Medications

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Registered: 05-25-2004
Medications
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Tue, 04-17-2012 - 11:36am

My doctor put me on Gabapentin last fall, the first time I'd ever taken a medicine for fibromyalgia as it'd gotten worse. I had some unexplained medical issues, so they took me off. They decided the Gabapentin wasn't the issue and put me back on. After being on it I decided to stop taking it. It made me very tired, I wasn't convinced it was helping, and I'd get these weird moments where I'd feel as if I'd just been given anesthesia and the room would spin, then a minute later I'd be fine. That was enough to make me quit.

I hurt a lot now but I hate to try one more medicine (I'm on several others for other conditions). I try to do some exercise and keep moving as that's supposed to help.

I'm curious what others are on, if you care to share, for fibromyalgia and what else you do to try to help yourself. Thanks.

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Registered: 03-28-2012
Mon, 04-23-2012 - 10:33pm

I have been on Gabardine for a few months now and it made me super tired until I adjusted which took about 4 weeks an have noticed a difference in my symptoms, I was also prescribed adoration to help me sleep. I do yoga to help with the pain and also take vitamins every morning, and try to avoid the cold cause it makes me feel shoo bad! I hope you can find something to help relieve the pain, for me a good nights rest is crucial so I sleep with a heating pad and areas that hurt.

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Registered: 07-04-2007
Fri, 04-20-2012 - 9:44pm

I take Tramadol, 50 mg, 1-twice a day, but can add a third when needed. And Tizanadine, 4 mg, 1 at bedtime (but it is prescribed 1-twice a day--however it makes me too sleepy if I take it in the a.m.) It is a muscle relaxant--but it also helps to calm nerve endings. I have OA in my neck & spine causing pinched nerves and sometimes they hurt and feel like I have bugs crawling around in my shoulder and around my ribcage--very annoying, but the tizanadine calms it all down. The tizanadine is scored in quarters, so I can take a half of one for this during the day. If I need something else I can add tylenol.

Other than that, I walk for exercise and try to eat healthy--lots of fruits and veggies, low fat/non fat dairy. Little beef, pork, mostly chicken/lean ground turkey and fish. I take a daily multi-vitamin/mineral supplement, and calcium w/vitamin D.

My neurolgist sent me to physical therapy for arthritis patients--was great, in a heated pool. Did wonders to work out the muscles I couldn't get worked out. Along with fibro I also have chronic myofascial pain, which causes trigger points--these I work out by doing trigger point pressure therapy on myself. Think of it as accupuncture but without the needles.

Michelle/mica_ga


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Registered: 06-06-2000
Fri, 04-20-2012 - 12:24am
I can't do either, too many allergies. My doc told me no yard work and no cleaning the house. I'm sick now because I didn't listen and helped the kids vacuum and dust. At least the house looked good for a day or two.
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Registered: 05-25-2004
Thu, 04-19-2012 - 9:40pm

Thanks for your response. I am on medication for sleep and anxiety so I didn't need anything new once they diagnosed the fibromyalgia. My doctor also sent me to a physical therapist and had him work with me on some general stretching and things to develop a 2x daily routine to keep the blood flowing.

I can't use a weed eater as it makes my hands go numb, plus I'm afraid I'm going to cut my leg off! I mow, my husband does the weed eating and we're both happier that way.

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Registered: 06-06-2000
Tue, 04-17-2012 - 12:47pm

I take tramadol 50mg 2X a day for the pain and flexeril 10mg at night to help me sleep.