... Am currently on cymbalta 60mg daily, mobic 15mg daily, zanaflex 2mg up to 3 times per day as needed. I was on cymbalta in the past,i was on it prior to my last pregnancy. My son turned 2 the end of august. After pregnancy due to breast feeding I was placed back on cymbalta, any who I have been back on it for about 3 months & I really do not see that it is helping me as far as the fibro pain. I do not want to try lyrica as it is known to cause major weight gain & I have read several negative things from people taking it. The zanaflex helps somewhat. I was on flexeril before, but it caused me to have day time sleepiness the next day that just would not go away. The mobic helps very little. Also after the birth of my last son, I started experiencing severe leg pains & severe back pain, also numbness & tingling in my arms & legs. Blood work was done, I was tested for ms which I did not have, a nerve test was done where I was poked with needles all over. The pain was so severe in my legs & back. I also often experienced my leg giving out while walking & actually falling several times. I feel I need different medicines to treat my condition. I also suffer from chronic fatigue & insomnia most of the time. I take restoril for sleep, sometimes it helps, sometimes it does not. I was just curious to know from other fibro sufferers, what they take, what has & has not helped, etc... Thanks. Please excuse any typos as I am typing one handed due to a hand injury..All comments, recommendations, experience will be very much appreciated!
I am 29 years old. I suffer from fibromyalgia. I have tried several anti-depressants in the past. I?
- 4 Dec 2010 by houseofbradford
- cymbalta, mobic, zanaflex, depression, anxiety, muscle spasm, pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, generalized anxiety disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome (cfs), pregnancy
14 Mar 2011
When I read this it was if I was reading about myself. I have had pain for nearly 20 years now but after the birth of my first daughter it escalated to untolerable levels where I would wake up in tears cause I was in so much pain. It has been about 3 1/2 years now since she was born and I found little help from a variety of professionals and many medications. I since had my second daughther and was extremely worried about feeling the same as I did after my first was born. The pain started a month postpartum and continued but fortunately this time I had some systems in place. I went to physiotherapy and was referred for Prolotherapy which I am nearly half done now. I am having some success with this and wanted to share this with you. The explanation I was given is that my ligiments are too loose and my muscles are tightening to hold my joints in place. However it is not the correct muscles that are doing the work which leaves me in excruciating pain. I was told that I likely was very bendy as a child and after childbirth the ligaments loosend even more. Apparently this is fairly common however it seems very few professionals are aware of this. I was told I had qauxi fibromyalgia but no one could say for sure. I don't have fibro. I have loose ligaments that are causing the problem. There probably is a technical name for this but no one has given me one. I do have insomnia at times and depression but I honestly believe that this is from me being unable to sleep properly cause of the pain I am in. I am getting on top of my pain management better now too. I take Baclofen and
Tramadol and for sleep 5-HTP and melatonin. If you have any questions please let me know. Please look into Prolotherapy. Thanks.
5 Oct 2012
Im 35 & have been dx w/ fibro & disk disease in my neck 4 abt 10 years. For years I was put on antidepressants for pain but no help. Tried neurontin w/ some sucess 4 some years but side effects 2 bad. Tried lyrical, sevella, ultram, loads of sleep pills, elavil, other nerve pills for sleep & slews of everything n between. If feel I have been their guinea pig & it caused me to have loads of weight gain & other symptoms usually worse than fibro. Current pain Dr has me on narcotics w/little side effects, lunesta, elavil at night, topamax(which helped me loose a ton of weight), & requip. Recently found out pregnant so taken off some narcotics, elavil, topamax & requip.
7 Dec 2010
Hello houseof bradford, I wish there was a mirecal drug for the pain we experience, but unfortunateley it's all trial and erar when it comes to trying to find something that works, The Dr's are so stuck on their degrees that they do not stop and listen to what we are feeling and when it comes to pain they think they know but only we live in this body and know how much pain we are in. So find a Dr. that will listen or make your provider listen to you. Get tuff and if they dont listen then fire them and find one that will. I am going thru this myself since i have moved to a new town. Let's move on to medications, It took me and my last provider about a yr to find what worked best and this is what i take for Fibro, 150 mg's Lyrica 3x's per day and starting out at low doses you get increased appetite and you will gain weight.
I gained like a hundred pounds but i will urge you if you start this medication you will start low and increase a little at a time, start the atkins diet. It will help and as you increase you will have a loss of appitie and you will loose weight but the key is to eat right so you stay healthy. medications are not fun on the body. So back to medications this combination has worked for me for almost a year now, but everyone is different. i take lyrica 150 3x.s per day/ lortab 7.5/325 4 to five x's per day i bought a pill box that i fill and it keeps my medication in check you wont get addicted because you will learn to take as perscribed, i also take myrpex for restless leg syndrome, been on that for 10 yrs. i take Ambien for sleep which doesnt help much but i went on clonidine for hot flashes but it doesnt work so i am using it for sleep (shush), but it works so good and i wake up rested. LOL anyway i would love to add you as a friend and i hope this helps you cause that what we are here for. message me for any questions and the best of luck
7 Dec 2010
Hi houseofbradford. If you click on the "Drugs A to Z" at the top of the page, type in the various medications, you can read up on them. Then scroll to the bottom of the page(s) and look for "reviews." This is also a good source of info from people prescribed the medication you look up. The reviews for Gabapentin received some positive feedback for treating fibro. Good luck on getting this pain under control.
5 Dec 2010
i've been on soma for almost a month now for my fibro and it seems to help with most of the pain !but i've heard a lot of people say it makes them sleepy .doesn't affect me that way .when i first went on it i did feel drunk on and off for a while but not now !
savella is another med i was on for fibro but it ran my blood pressure up so i couldn't take it and it really did work for the fibro pain !
most of what you said about sleep and fatigue goes along with the fibro !i had it all chronic fatigue ,restless leg ,i.b.s. ,insomnia ect. come to find out i had fibromyalgia and all these problems comes with it ! lucky us not !!
i too suffer from chronic back and stomach pains ! i will be having my 2 back surgery soon !you might want to see a nero doc ,he can find out what is going on with your back and legs ! of course it sounds like you have since you had a nerve test ! my disk in my back is setting on a nerve root and this causes pain into my leg and rear end !
i hope i've been of some help to you ! wishing you the best ! oh yeah mobic is great but i believe ibuprofen 600-800 mg is better !helps with the stiffness and relieves pain as well! different pain meds work on different pains !
3 Apr 2011
What you are describing is Fibromyalgia. All of the pains and numbness, etc... that is all still Fibro, just the not quite as well know part. I suggest getting acupressure from someone who knows what they are doing. They will straighten you out and help you drastically... also, just using antidepressants to treat Fibro is crap. Been there, done that...
3 Apr 2011
I have chronic fatigue and fibermyalgia which is what your illness sounds like. Some of my worst symptoms were whole body aches and pains. exhaustion, nausea, dizziness, among many others, and I had to retire. I started out on Cymbalta, and it may have helped but was still very ill. The doctor found Savella which is the first medication made specifically for all the symptoms of fibermyalgia, came out late 2009. I started taking it in April or May 2010. He also prescibed Provigil which is a stimulant and is used a lot in sleep disorders for people like me who did shift work. I have always had insomnia, and take 1/2 of a generic ambien most nights to get to sleep. Between those 3 medications, I got my life back.
Some people seem to have nausea problems with Savella in the beginning, but I was so sick that I wouldn't known whether it was the illness or the medication. All I know was I slowly got a lot better.
It took a little while to get up to full strength on the medicine and then I had to slowly work on getting my stamina back, but as long as I pace myself, get all the sleep my body wants, and eat properly, I can pretty much do anything I want. Not sure if I'll ever be able to run or snow ski again, but at some point I'm going to try.
Best of luck
21 Apr 2012
My God,, just 29 yrs..my heart goes out to you.. I started feeling symtoms well, after my thyroid & nodgel was removed I was 44 yrs,,now I'm 59.. anyway, youv'e just begun with trying diff/ meds.. I can say after a while (YOU) will know what works for you.. Fibro/cfs.. effects us all differently in every way I'm finding out in meeting others , talking and listening.. I can't take the traditional (R.A) or (fibro) meds such as lyrica, cymbalta, ect..because I have Liver issues .. I have many other auto-immune illnesess.. so for pain I take methadone, took me 2 tries , but i found out quickly that was (my) pain med.. I;m also on nerurotin 400-milgs 3x day.. but my gasro/dr just introduced me to (Savella) but I need to be sure I can be on both , before I begin .. OH i to tried Mobic, didn't help at all.. I see also you have insommia, I do also.. I go to a "sleep study" center next week-end..
I'm starting to feel that only the "wealthy" are able to reach some kind of real relief.. a very costly ( fibro-treatment center) which looked like a spa-resort, called me.. she explained some of the alt..& med, treatments , among were massages, I-V vitaman therapy.. all holistic.. when she heard the insurance I had, she stopped her sales pitch... lol .. Im sure the place was in the (hundered of thousands) .. well, young girl... don't let this illness rob you of your best years... do what ever it takes to have (quaility) of your life.. I wish you a the best future.. with Peace & Love ^i^...
3 Feb 2013
I am in your same boat. Lyrica makes uvgain weight, tramadol helps for pain , accupuncture helps. I would get so tired I would fall asleep while typing. Just got put on a med called nuvigil for energy but insurance is fighting it. Took it for a few days full price and felt like a human being. I have tried every pain med in the book and now just keep an energency supply of lortab so I don't call in too much for work. I was diagnosed with FMS as well and my pain is mainly in my legs. All fibro people talk about the extreme pain in their hands and hurting ti be touched. Have u looked into chronic fatigue syndrom as well? It matched my symptoms more and doctors seem to be more open to treat it. I just switched to prozac so well see. I loved lexapro but ws taken off of it when told I had fibro. Might go back to it if prozac doesn't make a difference.
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