My 6 favorite things for fibromyalgia relief

The original version of “My 6 favorite things for fibromyalgia relief” was first published on NationalPainReport.com. It has been updated and is being reprinted here with permission from the editor. 

Fibromyalgia is extremely difficult to treat. Today, I'm sharing some of my favorite tools for reducing the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

(This post contains affiliate links.)

I bet that headline caught your attention. I know it did because I’ve read my share of these types of articles over the years, hoping one of my fellow fibromyalgia warriors finally figured out a way to bring my suffering to an end.

But if you have fibromyalgia, then you know it is the ficklest of conditions. What works for one of us does not necessarily work for others. We have three FDA-approved drugs on the market, and yet none of them work more than half of the time. No one even knows what causes fibromyalgia, much less how to get rid of it.

So we are left to cobble together our own treatment plans, rejoicing for small victories when a particular drug, supplement or dietary change seems to help.

We are all on our own paths of managing this challenging condition, but I do think it’s valuable for us to share what has helped our symptoms and what hasn’t. That way, we can all learn from one another.

So, today I’m sharing a few things that have helped reduce my fibromyalgia symptoms, in hopes that this information might help others. I want to be clear: None of these are cures, and they won’t take away all of the pain, fatigue and other symptoms. They’re just tools I’ve found helpful in my own treatment plan and maybe you will, too.

My 6 favorite things for fibromyalgia relief

    • Magnesium supplements – I take magnesium malate or magnesium glycinate every day, and it seems to mitigate the all-over achiness that we all associate with fibromyalgia. It’s also supposed to help with sleep, so I take it at bedtime.
    • Magnesium lotion – My fibro pain tends to get worse as the day progresses, so it can be brutal by bedtime. On my worst days, I always slather my entire body in magnesium lotion before going to bed. It usually takes the edge off enough for me to fall asleep. My current favorite is Elepure.
    • CBD oil – Without question, CBD oil has been one of the most helpful things in treating my pain. There are two different kinds: hemp-based CBD, which is sold online, and cannabis-based CBD, which is sold by dispensaries in states where cannabis is legal. When I’ve interviewed cannabis experts, they all tell me cannabis-based CBD is the most potent form because it contains so many valuable cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant. The hemp CBD sold online is not regulated, so buyers have no way of knowing whether the product is safe or if it even contains CBD at all. There’s also debate over whether hemp CBD is even legal. (The DEA says no.) I’m planning to apply for my medical marijuana license and am anxious to try cannabis-based CBD to see if it works even better than the hemp version. In the meantime, I’ve been using American Shaman CBD oil off and on for the past few months. (If you’d like to learn more about CBD oil, you might want to read my articles on using CBD oil for fibromyalgia and how to choose a quality hemp CBD oil)
    • D-ribose – In two studies conducted by Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, supplementing with d-ribose improved the energy levels of fibromyalgia and ME/CFS sufferers by up to 61 percent. I’ve had good results when using Teitelbaum’s d-ribose protocol. It dramatically cut down my afternoon napping and gave me an extra boost to get through the end of the day. I no longer take d-ribose because my doctor has switched me to a new supplement protocol for mood/energy, but it worked so well that I still mention it to others. Note: D-ribose may affect blood sugar levels, so diabetics will want to research it carefully. (I share more info on d-ribose in this post. Two of my fellow fibro bloggers, February Stars and Grace is Sufficient, have also found d-ribose helpful for lifting fatigue.)
    • Low-dose naltrexone – I’m sure my longtime readers are sick of hearing me talk about low-dose naltrexone (LDN), but it’s definitely a contender for this list! When I was first diagnosed, I tried a string of different pharmaceuticals, and I couldn’t take any of them. Either the side effects were too severe, or they just didn’t work. During a desperate Yahoo search one day, I stumbled upon an online survey that showed LDN was the most effective treatment for fibromyalgia. In two small Stanford University studies, LDN was found to be more effective than any of the three fibro drugs approved by the FDA. It’s the only pharmaceutical that’s helped relieve my pain, and best of all, it has a low risk of side effects. A growing number of fibromyalgia sufferers have found LDN to be helpful in decreasing pain and fatigue. (I’ve compiled a helpful page of LDN resources here.)

And I’m going to add one more to my list. It’s a recent addition since writing this original article for National Pain Report:

  • Quell – I had the opportunity to try the Quell wearable pain relief device as part of the Chronic Illness Bloggers network, and I love this thing! It’s a little electronic device that you wear in a band velcroed around your leg. How it works is too complicated to explain here, but I wrote an entire post about it a few weeks ago. It’s been a surprising new addition to my pain-fighting arsenal. I was fortunate to receive my unit for free, but if mine dies tomorrow, I will be ordering another one to replace it by the end of the day. It’s that good!

Now it’s your turn: What helps to reduce your fibromyalgia symptoms? Share in the comments below!

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  2. Özlem Arslan says

    I figured that curcumin and pepperin supplements and drinking enough water helps a lot!

  3. Indomethacin is used to relieve pain, swelling, and joint stiffness caused by arthritis. It reduced my pain
    from fibromyalgia by about 70%. Kratom you can find online works well as a non narcotic pain killer.

  4. I too love my Quell Relief device Ive had it since May. I wear it full time this genius device has put me back into motion. I rarely take pain meds prescription or over the counter. I use Turmeric paste hemp seeds and in a smoothie. I take Kratom low dose only if needed. I take Magnesium Citrate. I will try out the additional items you suggested.

    • Glenda Barton says

      I have had fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue since I was 14 when I got mononucleosis, Epstein-Barr virus. I wasn’t diagnosed until the 1980’s at UCSF. I went through hell for many years off and on. It impacted my work career. I’m 73 years old now. Some things that have helped me and some new discoveries: the best pharmaceutical pain relief has been tramadol (ultra) and lyrica which mostly work quickly and are usually a bit stimulating too. Also, I’m always interested in alternative health and when I got breast cancer, after getting surgery but refusing radiation since I didn’t want to fry my healthy cells! I formulated my own anti-cancer soup with turmeric, shitakes, garlic, miso and seaweed (black pepper too). I kept cancer-free this way. At the time I evaluated the priorities in my life that I felt were important for quality of life. I always loved hiking and the value I got out of accessing beautiful wilderness areas not accessible by car. I personally never want to be in a wheelchair, although I’m not suggesting that the wheelchair-bound cannot be perfectly happy. It’s just my preference, and I add to that a woman at my mother’s convalescent hospital who ominously warned me: “keep walking or you’ll end up in here”.
      I am a Buddhist and I chant Nam Myoho Range Kyo. At the time I was experienced severe electric shock type pain if I hiked too far. It was almost disabling. I really started chanting that pain would not rule my life, that it would not interfere with my activities or stop them. In a mind-body sort of way it worked so well I have experienced very little pain since then on a regular basis.
      But I still dealt with crushing fatigue at times. Recently, I purchased a book called “Medical Medium”. He really gives a very expansive, and authoritative exposition of Epstein-Barr virus, including fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. He gets this information from spirit, and claims medicine will not discover this information for some time. I know some people will think that’s nuts, but remember the very well-documented Edgar Cayce? Anyway what I read of the Medical Medium resonates with my life and every doctor I’ve had is so clueless and what’s more – uninterested anyway. He has a cleanse I very much want to try. He’s a big believer in fruit (veggies too). I’m convinced diet has a lot of healing power for Epstein Barr. Also fasting. When I fast all night and morning I feel 100 per cent better and more energetic. I do yoga and as many Sun Salutations a day since I moved to a new place as I can manage. It’s a miracle exercise that given enough time and effort can also totally rejuvenate, youthify, and beautify your body. It’s just that I haven’t done it for awhile. I’m reading about d-ribose and I want to try that too. I’ll let you know about a dirty little secret of mine: I almost got addicted to meth because I hated the low energy of my body and loved the energetic feeling that it gave me and how I could get things done. But of course I knew that was dangerous and self-defeating and leads to total deterioration in time so I stopped that nonsense. I think the best route is a mainly plant-based diet, cut out flour products (for me), fasting, yoga, and mind-body techniques like meditation and my spiritual practice, Buddhist chanting Also hiking, forest bathing, swimming, painting, writing. All that has helped me. Thank you very much.

      • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

        Hi Glenda, I love to listen to the Nam Myoho Range Kyo chant. How did you learn it? Did you take a class or self teach? Thank you for sharing what works for you!

  5. Janice J says

    I am a 64 year old woman, who has suffered with Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and lupus for 25 years. Several years ago it was suggested by my Dr. that I try marijuana for my pain. I take artificial THC at night and supplement with brownies or tea during the day. The tea I make with the dried plant leaves, which contain little to no THC, but do contain CBD. This has been working for me for some time now, with no side effects. I would highly recommend this to any fibro sufferers. Anyone who grows marijuana usually throws away the leaves so usually aren’t hard to find. I hope this is helpful to some of you.

    • Ingrid Walker says

      Hi Janice, What is artificial THC does it get you high? I dislike and am very sensitive to the”high” from THC. Do you still function on THC or do you just get high when the pain is too much and just resign yourself to losing a day? Do you have a Med Cannabis license or live in a state that lets you grew? If you can get the leaves you can make tinctures and cannabutter, RSO oil etc. I really like my RSO Harle Tsu oil to lessen my symptoms.

    • Indomethacin a gout medication reduced my fibromyalgia pain by about 70 %, Kratom pills help with the rest, Bali is good for pain, not additive pain med.

  6. Joanne P King says

    Can you recommend where to buy these products in the UK 🇬🇧 please.

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      The Quell, magnesium, magnesium lotion and d-ribose can all be purchased on Amazon. LDN requires a prescription but there are doctors in the UK who prescribe it. Visit http://www.ldnresearchtrust.org to find a doctor in your area. For the CBD oil, I recommend American Shaman CBD, http://www.americanshamancbd.com, which is a U.S. company, but they may ship to other countries. You can email them through their “contact us” page to ask. Otherwise, there should be UK companies that sell CBD oil. Hope this helps!

  7. Janice Fusco says

    I would add one big thing, I use Enteric Coated Peppermint. It goes straight to my intestines to
    Calm the pain and spasms that come with my IBS.
    I have been using this product for 20 years and it’s a life saver

  8. judith says

    I always take magnesium with malic acid which is what helps curb your pain. It’s been my
    staple since going to a reflexologist and yes even she was able to help with some of the pain.

  9. JennyD says

    Y’all know that naltrexone is narcan, the drug given to reverse the effects of opiates/narcotics in a drug overdose right? It’s funny, the only way I can get relief is from narcotic medications, never had to take them until I got sick. I just can’t see how something that can completely take away my only source of relief could help?!

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      Yes, at full dose (usually 50mg or higher) naltrexone is used to treat drug addiction, but at low doses, it boosts the body’s own ability to fight pain. Many with fibromyalgia are finding pain relief using LDN. This article that I wrote for Pain News Network explains two theories for how LDN works for fibromyalgia: https://www.painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2015/12/11/naltrexone-changed-life-of-fibromyalgia-patient

    • Jennifer says

      Actually, Narcan is Naloxone. Naltrexone is Vivitrol which also helps with addiction issues but they are two totally separate drugs. Glad to hear these things help with pain. My husband struggles to find pain relief, even with the medications he is on now.

      • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

        Vivitrol is an extended release, long-acting form of naltrexone. We don’t use vivitrol for fibromyalgia. We use the regular formulation of naltrexone at a low dose (usually 1 mg-4.5 mg) for fibro.

        • E Fritzinger says

          Hi Ive had fibro for 30 years was shuffled around lots of Drs..Finally a dr. gave me the right prescriptions to help me. I take 5 tablets of amytriptoleen each night, I sleep deeper and that helps fibro. If I get a flare up of symptoms I use a Tens Machine on my back where I get muscle spasms. This works well, Rarely if the muscles spasm bad I take a muscle relaxing pill which clears it up but Im groggy that day which is better than being in Pain.

          • Trisha Smith says

            Because with fibromyalgia you don’t go into a deep sleep! So would Xanax act in the same manner?

  10. Sandra says

    I felt so badly for you when you wrote before Christmas that you were to sick to make the trip out state for Christmas. I thought how could that be. Well, didn’t I wake up Saturday morning to fatigued to get out of bed and missed my Christmas with my son’s family in Vermont. Now I know how it could be. Today was my first good day, thankfully, as my son and daughter with their families arrive tomorrow through New Years.

    I don’t know how you manage all you do to write your articles. You provide us with information that we haven’t found out about and provide remedies tested by you. Thank you so much and I hope you are feeling better.

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      Hi Sandra,
      I’m glad you’ve recovered enough for a visit from your son and daughter. I hope you enjoy your time with your kids. Happy New Year!

  11. I ordered Pure Vitality Mineral Oil spray and have had good results with muscle cramping (my hubby). I’m still working on trying to lessen fibro pain (just started with this) and am hoping that the cumulative effects will help. But it does feel relaxing. Like everyone else, I’ve tried many things to alleviate the pain, fatigue, etc. and what works for one may not work for another. I’m always looking for more natural methods. I keep following the chronic illness blogs and FB groups to see what others have tried and what seems to make a difference. Thanks, Donna!

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      Hey Jane, glad the mineral oil spray is helping you! I’ll have to check that out! Always interested in trying out new products. Thanks for sharing!

    • Ingrid Walker says

      I LOVE my Jarrow Formulas Magnesium L -Treonate. It greatly helps my brain function. Plus I make my own Mineral Oil by dissolving ($ store) Epsom salts in water. It works just a well for me.

      • How much Epsom salt to water? Then do you add oil? Do you use as a spray or rub? Ty for helping!!!

  12. sandy konstantinidis says

    Noxicare did nothing for me! Tried it several times. Mu husband also tried it with no relief. Very disappointing. Now I just bought the CBD Muscle Rub….not sure of that yet. FM/CFS is very devastating but it will not kill us WARRIORS. I will never ever give up!

  13. Aina Yvonne Kehus Sivertsen says

    I use painkillers with a hint of morphine in them..LDN did not work, D-ribose makes me throw up, haven’t tried the oil…in Norway doctors does not take fibromyalgia serious at all…we are hypoconriacs wanting drugs…it is a struggle…I can not exersise at all…that makes me so ill I’ll be in bed for days…Hot baths, warm weather, tons of rest, books and painkillers are my best friends😊

  14. I agree with you on LDN, it is very effective.
    Wonder if you or any of your readers have experience with hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy??

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      I’ve never tried it but I know some people with fibro are. It sounds interesting, doesn’t it?

    • Suzanne says

      I have tried hyperbaric and it did nothing for me and was very expensive. Now Ozone Therapy on the other hand has offered amazing results especially in conjunction with Gerson Therapy.
      With Gerson most people with Fibro become pain free within 2 weeks while ozone offers energy.

      • Anne Marie Elias says

        Be careful with the ozone. I used to work for the American Lung Association in Florida. If you have any lung problems at all, ozone can irritate and cause even more problems with your lungs.

    • Cristal Perez says

      My mom went through the hyperbaric oxygen therapy and it was a blessing. I can say that about 50 to 60% of her symptoms. Unfortunately, insurance doesn’t pay for it and it can get very very expensive.

  15. Judy Brock says

    I started taking Magnesium and Potassium at bedtime, and it really seems to help. Of course with all of Fibros wonderful sidekicks, I take a lot of herbs & supplements. But I read on one of the Chronic pain sites I get, that the combination of the two would help, and it sure seems to. Talked to my Dr. in the past about LDN, but will have to have that conversation again at my next appointment. Also started using Noxicare cream a couple weeks ago, and it is a Godsend. It has taken pain away, with just one use. And it stays away, without applying it again, for days, some for weeks. It is gardening season, and I love getting out there and working in the dirt. It is truly like therepy for me. But had to cut way back in the last few years. This year I am back out in my flower and veggie gardens, and can work for hours again. This stuff is completely natural, just a bunch of spices, herbs combined in just the right proportions. My husband has Arthritus and muscle pains from being a farmer most of his life, and I may have to hid my Noxicare so I can have some when I need it. He has given up on all the other rubs, creams and meds, and just uses it now. I can’t say enough about it. And I got it on a free trial, just paid the S&H. I had it recommended from one of the Fibro sites I get newsletters from; I think it may have been “My Counting Spoons”, and I can’t thank them enough. God bless you all, I will pray for you, please pray for me.

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      Hi Judy, I’m actually trying out a tube of Noxicare right now. So far I haven’t felt that much of a relief, but I’m planning to use it a little more before I make a final verdict. So glad it’s helping you and enabling you to get back out into the garden. My mom used to say gardening is great therapy!

  16. How many mg of Magnesium do you take? Just curious, I’ve started as well, but am wondering if I am taking enough. Thanks in advance!

  17. An awsome list Donna, thank you. I will be trying LDN for the first time in a couple of months, and I am SO EXCITED! I have yet to come across anything truly negative about it. From what I have read and heard in the FMS community, it’s about the best thing to come along since sliced bread! Thank you so much for linking up @ChronicFridayLinkup! Pinned/Tweeted/Shared♥

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      Hope you find it helpful. I continually hear a lot of good feedback about it!

  18. Stephen Rodrigues, MD says

    Stephen Rodrigues, MDJune 3, 2016 at 12:38 pm
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Fibromyalgia is the most complex disease known to mankind. It is caused and result in a bewildering array of overlapping issues: mind, neurotransmitter, electrical, body, cellular, DNA, chromosomal, muscular, spiritual, environmental and societal chaos.
    Using a narrowed treatment will only scratch the surface and frustrate everyone involved.
    This disease is best attacked with a complete set of treatment options to be used in a personalized and tailor made manner. This recipe has evolved over 2 decades:
    The patient must engage in a self-care plan of action with is mandatory to keep the healing fueled and activated. This will speed up, add certainty and predictability to the overall recipe.
    Self massages, aerobic exercise program, i.e. take the stairs and doing floor exercises.
    Take time every day for yourself by relaxing by Tai Chi and/or Yoga. Stretching of the major joint areas. Massage yourself on a daily basis.
    Herbals and Supplements:
    Multivitamins; an A-Z type + B Complex 100 + Vit C 1000mg/d.
    Magnesium Glycinate 400 mg/day by mouth. Epsom Salts baths (the magnesium will be absorbed through the skin), 2 cups per tub of warm water for 10-15 minutes. Trace Elements.
    The patient must avoid:
    Raw simple sugar foods like sweet drinks/sodas. Highly refined starches such as white breads, corn oils, and fat-free snacks. Caffeine >2-3 cups/day and tobacco products. Over the counter sleep aids.
    For your medically trained helpers who can blend all these forces into treatment sessions:
    Hands-on PT options @ 2-3 x per week:
    Massage. Tissue release options. strain and counterstrain. Joint Manipulations. Spray and Stretch.
    Thin intramuscular needling options @ 2-3 x per week:
    Dry needling, GunnIMS, various other “Acupuncture.”
    Hypodermic intramuscular needling options @ 1-2 x per week:
    Wet Needling [50/50 NS/Lidocaine] aka Tender Point Stimulative Needling. Tendon and Ligament Injections.
    The goal is active innate healing process so that these natural forces can to “whittle down” as much of the intramuscular damages so the tissues can rebuild back to a healthier state. This is not a quick fix, it will take 6 to 24 months or up to 2-4 years.
    Unfortunately in the early 90s many venture capitalist, investors and specialist with the AMA’s permission were able to take many of these options out of your insurance plans. Making then out of your reach thus funneling you into taking more toxic meds than needed. Be aware. Try not to short change yourselves. Godspeed.

  19. I have fibromyalgia chronic fatigue is bad as well as my pain for ten years!
    Age 38 tried everything from perscription meds to numerous nautropaths stuffling single income couch surfing!
    Most of my life spent working for supplements pain creams pills ect to survive:(
    Denied disability twice hard hold a job depression gets bad with pain and fatigue how cani go about getting a quell little to no cost does anyone have a answer?
    Take biotin selenium magnesium
    B php, zinc, lexapro, adrenal support, pain creams with cbd oil, dim,topamX for mood stabilizer, tramDol for bad pain relief.
    Help please just lost ohp insurance to
    Tara scared lost lonely looking

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      Some companies offer discounts to people in need. I don’t know if Quell does that or not, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. Their website is http://www.quellrelief.com. There’s a customer service link on the site.

    • Hi Tara,
      Normally I wouldn’t do this but I’m 37, and for me it’s been 7 years. I TOTALY understand . It is scary and lonely and confusing and I have found a long my journey just having a someone to unload to and bounce thoughts and ideas off of is so helpful and hopeful.
      After a hip injury, besides the worst pain I’ve ever felt,..I’ve spent so so much time and money trying to stay on top of it. Chiropractors, massages, PT, specialist chiros, TMJ specialists, counsellors, nauropaths, pain meds, all natural stuff, cbd creams , vitamin and more vitamins. Lots of yoga…sometimes some work and sometimes nothing works. I’ve quit my full time job twice. These days I realize my attitude and outlook on life, my faith…keep me going. You’re not alone . I

    • Doreen says

      Are you using an attorney for Disability? Many people told me to go that route. Yes, they will get their 33 1/3%, but they are the experts. Even with the attorney I was denied once and got it after that. With attorney I got it in about six months. You definitely need it from reading your post.

    • Tara, I have had fibromyalgia since I was 8 years old, probably born with it. It is easier for me then it would be for you, because I have had a lifetime learning coping skills, just as if I had been born with a physical disability, as supposed to becoming disabled later in life. I’m now 53, and menopause has become a new trigger. Some of my past “triggers” have included normal childhood illnesses, puberty, death of loved ones (sister, father, friends, grandparents, etc), viral illnesses including measles as a young adult, pregnancy & childbirth, family stress, and trust me the list continues. I can’t hold down a job and our financial situation is desperate.
      The first thing I’d like to say is: Breath . . .
      I know you’re scared and isolated. I understand. I become overwhelmed all the time and have to take downtime just for me.
      Second: The food, exercise, supplement, stretching recommendations are all valid. You have to work them in to your DAILY routine until they become routine. But they will not cure you. They will at best help you manage.
      Third: Stress is your enemy. We can’t live in a bubble . . . But when you start to feel overwhelmed, just walk away and tackle the issue when you have the mental energy. But, at all costs, don’t abdicate or run from your responsibilities. Take control, as hard as this may seem.
      Fourth: Learn about what the future holds from God’s Word. This was not part of his plan, so find out why there is so much suffering and how it’s going to be resolved. You will be amazed at what you discover!
      And Fifth: Practice smiling. Find things that give you joy very single day, no matter how small or insignificant. Work on your sense of humour. Practice kindness regardless of how others response. Develop a thankful attitude toward life every day no matter how you feel, especially if your feeling depressed and/or especially suicidal (PLEASE talk to a real person if your depression is sever! Your life is precious and things will improve!) It takes mental discipline and a lot of practice, but it s very beneficial! And don’t forget to smile today!
      Sincerely Wishing You Success,

    • Carrie Easley says

      I applied for disability online. I included complete medical records, as well as reference numbers for past supervisors and co workers, who could describe my work difficulties. I was on disability in 3 months. I was told that the reason for the swift acceptance was because I included such detailed records. You have to answer every question and send those medical records.

      • Michelle G says

        That is def the best tip when appliying for disability. I took crossed every T, completely answered each question or information box, and used every freeform space allowed to thoroughly explain my sitution. I received approval in 42 days. I feel very blessed to not have had to fight for benefits via attornies who would then take a portion. This tip we provided to me by a 40 yr Social Security employee (my mom😉😀). The physical pain and emotional distress that accompanies our in-common illnesses is dreadful enough; if we complete our application and have substantitive medical records to back up our disability claim, then we should not have to ‘jump thru hoops’ to receive our rightful assistance.

      • Anne Marie Elias says

        I fought for disability for my disability for over 7 years! Before I did anything, I hired a lawyer. I had been in a pretty bad accident in 2000 (45mph to a dead stop) and it triggered my Fibromyalgia along with a host of other health problems. We moved to Georgia but I kept all of my doctors and attorneI started my quest in Florida. I received my turn down letter that everyone receives, so the attorney filed the appeal. I traveled every other month to Florida to see my doctors and check in with my attorney. I finally had my hearing before the Judge (in Orlando) and he refused to see me.

        I moved my case up here to Atlanta GA with a new attorney and we appealed again. I had my hearing before the judge. He did not look at any of the evidence, just rubber stamped it denied.

        I asked my attorney if there was anything else we could do… He took a moment then said to me How about we sue Social Security? Would you like to take it that far? I don’t know if it would work but… And I immediately said yes, lets do it!

        So, we sued Social Security… And won a new hearing. The Judge agreed that the last judge did not do his job and was negligent and awarded me my social Security Disability!

        I sent my attorney a check for $800.00. He returned everything except $80.00! That was 2011. They would only go back 5 years on the back pay though. I have a whole nother story there…

        I just spoke with him a couple of weeks ago to get a referral for an accident attorney… Once again… Nother story… He remembered me! He said my case was really fun! Hard work, but fun.

        Usually briefs are 6pgs long, mine was 24 single spaced. He had to file another brief and it was 36 pages and the max for that one was supposed to be only 25 so he had to file a brief for an approval for the extended brief!

        He said that he loved my case because he loved seeing a regular citizen talking on the Government, and winning!

        So,if you are anywhere near Atlanta (I am an hour North), Michael Hoffrichter is the attorney!

        I will tell you, when you get your back pay or any pay for that matter, they do not take taxes out. If you have a working spouse, you may end up over the threshold of nontaxability. We did not know that and did not have enough money to pay the huge tax bill for 2011. We worked out a payment plan with the IRS and we are now below $700.00 owed out of $12,000! Make sure you put some of your back pay aside for taxes, especially if you have a working SO and you file jointly.

  20. Thanks for the tips! I’m interested to read more about low dose naltrexone. I also use a magnesium rub by Natural Calm and d-ribose. Magnesium malate upsets my stomach unfortunately but I’ve read many positive reviews. Great advice!

    • Been on LDN for almost 2 years. Don’t take anything else. Do I still have pain? Yes, but not too the extent I used to have.
      Piece of advice. Print out the info and take it to your doctor so that they can see it. Luckily, my PCP is wonderful and is open to almost anything within reason.

  21. Jenny Stallings says

    Hi Donna! I started using the Ancient Minerals Magnesium lotion a couple of weeks ago after reading the article. I have found it to be a great help in alleviating pain during the day and especially at night. I will definitely keep this stuff around!

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      That’s great news! So glad you’ve found it helpful! It seems to get really good reviews.

  22. Kris Boydstun says

    Question about Quell: I have very large calves. Is the strap going to be big enough for a larger calf? I don’t see anywhere on the website to ask this question.

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      The band is really stretchy so it should fit a larger calf just fine.


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