Do Nutritional Supplements Really Work?

by Kristin Thorson, Fibromyalgia Network Editor
Posted: June 4, 2010

Several different energy producing and anti-oxidant supplements might be beneficial for reducing the symptoms of fibromyalgia, according to research published over the past few months. You may already be taking supplements to build strength, provide fuel to your cells, reduce your pain, or increase your energy.

For the most part, many supplements have little or no side effects and some are reasonably inexpensive. While the various research studies are promising, the Fibromyalgia Network wants to know if any of the supplements have brought about significant improvements in the way you feel. We are interested in finding out whether you have tried supplements in the past year and what improvements in symptoms (if any) they provided.

We understand that budgets are spread thin and would like to determine which supplements are most cost effective. Results of this survey will be posted in a future report in the Latest News section of the Fibromyalgia Network website. Check back for results at a later date.

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7 Responses to Do Nutritional Supplements Really Work?

  1. naomi harris says:

    I have both chronic back pain due to injury and Fibromyalgia and over the past year I have tried multi vitamin and zinc, neither have had any effect and as I have to take other medication for various other medical conditions some of the supplements I am not able to take. I would be very interested to hear what others are taking and whether the supplement is okay to take with other medication.

    • Joy says:

      I have been suffering silently from fibro for over 20 yrs because of the stigma from physicians and other health care workers. This is a real illness and unless you suffer from it , others just don’t understand. I have always noticed that when I am in the sunny south, my symptons either disappear or are alot less which confirms to me that Vitamin D is a significant factor in the fibro equation.

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  2. naomi harris says:

    The dosage I was taking for the Zinc drops was 3 drops in water 3 times a day and the multi vitamin, I am sorry I do not recall. I would’ve tried the maximum dosage allowed.

  3. monique says:

    I totally agree that the warmth helps but when there is a barometric pressure change the pain gets worse. Vitamin d helps me with joint pain but not really the muscle pain.

  4. Loretta Holscher says:

    When I feel a flare up coming on I take a supplement (2 tablets) called “Relief”, a product from a company named It Works! (Believe it or not). I get real relief with a capital “R”.
    Loretta Holscher

  5. Dolores says:

    I’ve been taking supplements for over a year and I feel way better. I think in remission as I’m no longer in agony. I’m taking an omega-3 pill (wonder drug!), turmeric (for inflammation), glucosamine chondroitin (for joints), multi-vitamin, vitamin d3 (prescribed by my doctor), & allopurinol (for gout). I no longer take melatonin and have been off pain meds for over 3 weeks.

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