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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 9/29/2009 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone tried the Guafenesin Therapy yet?
I have been living with Fibro for 2 years now. I had a severe car wreck, and feel that this is what brought on my Fibro. My main symptom is a dull, numbing, sensation in my legs that never goes away and severe fatigue. When it first came on, a friend told me I had symptoms of MS. Was checked and all tests were negative. I live with this every day. In the morning, I take my Loritab 10 and my hour to just get my body moving, and hope that my day will be stress free. If it's not, then it hits my neck and shoulders with a vengeance. The muscles knot up horribly and the headaches begin. I see a massage therapist regularly when it flares up. And on those days when I do feel good, I tend to overdo it, and suffer for several days afterwords. Normally, in my hips. I could not manage my days without my Loritab.
So, I have very few of the other symptoms that you read about, but am noticing more and more the brain fog and memory loss, which is the scariest for me since I own my own business. Am getting very concerned about my future ability to manage the mental aspects of my livlihood.
I started Lyrica last week, the following day my brain could not function, I cried, I was a total basket case emotionally. The sad thing of it was, the sensations in my legs was gone for the first time in 2 years. But I threw the Lyrica in the garbage, cuz I would much rather live with the physical than the mental. I am now researching Guafenesin therapy, and I'm on my 4th day of that, and feel like there may be some hope. No side effects yet, and feel okay. cool

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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 9/29/2009 7:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Had the same problem with Lyrica. 30 yrs ago I would've paid good money to feel that high but way. I took it a second night because, like you, I was pain free in the morning for the first time in 2 yrs. However, I woke the next morning totally out of it again and still had alot, not all, of the pain. Not worth it and I also threw my out. I've never heard of Guafenesin therapy but will research it now. Good luck sweetie.

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   Posted 9/29/2009 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Jla, and welcome.  I haven't heard of much luck with Guaifenisen therapy but it's worth a shot.  You never know what will work well for you.
I take malic acid/magnesium supplements that help with pain and fatigue.  Also, I take vitamin D3 and that, too helps with pain and fatigue.  Many people with fibromyalgia are deficient in these vitamins and nutrients.
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread..the first thread on the forum.  There are links to good info about fibro...including links about malic acid/magnesium and vitamin D3 and how they work in your body.
As far as the fog goes...develop a good sense of humor!  Some days are worse than other days and, if you worry about it, it does seem to be worse.  At least that's what happens to me.  Try not to be anxious about this.  You have a good head on your shoulders and will be able to carry on  like you have been.  So, you forget some things.  That's alright.  Just keep going.  I do write things down now.  That way, I have my constant reminder to do the important things.
I'm so glad you found us and joined in!  I hope to hear more from  you soon.
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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 10/13/2009 9:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I am 36 years old and was diagnosised with fibromyalgia five years ago. The doctor's have backed it to when I was 14 years old. They think that domestic violence triggered it this time, not there anymore and haven't been for almost nine years but the fibromyalgia go worse to the point that I can't work anymore. I tried Lyrica, Cymbalta, Effexor, Lexapro, Tramadol, Norflex, Nuerotin, and a great number of things and nothing takes even the edge off the pain. Since my diagnosis I now have spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis in my back, arthritis in my neck, compressed nerve canals in my neck, osteoporosis, bursitis in hips and shoulders, migraines, IBS, and a long list of other problems. When they found the spinal stenosis the doctor told me that my spine is so bad that it is pushing on the base of my neck and that it is enter twined with my ribs and that it looks like that of a 70 year old woman. Can anyone give suggestions that will at least take the edge off the pain? Doctor's say that I should be in a wheelchair but with animals, teenagers, a husband, a house, and my husband's business I can't afford to allow myself to give up. Help with suggestions please. Krista

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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 10/13/2009 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   
All I know about Guaifenisen therapy is that there is a certain diet you have to stick to with it. The fog won't let me remember it right now. It didn't help me, but it's worth a shot. Thanks for the warnings on the Lyrica. I was almost tempted to try it. I think I'll stick with my muscle relaxers and vicodin.
Major depression; Bipolar Disorder; Fibromyalgia; Spinal Stenosis; right arm and leg nerve compression; cataracts; glaucoma; IBS; RLS; hypothyroidism; B12 deficiency ... that's enough or I'll get more depressed.

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 10/14/2009 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
JLA, I have read quite a bit on this therapy and am curious how you will do on it. Can you tell us what dosage you are on, how often you take it, and how you have adapted [or will adapt] your diet because of it? Wishing you the very best on the therapy and glad you are feeling better.
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