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Hi I have Fibromyalgia and I really do not want to take any of the prescription medications for this - just do not like the side effects. Are there any "natural" remedies that seem to help? What about Milk Thistle? or any others?
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358699 tn?1297646442
I am a Fibromyalgia sufferer but I take medication and also use non medicinal therapies such as yoga, meditation, gentle stretching of muscles, low impact exercises like walking, and swimming. The whole point is to relax the muscles and the mind. Because stress certainly makes us feel worse I think any relaxation therapy can help. As far as herbals, I am not familiar enough in that area. I would suggest to consult with a herbalist, or a pharmacist even your physician to recommend the different herbs.
1602048 tn?1297647463
Are you seeing a Rheumatologist for your Fibromyalgia?

I am seeing a Rheumatologist for my severe Fibromyalgia.

It is always best to check with your Doctor.

Keep me posted....Thanks!  
483733 tn?1326798446
I have found a lot of relief from massage therapy utilizing myofascial release, hot baths, stretching and light exercise, stress reduction and eliminating sugar.
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I am in the same boat as you, my rheumatolists just can't decide whether I have RA or Fibro, or both??  I am so frustrated.  None of the RA medicines they have given me have helped me.  They want to give me Cymbalta for my "possible fibro", but I don't want to take an anti-depressant if I can help it.  I went to a health store and asked what they recommended for fibromyalgia.  They recommended grape seed extract, (2) 400 mg. tablets a day.  It does seem like it has helped some, and it defintely lowers your blood pressure (just in case you were havning any problems with that).  I am still looking for other natural remedies that can help.  I suggest going to a health store and asking for any other possible alternatives.
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I will say I have had NO luck with Lyrica, Savella etc. The cymbalta (in my opinion) is the worst out there. It made me suicidal, paranoid, CRAZY!!!!!
I am on Zoloft for depression and have been for yrs. Along with a whole list of others I have tried. Unfortunatly the only thing that works for me is narcotic pain meds.
I have seen all kinds of specialists etc. I saw one Rumy and he basically said I had fibro and he couldn't help me. I went to GA to the Fibro and Fatigue Center and they are awsome. However, the drive there and back taked 8hrs then you add in the 4hrs you are there and it just wasn't worth it. I have seen Dr. St. Amand, Dr. Gatell (also in Atlanta). He is a quack. Now I am just back with my GP who manages the pain meds and anxiety. There just seems no where to go from here. I am so tired of doctors and treatments and different things to try. I am mentally and physically spent. I am now on adderall to help me wake and stay awake so I can perform tasks during the day but I always am in pain!

Sorry this wasnt much help
I wish you the best
1902785 tn?1321903724
Why are you on adderall? Before the doctors knew I was having atypical migraines and had fibromyalgia (long story...took years for Kaiser to figure out)...I was given Adderall for "anxiety". I heard that it was banned in Canada for causing heart attacks so I asked to be taken off. I also have reservations about narcotics and just can't afford most meds on my Social Security Disability. (My husband divorced me when I got sick). I an on Topomax which helps a lot but is no wonderdrug. Following a good organic diet for borth migraine and fibromyalgia helps and avoiding stress. I have blackout shades in my home and NO FLOURESCENT BULBS!!! Warm baths are great. I've been watching some research at Stanford and hoping for success there. It's non narcotic and inexpensive. You can catch a youtube film about it by looking up stanford fibromyalgia. Good luck.
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Please go further then that I don't believe nothing can make ur body hurt something has to be out on line. Walk on ur heels with ur toe facing the same way ur walking and butt and stomach in shoulder back and head high. Start slow cause its going to hurt u more to line u self back out. U don't need meds ur tired cause ur depressed because u hurt.  But the more u lay around don't help. Get up and get ur life back. U have to want it. Walk exercise stretch ur body out.the more u move the better u feel. Maybe its ur feet messed up or ur back. My man left me too when I became sick I was so tired I couldn't do anything.  If anyone wants to talk more about this u can text me 812718620 . Everyone needs each other to get over this. And I would love to help
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