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   Posted 10/26/2009 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone use fish oil (Omega 3)?  I have been reading up on this and may try it.  I was wondering if anyone has had any luck with it.  I was reading it is really good for inflammation as well as being great for the heart.  I have endometriosis which can be really painful at times and am wondering if this might help a bit and maybe even give some relief from the fibro.

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   Posted 10/26/2009 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Libby.  You will love this forum I think.  So much support and lots of answers.  I take 2 fish oil capsules a day.  My doctor prescribed this for me for my tricyclerides.  I was tested Friday and will find out this Friday if it has helped.  I really don't know if it has helped with the fibro pain because I have been in a major flare for several weeks.  I had a bad side effect from the Voltaren that I was taking so I have been only on Tylenol.  I'm not to take any ibuprofen either.  I have read about the same good benefits from fish oil though.  I think it would be worth a try if it doesn't interfere with any other medication you take.  Your pharmacist or doctor can tell you this.
Good luck.
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   Posted 10/26/2009 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Libby...the hubby is also taking fishoil capusles to see if it will lower his cholestral and tryglicerides as an article in the Havard Health Watch(I think that is where he read it) claims it can be at least as beneficial as statins without all the side effects.  It also is supposed to lower blood pressure.  I am taking them at the moment for lexapro withdrawal which has been a Hellish Nightmare.  I just started them so I don't know if they are working yet.  I understand they can help with inflammation.  Like everythings else, including prescription drugs, what might work for some won't do a thing for others.  I hope it works for you, but like puppylover said, you might want to check with your doctor or Pharmacist for dosages, and for contraindications on other medications you might be taking.


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   Posted 10/26/2009 1:26 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Libby,

     I take fish oil capsules everyday. I don't know it it helps the pain, but it can't hurt.


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   Posted 10/26/2009 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Ask your doc first, I know quite a few people that are not allowed to take them either due to meds or because it thins the blood. Even if it doesn't help much with the fibro and endo, omega 3's are good for you. At least you won't be wasting your money if it doesn't help your pain.

GNC sells this orange chewy one (kind of like Starburst) that doesn't give you "fish burps" but it's kind of expensive.

I haven't noticed any difference with my endo or fibro since I started fish oil a few years ago. Magnesium/malic acid has helped me the most.

My red-headed husband swears by fish oil. He'd get painful, itchy dry skin every winter and hasn't had a problem since he started the fish oil about 4 years ago.

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   Posted 10/26/2009 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I see a cardiologist and he recommended that I take 3 a day, 1,000 mg each. I also take a statin. When I began seeing him, my triglycerides were rather high, in additioni to my LDL and low HDL, not a good combination. Everything is complete normalized now. One of my sons is an infectious disease doctor who feels so positive about statins that he says it should be in our drinking water! There is so much more good in statins than not, but that's another story. You can eliminate the fish burps by buying reputable brands that sell quality fish oil. The one I buy is 100% Norwegion oil and I get it from ... their prices are quite good. Has it helped my fibro? I really couldn't say. I have tried MANY supplements over the last couple of years and I'm not convinced any of them have really helped, besides malic acid, and magnesium. I even eliminated coffee, both caffeine and non because a doctor told me it was causing inflammation and I stayed off of it for two years and never felt any difference. Even if it doesn't help the fibro, the fish oil is very, very good for you and I've just recently read reports that it also helps your brain, retaining memory (my mom has Alzheimer's).
take care,

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   Posted 10/26/2009 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I take fish oil but not for my fibro. Fish oil is intended to decrease inflammation and since fibro is not an inflammatory process the oil will not help that. But if you have other issues such as arthritis like I do or heart disease it is considered to be useful. Just make sure you buy a good brand that has been made from wild caught cold deep ocean fish and that is purified to the max. Otherwise you may be introducing toxins into your system that get stored in you liver-not a good thing. Lisa
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   Posted 10/26/2009 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I used fish oil but not for fibro it was for the fatty acids but it was to supplement my diet.. I very rarely eat fish.. maybe once or twice a year if my dad has caught perch or pickerel..

I never noticed a difference in pain

I always bought cold press Wild Salmon oil pills.. since it was the best i could find that was not cod liver oil
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   Posted 10/26/2009 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I take two 1000mg cold-press omega-3 fish oil capsules from Puritans Pride every day. I started a few years ago when I started getting bad knee pain from torn meniscii, and just haven't stopped. I don't know if it helps my fibro but it sure helps my cholesterol. Good cholesterol is up and bad cholesterol is down. I am quite overweight and don't always eat the best, but my cholesterol is only 167!!
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