Re: Guiefenesin diet
I've read studies that cast doubt on the guiafenesin protocol, but have also read many testimonials from people who have been helped by it. One thing that troubles me about the testimonials is that while a few people seem to be helped immediately by guai, most stay on it for years, having ups & downs (like the rest of us?). So, it's hard to tell what effect is due to the guai, and how different it is from a flare/remit fibro pattern.
Guaifenesin, all by itself, was an ethnic medicine used in times past for rheumatism -- muscle & joint pain -- as well as for coughs. Guai does have some natural pain-relieving potential, even without the salicylate-avoidance diet.
There are people who are sensitive to salicylates, don't process them well. Not all have fibro, but, IMO, some who are salicylate-sensitive w/fibro, may improve on that particular diet. The guai may provide a little pain relief as well.
There's no one treatment that works for everyone with fibro, because it's a diagnosis of a symptom cluster that can have many different causes. If your cause turns out to be salicylate-sensitivity, then the fibro certainly may respond to reducing that trigger.
For me, fluoride & chlorine are potent triggers for fibro flares. Some exposure I can control, and it's been a blessing to me to figure that one out.
If you want to try the guai protocol, give it a whirl. It's not that expensive. But you may want to decide at what point to bail, to move on to something else, if it doesn't bring relief.