Hi, Mikie: I was reading the post from Shirrell about guafinesin and was especially interested in your reply to her. I read the book by Dr. Armand about guafinesin. I guess my cognitive skills are really bad due to the fibro. It seems I read something, but have a hard time comprehending what I am reading. I had thought you also had to watch what foods you ate to be sure they didn't contain salyclates. You said you were taking guafinesin, but didn't worry about the sals in foods since it wouldn't block the gua. That makes me feel more encouraged to try this program since it doesn't sound as complicated as I first thought. I checked the store on this website to find guafinesin. Someone else said it was available here. I got a listing of all the products, but couldn't find it here. Someone else said you had to get it from your doctor and still another person said you can get it over the counter at your drug store. Where do you get yours? Also, what products do you use that are sal free (I am talking about toothpaste, lotions, sun screens). I don't use makeup so no problem there. I also have contact lenses so I use products for those. Are those a problem? I also take vitamins-should I make sure they are sal free? It sounds like maybe since they are more concentrated they would be a problem whereas food is not? Do I just look on the list at the end of the book and if those are not listed on the label then it should be okay? I'm sorry if this sounds so stupid, but I have done so much reading and have heard of more herbs, drugs, exercise programs, etc. that supposedly can help fibro, that I am getting so confused. How long do you have to wait for your body to be sal free before starting gua? If it's in the book, just tell me and I will try to absorb it once again. I have been in such a fog the last few weeks. Is there ever an amount of gua that would be unsafe to take? You mentioned that gua causes the blood to thin. Would this be dangerous if you were injured or cut yourself? What about other prescription drugs-I currently take Ultracet and Elavil. Can these block gua? I also take melatonin at bedtime along with the prescription meds. Sometimes I feel so discouraged and tired of trying to help myself and figure things out, but I know I can't give in to this disease. I try to keep a positive attitude, but some days I am tired of doing this. But I figure at this point I have nothing to lose and everything to gain. I just don't want to do something that could harm me more. I understand that in the beginning, if the gua is working, you will go into a flare. How bad was it for you and how long did it last? I am still trying to work full-time. Should I plan on taking time off or is it not always that bad for everyone? Sorry this is so long. I realize you aren't a doctor, but any help or info you can give me I would really appreciate. If anyone else reading this can give me any help, I would appreciate that as well. Thanks. Ellen P.S. You said you are 3/4 better now. Do you still get flares or times when you are in a lot of pain? I realize that we are all different and I think in different stages in this disease. I think I have had this disease most of my life, so I am expecting that if this helps me, it could be a long time, maybe years, before I am the best I can be. I also eat healthy and exercise four to five times a week. I do stretching exercises twice a day.