I learned some great tings in pain class today about fog and energy, can't wait to tell you all

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Statgeek
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   Posted 7/20/2009 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I have the option to attend a pain management class every other Monday.  Since I might be working as a researcher at a university soon, I was really concrned about fibro fog and asked the teacher about it.  The teacher today is a pharmacist who is very proactive and helpful with fibro patients.  This is what I learned that might be helpful.  (Looking at notes . . .)
 
These don't cure you of fibro, but help with problems that can make it worse.
 
Take vit d in the morning.  it is not actually a vitamin, but has something to do with hormones.  It is a stimulant.  I was taking at night - and not sleeping, of course! 
If you take vit d, your body is not absorbing  or making coq10, so you need to add that to  morning too.  coq10 helps with energy.
we are prob not getting enough b complex.  take in morning.  if b hurts your bladder, take a kid's form.
add prenatal vitamins and fish oil.
Cholesterol and calcium take at night.  cholesterol with meal is preferred, but if you remember better before bed, that is better than taking it in the morning.
 
If you are thirsty, you are already behind in water.  Dehydration zaps energy and brain power.
avoid artificial sugars because your body reacts somewhat to the sweetness anyway as if they are real sugars
try to stay away from processed food
Even if you can drink caffeine before bed and sleep, you are not getting rest because your heart, cortisol, and other stuff are working hard because of the caffeine.
 
I also read this somewhere: that the computer or tv is a stimulant of some kind and not to do either right before bed. 
I am going to try a new routine: no caffeine after 4; 30 to 45 mins before bed, do some light stretching, drink some chamomile tea and read psalms or proverbs.
 
If you belong to Kaiser, you can download relaxation exercises onto your ipod.  it is in the health wellness: more: live healthy: complimentary and alternative care section.
 
Sue
 
 

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   Posted 7/20/2009 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Sue.  Very good info.  Why the prenatal and fish oil?  Is this what you take or is it recommended for some?
 
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Statgeek
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   Posted 7/20/2009 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
She just said fish oil is good for brain function and most of us do not get enough fish in our diets. She said that women take prenatal vitamins for their babies while they are pregnant and nursing, but not for themselves after the babies are born or done nursing. She said we need the vitamins for ourselves, too. I think a multi vitamin works just as good. We need the vitamins because we don't get enough in our food.
Sue

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   Posted 7/20/2009 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
awesome info thanks. for that
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   Posted 7/20/2009 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
And as an aside about the vitamins, if you are postmenopausal please switch to an "over 50" vitamin or form of "silver" like Centrum Silver. These vitamins are lower in iron. Excess iron has been linked to heart attacks and is one of the reasons cited for women's heart attack rates rising after menopause, almost to the level of men's. If you are not bleeding from an ulcer or suffering from anemia you will get all the iron you need from the meat you eat. Humans have no way, except for menstruation or bleeding, to eliminate excess iron from the body. Just my 2¢.
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   Posted 7/20/2009 8:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Even before I knew I had fibro, I switched to prenatal vitamins from my regular chockablock multi-vitamin because prenatal vitamins made my hair look fantastic, shiny and lush! Isn't that vain?? :)

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   Posted 7/21/2009 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie143 said...
And as an aside about the vitamins, if you are postmenopausal please switch to an "over 50" vitamin or form of "silver" like Centrum Silver. These vitamins are lower in iron. Excess iron has been linked to heart attacks and is one of the reasons cited for women's heart attack rates rising after menopause, almost to the level of men's. If you are not bleeding from an ulcer or suffering from anemia you will get all the iron you need from the meat you eat. Humans have no way, except for menstruation or bleeding, to eliminate excess iron from the body. Just my 2¢.

Pre-menopausal ladies who use depo Provera or other means to halt menstruation also should use vitamins without iron.
Donna


Statgeek
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   Posted 7/21/2009 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I had to stop giving blood because my iron levels were never high enough. I gave blood 5 or 6 times, then every time I went back, they would test my iron and send me home. I finally gave up. Even if I upped my iron intake, that did not help. We do not eat vegetarian; we eat lots of veggies and minimal meat.

Is low iron a fibro thing?

patsie
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   Posted 7/21/2009 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sue,

Why did you mention B and bladder discomfort? Is there a link?

Obliged for the good info, Patsie

Statgeek
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   Posted 7/21/2009 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
one of the people in the class said b vitamins hurt her bladder, so the pharmacist recommended she use child's b instead. She thought it might be the fillers, but wasn't sure.
Sue

Jesry
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   Posted 8/6/2009 2:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Congrats on your job. I tried to find out what job you got, and found this post that mentions research? Do catch me up on your other post, please.

But while I am here...It could well be the filler, not the drug. I cannot use artificial tears or certain other generic formulations due entirely to the fillers/medium used in the delivery system. At least this is what my docs tell me.

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   Posted 8/7/2009 2:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Statgeek said...
Cholesterol and calcium take at night.  cholesterol with meal is preferred, but if you remember better before bed, that is better than taking it in the morning.
 
OK... question on this!  What is Cholesterol?  Obviously, it's not the Cholestrol I take statins for.  smilewinkgrin
 
Thanks for sharing this info.  It's great to know about these various supplements.


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   Posted 8/7/2009 5:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, Sue, great information! I will definately try some of the things you suggested - they are all things that can easily be worked in. I appreciate the suggestion of the kid's vit. B, too.

Kerri

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