Salt has reduced my aches and pains...HURRAY

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by desperation, May 26, 2003.

  1. desperation

    desperation New Member

    For the last 6 weeks i have been taking salt tablets every day and i no longer hurt. I read a book by a renowned Australian CF specialist and he strongly recommends it. I add as much salt as possible to my food and take 6 tablets a day. i ahven't woken up hurting sinse I began taking it.

    It's probably worth a go because it's cheap, easy and relatively harmless. You will also know whether it has helped in a short period of time ( 1 week)

    While I'm here, I also want to advocate DHEA.This has given me lots of energy and there is absolutely no dispute about this. I get it from a compounding pharmacy and it comes in lemon lime flavoured troches ( it's expensive....sorry).

    Best of luck guys.....I know it sounds too simplistic but who knows?
    Love Lu
  2. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    Have been doing the Salt thing too, but not the pills, I take Sea Salt 1/3 a teaspoon a day, and I do love salty foods. It does make a big difference.

    Be sure to drink water though, you need to drink half your body weight in OUNCES of water a day. This has also been a tremendous help with my sinus, headaches, etc.

    Amazing how something so cheap can be of so much help!

    I did try the DHEA, but it gave me so much energy that I found myself in bed, I simply had more energy than my body could handle.
    How much are you taking (DHEA)?. Am willing to try it again, but can't afford to over work my body .

    Glad you are doing so well, just be sure to drink water with all that salt!

    Shalom, Shirl
  3. donna13210

    donna13210 Member

    I've read about salt helping with CFIDS, but didn't realize it would help with the aches and pains of FMS. Does it help with energy?

    You say it is relatively harmless. What about blood pressure? Do you have normal BP? Experts can't seem to make up their minds, one article I read says "cut down on salt", another article may say it makes no difference. One never knows what to believe!

    There's no way I could afford DHEA but I've heard some about it. I'm glad it's helping you!

    If I try the salt, I would lean towards not salting my food excessively. I'm afraid that if I ever go OFF the salt, my food will never taste right again! I think I'll stick with the tablets.

    Thanks for the info! I'm going to look into it!
  4. Carlacat

    Carlacat New Member

    I have been taking salt tabs for my Pots since Nov 2002 plus I take neurontin, maybe its both the salt and the neurontin but it has helped my muscle pain alot. I just advise everyone to ask their doc first before taking the salt tabs cause of blood pressure. I do know that I take salt to raise my blood volume.
  5. PatPalmer

    PatPalmer New Member

    I too have always been led to believe too much is bad for you, and that dose sounds way too much by normal standards, but obviously it`s not.

    Thank you for posting this, I have the natural sea salt in the cupboard and can feel confident to use it again. - Learn something new every day...

    Just read up and it`s an antiinflammatory and only salted food can be digested properly!!!...
    Don`t have the refined sodium chloride table salt, just unrefined sea salt.

    In the days before refrigeration, they used to heavily salt meat as a preservative, maybe it`s a substance we evolved on and do indeed need. Elephents go mad for it.

    Thanks again, - I`m going to post an article on this if that`s OK with you,- it`s too good not to be highlighted

    Love Pat.
  6. mitch123

    mitch123 New Member

    Thanks for sharing that! Will try
  7. Bambi

    Bambi New Member

    on salt and high blood pressure. It was at
    one of their big teaching hospitals. Anyway they were overdosing people on salt
    and it was curing their high blood pressure. I don't know what made them decide to try such a thing and I wish I
    still had the article..but it was definitely working. When I was pregnant I
    craved salt to the point of the ridiculous. I ate bags of regular rock salt, couldn't get enough and my doctor was beside himself, so I quit telling him.
    Both pregnancies. Didn't seem to hurt me or the babies (8lbs.6oz and 7lbs.6oz) but I've never seen anything saying pregnancy could cause a need for mass amounts of salt. I would definitely try this for the pain, I imagine it could cause nausea at first, did you start with a low dose and work up or...? Hugs, Bambi
  8. Bambi

    Bambi New Member

    UCLA or one of the hospitals near there. Hugs, Bambi
  9. tandy

    tandy New Member

    i'm willing and able!! I LOVE my salty foods but have tried to cut back over the years.
  10. AnnG

    AnnG New Member

    all that salt would cause weight gain? Or would it be temporary weight gain only?
  11. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    Heres a few books on Salt and Water..........

    'Seasalt's Hidden Powers' by Jacques de Longre, Ph.D.

    'Solve it with Salt' by Patty Moosbrugger (Practical uses as well as medicinal) Booklet

    'Your Body's Many Cries For Water' by F.Batmanghelidj, M.D.

    'ABC of Asthma, Allergies, & Lupus' by F. Batmanhelidj, M.D.

    Hope this helps, just be sure to drink water!

    Shalom, Shirl
  12. Nikki

    Nikki Member

    One of my earlier ME's told me one of my tests revealed I wasn't eating enought salt........I just blew it off, but after reading this post, I think I'll try it. Thanks for the tip.
  13. Kay2

    Kay2 New Member

    that PatPalmer posted it is VERY interesting!
  14. reva727

    reva727 New Member

    I've never heard that about salt, but I guess it's worth a try. I do have a comment on DHEA. I take 25 mg in the evening and it never gave me energy. I can't really see that it helps anything but the doctor told me to take it for the hormones.
  15. isee

    isee New Member

    Hi Lu,

    I take over-the-counter DHEA (25mg). Started 5 days ago. I wonder how much you take. So far, I just feel a little more revved up, sexually. No increased energy though, which is what I took it for.

    In the book, Adrenal Fatigue, the author, says that people with CFS often need as much as 200mg(DHEA) daily. He also says that women do better with pregnenolone than DHEA - less acne and facial hair occurs.

    Interested in hearing about people's experiences with these two.


  16. momkatmax

    momkatmax New Member

    Hey, I will give it a shot. I have heard that eating more salt only bothers people with an uncommon type of high blood pressure, so the old idea that salt is just bad for you is turning around.

    Anyway I have low B.P.

  17. RedB

    RedB New Member

    I totally quit salting everything years ago when my husband developed high blood pressure. And it's been just about that many years that I started having signs of this illness!

    The only time I get salt is in restaurant food, which is seldom, and in packaged food. I never add salt to any of my baked items, either.

    Wouldn't this be a kicker??

    I'm off to find some salt tablets!

  18. desperation

    desperation New Member

    Hi guys,
    Thanks for all your interest. I really hope you don't get too excited but, yes, it's worth a go.In response to some of you:
    I take 6 tablets of salt a day at anytime of the day ( 3 in morning and the rest at any time)

    If you have high blood pressure, i'd start with half that much

    I did not get any nausea ( and i DID suffer from this)

    I have not gained any weight. You need to drink litres ( 2) of water.This will keep off the retention.

    I have 25 mg of DHEA a day. I started with 30. I had my serum levels checked for this and they were really low. Please DO NOT get this from behind the counter. Go to a special compounding pharmacy and buy the best stuff available. i pay $ 85 for 3 months supply ( Australian Dollars). It took 1 month to work and 2 to fully work.

    Best of luck guys. Let me know how the salt went.

    Love Lu x
  19. Dorothy45

    Dorothy45 New Member

    congrats on finding something that helps! A long time ago, my younger sister suffered from leg pains, and the docotr told my mother that she needed more salt in her diet. It was summertime, and she was very active. My mother had always told us not to put salt on our food, because it wasn't good for us. It was good for my sister, she quit having the leg pains.
  20. momkatmax

    momkatmax New Member

    Dear Lu,

    What is the name of the Aussie specialist and does he/she have a web site?