I have fibromyalgia. I currently take Savella for the fibro and back it up with 50mg of Imiprimine before bed time to help me sleep and to help with my headaches/sometimes migraines. This combination has been very helpful. I do sometime get a break through tension headache for which I take Fiorcet or if it turns into a migraine I will take imitrex. However, now that winter has come along with the stresses of the holidays, I'm having more pain in my knee and lower back at times. The Fiorcet doesn't help with this pain and due to ulcers, I can't take ibuprofin or aspring. Tylenol just doesn't touch this pain. Since it's just occasional, I don't really want to be on another script I have to take on a daily basis. Does anyone take anything for occasional pain that doesn't have asprin or ibuprofin in it? I'm going to see my rhumetologist this week. Also, I don't want to sound like an addict. What is the best way to ask for something? Thanks!
You might want to print this Q out and take it to next doc appointment with you. Just a thought. Ask for Vicodin, I developed a lovely allergic reaction of some gorgeous hives on my face to Vicodin recently... fugly indeed!
Or you may want to try enteric coated aspirin, it works and doesn't upset ones tummy at all. Also, at the beginning of a headache try a few cups of coffee, that really seems to work for me, couldn't tell you why, but it does.
Hope you are feeling better soon, and good luck at next doc appointment,
You need to back off the pills for a little bit. I have a remedy for achy muscles and stress that works pretty good. I not only have fibro, but also osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, scoliosis, degenerative discs, bulging discs, and on and on and on...
Anyway, here is my suggestion:
You could start right now with good sleep hygiene.
Sleep at the delta level is essential to regenerate hormones and repair your body. And this reduces pain the next day and also helps you deal with stress better.
Several things you can do is an hour before bed be a quiet time for you. Let that be your wind down time. Put on some soft soothing music.
About 20 minutes before bed, fill the tub with hot water, as hot as you can stand it and add epsom salts and perhaps some with lavender in it. Epsom salts will help the muscles and lavender will sooth the mind and body. Soak for about 15 minutes.
Get a sleep mask to block all light. Take about 3mgs of melatonin, 300mgs of L-tryptophan, and 100mg of 5HTP. These are simply natural supplements that will wound you down to a deep sleep.
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