Happy New Year, I am new to this team but not to fibromyalgia. I think I've had it for 30 plus years and I am now 52 yrs. I hope to gai insight and friendships on this journey. I want to learn to eat healthy and decrease my pain and increase my energy. I am not able to take anything for the fibro because of sensitivities and allergies. I am also on thyroid medicine but my doctor will not precribe the armour thyroid even though I've heard it's better than levothyroxine. I am glad to be on this site, thanks for welcoming me and others. Take care, Grace
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I tend to stick to older, tried and true medications. I refuse to take Cymbalta and Lyrica because of the side effects, which to my mind outweigh the benefits. My doctors don't like that, but too bad, it's my body, not theirs, and they don't have to live with those side effects.
I, too, take Armour Thyroid (and I will look into the NP thyroid. Interesting...) because many people with fibro are hypothyroid, or borderline. I do feel better with it. Ask your doctor for a full thyroid panel if you want blood tests.
I also take Vitamin D3. I was on prescription D3 for awhile, as my levels were almost nonexistent. Vitamin D3 is another one of those frequent low levels for us, and can be checked with a simple blood test.
Eating gluten free has made a difference for me. I've been gluten free for about 4 years, I think. When I 'get glutened', the results are joint and muscle pain, and fibro symptoms. It's a pretty clear cut correlation for me.
You might want to check out Fibromyalgia Network. I subscribe to the journal. It's a keeper, at least for me. No advertising, just real and useful information about fibro.
Just thoughts. Welcome aboard. This is a great place for creating a lifestyle for reaching a healthy weight and healthy lifestyle.
I've had the best results with NP Thyroid, which is basically a generic form of Armour Thyroid. However, it works better for me because it has fewer fillers, which makes it possible for me to take it sublingually(melt it under the tongue). It gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream that way. That means it bypasses the stomach and I can take it any time of the day and also means I can take it close to other medications, vitamins, high fiber foods, high calcium foods, goitrogens, etc.
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I am not one for New year Resolutions, but this year I am so ready to Fight this Fibro and get myself back!! I am tired of the meds and tired of feeling like crap! So I here i am!!
I am Liz!! I am a Mom of 3 awesome kiddos that try their hardest to take care of mommy!! that seems a bit backwards but we all try to take care of the ones we love!! The medication side effects vs the pain is my struggle i am fighting right now! What one is worse!!? What medication has the best results vs the worst side effects? I am so tired of being a test dummy!! This new year is going to be a great year, it has to be!! I am going to work hard for it to be! I hope for the best!!!
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