You must be wondering why I am talking about salicylate sensitivity on my blog. The reason is my husband has been battling Fibromyalgia for many years.
What is Fibromyalgia?
The name itself means pain in muscles and tissues. Some people with fibromyalgia experience more fatigue than pain. Unfortunately, until today, there is no absolute way to treat this.
However, after we did some research, countless doctor visits, and elimination diets, we concluded that relief would requires lifestyle changes. The Guaifenesin Protocol was highly recommended by a few physicians to help eliminate the symptoms.
This particular form of Fibromyalgia is due to phosphate accumulation in the cells, likely caused by the kidney’s inability to remove them or a missing enzyme.
What is the Guaifenesin Protocol?
Guaifenesin protocol is an unapproved treatment for fibromyalgia suggested in the 1990s by R. Paul St. Amand. The protocol involves three parts: titrating the guaifenesin dosage, avoiding salicylates, and following a low-carbohydrate diet if the patient is hypoglycemic.
Basically, one would take guaifenesin regularly while avoiding all forms of salicylates. This enables the body to flush the unwanted phosphates.
What are Salicylates?
Salicylates (Salicylic acid) are chemicals that occur naturally in many plants, including many fruits, vegetables, and herbs. They act as a natural immune hormone and preservative, protecting the plants against diseases, insects, fungi, and harmful bacteria. Salicylates are also created synthetically and can be found in many medicines, perfumes, and preservatives. All salicylates including aspirin completely block the benefits of guaifenesin.
What is my husband’s current condition?
As long as Mike strictly adheres to a no sugar and low salicylate diet, he will not have any fatigue or muscle pain. Every now and then he does venture into forbidden foods, which he pays a cumulative price for the next day. Sometimes it’s unavoidable during travels, but sometimes it’s simply to enjoy an occasional treat.
If you encounter him declining your kind offer of desserts or certain foods, please do not take it personally. It is the only way to keep him feeling 100%. However, you may be able to tempt him with one of his favorite dishes!