Tiny Mission – D-Ribose for Fibromyalgia (does it work?)

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Last Updated on September 28, 2021 by melissanreynolds

D-Ribose for fibromyalgia energy – what are the benefits? Does it work?

Since the the seismic shift of moving cities to take on a part-time role, I have taken tiny steps to improve my life.  

In the same vein, in order to track what makes a difference and to fit it in to a busy life, I’m going to try some tiny missions.

I have followed Doctor Teitelbaum for some time, read his books and tried many things he has suggested. This is another of his suggestions.

D-ribose for fibromyalgia energy. Bowl of powder image

What is D-Ribose?

It is a naturally occurring sugar found in our bodies, but it works as a premium energy source.

This quote explains how it works:

“A key molecule, called adenosine triphosphate (or ATP for short), is known as the energy currency of the cell because the amount of ATP we have in our tissues determines whether we will be fatigued, or will have the energy we need to live vital, active lives. Ribose provides the key building block of ATP, and the presence of ribose in the cell stimulates the metabolic pathway our bodies use to actually make this vital compound. If the cell does not have enough ribose, it cannot make ATP.” How Ribose Improves Your Daily Energy by Doctor Teitelbaum.

Doctor Teitelbaum is known for studying the recommendations he makes (I was part of one for Recovery Factors in 2020) and this is the result of the one on D-Ribose:

“D-ribose significantly reduced clinical symptoms in patients suffering from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.” The use of D-ribose in chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia: a pilot study (2006).

Natural remedies for fibromyalgia - D-Ribose

My Experiment using D-Ribose for Fibromyalgia

After reading the research. And taking the Energy Analysis Programme  from “Dr. T” and after talking to my new doctor, I added a scoop (5g) of D-Ribose powder morning and night (when I take magnesium also).

The first dose gave me a sort of buzz, not dissimilar to a double shot coffee. It soon wore off and began to feel like taking any other supplement.

It’s a little hard to judge energy levels as my son finally stopped waking in the middle of the night so often right when I began taking the D-Ribose.

But I do feel I may have been dealing with a few seven hour nights better than previously.

It’s rather hard to experiment with my fatigue as so much changes with my baby waking or sleeping. I am noting how I feel each day but am concurrently adding in meditation and will slowly add other things as I get to know my new doctor.

How long does it take for D-Ribose to start working?

After three weeks (when the doctors suggest you can see a difference):
I wasn’t sure I had experienced a difference.   As an extension to the experiment, after six weeks of taking the D-Ribose, I stopped taking it. After tracking how I felt for a couple more weeks, I realised that it hadn’t made a difference.  

With some minor deflation after the hope that this was my “wonder try” that would make a huge difference, I carry on to the next experiment.

D-ribose for fibromyalgia: Benefits, research, my experiment. Woman jumping with purple sky behind.

Other Experiments for You to Check out

This post was written a few years ago, since then I have had some excellent results from my experiments. Most notably the ones below.

Recovery Factors for Fibromyalgia

Low Dose Naltrexone Four Year Evaluation

Meditation for Fibromyalgia

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Have you tried D-Ribose for fibromyalgia? How did it go?

0 thoughts on “Tiny Mission – D-Ribose for Fibromyalgia (does it work?)

  1. It’s always worth a try. You never know unless you do. Have you tried Co-enzyme Q10? Recent research that discovered the mitochondria in our cells don’t work properly also found we are seriously deficient in it, so I am taking 300mg per day. I am feeling better, but that could also be due to me sleeping better recently. As you say, it’s hard to know sometimes. But Co Q10 might be worth a go for you too?

    1. What funny timing! I have just today bought COQ10 to try as I have seen the research on that too. I will write that up as a Tiny Mission too 🙂 so encouraing to hear that you’re feeling better on it!

      1. I do have more energy and I’m not as brain foggy, which is a relief 🙂
        What dose are you going to try?

  2. I’m not sure. The dosage on the brand I got is 75mg per tablet with one or two tablets per day depending on why you’re taking it (energy or heart health). So, perhaps, 150mg a day to start.

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