wen from eating fine to my throat felt tight and like it was closing and wouldn't stop, an endoscopy revealed mild gastritis and acid reflux (i had just had a bad chest cold too, one of the worst i'd ever had). Anyways, i've lost 40 lbs on an already thin frame, been to acupuncturists, massage therapists, naturopaths, etc. and although occasionally i've seen windows with the ND i am struggling so much to just eat every single day...almost 2 years later. I am gluten free, dairy free, corn free, you name it for a year now, i've been told i have fibromyalgia...i am getting ready to order expensive bloodwork that my ins won't cover for food allergies. I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo frustrated..so sick of pain, hormones, thyroid swelling. My ND said i am slowly getting better but we have to get me out of inflammation, i'm all for it but they are really struggling helping me find a way. I had to leave my work b/c of this. I also have terrible anxiety and all kinds of fibro symptoms that are supposedly caused by hormone imbalance. You are not alone. I can't believe the amount of money i didn't even have that i've spent on this stuff. I really thought the ND would have an answer...and ultimately i do feel they will help get me there but this is SLOW and for every step i take i take three back sometimes. I am so sick of eating the same 15 foods (if even)...everyday. This is so rough and drs haven't had many answers for me. I am doing some qi gong and yoga, have been for a year and working on developing a more regular meditation routine.

I just can't help but wonder what snapped in my body? How do i fix it? I am so sensitive to so many herbal and homeopathic medicines!! how? my nd asks the same thing which can be frustrating, i feel like even he doesn't understand just how changed and sensitive my body is anymore. You are not alone...trying to solve the same mystery as you and learning alot along the way. I am 29 by the way...was very healthy before all of this and active.

 
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