Reversing Fibromyalgia

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   Posted 7/29/2010 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone read this book by Dr. Joe Elrod? Ifso have you tried the detoxification program? I visited a new doctor yesterday and she gave me the pages of the detox program and advised me to try it for two weeks. She is convinced it will help me. I have had fibro for 15 years(diagnosed) and CFS for 20 years. She seems to have a lot of experience with fibro patients. I recently moved to another state and had to find a new doctor.
I initally went to the doctor because of severe leg cramps which she dx as a low magnesium level. She spent a hour with me! I have never had any doctor spend that much time and she didn't even act like she wanted to hurry up.
I posted two weeks ago about starting lyrica. The doctor is not too fond of it and prescribed cymbalta instead. I was on cymbalta several years ago but got off because of the antidepressant factor. She feels it will help me better and said I probably am depressed even if I am in denial.
Anyway, this detox program is going to be a challenge but I am going to stick it out. I started 400mg of magnesium last night so my top priority right now is to get rid of these leg cramps! They have put me on a cane this week because my leg feels like it will give out without extra support.
BTW while I take pottassium supplements that level which could also cause the cramps is good as is my calcium level.
Thanks for listening. It didn't start out to be this long!

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   Posted 7/29/2010 3:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I have never tried detoxing Tru, I just wanted to let you know that I also take 400 mg. of magnesium for leg cramps. It has helped me alot. I still get a cramp now and then but they are no longer as severe as they were. I wish you luck with the detox, and will keep you in my prayers.
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   Posted 7/30/2010 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
that's funny you mentioned that, as my chiropractor thinks I should try it. Can you give me the details of your detox? I am just curious. I may try a modified one, but not limit everything. Good luck with it!

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   Posted 7/30/2010 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tru,

I don't know your detox program, but wish you luck.

Yes, magnesium can be critical. Potassium can be too. I was just diagnosed as a little low on potassium and am finding already that the diet changes have relieved many of the twitches I was experiencing. I'm wondering how many other fibro sufferers might be marginally deficient on certain key elements and not realize it!

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   Posted 7/30/2010 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
PS: I found that book is available in my library system - so I requested it be transfered to my local library. Maybe there are clues to be found within. Worth reading. Thanks for the tip. Sometimes even if a whole book isn't perfect for me, there will at least be some new helpful facts. :)

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   Posted 7/31/2010 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I've read it twice. It was given as a gift from one of my college professors who felt it might offer me an opportunity to better understand this condition we all share. I have eliminated much of the 'bad stuff' the good doctor recommends, and have added most of the vitamins, minerals, supplements suggested. Still working on the rest to be quite honest. Let me know how it works, will you.
Breathe in, breathe out...repeat
Fibromyalgia, collagenous colitis, osteoarthritis, peripheral neuropathy, moderate spinal stenosis (C3-C6) carpal tunnel, sleep apnea
Current Medications: Premarin 0.625mg, Oxycodone 10mg, Hydrocodine 10-325mg, Tricor 145mg
Other: Omega 3 Fish Oil, Cinnamon, Calcium/Magnesium, Vitamin D, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Alpha Lipoic Acid (600mg), Valerian, CoQ10 (200mg), Ginger root, Grape seed extract

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   Posted 8/1/2010 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello All,
This is the detox program:
High fiber foods: vegatable,fresh fruits,whole grains. legumes,seeds and nuts. Include peaches,strawberries,potatoes,spinach,tomotatoes,wheat and brain cereal,whole wheat bread,rice and popcorn
Increase raw fruits and vegatables to 50 percent of your diet. Be sure to include cucumbers,radishes,grapefruit,apples,cantaloupe,red bell peppers and green leafy vegetables
Drink 10-12 glasses of water a day ( I personally can't drink that much water in a day! I am trying for 6.
Eat moderatly and deliberately. Do not read or watch TV while eating.
Employ the thankful heart attitude   for your food and health.
Eat a maximum of 1500 calories per day for the entire 21 days. (My doctor told me do it for 14 days)
For each day visualize yourself getting well and getting or maintaining your ideal body weight and shape.
Consume 25 percent of your total daily calories at breakfast. Consume 50 percent at lunch and 25 percent at dinner. (Do not cound two or three healthful snacks)
Foods to avoid
High fat dairy productd
white sugar and white flour
fried foods and junk food
preservatives,salt,aspartame (nutrasweet) and saccharin
red meat(especially salt cured,smoked nitrate-cured foods like bacon and pepperoni) and chicken(which can be high in fat)
Coffee and caffeinated teas
carbonated beverages,especially colas
alcoholic beverages and all forms of tobacco
drinkiing liquids with your meals because they dilute hydrochloric acid, drink liquids one hour before and two hours after meals(I find this a little difficult especially when you need to take meds with food)
prolonged periods of direct sun
After the detox period
Continue to include high fiber content(fruits vegatables, whole grains and cereals)
choose whole what breads,bran cereals,rice and pasta
choose legumes like beans,lentils and nuts
use low fat dairy products or dairy substitues like rice or soy milk
limit consumption of red meats. Eat chicken or turkey(no skin)
tuna and other fish for variety
Emphasize fruits,vegetables and salads(with low calorie dressings)
Ingest omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oils
Drink 10 to 12 glasses of water per day(instead of carbonated beverages)
Increase calories back to normal maintenance levels for active
indivduals(1,800 to 2,400 for females, 2,300 to 3,000 for males) once you achieve your desired weight.
I don't eat or like everything on the list. These are guidelines.
I am on day 5 and find I get full pretty quick. I know I am not eating 1500 calories a day but I am doing the best I can.
My leg cramps are much better so it seems the magesium is working. Thank God!!!
I am going to do wii fit now, have not able to for a week.
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