I am 39 and have ankylosing spondylitis and fibromyalgia. I have tried Savella and Lyrica which both make me very suicidal. I have been taking hydrocodone 7.5 for 3 years and I am ready to quit. Any advice would be great.
I'm 56 and have been where you are. Didn't take Savella or Lyrica cause I knew I would gain weight. I'm taking 10/325 Norco as needed. If you cut back and use it as a flare comes up.
Trying taking a warm bath with epsom salts at night. That will help with a lot of pain.
Are you going to a pain doctor? I have. He is AWESOME!! After so many sessions of steroid shots in the back, he said I would qualify for radio frequency ablation. Basically, he burned off six of my nerves in my lumbar area and I don't feel like someone hit me in the back with a baseball bat.
I recommend going to a pain specialist.
Hope I have helped.
You could also try Trazodone--a very old anti-depressant which has helped me while none of the other meds worked for me without bad side effects.
I would not recommend steroid injections which just destroy your body. Really. Remember the more recent news about Pres. Kennedy whose body was in terrible shape from too much steroids? I had 4 steroid injections in my shoulder and then was told never again because of it destroying my tendons. Good time to tell me afterwards--the jerk. When I had my stroke and had the worst arm pain of my life, I could not have a steroid injection when I would have loved one.
I don't normally suggest this because it is expensive. Another thing that has greatly helped my fibromyalgia is a Migun table bed with heated jade balls that give you a rigorous massage. An elderly couple bought one first which was the first time that the woman had relief from arthritis in her neck. I told her that she should check with her rheumatologist about the Migun. He told her that it particularly helped with fibromyalgia. That's when I went to the store. You can try it for free at their stores. I bought one. With all the fibro pain, I wasn't even aware of the tightness in my legs which suddenly felt like I was 30 years younger.
I also have Ankylosing Spondylitis (diagnosed almost 25 yrs, ago)
I have been on every drug known for the Arthritis-A/S- Lupus connection.
It is an auto-immune disease with connections to Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Crohns Disease and many other Arthritis based illnesses.I am am sure the list will continue to grow until they figure out the one common denominator which hopefully will aid in figuring out a cure...
The first thing you really need to do is contact the Dr. that prescribed the Lyrica and Savella to you and also tell them about the Hydrocodone.
You already know that the feelings you are having are not normal, so please call your Doctor as soon as possible and also your Pharmacist. You need to have this taken care of immediately!
Savella, Lyrica, Effexor and Cymbalta all work the same way. I have some RA friends that are on Wellbuterin. The Cymbalta helps my nerve pain, but I take hydrocodone 10/500 3 - 4 times a day. I think the best thing you can do is talk to your RD about it. I know there is a new patch out that has time released pain medicine. You wear it for a week, and possibly have something on hand for breakthrough pain. I'm sorry I can't remember the name (fibro brain too), but your RD should know. God bless, hope you find the answers you need!
- Hydrocodone Information for Consumers
- Hydrocodone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Hydrocodone (detailed)
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