Is there anyone out there with chronic myofascial pain (CMP) and fibromyalgia (FM)? If so are you getting any joy from your medication or other regimes? What drugs have worked for you? I am due to see my doctor soon and I would like to change Lyrica as this is not working for me. I have only stuck with it as I thought that there was not much in the way of alternatives, but after reading questions and answers on this web site I realized that this is not the case. I would welcome anyone’s input particularly those who suffer from CMP and FM.
My main symptoms include dizziness, immobility, difficulty walking and sitting, stinging/burning sensation and falls.
Medication or treatment regimes for myofascial pain and fibromyalgia that kind of work?
- 16 Jul 2013 by Emeraldgirl
- 2 January 2014
- fibromyalgia, medication, chronic myofascial pain, treatment
The worst part about having both of these conditions is that it is so very difficult to treat. You have to assume a lot of responsibility in your own well being. I had leg swelling with lyrica, so switched over to neurontin and upped my dosage to 3 800mg per day. I may up that again to 4x per day to see if that helps. It only seems to work in high dosages. Also, you really need to be on some type of a muscle relaxer that works for you. Everyone is different so that maybe a trial and error thing for you. If you don't already have the book "Fibromyalgia & Chronic Myofascial Pain a survival manual 2nd edition, buy it. You can get them used cheap on Amazon and/or check it out at library. If you purchase it, you will want one without any writing or highlighting in it because you will want to do so in the parts that make the most sense to you and your condition.
The absolutely best thing you can do is find a physical therapist that really understands the CMP and how to release trigger points. If you exercise a trigger because your trying to treat Fibromyalgia you will go very much backwards into horrific pain. Although the correct treatment for the triggers does involve great pain before it gets better the difference is that the PT is properly administering pressure or "dry needling' to break up the triggers. Make sure you get a good pain Dr. to help with pain meds and/or trigger point injections. I wish I had more to offer in a way of pharmacuticals that actually help, but the truth is they just don't help that much. You can also purchase tennis balls or raquet balls to roll on to break up the knots. I hope this helps and best of luck to you.
I have had cmp for 5 plus yrs( no fm) which has steadily worsened & have tried just about everything.
Lyrics-too many side effects
Steriod injections-your bestbet
Learn to self massage using a tennis ball to release the knots
And last but not least-no narcotics
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