Monday, November 15th, was my 5th year anniversary of reversing my fibromyalgia with guaifenesin. HERE is the website with info.
I plan to write up a progress report every year. And every year I’m too busy. What does that say? 🙂
If you read very far back in my blog, you know I don’t let much grass grow under me. I have so much to do and seriously there aren’t enough hours in a day. 🙂 A far, far, cry from my life 5 yrs ago.
That was sad. I was in my early 40’s and we were looking to buy a wheelchair for me. We had borrowed one for our little vacation of sorts that summer of 2005 so I could at least go with the others. But it was old and not my size and just cumbersome. I had to use the store wheelchair at Target & such places. The kids would argue over who got to push me. Now, that is a sad place to be!
But my legs were like cement and they didn’t move. I had fatigue that required 2 naps a day and I slept all night as well. If I did awaken during the night, it was too hard to get up and move to the living room couch so Phil got me a small TV for the bedroom that I could watch during the night. I wasn’t able to walk through the grocery store so most of the time K got our groceries after her job in that town. She had usually planned the meals and made the grocery list too as even those jobs had become too difficult for me.
The guaifenesin treatment is a slow process and one that the patient has to take responsiblitly for following. There are rules to follow and if you don’t want to watch the ingredients in products you use on your skin or brush your teeth with then you set yourself up for failure right away.
But if you choose to be salicylate-free and follow the dosing step-ups as directed on the website, you will get better. It is so amazing! I only write occasionally about my Fibromyalgia because it doesn’t affect much of my life anymore. But if you click on the Fibromyalgia category on the right side bar, you’ll find a few other blog posts on it.
Now I do all the care for the house & meals, tho anyone is welcome to do a load of laundry or dishes! 😉 But I also live such an active life. I’m a busy quilter and looking to expand those levels in the new year. I am happy to be able to attend church weekly and my weekly Bible Study. I drive to visit my parents in Ohio and make the trip solo most times. I do water aerobics twice a week and aim to do a Jillian Michael’s workout here at home 4 days a week. (that doesn’t always happen because I have too many other jobs calling for me)
My hardest thing is the eating. About 40% of those with Fibromyalgia are hypoglycemic and I am one of them. I follow the HG eating plan that Dr. Paul St. Amand has written and tested. I keep mostly to the strict side but can have some of the vegetables on the liberal side. I also have a piece of sugar-free whole grain bread occasionally for a treat. When I cheat on the eating plan (including eating chicken at a restaurant as they soak it in sugar solution…. dumb!), I get an upset stomach, a headache follows a bit later, and the next day I’m fatigued and sluggish. It is impossible for me to find a safe meal out to eat and I miss that. I’m sick of cooking but I have to do it. There aren’t short-cuts and I have other things I’d rather be doing than spending time in my kitchen.
I’m so thankful that I decided to try the guai 5 years ago when I read about it. I had tried so many other “cures” and come up dry and poorer every time. This works!
- I love that I can do this without my physician’s approval. (tho she is thrilled with my progress!)
- While I do take a dye-free formula via a prescription, the medicine is available over the counter!
- No one is making money off of me following this protocol except the store where I chose to buy my guai. There are no paybacks or multi-level marketing at play here.
- Those who wrote the treatment program have fibromyalgia themselves. They know the pain. The fatigue. The fog. They’ve been in our shoes!
I now help others get started on the guai protocol. I’ve learned that just because someone has FM and asks about it doesn’t mean they are going to follow it. I offer information and help and more help if they ask. I help because I have my life back. I had to do this alone and learn it myself midst the fog. I’m very willing to help others get started.
My sadness with the FM is knowing others that are diagnosed with the disease and know about the treatment and how much I’ve improved and still refuse to look into it. Why? Do you like the pain? Is there attention there? Don’t you want your mind back? Your energy? Your strength? You can have it back with guai. It takes time but it works. You didn’t get this sick overnight and you won’t be better overnight. But for me, my 42 years of building up are nearly clear in just 5 years. What a blessing!
I’ve come to the point of being thankful that my disease is fibromyalgia. I have been able to reverse it and get my life back! That doesn’t happen with so many of the similar diseases I was tested for in the early days.
I don’t have fancy pictures to go with this post so thanks for reading along if you’ve come this far.
This is me ending my ride on the slip & slide! In the mud!
Five years ago I couldn’t have gone to my family reunion in Ohio with such ease. I couldn’t have walked up this hill. I couldn’t have done the slip & slide back down & been able to walk the next day! It was a 100′ slip & slide. Obviously, we all went farther. It was fun! 🙂
Guai works! If you have fibromyalgia, what are you waiting for?
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