Fibromyalgia and Arthritis

Having a lethargic day. Somedays I wake up with enough energy to get quite a bit accomplished. Of course for me, getting a lot accomplished is the normal person's every day tasks. Today I managed to help my mother in law with a few things she needed to get done, pick up some chinese food, and take care of my autistic daughter. Then I needed a nap. After my nap I got dinner fixed (something I don't always have the energy for) and got the dishwasher loaded. I always have a list a mile long but rarely get everything done. I have a past history of knee surgeries since I was three. I fell about a month ago on the ice and re-injured my knee. When I went to the orthapedic doctor, he referred me to a non surgical bariatric clinic to lose weight so I will be a candidate for a total knee replacement. I'm not fond of the idea to have a surgery to have another surgery.

I have a lot on my plate and somedays it is quite overwhelming. I help take care of my mother and father in law. I am currently going to college earning my bachelor degree in addictions counseling. I work part time for a hotel. I cook and clean at home, take care of appointments for five people, and pay all the bills. My husband makes decent money but leaves everything on my plate. There are some days I am so exhausted I will sleep 17 hours straight. For years, my husband didn't believe that I had Fibromyalgia. He believed I was making it up. Now, that conversation never comes up because he knows I bust my ass to get as much done as possible.

None of the Fibromyalgia meds work for me. Gabapentin made me a complete zombie. Couldn't function on it. Lyrica was good for awhile, but then would make me so angry I would peel out of the drive and scream at my family for petty reasons. Cymbalta caused anxiety and depression. So, as for now, I take mobic for my arthritis and just deal with the lethargy and fibro fog causes me. It has been really hard for me to learn my physical limitations. I am used to taking care of everything and everyone.
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Nutrient IVs and Transfer Factors

The doctor who is treating me for my Fibromyalgia (and I have EBV and other viruses) suggests that I try nutrient IVs that her office administers. It uses high doses of glutathione, magnesium, B-vitamins and some other things that I can't remember. Has anyone had this done before and did it help you feel better?

She's also suggesting the Transfer Factor system from Researched Nutritionals to address the viruses specifically and to increase immune function. Has anyone tried that and gotten relief from it?

Also, I will say that since I've been seeing her (started in Feb of this year), I've been feeling a lot better. She has me on thyroid medicine (she thinks fibromyalgia is a full-body manifestation of hypothyroidism), which has helped a lot but I think my dose needs to be raised a bit more, but she's hesitant to do that. She's been working on increasing my methylation and mitchondrial energy as well. I am taking loads of supplements and eating a mostly paleo diet.

This all may sound like mumbo-jumbo, but something is clearly working. If anyone is curious as to what exactly my protocol is, let me know and I will write it down. Also, please let me know if you've tried IVs or transfer factors.


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Today I could use a massage!! In a lot of pain.
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Mattress Chat!

Hello fibro friends!

Since I'm overdue to get a new mattress anyway, I thought I'd ask and see if any of you have found a particular mattress has helped your pain and/or sleep. I've heard Sealy Tempurpedics are good but they're freaking expensive. I'm hoping to spend not too much but I'm open to costlier options if they help.

Thank you in advance!
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Gluten free?

Forgive me if this topic has been brought up before, I was wondering how many people on here have tried the gluten-free diet? And if so--did it or does it work for you?

I tried it a couple of years ago and it didn't really work, but I think that is because I wasn't vigilant enough and I replaced too many wheat carbs with their sugary/over-processed substitutes. If I try it again this time, I will try to watch/limit sugary starches and increase vegetable/protein intakes (which is always good for health!)

What are your thoughts?

Gluten-free is it a fad or a legitimate treatment for fibromyalgia?