when I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 1999, the first med they prescribed was Nortriptyline. It helped for awhile but I wasn't educated enough at the time to understand that "it WASN'T ALL in my head".
I thought I was getting anti-depressants cause they thought my "pain" was a symptom of depression. That was hard for me to swallow. I don't think I gave it a chance to really work.
I've learned alot since then. That anti-depressants help a wide number of disorders and It's as good a shot as any of them.
I take Tramadol for pain, Flexeril as a muscle relaxer, and Klonopin, an anti-depressant. The Klonopin also helps me get a good nights rest cause without it, I'd hurt like crazy.
I was taking an anti-inflamatory and acetomenophen arthritis and started taking Lyrica but I've run into a little Liver prob and had to stop them all until we get follow-up bloodwork. I'll have definitive results by the middle of Nov. Good Luck and I'd love for you to answer my post and let me know if you could use the info
I have just been prescribed nortriptyline for my Fibromyalgia, but my doctor has also cautioned me that the only real way to get your Fibro under control is with regular exercise. I have 4 kids, and am pretty active, but I still try to go for a walk every day. The problem with some of the medications especially narcotics is that there is a risk of dependence and that your doses may need to be adjusted. My doctor told me that the medications like Cymbalta and Lyrica don't actually really work. Fibromyalgia is really complicated and is worse for some than others. Mine was horrible until I got pregnant with my son. It's since become manageable but for the sake of saving the lining of my stomach my doctor prescribed me Tramadol so I'm not always popping ibuprofen. I have days where my body hurts and I feel like I'm in agony, but I've learned ways to combat it.
- Nortriptyline Information for Consumers
- Nortriptyline Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Nortriptyline (detailed)
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