... What do you do when your primary care ..doc doesnt belive in fybromyalgia? Also i have used a number of the medications listed and they DO NOT WORK!!! How do i get some pain releif with out the narcotics that DO HELP AND DOC WONT PERSCRIBE. I am not a drug seeker
Ok, narcotics don't really help us. Its because of the way narcotics are processed and how our bodies mess with that. Gabapentin helps me. It won't take away all the pain, we can never be pain free. As far as a dr not believing in it, I'd be leaving his office so fast I left smoke. I have had it since I was around 5 yrs old and I am 66 now. I don't know what pain free means. When I was growing up I thought everyone had pain like I did. You learn how to adjust your life around it and avoid things that make it worse.
yes, there are some docs who dont believe fibromyalgia is a true condition. If it were me, I'd find a new doc. The guidelines for treating fibro do not recommend opioids (narcotics) for fibro pain. They can actually begin a very vicious cycle and make the pain worse. Tramadol may be an option for you though. If you have gave fair trial to all the recommended meds and nothing is working, your Dr may then try a low dose opioid. If your Dr wont prescribe them, you wont get them so the only recourse you have is to find a Dr that is willing to give you a trial of opioids and treat you with them if they work. Be sure that you are getting regular exercise each day even though it is the last thing you feel like doing because not exercising makes the pain worse. One other thing-DONT ask for pain meds and dont just say "I hurt really bad" Try telling the doc what things you are unable to do for pain. See a pain specialist and NOT a PCP for pain.
Pain docs can usually give pain meds IF they prove that pain meds can increase your function with daily activities. PCP's will hardly ever give pain meds for chronic pain anymore.
There is no specific test for fibromyalgia. The DR's basically have to rule everything else out. I am allergic to all NSAIDS non-sterroidal antiinflammatory drugs therefore I can't do the conventional drugs that would be used to treat fibromyalgia. I have no choice but to rely on opioid meds. Percocet worked great for the 1st 3-4 hours then it was back to the excruciating pain I had b4 I took anything. I didn't like the amount of percocet I had to take so my Dr changed me to oxicotin which terrified me because of all the rumors I've heard. However after giving in and trying it I now have round the clock pain management not complete relief but manageable relief. I also don't have to worry about the damage to my liver from the Tylenol content. Yes fibromyalgia is a very real condition and it is a very painful condition.
Pain Management however is going to depend completely on the individual. I wish you the very best. And good luck with ur pain relief search. I also have a wonderful Dr. That also makes a world of difference.
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