Personally I take tramadol and it does a pretty good job of managing my pain most of the time. Depression isn't a problem for me, so I don't take anything else for my FM.
Two of the new medications approved for fibromyalgia – Cymbalta and Savella – are both antidepressants that also help with the pain. If you haven't tried them yet, you might want to talk with your doctor about them.
I have had fibromyalgia for the past twenty years and two years ago it stopped and today I don't have any pain. At the age of 60 my pain stopped. Now I am working part time.Two things changed and you can't take any short cuts on this. I was introduced to Usana and went on the essentials, proflavinol, vitamin C. Then after I was on them for six months I was able cut out the meds for depression, then I started to notice my pain wasn't as severe as it was. I then was introduced to the bio-mat fron richway and after a month my pain started to change again, the longer I was on everything the less meds. I was able to take. Now I am 62 and I have a part time job and I only get aches and pains from working. now I am working on a diet for intestinal problems and its starting to work for me. You have to be prepared to change your life style, I quit smoking and changed my diet and all of it together worked so that I no longer have pain.
I have fibromyalgia and panic disorder. I take Klonopin at night for about 4 years now and it helps with spasming and burning pain and also anxiety. However, long term you will have trouble with withdrawing from it. It does give you sleep, but the structure of the sleep is modified and not in a good way. It is longer lasting than xanax and also is an anticonvulsant. It has few side effects and has been used for years by CFIDS and FMS Drs. It is not a cure.
I take 1 mg of xanax 4 times a day and it helps me.
I don't have fibromyaligia but I have seen written and people tell me whatthey were on that worked and it is a wide range of pain kills. from all the non narcotic pain killers to 50 mg fentanal pactches. I think you need to start out on non narcotic pain kills some perople take them and they are ok others they do nothing for and have to use narcotics.
They use from the lowes dose of opoids from 5/325 percoset to 40 mg oxycoton and a few fentanal patch users since I don't have that problem I cant tell you what is best for you because I don't know your pain level. Narcotic pain killers are habit forming and cause problems whe you go to the bathroom if you require narcotic pain killes start low and stop before you get to oxycoton mehadone or fentanal the three drugs are heavy hitters and I don't see why anyone needs them I have three forms of cancer by bone structure is shot I can't be operated on because I will die i on the table. I was on all three of the heavy hitting drugs and I couldn't function or go to the bathroom so I had my doctor put me on pure 15 mg hcl oxycodone. What ever you get use it as instructed. never over take it and take it by mouth. If you can skip a dose do it. xanax is a wonderful drug for your problem but it is easy t abuse and is harder to come off of than any opoid. The reason I know is I got a new doctor at the clinic where I go that doctor didn't believe in xanax so the doctor wrote me somehing else/ I went throught withdraws from hell I was in bed two weeks sick sweating back door runs and couldn't eat. So it's up to you really they are all bad they have the potental to be abused stolen by pillhead friends and people beging to have you gie them to you. Remember a urine test will nail your hide to the wall and cause you to lose any narcotic med. never take any drug your not perscribed to take or you will get caught. God bless you
If i am correct, and i believe i am, cymbalta is the first FDA drug approved FOR depression AND fibromyalgia, Lyrica is a drug for F.M. but does not really help with depression.,I also am afraid to take medications that will alter my mind, so i take the Cymbalta at night, also, right now i am taking 2mg of klonopin at night (both at bed time) klonopin does make you sleepy, and helps with anxiety, so it is doing a great job when you need it,,, and thats a GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP. I initially had side effects from Cymbalta, so i started out on low dose and now working my way up, and having no problems knock on wood. I feel fine when i wake up. dry mouth is the only side effect i get, and thats fine with me, considering some of the other side effects i could get, however, my DR. wants me to take xanax instead of the klonopin,at night,. so i am thinking about that. speaking of cymbalta,,,, i need to post a question..... i hope that helps ,,, good luck to you.
Im am a fibro sufferer since 1992. After yrs of taking every drug made along with weak narcotics (Percocet, Ultram, Tylenol #3 & 4, I started Oxycontin 240 mgs a day in 1999 and after 3 miserable yrs of side fx I wanted out and ended up in the hospital by ambulance when I quit cold turkey one horrible day. They refused to give me any medical help in the hosp! 2 days of horrorific withdrawel ensued and after telling the pain team that without pain relief I would commit suicide they finally put me on the Fentanyl patch the 100 dose on the third day there. My tolerance had dropped drastically by then and that 100 dose was too high. I went home that day and at night I stopped breathing in my sleep and awoke (thank God) gasping terribly and feeling so horrible. I ripped it off and gradually over a week increased the wearing time till I was using it full time. Then it was fine. This patch is a GOD SEND! NO horrible side fx except constipation (I have to manually disimpact myself-sounds worse than it is-you get used to it, its quick, and not at all messy, you just wear a surgical glove, and it doesnt hurt at all). This is much better than any laxative incl Miralax which is a pain, expensive and still wont permit complete evacuation. Of course it helps if you are active and moving as much as possible. If you are bedridden, things are much worse-dont do it. I did for 2 yrs and muscle wasting and weight loss resulted (115 lbs lost!)along with severe weakness and deconditioning making fibromyalgia much worse. I have not worked since 1992 due to the fibro. In any event, the meds I have used now that really work are: Cymbalta 60 mgs at night, Fentanyl 100 patch, and Lyrica 300 mg a day (150mg 2x a day). I have used it all, done it all and these are the best. Used individually however, and they are useless, Its the 3 used together that work. Getting a dr to prescribe the Fentanyl patch is hard-you have to go to a pain dr, clinic or pain team at a hosp and explain how horrible the pain is in detail, and that your function has been reduced to zero. NSAIDS I clouldnt take any more because my stomach was shot to hell after yrs of use. So whats left really besides narcotics??? They act like you have to pull teeth just to get some relief and have a life. Now my dr of 3 yrs (I moved alot) told me out of the clear blue that he wants me off the patch!! Never abused it, no early requests etc. I think because Im having gastric bypass soon he says its a new life for me and assumes (wrongly) that my fibro will be cured after a huge weight loss (I weigh 245 now and are 5'7). My goal weight is 150 but I seriously doubt it will have any effect on the fibro and of course major surgery alone can make it worse as the body sees it as a trauma, esp general anesthesia. I should mention I also have out of control type 2 diabetes, high bp, lipids etc. These things should resolve completely but the fibro-highly doubtful!! Its hard to know whether or not I can get by on just the Cymbalta & Lyrica but its VERY doubtful. I've read about 2 new non narcotic pain meds--Neurocet & Neurophen. Im looking into them to replace the Fentanyl patch. But my dr needs to know that after using heavy duty narcotics since 1999, that I need a program and a hosp stay and alot of meds to get me thru the withdrawel which will be ungodly hell no doubt. Im going to insist on being treated by a pain specialist at a hospital. This I fear more than the pain. I have unfortunately found that there are worse things than pain. Withdrawal from LT continuous narcotic pain med use is the worst thing you can imagine. The physic hell, the thrashing on the bed, the whole body feeling tortured is something you cant imagine unless you've lived thru it. I wanted to throw myself out the window and might have if it werent sealed shut. I wanted to die. So you see my dilemma. That was with NO medication given to help me! What bastards those dr's were. I'll close now and send my prayers to others with Fibro and other chronic pain.
well i have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia since 1994 ,and started with a fairly high dose of co codamol ,then going onto codeine ,then dihydrocodeine..This worked quite well ,until i had a bad relapse./flare ,and was unable to move..i was almost bedridden ,and would spend days crying and tearing my hair out with the constant pain..
After numerous tests ,it was found i also have DDD..and after seeing a wonderful specialist ,who told me no way was i going to be a candidate for surgery....He then confured with my gp again ,and they both agreed the only course of action was to put me on morphine..
Now i take the slow release Zomorph tabs...(130mg x2day) ,plus liquid morphine for breakthrough pain.
for depression i was given prozac ,but it gave me chronic abdominal pain ,and acid reflux ,so i now take diazepam (10mg x2day...2 morning/2 night)..
Hope these help ,they have definately transformed my life ,inspite of still livin g with constant ,chronic pain ...they have made it bearable..
good luck...try not to be scared of these meds ,none of us like taking long term meds ,but if they give you some quality of life back...it`s worth it...take care!
I take several different medications because I have several health issues:
Fibromyalgia-I take Lyrica
RLS - Mirapex
For Pain - Motrin and MS Contin (morphine)
Bi-polar - Zoloft
Panic attacks - Xanax
Flexeril - muscle relaxer
But I also have other procedures done at my Pain center. Epidural for my lower back and legs pain. I have had Radio Frequency/Facet Joint Injections, massage therapy, etc.
Since I started on Nortriptyline in around 2002, I haven't tried any of the new drugs. I take Attavan (2mg) for sleep, and it works most of the time. I take Percocet and Methodone for pain, as well as a muscle relaxer (robaxin/methocarbomal). They help, but I don't get relief from the "bad" pain when it hits. But thank goodness it's not that often.
I did try Lyrica-twice, but it didn't do a thing for me. I just added the Methadone, twice a day, 5 mg, and it helps for daily pain/stiffness. I don't take quite as many Percocets.
Good luck, the only way you can know if something works for you is to try it. And I highly recommend you keep a daily log of how you're feeling, or you'll never know if it's really helping. Good luck, Ann
A list of medicines ... okay
I'll list the ones I'm taking now.
Bupropion SR 300mg twice daily
Effexor XL 225mg in the morn
Trazodone 300mg at bedtime
Clorazepate 15 mg at bedtime and 1 - 2 tablets during the day
Oxycodone/APAP 10/325 I can usually make it through the day taking 2 tabs
Meloxicam 15mg daily (only helps an arm that was mangled by a 1st generation air bag)
I take a couple of others but they don't help the Fibro, CFIDS and MDD.
Don't be afraid, just be sure the drs know you are taking all of them at the same time. They will whittle them down, hopefully. I take cymbalta (love it), baclofen, topamax, celebrex, 50 mg. kadian (pain), soma, 2,000 iu Vit D (pain), amatiza (constipation). I also take synthroid and cytomel for my thyroid. I took Lyrica and it worked well for neuropathy but I gained toooooo much weight! I know the Vit D sounds strange but it does help, actually my dr told me yesterday I need to bump it up another 1,000.
Hope this helps.
I became quite depressed due to the pain and having to stop being productive. I suffer terribly in my back, hips and leg muscles due to Fibromyalgia.
My FM specialist (in Australia) put me on Cymbalta after Lyrica wasn't helping and along with settling some of the nerve pain down it is a wonderful anti-depressant (for me) and also addresses any anxiety I have.
I also take pain meds at a reasonably high dose which have helped also. I still have breakthrough pain and terrible stiffness but feel best I have for over a year.
Unfortunately drugs don't react the same way with everybody.
The very best to you as you try to discover what is the right combination needed. Good luck Ozigal
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