Medication for FM

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Registered: 10-20-2001
Medication for FM
Wed, 06-19-2013 - 7:24pm

Hello everyone!  New to this board, but not to ivillage.  I am wondering what meds everyone is taking for FM and what works the best for you?  I am currently taking 2700 mg of Gabapentin a day and just starting on Savella.  I work at Walmart as a bakery department manager and my job is VERY physical.  I take 2 Hydrocodone 10/325 every night that I work.  This helps me tremendously and I am hoping that the Savella will help me actually be able to stop taking the hydro as I would love to have my life back in the evenings!  I was just diagnosed, but I suspect that I have had FM for about 12 years or so.  

 I would love to hear any and all stories you guys and gals can tell me to help me deal with this! 

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Registered: 01-06-2000
Mon, 09-23-2013 - 1:04am

I take 1800mg daily of neurontin for nerve pain and the fibro. I have tried pretty much everything since being diagnosed 20yrs ago. Even followed a strict guafenesin program. I still watch the chemicals even switched to steam cleaning for kitchen and bath and tossed as much as I could. I try to eat as much organic as I can and I have noticed with all the meds I take, eating greek yogurt daily also helps my tummy. I cut out red meat and only eat organic chicken w/o hormones and organic turkey. I had pre cancerous cells removed during a biopsy 5yrs ago in my breast, so that was when I changed and have noticed a big difference in the fibro pain. When my husband was laid off last year I bought regular chicken breasts and to me it had a chemical taste to them and that was the last time I bought the cheap ones.

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Registered: 06-06-2000
Sun, 06-30-2013 - 2:45am

Hi, and welcome to the board!  Working in a bakery sounds like it's a very physical job for sure.  I work in ICU as a nurse, and have to do a lot of walking, bending, lifting, and rolling around very large patients, so I feel your pain!  

I have found that taking a tramadol first thing and about halfway through my 12 hour shift is a huge life saver for me. Not only does it help with the pain, but it also seems to really lift some of the "fibro fog" I get, making me feel more alert and awake.   I usually take a flexeril when I go to bed in the morning (night shift work for me) and it really helps me sleep.  I do take vitamin D and B12 injections for deficiencies, as well as medications for my other health issues.   I try to do yoga and the elliptical at least 2-4 days a week, eat a decent diet, and get enough sleep.  When all else fails, a hot bath with epsom salts, a great smelling bath oil, music, a book, and a glass of wine will really help.  

I have stayed away from any sort of antidepressant ever since my doc gave me prozac for PMS years ago and I ended up having auditory hallucinations after a week.  It was really scary.  I then tried Wellbutrin to help me quit smoking; I never did get to the 2 week point where you actually stop smoking because I started having horrible fits of rage for no reason and doing stupid stuff like smashing fruit and breaking a dust pan into tiny pieces, which is totally unlike me!  I took a few Lyrica, but it made me so sleepy I couldn't function at all, even to drive to the store the next day after taking it at bedtime.  Now, I avoid anything that's going to affect my thinking, as much as possible, anyway.  I'm stuck taking Singulair for my asthma, mostly because I barely have symptoms while on it, but it can make you have some super crazy dreams.  I take it first thing in the morning now and no longer have that problem.

If you have any questions or just want to vent, you are always welcome to come here.  Again, welcome to the board!!