I am two years into the Guaifenesin Protocol, developed by Dr. St Amand. I feel so much better -most of the time.
Dr. St Amand discovered that 30% of us also have Hypoglycemia with overlapping symptoms of Fibromyalgia. His patients who do not also treat their Hypoglycemia did not feel much better, even when following the Guaifenesin Protocol exactly. That’s me! Unfortunately, I was too fibro foggy to really understand the importance of treating both when I began the protocol.
This was not the fault of Dr. Congdon - she diagnosed me with Hypoglycemia on my first office visit based on my labs and follow up questions. In fact, I was experiencing acute Hypoglycemic symptoms during our first appointment. I was severely shaky from not having eaten that day, I couldn’t think straight, my hands were shaking. She noticed the symptoms and handed me her pistachios to get food in me. Within minutes I felt better. She told me that I had to treat my Fibromyalgia and Hypoglycemia to feel better.
I followed the Hypoglycemic diet perfectly as prescribed for 2 months before slowly reintroducing foods back into my diet to see which I could tolerate. I found that I could tolerate everything, but only in small amounts. One glass of wine was okay, but two weren’t. One-half an English muffin didn't hurt, except that for the rest of the week I craved more. I cheated with corn tortillas, bread and wine in small amounts. The more I cheated, the more I craved. The more inflamed my symptoms became until my primary symptoms of headaches and fatigue came back in full force. If I didn’t stop, I was sure I would become bedridden again.
I had been mapped recently by Dr. Congdon and had made progress in clearing the nodules, which showed I wasn’t blocking. The Fibromyalgia was reversing. The return of my symptoms was due to Hypoglycemia.
For those of us following the Guaifenesin Protocol, knowing that we are not blocking the Guaifenesin with salicylates, mint, tea, blue or purple dyes is critical. When we are Fibroglycemic, controlling our Hypoglycemia is also of the utmost importance. This enables us to know which illness the symptoms are related to so we can treat the correct illness.
In Hypoglycemic patients, too much insulin is released after ingesting carbs. Our blood sugar then drops too low setting off adrenaline to keep sugars from dropping too quickly. This usually happens in a couple of minutes, but not in us. The adrenalin causes the symptoms we experience. This usually happens 4-6 hours after eating the offending foods. Heart palpitations and insomnia warn me that I had too many carbs. I made the decision, finally, to only eat foods on Dr. St Amand’s approved food list for hypoglycemia. The symptoms I was experiencing simply were no longer worth an extra few ounces of wine or that half of a sweet potato. I have been rewarded for my efforts by decreased pain, increased energy, no headaches and a slimmer waist line!
The following are overlapping symptoms of Fibromyalgia and Hypoglycemia as listed by Dr. St Amand in What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia:
- Chronic Symptoms
- Dizziness, faintness
- Blurring of vision
- Ringing ears
- Gas, abdominal cramps, diarrhea
- Numbness/tingling of hands, feet, face
- Foot/leg cramps
- Bi-temporal or frontal headaches
- Impaired memory/concentration
- Acute Symptoms
- Heart pounding
- Palpitations or heart irregularity
- Panic attacks
- Nightmares or severe sleep disturbances
- Faintness or syncope
- Acute anxiety
- Hand or inner shaking/tremor
- Frontal-area headaches or pressure
With the addition of sugar cravings, weight gain, and generalized muscle stiffness, you now have a complete list of overlapping Fibromyalgia and Hypoglycemia symptoms.
The standard glucose test for Hypoglycemia is only accurate 50% of the time. The only way to accurately tell if you have Hypoglycemia is to follow Dr. St Amand’s recommended diet for two months.
Good luck, you can do it!