Tuesday, April 20, 2010

April 2010 - Updated Schedule for Supplements/Drugs:

It has certainly been trial and error with the supplements! I ended up going to a holistic doctor who helped me narrow down my list. I was spending too much money on things and not seeing a difference. Right now, my list consists mostly of vitamins and minerals, and I have taken out most herbs and mushrooms, etc. I am working to try some new herbal supplements, which I will update you on when I have a more solid plan. We took out things like the mushrooms, because I was taking them for about 4 months and noticing no difference in my joints, inflammation or energy, but they were costing me a lot of money each month. Now, I am getting the basics for everything I need, and I will be working with different doctors to add a new thing here or there. In addition to all of this, my diet has remained pretty healthy, and I have certainly noticed a difference in my overall well-being from that. I have added back some western medicinal drugs, and I will be working with a combo of those, the current supplements, and trying a few herbal things. I will post more updates soon! 
Morning (wake up, empty stomach):
  • Calcium/Magnesium, 1 Capful – Trace Minerals Research
    • It was recommended to me by my endocrinologist that I get around 1,500 mg of elemental calcium per day. Calcium is needed for bone health, for proper muscle function (the heart included), and it helps relieve muscle spasms and pain.
  • Vitamin D3, 5,000 iu – One that my doctor distributes. Per doctor’s orders.
    • Calcium can't be absorbed without enough vitamin D. People with fibromyalgia, EDS, etc. tend to have low D levels. Low D levels, as reported on EDNF's website, are linked with pain. Vitamin D aids in bone growth and reduction of inflammation. There is D3 in the Calc/Mag supplement as well.
Morning (with breakfast):
  • Vitamin C – 1 teaspoon (roughly 4 grams or 4,000mg) of Whole Foods Brand loose powder, mixed with juice.
Midday (with lunch):
  • Multi-vitamin (vegan) that contains manganese, folic acid, and zinc  (I am trying new multi-vitamins, so far I am using super concentrated liquids by Trace Minerals, but I am not going to continue. I will update you when I have found something I like.)
  • MSM – 1000mg Emergen-C
    • Relieves pain, provides support for tendons, ligaments, and muscles. MSMGuide.com
  • Chelated Molybdenum, 150mcg - Solgar (must take if taking MSM)
    • Essential trace element that MSM can deplete.
Afternoon (empty stomach):
  • B-12 Spray – sublingual –
    • Energy. It also helps make myelin, the substance of which the sheaths covering the nerves are made.
During the day
  • Flax Seed – (whole and ground) - for fiber and EFA (omega-3). Flax also really helps with digestion, constipation, diarrhea, IBS. EFAs are important for protecting your cells against damage, and also help in reducing fatigue and relieving pain. EFAs also help with circulation and blood pressure stability. Mainly, now, I am incorporating flax into my diet. For instance, I am making raw flax crackers.
  • Flax Oil as well
  • Vitamin C – 1 teaspoon (roughly 4 grams or 4,000mg) of Whole Foods Brand loose powder, mixed with juice. (For a total of 8-10K mg a day).
When Needed
  • Colloidal silver for UTIs, infections, etc.

Prescription Drugs:

  • Bipolar Disorder – Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine) 900mg (300mg in morning and 600mg at bedtime) and Celexa (Citalopram HBR) 40mg
  • Sleep Aid – Ambien 10mg (only on nights when needed)
  • Birth Control – Sprintec 28 (generic for Ortho-cyclen 28)
  • For pain, I am working with docs to try new things. So far, I am just using up some old Vicodin, Percocet, Flexeril, etc. I will update you when I have a solid plan of attack.


Chantel said...

I was re-watching an old season of "Bones" and they were able to identify a skeleton because it had EDS. Thought of you... kinda a creepy. :-)

Vegan Danielle Davis said...

@Chantel - Haha! That season is in my Netflix queue. I still need to watch that episode. That is funny...and way creepy! Lol! You reminded me that I am going to do a post on pop culture. Thanks! ;)

creative chaos said...

what brand of calcium do you buy? I am trying to get my regiment in order. Thanks a bunch!

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