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    I've been on the Guaifenesin protocol for fibromyalgia symptoms, mainly vulvodynia. Should I stop that as I am now practicing mind/body exercises using Scott Brady's Book Pain Free For Life. Will my unconscious mind think I believe I have a physical explanation for the pain? Thank you. Ruth G/
     
  2. Daniel G Lyman LCSW

    Daniel G Lyman LCSW TMS Therapist

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    With all medications, especially those you’ve been on awhile, it’s important to consult a physician before going off them entirely. That said, I generally encourage a graded approach to reducing medications.

    First, however, wait until you see some change in your symptoms while still on the meds. That’s a good sign that you’re headed in the right direction. At that point, I’d encourage you to begin going off the Guaifenesin. Some bodily changes are to be expected when you go off a drug, so that’s why it’s important to do with the help of a doctor.

    Secondly, be patient with yourself. One time of the pain showing up doesn’t mean that things aren’t working. Remind yourself that you’re in this for the long-haul, not the short-term. Don’t be scared by some changes in your pain as you go off the medication. If your pain shows up when you start going off the medication, don’t think of it as a failure, just know that you need to give yourself more time and exercise patience.


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  3. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    Being patient with ourselves is so important. We can easily let stress and worry propel us out of the present and into the future.
    It's a bad habit, but we can break it. Breathe deeply, focus on what we are doing right at the moment.

    It isn't easy to go off medication, but I did it, a few years ago, by cold-turkey.
    It's easier if you substitute a hot, calming drink. Probably the best I've found is Lemon Balm Tea.
    I drink it with a wee bit of honey.
     
  4. Laudisco

    Laudisco Well known member

    I found this really helpful, because I've been wondering about this exact question lately! I want to go off my Lyrica medication, but I missed a dose one day recently and the neuropathic pain came back quite strongly. I will really need to think and pray about when is the right time to start tapering off the Lyrica, as I know it could be quite challenging.
     
  5. lorrie

    lorrie New Member

    Hey did that Guaifenesin stuff work at ALL for you? I faithfully did it for two years. I tried so hard. Such a disappointment. Just wondering. Very few people seem to have success with it. Pain is always explained as "the process is working."
     

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