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   Posted 6/29/2010 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I've heard rumors about probiotics helping fibromyalgia and it's symptoms. Anyone know anything about this?

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   Posted 6/30/2010 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
My Chiropractor said that, too. When I told my pain management doctor, he mumbled, "Chiropractor in the business of selling supplements." I do not know if it works or not. Probiotics are good for you, so it probably cannot hurt. Surely someone will know. Nanamonster knows a lot about vitamins - so maybe she will have something to add.

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   Posted 6/30/2010 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
That's what I've heard, too - they can't hurt. I have a lot of digestive issues, so I take them and assume they're helping.
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   Posted 6/30/2010 9:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sarahbear,

It is a common belief that folks who have fibromyalgia often have candida (yeast overgrowth in the colon and can be systemic) and probiotics will help to get the candida under control. As well, keeping the gut healthy via probiotics means you are also contributing to upping your immune system since a big part of the immune system is in the gut. Probiotics can also lead to improved digestion.

Probiotics vary in quality. DDS acidophilus with bifidus by Innovite (might be called somethign different in the USA) is what my husband and i both take and find it excellent. (In the US I think the company is something labs...) I have heard Garden of LIfe also makes a good one. I have personally found that the best quality supplements are normally found in health food stores as opposed to regular pharmacies. You'll pay more but it can be worth it.

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   Posted 6/30/2010 10:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know that I've noticed any real changes, but I recently changed my brand of yogurt for a ProBiotic version. I have been feeling better overall, which I put down to getting better sleep, but who knows...maybe the new yogurt has helped (I eat it daily in the morning and have it in drink format in the afternoon).

Good luck if you decide to try it!

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   Posted 7/1/2010 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
You can't go wrong I think all the way around with probiotics.  I take a probiotic daily.  I believe it has helped some of my digestive issues.

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   Posted 7/1/2010 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been using AZO yeast when I remember to. It's an over the counter homeopathic medicine. It has a probiotic base.I can't say if it helps with digestive issues or not but I do think it helps lessen yeast (when I remember to take it).
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