A magnesium/malic acid supplement was one of the first ones I started after being diagnosed as having fibromyalgia. I've been getting my supplements from ProHealth, but, like you said, there are many sites out there now.
When I was first diagnosed, there were very few sites. I had to learn most things by searching.
Thanks for the information.
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Since I'm no expert ;) here is a copy of the explanation Dr. Guariglia provided as to the supplement You absolutely definitely should be taking the malic and magnesium. It won't matter what you actual "type" of fibro is like, it still helps most fibro patients in general. The magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer and reduces the overall sensitivity of the tender points. The malic works for ATP in the muscles and also helps with pain. There are so many good combination Malic Acid Mag products on the market. FibroMalic is one that comes to mind but there are so many others and I am sure you can find them in a health food store as well.
I wanted to share Dr. Guariglia's website because he posts very interesting articles, that might shed some light into our recovery. http://fibrocarecenter.com/
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Even before I was diagnosed, I struggled with my weight and wanting to work out more than my body was allowing me to. After diagnosed, between the side effects of the fibro meds and the physical pain I was into, made it that much harder.
I've found that a natural supplement of magnesium and malic acid helps with the symptoms as recommended by a chiropractor from NJ I consulted online (since the options for fibro patients in Puerto Rico are almost non existent). Obviously, it will depend on how bad your flares are at the moment but at least it has helped me to stay off the meds for a longer period of time.
Also, believe me I feel your frustration as to your weight... and sadly some of the meds prescribed for fibro wont help on that matter. I lost the first 35 pounds on my own and got stuck precisely because Lyrica was making me gain weight.. You just need to pinpoint if any of your meds is making you gain weight and talk to your doctor about other options.
As to working out, is literally one day at a time, little by little. If you can walk 5 minutes the first day... that's okay... is more than what you did yesterday, and increase the amount of time little by little (always consulting your doctor as to the type of exercises you should do). Another option is aquaerobics: is an amazing workout, no impact on the joints and your muscles wont suffer; but is very important not to over do it because you wont feel the effect on your body until you get out of the water.
If you are going to a health club or gym and want to take group classes, I strongly recommend to approach the instructor before the class (or at some point before you start) and ask him/her about the options within his/her class for fibro patients. If the instructor is not familiar with fibro, just explain the trigger points that you specifically have and he should be able to help. If not, I would be more than happy to assist in any way I can. Please keep in mind it is still within your responsibility to consult your doctor before engaging in any physical activity despite anyone's opinion here or in any other forum.
I've heard yoga works wonders (and honestly makes sense since you're loosen up with stretching exercises muscles that are stiff due to fibro) but I have not done it personally.
Just keep in mind that your New Year's Resolution should be towards feeling better, not hurting yourself trying to LOOK better. So even though it might take a bit longer, take baby steps towards a more active life and you'll be successful.
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