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bookworm21
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   Posted 11/2/2009 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone seen a homeopathic/alternative medicine doctor?


I have so many random symptoms (UC, IBS, extreme fatigue, bruises, hair loss, worseing of allergies, joint pain, itchy skin, etc. etc.) and my doctors aren't giving me answers. I'm so frustrated--I hate feeling like this!

It's not covered by my insurance but I was thinking asking my parents to pay for a homeopathic doctor as a belated 21st birthday present (how sad is that?!).

vestabula
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   Posted 11/2/2009 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi...this is just my opinion.  Because (as a typical fibromite) I am allergic to so many different medications I tried the homeopathic approach  about ten years ago.  Not just for fibro.  I tried the naturopathic sinus spray...all the bach flower remedies...something for restless legs that made me  barf...all suggestions by a homeopathic physican who happened to be one of my husbands students.  For me...nothing.  The alternative meds are soooo expensive.  I did the 'rolfing' thing..OMG...I saw Elvis AND Janis Joplin.

Now, in saying that, there are forum  members who have had good experiences going this route.  Nana Monster has been almost  pain free since she started a regamine of herbs and vitamins.   I can assure you that a homeopathic doctor will give you answers.  Just be prepared to spend a pile of money on all kinds of products that may or may not work.  But then again...who among us have not spent a fortune trying to get this disease under control?  If that's what you want for your 21st birthday...you go, girl!  Most 21 year olds ask for a new car!

Huggies

Donna


fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium


bookworm21
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   Posted 11/2/2009 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh man, I didn't even consider the costs of all the supplements and whatnot. My parents will not be excited about this, considering that I don't have a job and will need to take out a lot of loans for grad school next year.
Ugh, I'm so sick of my body being abnormal all the time, but I don't have money to waste!



What's rolfing?

Sherrine
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   Posted 11/2/2009 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you tried the malic acid/magnesium supplements and the extra vitamin D3?  I use these along with over the counter pain relievers for my fibro.  There are links in the Fibro 101 thread all about these and how they work in your body.  They aren't expensive, either.  They could help you.  Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to make sure they don't interact with anything you are taking. 
 
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Nana Monster
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   Posted 11/2/2009 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Bookworm,
    Like Vesta said some of us have had good luck with the herbs. I've only been to the drs once this year
for a sinus infection I couldn't kick. They had a fire safety thing at work so I inhaled lighter fluid fumes for
2 days. I'm very chemical sensitive, where smells bother me badly. I can't use perfume anything anymore.
If there is a chemical in meds (like flu shots) it floors me.
     I lucked out and talked to a different guy at the herbal shop that I go to and got on a combo of
Malic Acid, Super Cissus RX and Bio-Sil. The malic acid detoxes and works as a muscle relaxer,
the bio-sil rebuilds callogen, and the super cissus rebuilds muscles, tendons and ligaments. This trio
works great for my fibro and arthritis. I only take a couple doses of aleeve a month now. For skin the
best combo is Colostrum (bovine breast milk) and hylaronic acid (found in japanese food). It rebuilds
the skin from the inside. It is wonderful for healing, texture and thickness....not to mention the ITCHING.
    I think I found the missing link today...it's called True Calm by NOW brand. It's a mixture of niacin,
vit B-6, malic acid, GABA, Glycine, Taurine, Inositol and Valerian Root. It works on the neurotransmitters
like amatriptolyne, lyrica and such. Seeing as I'm getting my fall owies I'm going to start on it tonite.
I'll let you know how it works.
     If you do go herbal sometimes it just takes finding what works for you, this has been my saving grace.
Good luck.
                             Nana Monster

bookworm21
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   Posted 11/2/2009 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I had my Mg levels checked 6 weeks ago or so, and it was 1.9 (the high end of normal range is 2.1). And I'm on OTC and Rx vit D3.

Nana Monster
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   Posted 11/2/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Bookworm,
    If your hair is falling out it could be from the meds. It's a side effect of some (in the fine print)  that I
found when I was taking amatriptolyne. I was growing my hair to donate so I got off of it fast. That was
about 3 years ago and I ended up donating 2 1/2 feet of hair. I'm doing it one more time before I turn 60.
        NM

bookworm21
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   Posted 11/4/2009 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
The hair loss could be a side effect of my UC meds, but I cannot give those up without starting to flare.


Nana Monster, did you go to a homeopathic doctor first, or just went to an herbal stores and asked their opinions? Have you ever had side effects with them?

vestabula
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   Posted 11/4/2009 6:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Bookworm...I would not take any kind of herbal conncoction without talking to your doctor first.
Some of them can certainly interact with other drugs you might be on.  Just because these are sold as 'natural and made from plants', that does not mean there are not side effects.  My brother took Milk Thistle for his liver and ended up in the hospital.  I have a friend who took Valerian (a sleep aid) with her allergy meds and she slept for 12 hours.  Just remember...opium comes from poppies...a flower.  Digitalis is made from a plant.  Many herbal teas are loaded with ephederine....which can be a heart banging expereince if you are sensative to stimulants.
 
Again, working with some one who knows your history and conditions is the wise thing to do.  As you have read, some people with fibro have had postive experiences with alternative meds.  But I would not just walk into a Health Food Store with your symptoms and ask a clerk for advice.  A sales girl sold me a bottle of 1000 mgs of magnesium and told me to take two a day ...OMG is all I can say!
 
Good luck!
Donna
fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium

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