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heaviness, fatigue, and any advice on how to deal with it and does htp supplements help any of you x

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hi I have mentioned in a previous post about fatigue etc, I have been taking vitamin b complex and vitamin d for a little while, but I was wondering if you have any tips on how to deal with fatigue etc and does anyone else take 5 htp for fibromyalgia and things, does it help? 😊 thank you ❤️ in advance for advice x

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I take 5HTP for sleep mainly. Since I've been taking it, about 3 weeks I've certainly felt better in myself. Happier, more energy, calmer. Now that might be because I'm sleeping better.

I'm not making any claims for the serotonin boosting effects of 5HTP but I intend keeping on it. I'm intolerant to Amytriptyline, Duloxetine etc so finding a natural alternative has been great for me.

I remember you said you'd been prescribed Antidepressants in an earlier post. If you're taking them please dont take 5HTP as well. Although a natural remedy they can cause high sertonin levels which being on Anti D's will exacerbate and you can end up with Serotonin Syndrome which is dangerous and can require medical attention.

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fibrogirl41 in reply to Sparklingsunshine

hi I am not taking the anti depressants, I felt I was not ready to take it I wanted to find alternatives so I might try the htp do you take it everyday and have you had any side effects or better sleep which is always a good thing x 😊 ❤️

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Sparklingsunshine in reply to fibrogirl41

No side effects. I'm using a sleep supplement from High St store Savers which contains sour cherry extract, magnesium and chamomile, plus 5HTP. I tried one tablet but it wasn't enough so I take 2 in the evening.

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Torti68 in reply to Sparklingsunshine

I take duloxetine and Nortrityline with 5HTP. Are you saying I shouldn't be mixing them?

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Sparklingsunshine in reply to Torti68

I think the rule of thumb is if you're taking Anti D's then dont take 5HTP. However sometimes we take low doses for Fibro, much lower than prescribed for depression. For pain relief sleep etc. I would double check with your doctor or pharmacist. Just to be on the safe side.

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Torti68 in reply to Sparklingsunshine

OK thank you 😄

I’d be interested about 5HTP too. I started a supplement stack a couple of months ago but considering adding in 5HTP.

I’m currently taking collagen, boswellia, devils claw, zinc and vitamin D&K.

Whilst I have noticed my nails are much better and I feel more alert (most of the time) I think 5HTP might be a good addition - more so if people recommend! 😊

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hi I got some from solgar but I have some starpowa gummies that are ok x

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DazzleP

I also suffer from really severe fatigue. I have a drug called Modafinil for it which is prescription only but it certainly helps to make you feel more awake at to be able to concentrate more

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fibrogirl41 in reply to DazzleP

hi I am glad it helps x I was wondering if you have any side effects and do you sleep okay at night with the medication x😴🙂

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DazzleP in reply to fibrogirl41

I haven't noticed any real side effects apart from dry mouth so I drink more. To be honest I don't have any problems sleeping at all. My problem is with waking up. I could sleep for England!

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fibrogirl41 in reply to DazzleP

hi I wish I could sleep for England x I have been having a few nights of getting to sleep late and then having to end up taking things and at the moment feel heavy and fatigued x I slept OK last night but I am glad you haven't had any side effects x

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YassytinaFMA UK Volunteer

Hi , I had a blood test done and it picked up low in Vitamin D , So I take that as I was told by doc that could be adding too feeling more tired, I do take Vitamin C as well especially now Winter is upon us, I got advice 1st from my doctor before starting anything especially if on any medication. Anything that helps and I was also told by doc Zinc was good. Xx

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Lisajane747

Yes 5htp definitely helps i have also used rhodiola rosea, definitely helps mood etc, awaiting for something to help with chronic fatigue, i also take vit D3 and magnesium, b vit and under active thyroidTake care

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fibrogirl41 in reply to Lisajane747

hi thanks for that x I take vitamin b complex and vitamin d also, I bought some 5htp tryptophan supplements I think I will start taking them x thanks ❤️ 😊

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Ellie1991

As a nutritionist although b12 adn vitamin d are good they must be of quality and from a good sauce, Complex versions are known as activated so they absorbe better. With out knowing you medical history it is hard to say. However, it migt be worth looking into adding zinc and magnesium to aid absorbsion.

I suffer with the fatigue quite a lot and although supplements take the edge off some times I am struggeling to find a good way around the situation. I am doing some research in to using oxygen supplementation along with a vasodylator as on paper by opening up the vains and arterys more oxygen and nutrients can be caried around the body. I am in talks with my GP to maybe start me on this as nothing else is helping much. As this is not a normal fibro treatment it is taking a lot of discussions, however it looks like this might be on the horizon for me.

I do hope that you feel better soon though

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Colourpink66

hi fibro girl I take 5HTP I’ve taken it on and off for a few years now if you take an antidepressant you have to inform your doctor, I also take magnesium, b,c,d vitamins all have helped me with fatigue and better sleep, wish you well good luck

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Colourpink66

seeing the other comments I take 60mg of duloxetin which really helped but after about 18 months my mood was very low so rather than up the dose I went back on 5HTP i know the dangers of serotonin overdose so I only take one, I think after researching it you have to take very high doses of antids for this to happen

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