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   Posted 2/5/2010 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Do you want your fibro symptoms to go away? Are you looking for the magic bullet? Are you tired of the throbbing, burning, stabbing, and aching? Do physicians give you the, "I can't do anything for you." line?

I have battled Fibromyalgia for six and a half years. Yes, yes, yes, I went through it all. The physicians, medical tests, books, chat rooms, physical therapy, supplement, chronic pain classes, Emergency Room visits, MRIs, diet (add protein; subtract dairy and vegetables that grow beneath the ground like potatoes). I wasn't happy because after bending my life to meet the needs of Fibromyalgia, I still was unable to run, jump, hike, lift, and stay awake all night or all day for a matter of fact.

I decided I was going to beat this thing and I have simply done so by eating sun flower seeds. I also drink around a 1/4 of a cup of sunflower oil a day. And please remember do not use the dry roasted sunflower seeds because they don't work.

When you start feeling better don't stop eating the sunflower seeds. If you feel great and forget to eat them, the next day will be a little painful.

Good Luck! I'm going on a 60 minute walk in the cold and I won't hurt later.
We will not use the word "cure" with fibro until a medically proven cure has been found. For this reason I have changed the subject heading of your post. I hope you will understand and not be offended.

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   Posted 2/5/2010 3:04 PM (GMT -7)   

It is clear that this beautiful flower has given us a food with exceptional nutritional value. The Vit E is incredible and the magnesium a fine source as well. The seed would be a natural muscle and nerve relaxer.

How long before you noticed an improvement and how did you happen to introduce the oil?

At any rate I do not see how this could harm you so good for you.


Nana Monster
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   Posted 2/5/2010 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome to the site. I haven't tried sunflower seeds....what kind do I need to get. I have been doing herbals and found
great relief but every now and then I still have a bad day. It's good to say that I only take an occasional darvacet and have gone
off all dr. drugs other than that. I lucked out and only went to the drs once last year.

Is it like sunflower cooking oil?
Thanks for the help...
Nana Monster

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   Posted 2/5/2010 8:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Excuse me for being skeptical. It sounds like you are mocking us. If you are truly drinking 1/4 cup of sunflower oil a day, then I am surprised you do not have diarrhea most of the time. I am sure if eating sunflower seeds and drinking olive oil were a valid cure for fibromyalgia, our doctors would know about it.

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   Posted 2/5/2010 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm happy you've found something that helps your pain, but unfortunately, it sounds like what you had was a deficiency of some type that Sunflower seeds seems to make better...NOT Fibro.

There is NO CURE for Fibro and to say that what you're doing is a cure is not only wrong, but is also false hope to those of us who actually do suffer this condition.

I love sunflower seeds...I eat them on average of 3 times a week, and I've NEVER had relief from my pain. That doesn't sound like a cure to me.

Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pelvic Pain, FAI, Reynauds, IBS, Surgical Adhesions, Ophthalmic Migraines
(plus physically unable to vomit due to Nissen, and I have extremely tiny veins...a joy for blood work or IV's)
Surgeries: Appendix, Uterus, Nissen Fundoplication for GERD, Left Ovary, Gallbladder, Right Ovary, TVT
Medications: Oxycontin, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Nortriptyline
Other: Vitamin D, Multi-Vitamin

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   Posted 2/5/2010 11:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Like Statgeek, I'm not trying to be rude but I do think you need some education, good scientific biomedical education. The best research minds in this country and around the world have not definitively discovered what causes fibromyalgia. The research is beginning to show that this is a central nervous system disorder. Once they are able to pinpoint the exact cause then they will be able to work on effective treatments. Hopefully that will lead them to a cure.

This forum is for supporting those who actually have fibromyalgia. And I also agree that by spreading false hope and foolish treatments it is doing a lot of damage to those who are still in the learning stages of fibro. If you have emotional support to offer then feel free to post and join in. But please don't continue to promise impudent and foolish cures when none exist. Also make sure you read the forum rules that you agreed to when you joined. This is a wonderful site, a family oriented site and we do work hard to keep it safe.

Chutz - Co-Moderator
"Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, but Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad."

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Fibromyalgia, PTSD, UC, Diabetic on insulin, collapsed disk, arthritis scattered around and a few other delights.

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   Posted 2/6/2010 5:56 AM (GMT -7)   

I don't know if sunflower seeds cure fibromyalgia but I DO know that they can give those prone to gout an attack in a New York minute!  Um...if I drank a half of cup of sunflower oil a day I'd have to move me and my heating pad into the bathroom.


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

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   Posted 2/6/2010 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I am very happy for the pain remission that you are experiencing. It would be great if some of our members could try your idea and see if they get the same results. Then we might be on to something.

Sunflower seeds are high in tryptophan, which is used in the production of serotonin, so this may be a reason for pain relief. Lowered serotonin levels are part of the picture of pain perception, mood problems, sleep disturbances and other stuff that fibros are bothered by.

Just for clarification, a disease is considered "cured" when no further action must be taken. Penicillin is taken for an infection, helps the body cure it and then the patient continues on with their life. Insulin "treats" type 1 diabetes. It prevents the patient from dying but it doesn't cure the disease because the disease process is still present.

I hope some of our members are motivated to try your idea and see if they receive any relief as well.
~ Jeannie

Nana Monster
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   Posted 2/6/2010 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for the explanation. So many don't want alternatives if it isn't dr approved. Most MD's have NO clue what herbals
do, let alone something like the sunflower seeds. Sometimes it's the small things that give the most relief. Right now even with
my herbals I'm having a major flare. I think it's because of the weather patterns changing with the storm front below us. I've
always had trouble with them. My legs feel like they've been run over by a truck but I keep going because if I don't the joints
will atrophy and all that does is cause more damage. Hurts like##$% but it's better than not being able to move at all.

Tomorrow I have to stop at Ontario Orchards to get bird seed so I think I'll pick up some sunflower seeds and try them. Thanks
again for being such a smart lady.

Nana Monster

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   Posted 2/6/2010 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Be careful with sunflower seeds. The ones for birdseed could be treated with chemicals.
I became allergic to sunflower seeds just from feeding birds for many years - breathing the dust. It's not unusual either. Many people who work in plants that process or package sunflower seeds become allergic to them.

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   Posted 2/7/2010 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
The sunflower seeds I buy for the birds are coated with wax, as a preservative.  Wouldn't want to eat those.  I Googled 'Sunflower Seeds and Pain' and a few holistic sites came up saying that they, and other seeds like Flax, are good for inflammation and have the same properties as Glucosomine and Chondroitin.  I didn't think fibro was considered to be an inflammatory disorder.
fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: valium Advil

Nana Monster
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   Posted 2/7/2010 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Ontario Orchards has reg sunflower seeds along with the almonds, walnuts and stuff. It's been a while since I've bought them.
Has this crazy weather front been effecting you? I've got that stupid stomach bug and joint aches this last week. Can't skip
work though.
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