Guaifenesin/Dr. Armand

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kimliz59
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   Posted 3/15/2012 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
 
This has probably been discussed before, but since I'm relatively new to the site, I hope the "veterans" will bear with me...
 
Has anyone tried Dr. R. Paul St. Armand's protocol for fibromyalgia that involves taking the supplement guaifenesin?  If so, would you be kind enough to share your experience with me?
 
Thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time to comment!
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain.

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AustenFan
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   Posted 3/15/2012 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi kimliz. I tried it several years ago for a brief period of time when I was somewhat newly diagnosed and desperate for a "cure." I found that it didn't do anything for me but upset my stomach.

I haven't seen any reputable (at least, what I consider "reputable") sources that tout guaifenesin as a treatment for fibromyalgia. Also, now the general consensus among the medical establishment is that fibro is a result of a central nervous system pain processing issue, not originating in the muscles. Here is an interesting article from the Fibromyalgia Network:

http://www.fmnetnews.com/coping-resources/consumer-alerts/product-6

There is a disclaimer at the bottom of the article that states (and I'm paraphrasing) that there are some fibro patients who have reported improvement with guaifenesin, but the author wondered if that was perhaps due to better breathing, resulting in better sleep.

kimliz59
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   Posted 3/15/2012 11:58 PM (GMT -6)   
 
Austenfan,
 
Thanks so much for your reply, and for posting the link...very interesting reading.  On Amazon, so many reviewers of Dr. Armand's book said that his protocol worked for them, but I still didn't want to waste my money on what amounted to snake oil.  Also, I figured that if there were a cure, even if it involved a difficult regimen, most people on here would be feeling better.  Too bad it doesn't appear to be true... rolleyes
 
Thanks again for taking the time to respond!
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain.

Possible Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Type 1 Diabetes, Grave's Disease

Mabprem
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   Posted 5/4/2012 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Well it worked for me. And I was virtually crippled. And I'm a pilot and can't take SSRI's if I want to work. I had also tried loads of other stuff so I don't think its placebo. And if I stop I get worse. It ain't snake oil. It was used in the 17C to treat rheuamtism. Rheumatism/fibromyalgia - same symptoms! Keep an open mind.

getting by
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   Posted 5/4/2012 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
The hard part I found with it is avoiding all the sylacilates. They are in practically everything. I got really disappointed at the end of the book when I read about avoiding them. Mabprem, I am glad that it has worked for you.  And welcome to the fibromyalgia forum...

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