Has anyone had luck with guaifenesin therepy.

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   Posted 8/8/2010 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I read in a mag that guaifenesin can reverse the effects of fibro pain and other symptoms. I am at my wits end trying to understand all this. I also was just diagnosed pre diabetic with high blood pressure for the first time in my life. I have so many symptoms it's getting real frustrating. Please help with any advice, my boyfriend cannot even talk to me about things. It makes him sad.

sad I have fibro, ibs, asthma, pre-diabetes, gerd, high blood pressure, bindge eating disorder, tennis elbow,nerve damage in both feet, etc.

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   Posted 8/8/2010 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I have taken guai, such in musinex.  I did notice that it made my muscles feel better.  But didn't continue it.  When I read about the guai, it said that you had to avoid a bunch of stuff with it.  Salycilites.  Which is in almost everything in one form or another.  But it can't hurt to try it.  So I wish you the best of luck.
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   Posted 8/8/2010 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sleepybear just wanted to welcome you to our fibro family. I have never tried guaifenisen, heck I cant even pronounce it. lol There are a lot of great people here on the boards and we also have alot of fun times here. Just keep asking questions and we will do our best to answer them.
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   Posted 8/8/2010 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   
If you do decide you try it, you have to follow the rules and avoid all salicylates otherwise you are wasting your time and money. Most people drop out because of the restrictions. There are websites that will help you choose everything from cleaning products to shampoo to sunscreen.

One of my support group friends did it for a few years with the doc in California that wrote the books. She found that it did help her pain enough for it to be worth the trouble but it took months before she felt any difference.

good luck.

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   Posted 8/8/2010 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone, I did read the papers online from the doctor in California and it does have a lot of restrictions. Being newly diagnosed with pre diabetes I am also trying to restrict myself from many things. I guess I will take one step at a time and try to cope.

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   Posted 8/13/2010 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I did that for a couple years, actually visited that doc to get started. It was quite a hassle avoiding salycilates. you can take a larger does of guai to counter small doses of salycilates like hand soap in public restrooms and such, toothpaste etc. In the end I didn't find much benefit and I had to stop because they made the guai over the counter (sneaky time release trick) which raised the cost quite a bit. I hear it works better for some than others. So I hope it works for you if you try it.

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   Posted 8/13/2010 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
The guiaf protocol has been totally debunked in a couple of double blind university studies if my fogged up brain is working correctly. I would not recommend it at all. I use malic acid and magnesium to some success. This, at least, has been shown to actually work.

Also, hop on over to the diabetes forum for some support with your prediabetes. Lots of nice people there.
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