Fibromyalgia Treatment with Guaifenesin; The Guai Protocol or Non-Protocol
In about year 3 of my recovery, I discovered Dr. St. Amand’s Protocol to reverse Fibromyalgia with guaifenesin, the medicine in Mucinex.
I started on the protocol, using the instructions in Dr. Amand’s Book, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia. I stopped using all products containing salycilates (Dr. Amand says they can block the Guai) and I started taking mucinex twice a day.
Success! I had phenomenal success. I started on a Thursday and by Sunday my muscles in my neck had stopped ‘splinting’ which means they were holding themselves in unnaturally tense and stiff positions. I didn’t feel great or anything, but I felt a lot better than I had been feeling.
I never experienced any ‘cycling’ which is what many people say when the medicine makes them feel worse at first.
The Guaifenesin program takes time – lots of time. I’ve heard the estimate that for every year you have had Fibromyalgia symptoms, you can expect to ‘clear’ on Guai for 2 months. So, if you have had fibro symptoms for 20 years, it could take you almost 4 years on Guaifenesin to get down to little or no symptoms.
So, Dr. St. Amand has a theory behind the method by which Guaifenesin reverses Fibromyalgia. Read his book or his website for his true words, but my interpretation of his book is that he believes Fibromyalgia is caused by a gene that causes people with fibromyalgia to be missing an enzyme that allows phosphates to be released out of the body through the urine.
If the phosphates can’t get out via the urine, then they build up in the body and the body puts them in all your cells, and eventually these stuffed-full cells cause tiredness, soreness, stiffness, and rob you of energy on a cellular level.
Guaifenesin is supposed to allow the kidneys to release the phosphates, and as soon as you start taking guaifenesin the body will start pulling phosphates out of the cells and you start peeing them out. The process can only go as fast as your kidneys allow, which is why it takes months or years.
In my experience, I believe that Guaifenesin actually acts on people with fibromyalgia in a different way. Guai has a property that allows it to act as a pain reliever and skelatal muscle relaxant according to Wikipedia.
Guaifenesin also has other known neurological effects, including an analgesic effect that is related to its action as a skeletal muscle relaxant – Wikipedia
I believe that this muscle relaxant effect is what causes Guaifenesin to work to reverse fibromyalgia. I believe that learning to deeply and truly relax is the number one thing that anyone with fibro can do to help themselves, and if your muscles are relaxing due to a medicine, then your healing can begin.
I believe cycling can be explained in two ways: one being that people who have fibromyalgia many times are sensitive to medications, and two being that as the muscles relax they let go of stress chemicals like adrenaline and cortisol that had been trapped in there – then the body has to process those chemicals and get them out.
I have written an ebooklet on my experiences and opinions about the guaifenesin protocol and taking guaifenesin as a muscle relaxant or fibromyalgia reverser, and it’s here The Truth About Guaifenesin and Fibromyalgia
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