I was in a car accident over 4 yrs ago. I was dx with fibromyalgia I'm on 600 mg lyrica and 300 mg of cymbalta. There are days I feel good and of course days I'm in so much pain I can't stand it. I also have a lot of physical issues r/t the accident so I'm on pain meds. I'm trying to get off of the pain meds. Before the accident I was in great health with little to no pain. I had so much energy I could go all day. I was called the Humming bird at work. I of course haven't worked since then. I would like to get back to my old self.
25 Mar 2012
I highly recommend pool therapy. 5.00 per visit no time limit. Heated pools are best. Just walking in the pool helps with pain and anxiety and I've done it for years. Any gym with full access has a heated pool. I feel wonderful in the water.. motivated. Hope you get better and best of wishes. I too take Cymbalta also added Opana ER which has little side effects and no high or weird feeling. You could add a smaller extended release to help with pain and function with normal activities. If u want to remove Meds I suggest a taper from Cymbalta its hard to get out of your system. Again hope for you the best, I'm on the road to normal activies myself.
29 Mar 2012
Fibromyalgia can get better and worse. One of the best pieces of advice is to do some exercise every day, but that may not be possible for you from your accident. It's not possible for me either or my 24/7 migraines get terrible from even moving a little bit too much, much less exercising. But if you are able, start off very gradually and don't too much or it will make your fibro worse.
The lead researcher in this country recommended doing more than you feel like doing on days when you are struggling and even more important, to not do as much as you feel like you can do on the days when you feel good. Otherwise you are on a roller coaster of good and bad days.
My fibromyalgia is mostly treated with a high dose of Trazodone--a very old anti-depressant. I couldn't stand any of the other meds. But some people say that their fibro symptoms went away completely from Savella. May be worth a try for you.
My stroke deficits now cause far more pain than my fibro and the migraines have ruled my life for a long time.
Otherwise just do the best that you can with rest, diet and stress relievers--the things that help any illness.
So sorry for your pain.
29 Mar 2012
I personally believe if your pain issues from the car accident are over, & you are now suffering from fibromyalgia, you can get back to your old self & maybe even work again. I lived with fibro & severe back pain & worked with no medicine for 20 years to raise my three boys to adult hood as a single mother. When my bones started to break from doing nothing is when I ended up on disability, & had to start taking pain meds. I firmly believe that taking opiads for just fibromyalgia is wrong. Just my personal opinion, but why go down that road? Once you start opiads, you will get tolerant of the dose, & have to continue to have it increased on a regular basis. Opana is a very strong pain med for anyone to start with. Try having your doctor refer you to physical & occupational therapy.
Ours has a warmed pool, plus they can teach you lots of great ways of learning stretching exercise. Sunshine, & walking is a great exercise not only for fibro, but your mood as well. Please don't start the opiads this soon if fibro is your only diagnosis. Just my thoughts...
30 Mar 2012
Stop the presses!! There is new evidence that fibro can get better. It is being published by the fibromyalgia network which has a no advertisement magazine six times a year. They publish the latest research, and they have found out that some patients do get better. Wish that I could tell you more, but I haven't gotten that copy yet!
30 Jun 2013
that is a very good question i suffer from ms and fibro i know how you feel.. your on pain meds right what kind? sometimes large doses of pain meds will make you feel deppressed and make your disease worse believe me. i would try a muscle relaxant like valium or a low dose of xanax it works for me i sometimes dont even have to take pain meds good luck sweetie i know how you feel.. avoid situations where you get overly stressed out and try some therapy it works...
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