... My mom has fibromyalgia and has lost 40 pounds over the last 4 years and is now 87 pounds. She has? been taking 3 pain pills daily for 4 years and is a shell of herself. I live out of state, as does my sister and we have tried interventions but the constant response is "I have to take pain pills for the rest of my life because of my fibromyalgia" My mom is a social worker and refuses to go to a therapist... and my question is, has anyone struggled with this type of thing? What can I do? Is this legit? I'm so upset that her doc is still prescribing... feels wrong to me. Any guidance would be helpful... she is only 56 and used to be an intelligent happy woman.. now is completely opposite
Hi Yogihay,my mom also has fibromyalgia.She is 70 years old and has been suffering manny years.It took them a few years or more even befour they found the problem.Very painfull.She will not take any narc pain meds because she has seen the way addiction has consumed my life.At the time she started with the problem they was just finding out what it was all about in the health dept.It was befour they found out what it was all about,and did not have the info back then like today.What she has done was go to a pain mang doctor and found that now they can give you shots in her (back) i belive and it blocks the nerve to reduce the pain.The shots last for 4-6 months and has given her back most of the quality of life she lost befour she found out about the shot therapy.Iam not sure the name of the med, it is a steroid,
but it is not cortisone.It works great on her.It is a little risky depending on the dose.The have to put her to sleep to do the shots in a surgal center because of the need of a anestesilogist.Good luck to your mom,hope this may lead her to some hope in the future.
Hi & welcome to the site. There are a lot of fibromyalgia sufferers on this site, & I think you are going to find that most of them take some type of pain relief medication for their pain. It's a very painful condition. What kind of pain med does your mother take & at what dosage? These are important factors to determine if this a problem or not. 3 pills a day if it's a low dose is not much at all in the big scheme of things. If it's her weight you are concerned about, maybe you should have a talk with her doctor. Maybe he/she isn't aware of this amount of weight lose. It could be from a totally different condition. There are other medications that can be used for fibromyalgia such as Lyrica, or gabapentin. These are seizure drugs that they have found to be very useful for this condition. Another one is Savella.
I would suggest you do more research, & then maybe talk with your Mother about the different types of meds being used today with excellant results. I wish you & her the best, & she has my sympathy with all the pain she suffers...
I have fibro and have for 7yrs now. I actually take upto 5 pain pills a day as well as savella. with out the two i am useless. If your mother is losing weight and rapid amounts I would go to a doctor with her, call the doctor have her put you on her records or something. It sounds to me like there is more to what is going on. Pain meds alone will not help her fibro for one, for two they will not cause weight loss, they actually do quite the opposite. Depending on what pain meds one is on you can be prescribed up to 5 a day, in addition to other things. Maybe have her check into getting Lyrica most everyone i know or read that has taken this has weight gain and some relief. Or as I said the savella I am on but I didnt gain weight from this one. Some it makes nauseated. ANY doctor treating fibro will have them come in for monthly if not Bi Monthly check ups.
To monitor this if she is not going then shes using no prescription and getting elsewhere. Pain meds are a controlled substance and monitored very closely now days. She seems to put up some red flags of addiction yes.
Hi yoghay,I am so sorry about your moms suffering and she is lucky to have you.I was diagnosed with fibro about 17 years ago and sometimes the pain meds can cause weight loss but my concern is ,and I am not a dr.but do you think your mom may have developed an eating disorder.fibro can cause the sufferer to feel isolated which then can lead to a host of other conditions.again I am not a dr. But I would get her to one ,even a new dr.your dr.do this asap if she weighs that little a lot could be going on internally and a dr. Needs to see her and evaluate her situation.please don't give up on her,she is lucky to have you and she will see that even if you have to take a stand rite now and insist on this,good luck and let us know what is happening,c
My empathies go out to your mom. I feel her pain. Just because she takes three pills a day hon does not make her addicted. You see, I have Fibromyalgia. I have it very severely. I have had it for over 27 years. I take several pain meds. on a daily basis and I certainly am not an addict. I am in a lot of pain and I need the relief. I personally think what your mom's problem is, is her weight. You see, you need to be at a certain weight for the drugs to absorb properly. It sounds like your mom is severly underweight. Some people with Fibro can't eat properly for one reason or another. What other meds. is your mom on. I think you need to start there first. Secondly, check out what doctors are currently treating her. Your mom should at least be seeing a primary physician, a Neurologist or a Rheumatologist and a Pain Management Specialist. All or one of these Doctors should be aware and concerned with her weight. They should be monitoring her drug usage.
This is why it is important to see what meds. she is taking. Your mom might be having an interaction of her meds. that is causing her to lose weight. She might not be absorbing calories properly. You can also check with her pharmacy if you are very alarmed.
The shots to the back that someone mentioned in an earlier post are Cortisone shots and they are only a temporary fix. They also only work on back problems. If your mom has other trigger point or pain issues, back injections will not help. You can also get Spinal Cord Stimulators implanted in the back that help with pain. This is a very invasive procedure and should be considered as a last resort. I have one and it helps me. You can get shots in other parts of the body though. They are usually done by a Pain Management Physician. Your mom should also be seeing a counselor to help her manage her daily pain levels. It does help to talk to someone about how you feel on a daily basis. I suggest to you that you read up on Fibromyalgia. It will help you understand the dynamics of the illness and how your mom feels. It is very difficult for someone who does not have the illness to understand how someone who does have it feels because we look normal on the outside.
I have a hunch that your mom's Thyroid is out of whack. Thyroid problems are very common in Fibromyalgia patients. The Thyroid has a large control over the body in regards to weight. The Thyroid can be over active or under active. Has your mom ever had her Thyroid checked out? It is a simple test done by a regular physician or an Endocrinologist followed up by a blood test. They look for your T-3, T-4 levels. This indicates which way you go, over or under. I have nodules on my Thyroids and I am being monitored. I have had to have Biopsies done twice. Have you mom get her Thyroid checked right away as this could be the answer to the problem.
If I can think of anything else, I will pass it along. Good Luck to your mom. I hope she feels better soon.
HI..I'm so sorry to hear about your mom first of all.. But to answer your question..yes it is very real.. the pain is sometimes more than we can handle. I suffer from fibro..and I was addicted to painpills for years. By the time I stopped..I was taking on a good day..at least 30-40 pills a day..depended on how many I had..but just to get thru the day..without being in so much pain..just to function as a mom and wife..I had to have at least 30 a day. It's sad but true..that she will probably always need something for pain..it's just a matter of finding what works best for her..and is the safest. I thank God everyday that I have found mine. You and your mom will be in my prayers.
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