Fibromyalgia: Invisible Life-Sucker

Canada
July 23, 2007 5:28pm CST
Do you have fibromyalgia and/or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? How do you cope? I have FM and CFS. Hints and tips on how to cope would be very much appreciated...
5 responses
@patgalca (14309)
• Orangeville, Ontario
23 Jul 07
I have had fibromyalgia for almost 11 years. I struggled badly for the first five years. Then I was introduced to Mag-Citrate (Magnesium and Malic Acid). I take three of those a day. It really makes a difference in pain levels. I also started exercising, slowly. Walking. I built it up to where I was walking 3 miles in an hour. I lost over 30 pounds and feel much better because of it. However, I know my limitations and pace myself. I wouldn't dream of getting a job. The stress would just make me flare up and exhaust me. I'm tired all the time as it is. I do what I have to do and no more. Sometimes I have to take a pass on things. I have to do what is best for me.
• United States
24 Jul 07
Did a dr introduce you to the mag-citrate I may give that suggestion to my mom.
@patgalca (14309)
• Orangeville, Ontario
24 Jul 07
No it was not a doctor. One of the members of our support group was under the care of a naturopath and was told to take 6 Mag-Citrate a day and she felt a lot better. Since I was NOT under the care of a naturopath I only took 3 a day and have stayed with 3 a day. Every doctor I come in contact with knows I am taking it and have no problem with it. Magnesium is utterly important for fibromites. We are severely lacking in magnesium which aids in over 300 bodily functions. Magnesium alone is highly recommended. Magnesium with Malic Acid is even better.
• Canada
24 Jul 07
Wow - thanks Melissa and Patgalca! I'll definitely have to look into that Mag-Citrate combo. I've been struggling for 11 years myself - had to quit work because of it - and everything's just gone completely downhill since then. I've been really depressed, and some days, the only thing forcing me out of bed is the pain...
@jrcrow79 (34)
• United States
28 Feb 08
FM AND CFS are connected I guarantee it!. See: FM is this: Certain people genetically have kidneys which overproduce calcium..the excess calcium is spread by the blood to the rest of the body and the calcium gets "stuck" like "cement on a rope"..you cant just cut off the cement or your muscle will be lost..the way is to break it up over many years. The cure is Guaifeneson 600mg. There is a Dr. names Dr. Paul St Amand he wrote many books and was interviewed by 60 minutes for years on FM..he has been the founder and main researcher in the US for 40 years. I have ben his patient for 10 years now and am 80% calcium. The catch is your have to follow a strict "protocal" of Plant free everything including makeup, lotions, etc..why?: everytime you even touch the slightest amount or drink the littlest but of plant life--energy drinks for example the "guai" gets cancelled for 24 hours..so imagine how quick it adds up --www.fibromyalgiatreatment.com going on about FM...as you are not taking guai and following the protocal to "breakup" the excess calcium..ohh by the way the guai-feneson makes you get rif ot he calcium 6x quicker than the body makes..but over the years of calcium buildup is why it takes soo long. I am soon to be 29 and workout 2x a week for 1-2hrs per session and karate class 1-2 hrs 2x a week. Any other questions..PLEASE email me or call the Dr's office for an appt. which would be VERY wise at this point in your life. I go to him 2x a year e
10 Jan 08
hi there, i have suffered from cfs & fms for nearly ten years, even now i still find coping hard. Different things work for different people. I have put alot of info on here about these coping methods, medication, alternative medicine ect. Please take a look at these discussions they may help. I hope that you find something that will work for you. all the best. channelle
@bam001 (941)
• United States
23 Sep 07
I don't even know where to start. You are so right...Fibromyalgia is an invisible life-sucker. And, because it is invisible, many people seem to think I am making my symptoms up for attention. Right now, I am more exhausted than hurting...but who knows, next week I could be in more pain. To help...I take several supplements and vitamin/minerals: Co-Q-10, L-Carnitine, B-6, B-12, Magnesium... I see a chiropractor and get massage therapy which both seem to help. The thing that I have noticed helps the most is water...drinking it, swimming in it, soaking in it...you name it...water. I really do feel better after spending 15 - 20 minutes in a jacuzzi. The warm water and the jets just seem to get to the pain and knock it out...at least for a little while.
• United States
23 Jul 07
Hi, I dont have fibromyalgia, but my mother has suffered with it for almost 10 yrs now. She has her good days and her bad. She couldnt work for almost 2 yrs because of it, she now is back to work part time and doing better. She says heat, swimming, very very light exercises like short walks and stretching your muscles every day and evening help the best. But heat helps the most. I just found this new website with tons of info go to http://www.fibrohope.org to see all their stuff Good luck to you