Friday, May 25, 2012
Fibro Fridays - Supplements
We all know there are a lot of medications out there being used for Fibro and the associated disorders. Some of them work very well, some cause more problems than they're worth. Because of that, people are always on the lookout for some new supplement or natural solution to the problems we all have to deal with. There are some very promising options and some very scary scams. To be totally honest, some of them may work wonderfully for one person and either do nothing at all or make the symptoms worse for someone else.
My best advice is to arm yourself with knowledge and then to talk it over with a trusted doctor. He or she will know better if any particular supplement could interfere with any medications you're on - or possibly make one of your medical problems worse.
There is an article on About.com matching basic supplements with symptoms here: Supplements for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It's an excellent start and gives good, basic information.
I'll give you one of my hints now. Fish oil is touted as healthy for everyone. It can be hard on sensitive stomachs - and not everyone likes those fishy burps. You can get around that a couple ways. One is to shop around for different kinds of fish oil. Some are coated so they don't break down as fast, so they're less likely to cause stomach upset and fishy aftertaste. You can also purchase a totally new kind that squeezes out of an envelope and comes in a couple different flavors. It has no "fishy" aftertaste at all and just as much - or more - of the benefits. You can also either refrigerate or freeze your fish oil pills. For many this solves the problem. Good luck!
If you've tried any of these methods, what has your experience been? Has it helped or made things worse? Is your doctor open to using supplements? I would love to hear your stories.