Update on my Fibromyalgia Recovery, 18 months in on the Guaifenesin Protocol

So, the turtle won the race in the stories right?? Well, this is how it works with the Guaifenesin Protocol. Slow and steady. You have to be determined and committed. But I’m here to tell you, it WORKS!!!!!

***See the bottom of this post for more info on the Guaifenesin Protocol. Please do NOT just start taking Guaifenesin, it won’t work and you won’t get well! You must follow the protocol!***

Please note, I am a low-dose FAST responder. Which means that the phosphates are clearing out of my body at a FAST rate, so there is no slow cycling that 80% of the folks have on the Guaifenesin Protocol. That 80% often times can’t even tell the difference when they take Guaifenesin. Me and the other 18%, we FEEL it the whole time! And even then, everyone is different. It really does depend on how sick you were before you started the protocol.

I was couch-ridden. Would have been bed-ridden, but I didn’t have a TV in there. 😛 My mom is on the same dose- Low dose, Fast-responder, and she is doing AMAZING too! She says she feels better than she EVER remembers feeling!

OK, on to my update!

There are many days I simply don’t notice that I am any better than I was before. But that’s mostly because all I see is the horrible cycle I am going through at the moment, and don’t notice the baby steps of progress I am making 🙂

The first thing that encouraged me was that when I saw my mom last year, she said I am looking better and more clear-eyed than she’s seen me in years! YES!

I am able to go on long trips and not have to sleep the whole time. I can also go further than 4 hours driving with NO fatigue, pain and serious repercussions.  We used to have to get a hotel half way to our families place for holidays, about 5 hours was all I could do and I’d have to recoup at the hotel for a couple days before doing the last leg of the journey!

NOW, I can go on long trips with my hubby (he’s a truck driver) and enjoy our visit and time together! YES! And then I get home and feel fine, start cleaning up all our stuff, making supper, etc. Next day, STILL feel fine! YES!

My confusion and fog is getting less and less, mom says that I am looking more alert each time she sees me.

I no longer struggle with mood swings, sleep disturbances, hot flashes, night sweats, cold flashes. I no longer need pain killers (unless I get a sore throat, happened twice in the last year). I no longer get infections from the smallest thing like a hang nail. I haven’t had strep throat in over a year, and I even get colds without needing antibiotics! I honestly don’t even remember the last time I had a cold and didn’t need antibiotics! Even the smallest sniffle used to turn into an infection.

I was SHOCKED last week when I got a plain old cold. and that was it! I just had sniffles! No swollen throat so i couldn’t breathe! WOW! I guess it never occurred to me that people got colds and didn’t have to have antibiotics to get better! I don’t EVER remember it being like that for me!

I got a hangnail, finger got swollen as usual, I put a band aid on it for a couple days, it WENT AWAY!!! WOW!!!

Anyhow, I am SUPER excited to see what is going to improve next. Little by little I am getting my life back thanks to Dr St Amand and the Guaifenesin Protocol.
Please note again, everyone is different. I still really struggle with weakness, fatigue, skin conditions, and pain in my shoulders, back and hips. But not bad enough to need pain killers! As the Guaifenesin Protocol does it’s work, the phosphates are being cleared out of deeper tissue, which can mean more pain than before.

So, like a turtle, I plug along. Staying Salicylate free in all my skin products, staying away from concentrated herbal supplements of any kind, and taking my Single ingredient, Long Acting Guaifenesin, as per the protocol’s instruction. It’s seriously the cheapest thing out there for fibromyalgia, when I consider all the stuff I had to stop taking, and all the stuff I no longer need! YES!

***Please do NOT just start taking Guaifenesin, it won’t work and you won’t get well! you MUST adhere to the entire Guaifenesin protocol to see the positive results! ***

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About Christine

I'm a bit of a health nut and not ashamed of it! God, family and Missions are huge passions and driving forces in my life. I have had fibromyalgia for most of my life and am in the process of a treatment that is gonna give me my life back! Join me in my journey to wellness, make some new friends and maybe encourage someone else along the way!
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12 Responses to Update on my Fibromyalgia Recovery, 18 months in on the Guaifenesin Protocol

  1. Linda C says:

    Christine, you are such an inspiration! Thanks, for your 18-month follow-up. It sure gives me hope and it sure sounds like you are doing so much better. Praise the Lord. I’m in my 4th week of 1200 mg per day so I have a ways to go but I can already feel myself getting better. I love these websites on fibro. It helps me feel I’m not alone through this. Have a good day.

    • Christine says:

      thank you so much Linda!! <3 I love to help, and am glad you no longer feel alone <3
      yes! there is hope now! There is so so much to be said for hope 🙂
      You WILL continue to get better and better. Just stick to the protocol, keep vigilant with your sals and keep taking your guai.
      The first few months are so exciting and stressful too, so much to learn and take in. Then, it all just becomes second nature and just part of life. It's a nice feeling when you get there too!
      You have a great day!

  2. Mary says:

    Wonderful news for you. I am a slow responder…..really plugging along slowly. The last time I saw Dr. St. Amand he was told me he was putting everyone on their usual long acting and supplementing it with short acting guar twice a day. He said it made people clear faster. I definitely noticed a difference when I went on the added 400 mg. You just mimic the number of fast acting to the long acting pills per day but substitute with 400 mg fast acting gaui.
    Mary

    • Christine says:

      Thank you Mary! That is really good to know, I am going to tell my hubby about that too, since he is a slow responder as well.
      I LOVE hearing about people that are doing the protocol as written and actually following Dr St Amand’s instructions!! how are you feeling these days? and how long have you been on guai?

      • Mary says:

        I was diagnosed in 2002. I have had fibro from birth and didn’t know it. Got so bad, quit work in 2005. Took 2 years to find the book, read it and have a eureka moment before picking up the phone and getting an apt to see Dr. St. Amande. I was sooooo sick in 2005 compared to now. Yestedray I drove 2 hrs to our lake house with our 2 boxers, did some cleaning and came back the next day. Now, I am quite sore today, but lets face it….. the improvement is amazing. Dr. St. Amande has fibromlgia too, as you know. But so does his wife. He told me she took 12 years to clear. I figure I’ll be in that category at the rate I am clearing. But slow and steady wins the race. Every day is struggle. I so enjoy your recipes and suggestions on how to pace yourself (house cleaning!!!). I is nice to hear that I am not alone, not crazy and that there are some solutions out there. Thanks for all your support!!
        Mary

        • Christine says:

          oh this is awesome! thank you so much for your encouragement and update! Mary, what is your last name? are you on the Fibro(my)algia Facebook page too?

          Yep, you are NOT alone, there are many of us <3

          LOL the house cleaning thing is off and on. Esp when i cheat on the HG diet, I pay for it for a few days and the cleaning gets kinda behind 😛
          I am just so glad that I can help some Mary!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Christine,
    Thank you for posting your progress report. So glad to hear you are doing much better and having continual improvement.
    What dose have you been on?
    Best wishes,
    Margot

  4. Dianna says:

    Christine, Thank you for posting. I am a new reader to all this info and have yet to find a dr for mapping, etc. – but I hope to further research over the next few weeks and begin the protocol. You have given me hope 🙂 God Bless.

    • Christine says:

      Dianna, I am so thrilled for you!! Make sure to get your hands on the book by Dr St Amand, it will explain more about what’s happening in your body than any other Doctor could! He’s been studying for 50+ years!!! Most places have a copy of it at their local library even, so you don’t have to buy it 🙂

      There are alot of changes to make when you first start, and the book will guide you through all you need to do. Don;t let it overwhelm you though, it soon becomes second nature.

      Keep in touch and let me know how it goes, I can help you through the process, so don’t be shy! 🙂 feel free to email me.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Christine

    Thank you for answering your phone and explaining what a low dose responder means. I was ready to quit and you gave me hope and explained how important the dosing and timing is for low dose fast responders.

    Much love and many blessings!!!

    Julia
    600 mg 300×2, 40’s hopeful!!
    Miami, Florida

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Julia! I’m so glad you decided to reach out before quitting on the protocol! Keep in touch and I hope for improved symptoms for your future <3

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