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Supplements - Vitamins - Fish Oils?

Discussion in 'Medications & Substances' started by Claire, Dec 30, 2006.

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  1. Claire

    Claire Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone got any experience taking any of the above? Good or bad?
    I have problems with concentration and I know its PTSD first and foremost but I wondered if taking a supplement would help at all. Anyone tried it?
    There's loads of different opinions and research about diet and mental health but it seems to be a bit of a minefield. There are very few regulations in the UK too so you can get loads of things but its not easy to know what to believe.

    I just CANT SIT STILL!

    (my mate suggested a horse tranquilser but I'd rather not!)
     
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    herbal supplements.

    i am currently on NO MEDS and have tried to go the herbal route as some/most of the side effects of the meds were more of a hindrance than a help. this is what works (sometimes)

    Bach's Rescue Remedy (it's a liquid that you just put under your tongue) i take more than the recommended dose, but it's herbal and haven't had any prob.

    Kava Kava Root (1000 mg /2 times a day)
    (don't get the LIQUID FORM. really really EW.):eek:

    with the Kava Kava i noticed increased focus on tasks (i am an artisan and large murals require more concentration than you might think!) as well as a calmness that wasn't DROWSINESS. now with the Kava Kava, if i take it in the middle of a bad spell, it usually only takes a little of the edge off, but taking it regularly gets it in your system? i don't know, but i heard with the herbal remedies, you have to be patient as your body adjusts to it. also, i wasn't so frantic about conversations etc.

    also, eliminating caffiene (it's HARD I KNOW) can also help (some). i try to cut back on it b/c the trade-off of more energy for a time was not good enough when i saw how agitated i could become inside. but coffee is SO GOOD...

    i am sure there are other peeps who have more info than i do though.
     
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    I'm currently going the natural route, after a severe allergic reaction to anti anxiety meds. So far I'm getting acupuncture and taking; fish oils, evening primrose oil, flaxseed oil (for the hives), extra B-supplement as well as a multi-vitamin, thyroxin (not really natural but for my hypo-thyroidism (which is associated with panic attacks, apparently), lecithin, wheat germ, and a herbal liquid supplement. So far these seem to be helping, but i'm going to see a GP soon who specialises in blood tests and chelating supplements, and vitamin injections etc which is good because i was going to go mad and spend up big in a health food shop on Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, tryptophan, phenylananine and tyrosine, DHEA etc before someone pointed out to me that i'd better get a Dr to supervise all this as it is so complex that i could be making things even worse, and also some of this stuff isnt even available here in Australia eg melatonin. Well, its worth a try. I'll let y'all know how it goes.

    Tried Flower Remedies, didnt do a darn thing for me. I've still got the bottle of Diazepam for the bad attacks, its not that i'm anti-meds. If it works it works, its just that we really dont know the long term effects of some of these psych meds and i dont think the PTSD is ever going to go away, so i'm trying some other tactics. Effexor was fantastic until i got hives from it. Also, no caffiene or alcohol (she says!). Trying to get to like green tea..... also being even slightly glucose intolerant can trigger anxiety attacks, so i have to eat something little, even a handful of nuts, every 3 hours. And high-protein, low carb healthy diet. Damn, its hard work! Some times it seems like dealing with anxiety attacks/health issues has become my main job. That gets to be a bore, and then i quit, and relapse. Oh well, its just a matter of changing habits i guess.
     
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    i tried fish oil capsules, thinking i wouldn't taste it...wrong! i don't think it made much difference at the time, i was having major memory problems. everytime i took it, though, i had heartburn and "fish breath" within a half hour.
    i tried melatonin for sleep, and it worked--the next day, all day long, but not the night.
    i take estroven(soy hormone stuff) i like it much better than the pres. hrt.
    i take a good multivitamin
    i take extra magnesium--supposed to help calm. may work some, not sure, as this tends to get better and worse by itself all the time.
    cathy
     
  6. vcc123

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    all of the above

    The first thing my medication specialist did was put me on a vitamin/supplement regimen. Major multivitamin with whole food parts etc.. CoQ10, Magnesium, DHEA, Lysine, Essential Fatty Acids.. 3000mgs! I also take prescribed meds for you name it.. but I definitely feel better when I remember all the supplements.. if I miss a couple of days.. I feel it.. I think its worth a try.
     
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    Hi Claire have you tried Efalex, its a liquid and you get in Holland & Barrett, an it can help with concentration and such.
    But saying that, there is nothing wrong with your 5 a day supplements. e.g. Fruit and Veg.
    Cheers
    Scott:hello:
     
  8. Claire

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    Thanks Scott. I'll check it out. Yes, 5 a day. With you being a scot does that include deep fried mars bars?:think:
     
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    Eh no Claire, you are a cheeky monkey aren't you. But serious, five aday is the best I think, plus a good dose of Castor Oil. LOL.
    Scott:hello:
     
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