Re: Anyone had Lap-Band or Gastric Bypass with FM? (Or Unable to Take NSAIDs)
I have NSAID-induced gastritis which just never healed. There are very few oral medicines I can take without irritating my stomach severely. Right now, I'm on nortriptyline only.
Have you considered topical pain relievers? I would never get any sleep if it weren't for my IcyHot, spread generously over my back, shoulders and hips right before bed. If that isn't strong enough, they also make NSAID gels, which do not irritate the stomach. I use Voltaren for my bad knee. And, if your pain is worst in small areas, you could try a lidocaine patch. Lidocaine and NSAID gels are available by prescription only in the US, but it's something you could ask your doctor about.
I've also used muscle relaxants to good effect. Right now, I'm only taking my tricyclic, though. Does tylenol do anything for you? It's usually easier on the stomach than stuff like Advil.
And, of course, life would be so much worse without my daily yoga routine and visits to my massage therapist every week or two. The cost of the massages and the gym membership does add up after a while, but if it keeps me healthy enough to keep working, it's worth the price.
It is harder to manage FM without oral medicines, but it's not impossible. Hang in there.