Many people wonder if small bumps or lumps on the body are something to worry about. The majority of lumps that appear on your body are harmless, especially the kind that feel soft and roll easily (lipomas). See skin lumps for details.
However, always be sure to show any new or changing lumps to your doctor.
You may have read some amazing stories of people who claim to have had a complete reversal of their fibromyalgia symptoms from taking something called guaifenesin. You may also wonder why it is not prescribed more often if it works so well. For almost two decades now, a controversy has raged over the guaifenesin protocol as a treatment for fibromyalgia. Here is the story in a nutshell. Guaifenesin is an expectorant primarily used to treat chest congestion. It is found in some cough medicines and is the active ingredient in Mucinex. It can be purchased over-the-counter, is often found in health-food stores, or may be prescribed by a physician. Guaifenesin Protocol – The Background Story The guaifenesin protocol for treating fibromyalgia was developed by Dr. R. Paul St. Amand in the early 1990s. He believed that phosphate deposits throughout the body were the cause of FM and that FM symptoms could be reversed by removing excess phosphate from the ...
New research, funded by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (one of the National Institutes of Health) shows that the anticonvulsant medication gabapentin (brand name Neurontin ), which is used for certain types of seizures, can be an effective treatment for the pain and other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia . In this randomized, double-blind clinical trial of 150 people (90 percent women) with fibromyalgia, Lesley M. Arnold, M.D., director of the Women's Health Research Program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and her colleagues found that those taking 1,200 to 2,400 mg of gabapentin daily for 12 weeks displayed significantly less pain than those taking a placebo. Patients taking gabapentin also reported significantly better sleep and less fatigue. For the majority of participants, the drug was well tolerated. The most common side effects included dizziness and sedation, which were mild to moderate in seve...
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