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Sera Smiles
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   Posted 7/28/2008 1:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone! I hope everyone is having a pleasant and pain free day. I  have a question about herbs- I will talk with my doctor about taking supplements, but I wanted to know if anyone is taking or has taken ginseng, or ginko. I have done a search about both here, but still have questions about what they can do, any side effects, etc. Any information or experiences you may have had would be wonderful to learn. I am specifically looking to increase my energy, help sleep, and decrease pain in lower back, hips and upper thigh muscles. Also improve memory and stamina. Thank you!
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Sera Smiles
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   Posted 7/28/2008 1:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Also- has anyone heard of or tried "Fibro Gone"? It apparently has lots of herbal ingredients that supposedly work. I am really skeptical about promotions like this. Any experience with this? Thanks again!
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   Posted 7/28/2008 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Sera, there are a lot of things out there that promise to cure fibro so if this Fibro Gone really worked don't you think some of the doctors we go to would have heard about it and be rxing it instead of lyrica and cymbalta etc.
There are those that pray on desperate people, like us.
If there is ever a cure found for fibro I'm sure it will be all over the news.
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Sera Smiles
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   Posted 7/28/2008 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with you- I read about the ingredients but it sounded a little odd to me. Any thoughts on ginseng or ginko? Thanks!
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   Posted 7/28/2008 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Sera!  I don't take herbals myself.  They can cause interaction with medication.  If you try it, talk to your doctor and your pharmacist first.  Here are links about both ginseng and ginko.
As far as the Fibro Gone, we wouldn't be on this support forum and paying tons of money to doctors and pharmacies if there was a product like this that really worked!
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   Posted 7/28/2008 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad this topic came up. I've posted about this before but...have you ever tried curcumin?
It's an extract from the turmeric plant: http://www.turmericinfo.com/
Aside from the usual aches and pains heaped on me by FM for months I was having really severe pain in my feet and elbows. It was an effort just to brush my teeth. The prescription anti-inflammatories were doing no good whatsoever so I went looking for an alternative and ran across curcumin.
I have a science background so I'm very skeptical about anecdotal reports so I went looking for actual clinical studies. After reading those I decided to give it a try. After 2 weeks on this stuff the pain in my feet and elbows was overall decreased by 80%. Also, to my surprise, issues with my back have cleared up (prone to spasms), my chronic frozen shoulder has all but gone away and my energy levels have gone up. Even mornings are better - still get the fog but I seem to get mobile faster. I still get the bouts of severe fatigue during the days but even these don't last as long.
I recommended it to my aunt who has suffered long with pain and inflammation in her arms and legs for which the doctor's where unable to find an explanation and she has found that she's about 50% better. I even have my doctor taking it for his irritable bowel syndrome.
Now, having said all that of course there is no guarantee that it will work for everyone with FM
but at about $20 for a month's supply it's certainly worth a try. You should be able to find curcumin at your local supplement shop. I don't think brand matters but the ingredients should say 95% curcuminoids. I buy the 500 mg capsules and take 3 a day. Since it's not water soluble it best taken with fat or oil. I take it with my omega-3 and flax seed oil capsules.
All the studies I have read show no side effects. I certainly haven't noticed any.
If anyone want's to give it a try and has more questions I'd be glad to help.
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   Posted 7/28/2008 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I have taken ginseng and ginko biloba. I find that the ginseng does help with energy, but I have never taken a lot of it, which I believe it would take a lot to help with fibro fatigue. But it did help a little.

I find that the ginko does help with the memory especially the short term memory. My problem is remembering to take them. Just kidding, I made a joke.LOL... I get both at puritan's pride and they were having a good sale a couple months ago and I stocked up.

I take a lot of different supplements along with regular medications, so there are times, I can't afford all of them. I do take the malic acid/magnesium and it truly helps a lot. I would recommend everybody to try this. It really changes the way you feel physically and mentally.

Best wishes with the supplements and herbs.
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   Posted 7/28/2008 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I guess my doctor is really cautious. I've asked him about the supplements, especially the malic acid/magnesium, but he wants me to wait until he has checked all my vitamin levels through blood tests. I can't wait to try it out, see if it works for me.
in the land of Limbo, taking OTC meds only.
Don't know what's wrong, can't fix it, doctors are so sloooow!!!

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