Tuesday, April 07, 2009 Cyndi, Community Member, asks

Q: Fibromyalgia & degenerative disc disease.. HELP PLEASE!!!!!

Over the yrs I have been on daypro,napreson,bextra,celebrax,ultram,vioxx,diclofenac and now mobic.. My question is the mobic is NOT working and the Dr. swore it would i have never hurt so bad in my whole life. I have Fibromyalgia & degenerative Disc disease. I have the norco for pain but don't want to up the dose, the diclofenac worked for a while then just started to mess with my stomach same with the napreson,ultram. Allergic to aspirin-The bextra worked also the vioxx worked.. So whats next???

Thanx Ever so much,


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Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
4/ 8/09 3:19pm

With the exception of Ultram and Norco, every medication you listed is an NSAID (anti-inflammatory) used primarily for arthritis.  Although there can be some inflammation with degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia is not an inflammatory condition, so it's not surprising those medications haven't been helping with the FM.  As I'm sure you know, Norco is an opioid – a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen.  Some people with FM find opioids helpful and others do not.  


I'd suggest you talk with your doctor about trying one of the new medications approved for treating fibromyalgia – Lyrica or Cymbalta.  (Or there's a third newly approved medication, Savella, that should be available in pharmacies later this summer.)  Also read: Medications Prescribed for Fibromyalgia to see other possible options you could try.  You may still need an NSAID for any inflammation related to the DDD in addition to something to treat your FM specifically.   


Finally, and I can't stress this enough, most people who are successful in reducing their FM pain attritube it to using a multi-disciplinary approach.  In addition to medication, they use one or more alternative/complementary treatments, gentle exercise, and lifestyle adaptations.  Read: Fibromyalgia Treatment for a more detailed explanation of these approaches.

mizz lyn, Community Member
9/ 7/09 2:38pm

I have fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, and degenerative joint disease. I was put on Lyrica. It seem to be working, but Lyrica cause my pulse rate to drop to below 60. I ended up with a pacemaker. I am afraid to take anything now without investagating it thourghly. Thanks J.L.R.

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By Cyndi, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/22/10, First Published: 04/07/09