Thursday, January 28, 2010 ailuro79, Community Member, asks

Q: Fibromyalgia & narcotics

How do I ask this without sounding as if I'm shopping for a high? Ok, here goes... I'm 52. Five yrs. ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I've been prescribed various anti-depressants + Lyrica & neither has helped. The pain is particularly bad in my arms & legs & physical activity is hellish. What I find does work are narcotic pain meds. Not only to they lessen my pain, they help me sleep & my fatigue is almost tolerable the next day. What do you guys think of narcotic treatments for fibro?

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Cort, Health Guide
1/28/10 8:06pm

I don't think your reaction is that unusual. For a long time it was thought that narcotics didn't work in FM but a couple of studies suggest that in some patients they can work quite well and a Health Central Survey bore that out - so congratulations for finding something that helped you.  Wink

Fibropain, Community Member
1/29/10 2:44pm

I have the same issue.  In fact recently I was prescribed an anti-depressent and it made me sleep lighter.  I told the doctor I had this reaction previously and he didn't seem to care.  Needless to say I stopped the anti-depresent and went back to Flexeral, which seems to work better.

kespo25, Community Member
2/ 1/10 8:13pm

Hello ailuro79,

I've had fibromyalgia and CFS for over 13 years.  It was becoming unbearable approximately 3 years ago.  I, like you, feel constant flu like achiness in my arms and legs, whether I'm at rest or out and about or lying down.  I had been on anti-depressants for 5 years prior.  My family doctor had me on too much vicodine and finally realized he needed to send me to a pain management doctor.  This was the best thing that could have happened to me because this doctor specializes in pain.  He knows that too much vicodin is worse than being on harder pain relievers ie. methadone, morphine, gabapentin (similar to lyrica).  Because of this doctors expertise in working with pain managment medication he was able to prescribe to me the appropriate amount of stronger medication for my body.  I had to try all 3 before I was able to discover the 1 that worked for me. One medication I was allergic to and another made me sick to my stomach.  There are other approaches to suppressing the pain, you just need to find a doctor who works regularly with pain management.  Good Luck!  I'm not pain free by any means but I'm not bedridden which is how I was prior to my current medicinal regiman. 

mazzuca, Community Member
6/ 8/10 4:53pm

Hi Ailuro79

 Im a 42 yr old female who  was just diagnosed with Fibro. ANd to tell you the truth, I DO BELIEVE that Perocets do work at least for me. I really dont care what anyone thinks of me and what im taking, when they can live ONE day in my shoes than judge me, until than find a Dr, who will treat you with what is best for you and your pain, BELIEVE me I SUFFER and still have not found a DR how will give me a narcotic they try all these other med that DONT WORK I keep telling them what does work and it seems to go in one ear and out the other. but IM NOT GIVING UP on looking for a DR who KNOWS what this FIBRO is all about. I HOPE TO GOD THEY NEVER HAVE TO GO THUR WHAT WE HAVE TO





mvalentin, Community Member
11/24/10 10:38pm

Hi Ailuro, I'm female 47 yrs old, was diagnosed with fibro about  two months ago and  I'm with you. I'm taking Lortab and I don't care what anyone else thinks. At this moment, it works, but the pain doesn't go away completely.  I'm going to ask my Dr. to refer me to a pain management place, and if it doesn't work, I will continue to look for somerthing else.  Never give up.  Please share with the rest of us your findings.  I found out ginger tea helps me pretty good. I cut the ginger root in chunks and boil it with raisings and orange slices, then sweetened it with Splenda or you can use sugar or none. Try it taking two cups a day.  Good luck in your journey!! God bless you and all the sick!!!

Christina, Community Member
2/ 6/11 10:32pm

Have you tried ultram? I have fibromyalgia as well, and it has done wonders for me. It is a schedule 4 medication, which is suppose to be less addictive than say hydrocodone. Good luck:)

sugarbean33, Community Member
10/22/13 10:28am

Hi I am Candi and I am 34 yrs old.  I have recently been diagnosed with osteo arthritis along with rheumatoid arthritis.  I also suffer from fibromyalgia.  I have had to have both of my femurs broke and straightened and all the ligaments replaced in my right knee.  I suffer from degenerative disk disease and spondylitis.   I am currently looking for a good pain dr.  I live in a small town with a large drug problem so the dr.s here do not give narcotis to the people who need them.  I suffer daily and have recently had to give up my job as a nurse due to the pain.  Pt is awful I have been d I ng it for over 16 yrs and seeing a psychiatrist for 20 yrs for bipolar.  I am getting so frustrated with no kne listening to me when I tell them I hurt.  Do u all have any suggestions. 

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