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Natural Pain Relievers

September 30th, 2010

I went to the health foods store today searching for some natural pain relief for my fibro flare-up, but left too scared to try anything new. I am scared of making the pain worse, so I’m doing some research tonight. From what I read last night, it is best to talk to your doctor and develop an emergency treatment plan for times when you have a flare. I really don’t want any prescription meds; I just spent the summer getting off of some nasty medications. Here are some articles I’m looking at to put together a treatment plan that is right for me.

8 Natural Pain Relievers

Top 10 Natural Painkillers

Nature’s New Pain Relievers

Besides that products mentioned in these articles, it was recommended that I try DermaMag. I didn’t want to drop the $30 on the DermaMag until I did some research. Here is what I found:

What’s All the Buzz About Magnesium Oil?

Topical Magnesium Trial

I think I might give the DermaMag a try and see if it helps. I think there is less of a chance I will react to something topical than a supplement.

Research

Oh the Pain

September 29th, 2010

web-icon GrainI haven’t felt this bad in a while and I can only attribute my latest fibro flare to my mishap at the dentist’s office on Monday. Having felt bad all day, I decided to take some benadryl to see if that would help. If anything I think it made the situation worse. Then yesterday I had a horrible migraine which I think was triggered by taking my class on a field trip to a 3D IMAX film. Not sure if it was wearing the 3D glasses or I noticed fumes on the bus ride back to the school. I took some ibuprofen and that just increased my stiffness. I can barely walk today. If there is anything that has helped you get through an episode, I am open to suggestions. I’ve tried stretching, walking, a steaming hot bath and nothing is touching the pain. I simply cannot miss another day of work this week.

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Dental Check-Up

September 27th, 2010

Just when I thought I was getting the hang of avoiding certain foods and chemicals, I get exposed at a trip to the dentist. I made sure to mention that I had chemical sensitivity and that I did not want a fluoride treatment, but I didn’t think to mention anything else like gluten sensitivity and my food intolerance to cinnamon. After picking my teeth clean, the dental tech moved on to use a cinnamon abrasive to scrub the plaque off of my teeth. I could taste the cinnamon, and told her about my intolerance and she rinsed my mouth out and switched to mint. I don’t think there was enough exposure to do much damage, although my stomach is upset now and I feel a little nauseous. So be advised, the next time you go to the dentist make sure you disclose all of your sensitivities and intolerance! Surprisingly I didn’t get any flack from the dentist about my not wanting a fluoride treatment.

I wish I would have prepared for this in advance. I let my guard down on this one. A dental hygienist that also has Celiac posted this on the Celiac.com forum:

Hello, I’m a Dental Hygienist, and was diagnosed 5 years ago with celiacdisease. I personally call the companies that I order supplies from, and make sure that all my products contain no gluten, unfortunately not everyone can have a hygienist that is empathetic with the agony that we go through as celiacs. My best advise to you, is NOT to avoid the Dentist, or Hygienist, but politely ask that they use flour of pumice and water to polish your teeth instead of their “paste”. It is a standard thing that all dental offices use, and contains absolutely no gluten.1

So it looks like when I go back in April I will be asking for no fluoride treatment and please use flour of pumice and water to polish my teeth. Thank you very much. I just hope I can make it through the day without having too severe of a reaction.

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Winner Chosen

September 26th, 2010

The 6 Months Gluten-Free Give-Away winner has been selected and notified via email. Thanks to all of that shared your stories with me. I wish all of you the best health!

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