... but I sometimes?
You need only to take medications that do not space you out. I use tramadol and feel no side effects from it. We all react differently to each drug. For me it was gabapentin that whacked me out completely. After I reached the dose the doctor recommended, I contacted him and told him I could not and would not live this way. He had me taper off of it completely. What I have found after seeing many doctors for fibro is it is best to be open to trying drugs that your doctor wants you to. If you reject something before trying because you heard the particular drug is nasty, some doctors will consider you to be "hostile". They don't like that. When my doc prescribed gabapentin to me he told me that it was the drug of choice for fibromyalgia. In that situation I felt I should give it a try. It consumed one month of my life, which ticks me off, but what can you do. I also think it helps to research the condition from all perspectives.
This week one of my areas of pain is an ankle. It feels like a knife stabbing me with each step. I am searching high and low for methods of rehabbing ankles. The books don't have to be written for fibro people. I'll try anything once.
I agree with the other two answers to find a medication that does not make you feel drugged out. But if you're against meds, you should know that the experts say that the best treatment for fibromyalgia is exercise. That is very difficult I know when you are in pain. You need to start off very slowly and to consistently do the moving. Even walking can help you. Keep trying. I found only one medication that I was able to tolerate which was Trazodone. It kept me from being in pain to just get dressed to having far less pain. Wish you better days.
I agree with the above answers. We all react differently to different meds. I was completely zombied out on Cymbalta and Savella, but some people find great relief taking it. Presently I take only tramadol more prn than anything. Sometimes I have to take a narcotic pain pill but that is usually at night. Walking and yoga help, but the pain might worsen first. Allow yourself time and be gentle with your expectations.
Yes, Fibromyalgia is very painful but you have to be willing to try. You have to be willing to try something before you can say that you do not want to be labeled as a "druggie", "zombie" etc. I have to tell you that I am in severe pain every second of the day... and I take Hydrocodone and Lyrica and found through much trials and tribulation that these are the only 2 for me. Yes, people will always talk about you until they have to walk in your shoes. And if they did then they would be dying to try any kind of medicine to get just a LITTLE relief from the horrible, horrible pain. Recently the DEA has made it hard for me to get my "generic" Hydrocodone but if it were not for that medication I would not be able to get out of bed. I pray for all people having this horrific condition but I will pray even harder that the DEA does not take away my pain medication (Hydrocodone).
I have pain so bad that I feel like I am having a heart attack when it is only when I am having a very very bad episode of intolerable pain that it puts me in the ER. I also work 10 hr. days, 4 days a week. I have tried all medications listed in this site; all of them. These 2 are the only that work. If you are truly in that much pain then you will take your medicines, no matter what people think about you. I hope this helps you. Godspeed.
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