If you have ever read the popular book by Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, From Fatigued to Fantastic, you will see all of the medications, vitamins and supplements that he recommends CFS & Fibromyalgia patients to take. Due to the complex and many problems that ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia cause is why it requires so many supplements and medications to treat these.
Dr. Teitelbaum doesn’t recommend starting all of the medications at one time but to start a few, see if there are any reactions to the supplements, then add more gradually. I tried to follow the protocol, but it became extremely expensive and so hard to keep up with them all. I also went to the Fibro & Fatigue Centers for almost two years and there I encountered the same problem. Too many medications, too much money and too overwhelming to keep up with them all. I would use the pill boxes that the center sells that are not only divided into days but there are divided with about five or six slots per day.
Certain medications had to be taken at a certain time, others had to be taken on an empty stomach, others had to be taken either with a meal or right after a meal…I just couldn’t get it together no matter how hard I tried – and I am a very organized person. So if it is overwhelming for someone like me who thrives on organization and is very good at it, I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult it is for someone who isn’t so organized.
I am not putting down Dr. Teitelbaum’s book at all. From Fatigued to Fantastic is my single most favorite book out there on ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia. It’s not his fault that these illnesses are so complex and require so many medications. I wonder if anyone is able to keep up with all of the medications, financially and otherwise.