Monday, May 31, 2010

Guaifenesin and Fibromyalgia?

Basically, Dr. St. Amand believes that fibromylagia is caused by the body's inability to process and phosphates, which then build up on a cellular level, bind with calcium and stay in the blood. Excess phosphates in the blood causes fatigue, irritability, depression and forgetfulness. When the concentration of phosphates in the blood becomes too high, the body dumps the phosphates into muscle cells, where they bind with calcium and become calcium-phosphate. The prescence of calcium-phosphate signals the muscle to move causing constant activity dyaa dn ight, year after year. Without rest the muscle will eventually spasm and cause the pain. Dr. St. Amand has found that guaifenesin, an ingredient found commonly in cold meds (Mucinex) helps the kidneys expel phosphate and relieve the symptoms of fibro.

Not everyone in the medical profession agrees with this, there is great debate over it all. But Guaifenesin comes from tree bark called guaiacum, and has been used for centuries to treat arthritis and rheumatism. And it isn't as easy as just taking the Guaf, Dr. St. Amand has a whole regimine for how it should be taken. You'll get worse before you get better, as you body cycles and gets rid of the chemicals.

Anyhoo, for anyone interested here is a better resource for more info:

I have not tried the entire regimine, but I occasionally will throw in Guaf (as Mucinex) into my daily meds, and it does help with my nasal and sinus problems, clears them up.


  1. I have found your blog posts to be very interesting as I too have Fibromyaliga.

    A few years ago, I was on the guaifenesin protocol and followed it to the letter.
    I wrote down how I was feeling everyday for 19 months. At the end of that time, I saw no difference in my health.

    Hopefully, others have been helped.

  2. That's very interesting to hear, thank you for sharing! I do hope others have been helped, as it sounds good in theory! I have noticed minimal changes myself, but I have not followed the protocol. (I'm a bit impatient, I need to work on that!)