I hope this week finds you doing better than last week. That’s definitely the case for me. I had a lot of emotional stuff going on, my legs and knees were hurting constantly instead of occasionally, plus I had a really bad cold, so I didn’t even get my blog written ~~ but such is life and now I’m better and moving forward.
Have you ever tried the Guaifenesin protocol to reduce fibromyalgia symptoms? I tried to do it about a year after I was diagnosed but the side effects were too severe. I had debilitating headaches that made it unsafe to drive and I was still trying to work at the time. I stayed on a half dosage ( 600 mg) a day for 14 years because I thought some would be better than nothing. It’s supposed to help keep your fascia more fluid instead of the stiffening that often occurs with FMS/CFS and causes some of the muscle and joint pain. I used the time released which is now over the counter (Mucinex) and was quite expensive to take on a daily basis. I couldn’t really tell a difference so my osteopath muscle tested me about 6 months ago and said I wasn’t testing that I needed it so I stopped taking it. Then I started dating for the first time in 30 years and got 4 colds in 3 months. Each time I got a cold, I would take the Mucinex and echinecea. I had less muscle pain and faster recovery during those 3 months than in the last 14 years. My doctor attributed it to my increased cortisol level from the hydrocortisone he put me on, the water structure machine and the synchronicity machine that I’ve been using for about the same amount of time. Last week my legs and knees really hurt for about a week, and I thought it was because I had exposed them to cold temperatures for too long. Then I realized that I didn’t have a cold and wasn’t taking the Mucinex and wondered if that might have something to do with it also. My doctor did his regular osteopathic adjustment, paying special attention to my legs and knees on Monday and I started taking the Mucinex for my cold. By Wednesday, I not longer had the constant pain in my legs and knees. I use a lot of products that the Guaifenesin Protocol says blocks it’s effectiveness for reducing fibromyalgia symptoms — like the echinacea when I feel a cold coming on, so I’m not sure if the Mucinex had anything to do with my reduced muscle pain and increased mobility or not. Next week, if my cold is completely gone, I’ll have him muscle test me again for the Mucinex and see if my body still needs it. I might take it for a while just to see what happens, then stop to see what happens. Anything to find out how to get better!
If you have ever tried the Guaifenesin Protocol, how did it work for you? I look forward to hearing from you. If you feel this information can be a benefit to someone, please feel free to share my blog with them as well as on facebook and twitter.
Here’s to Feeling Better!