Supplements, Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia

supplements

*DISCLAIMER*-The supplements discussed in this post were recommended to me by a medical professional who knows my individual medical history and current medications. This post is not meant to replace any advice given to you by your doctor*

I have mixed feelings about taking supplements. I mean it must be a billion dollar industry. There are literally supplements for everything from increasing the shine of your hair to increasing your energy and immune response. I’ve always been skeptical that they work. They cost a lot of money and in the past I’ve often worried that I am just flushing those dollars down the toilet.

Over the past two weeks I’ve met two different practitioners, who have mentioned supporting my system with the same supplements. They also had evidence to back their up their claims.

Here are the supplements I’m now taking and why I decided to give it a try-

  • vitamin D – this should be no surprise, we hear about vitamin D everywhere especially at this time of year when we get less sunshine. Because I am easily effected by SAD-Seasonal Affective Disorder I felt it was important to give this one a go.
  • vitamin C- My mom is always on me to take more vitamin C. I have a low immune system and less ability to fight off infections and viruses as a result.
  • Kelp- Kelp contains iodine. Iodine is ‘food’ for the thyroid and since mine is not working properly.(causing hair loss, the inability to lose weight, depression, cold hands and feet) I felt I should give it a try and see if it improves my symptoms.
  • vitamin B complex – too many benefits to go through, I was told if I only take one supplement it should be this one
  • Milk Thistle – Milk Thistle is know to help support the liver. My liver is overloaded with the amount of medications I take daily, so I thought supporting it would be a good idea.
  • Magnesium- My blood work actually shows I’m low in magnesium. Magnesium is good for muscle pain and can help muscles relax. Since mine often go into spasm it’s possible that could be caused by low magnesium in my system.

The theme of all my posts this year have been about self care and because of that I’m willing to give these supplements a try.

Are there vitamins or supplements that you take daily? Do they help you?