Hope For Fibromyalgia Patients
For those suffering from Fibromyalgia, I have found a very useful website. My enthusiasm is based on the reports from friends who have suffered with this disease for years, and are experiencing full recovery after trying everything they could find to get back their lives. Points in favor of this protocol:
The books and DVD’s are clearly written and the theory Dr. St. Amand lays out in his book as to the cause of Fibromyalgia, as well as why his protocol works, makes sense.
Dr. St. Amand, an endocrinologist, has developed his “Guai Protocol” over a period of 40 years or so. Through his experience, he’s also discovered a nearly 100% accurate clinical diagnostic method which he has termed “mapping”. It is more objective than the better known “tender points” method of diagnosis, and certainly an improvement over the old stand-by method — “process of elimination”. (It’s not this, this or this, so it must be Fibromyalgia.)
There are three important components to the Guai Protocal. Getting mapped to confirm the diagnosis; taking a pharmaceutically pure form of the extract from a type of tree bark, called “Guafenesin”; and eliminating excess exposure to salicylates, especially via the skin. The salicylate thing is the most complicated part of the protocol…but it’s not really all that complicated either. A fourth possible component exists for the Fibromyalgia patient who also has Hypoglycemia, roughly 30% of Fibro sufferers. This is all covered on the site, as well as books and videos. The books can also be purchased at local bookstores.
Ideally, patients should find a qualified practitioner to map them prior to beginning the Guai protocol. There is a chart for each state on the site listing practitioners who can either map or assist with the Guai Protocol, or both. It might be good to try out two or more mappers, and compare the results afterwards. A friend told me if the map doesn’t match the symptoms, go with the symptoms. That’s where watching the DVD on mapping comes in handy. By watching the DVD, you will be able to protect yourself from a mapper who is just in it to collect their $50.00…but doesn’t know what they’re doing.
Guaifenesin is inexpensive and readily available, with or without prescription. The prescription form is even less expensive and more effective for most Fibromyalgia patients. Guaifenesin, has been used for various health problems for over 500 years, with no known side effects. The fact that there are no side effects when taking Guafenesin is another helpful diagnostic tool for the person suspecting they may have Fibromyalgia. If you have Fibromyalgia, taking Guaifenesin will make usually you feel worse, because it works to purge the body of the excess phosphates which are theorized to be the cause of the illness, and this can be painful. The exception may be for those with high pain tolerances, who will really need the mapping to see if they have this syndrome and if their dosages are strong enough to effect a reversal.
Fibromyalgia is a cyclic disease. When on the Guai Protocal, the patient will be cycling out of the symptoms of the disease, which will increase symptoms for a time. In fact, the protocol calls for an increase in dosage, if after the first week, the patient does not feel worse.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, according to Dr. St. Amand, is Fibromyalgia in patients with a high pain tolerance. St. Amand also states that Fibromyalgia tends to run in families. The symptoms can begin in childhood, and, if left untreated, over an extended period, can develop into Osteoarthritis…a crippling and painful disease. At this point the symptoms are not completely reversible. Fibromyalgia seems to be most prevalent in women… 85% women, 15% men, although this may be due more to the fact that men don’t seek medical help as often as women. The hormonal make-up of men may serve as a protection against Fibromyalgia in men. Dr. St. Amand further states that if you’re going to be saddled with a chronic illness, Fibromyalgia is the best one of the bunch, as the Guai protocol is so easy and inexpensive, with such a strong possibility of total reversal, if caught in time.
If you have Hypoglycemia, you will be required to alter your diet so that you eat little or no carbs, except for certain low glycemic index vegetables. He has a strict list in his book and a liberal list. They don’t differ in effectiveness. The strict list will enable the Hypoglycemic to lose weight. Hypoglycemia aggravates and speeds up the progression of Fibromyalgia. If you have Hypoglycemia and you don’t deal with it at the same time you’re on the Guai protocol, the Guai protocol will have no effect on you. How the two diseases interact with one another is also covered in Dr. St. Amand’s book, as well as on the site.
Fibromyalgia destroys the body’s ability to produce energy. After a number of years with this steadily debilitating disease, the patient, who has probably gone from doctor to doctor over the years, perhaps has been made to feel that they are slackers, or hypochondriacs, begins to give up and just go to bed. At that point, it can be hard to pry the weary mind open. So, if you have friends who have this disease, don’t be surprised if they are resistant to help. They may have tried many standard or alternative treatments, to no avail. They may not be anxious to get their hopes up, only to find they’ve hit another dead end. Take some initiative, for their sake…maybe buy them the book, find a doctor, drive them to their first appointments, until they begin to see some recovery. A worn out Fibromyalgia patient may not be able to help themselves much if they’re in an advanced state of the disease. But once they begin to see improvement, they will probably be more than willing to take it from there.