Posted 1/28/2009 12:56 AM (GMT -6)
I saw your post on the fibro forum. Your doc probably recommended guifennison. It's an OTC expectorant, like Mucinex, used by some people to treat their fibro. Some people swear by it but others haven't had any improvement.
If you decide to try it, there is a lot more to know than just picking up some guif from Walmart. Depending on which expert you choose to follow, you need to stop using anything containing salicylates, both internally and externally. You can do a search and get a lot of info online. The nice thing is that it is pretty cheap. I've been told you can do it for less than $10.00/month. It rarely interacts with other meds but I'd still check with a pharmacist. You really have to commit to the lifestyle changes or it's a complete waste of time.
I'd seriously consider a second opinion and possibly even dropping this doc. Claiming that guifennison stops fibro borders on malpractice and definitely shows a lack of knowledge. If it stopped fibro, we'd have no need for a forum since we'd all be better. Plus, we wouldn't have to suffer through those terrible commercials about that woman who has to "push" herself to do her daily activities.
To the best of my knowledge, fibro doesn't cause bulging discs, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, or spondylitis. Fibro's claim to fame is that you really can't see anything wrong on any tests. It's a diagnosis of exclusion, they say you have it when they can't find anything on their tests. Tender points are really the only thing you can "test" for.
Many people with fibro are constipated but I wouldn't count that.
Personally, I'd try to avoid a fibro diagnosis. In my experience, many doctors don't believe in fibro so they won't treat you. They write you off as depressed. Many pain specialists won't let you in the door and won't treat your pain even if you can prove it's not fibro related. Other doctors start to blame the fibro for any other symptom you develop and don't want to run any tests to rule out other conditions.