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I was diagnosed about 4 years ago, finally, with fibro. I say finally because I actually began having symptoms 2 years before that and was told I had arthritis, tennis elbow (I really like that one), lupus, leukemia, and MS. In fact, I was in the process of having MRIs done and redone and was facing a spinal tap because my doctor at the time was so sure I had MS. Oh, and I also was told at one time that I had a brain tumor. All in all, I figured I was simply losing my mind because all of these tests came up negative yet the symptoms worsened. I had some doctors suggest that everything was in my mind. Anyway, I was finally diagnosed with fibro, through the process of elimination basically, which as I understand is truly the only way to diagnose fibromyalgia - ruling everything other thing under the sun out. Long story short, I was put on Zoloft at first, which was a God-send as far as energy levels went (I was spending entire days in bed). I went to a "specialist" who, despite the fact I suffered from excruciating pain upon taking anti-inflammatories and the fact that I experienced no pain relief at all from celexicob (sp?) meds, insisted I take meds such as tylenol, celebrex, vioxx, bextra, etc. I finally stopped wasting my time on him. I ended up seeing over 15 doctors in a time period of about 2 years before finally finding the one I see now. She's not even a physician, but a PA (I've never even seen the actual physician in the office!) and from the very first visit she has listened to me, heard me, empathized with me, and is willing to try different meds to find the right "cocktail" for my illness. I have an extreme case of fibro, I'm still young, I have 2 young children, a marriage and home to take care of, school and a job. I've nursed and taken care of my father until he died, I now take care of my mother, and my in-laws are now beginning to suffer various medical problems and I pitch in and try to help as much as I can. I guess I'm trying to say that this illness and its symptoms can be disastrous for me if not controlled. Presently, my treatment consists of this: 50mg of Prozac every day, 7.5mg of Lortab - 90 every month - and occassionally Fioricet for headaches. On my own end, I've started taking fish oil capsules (4 a day), and I can honestly tell the difference when I don't take them. I take a B complex along with a multivite and a supplement of calcium+magnesium+zinc (if you suffer from PMS at all, this really and truly helps). I try to exercise but that sometimes get put on the back burner, but, again, I can really tell the difference when I don't exercise. I've had suggested to me pain patches and muscle relaxers, but as far as the muscle relaxers go, they put me to sleep and I simply refuse to take anything that makes me sleepy - besides the fact that I hate that sluggish feeling, I have my kids to think of...I can't be off sleeping once or twice a day. I haven't tried the patches yet, so can't really comment on that. I've also had trigger point injections suggested and that's still being considered. The Lortab, for now, works excellently for me, not making me sleepy or tired but acting quickly on the pain, and the Prozac...well, if I go for more than 3 days without it my energy level bottoms out and I'm back in bed.

I hope, somehow, these suggestions can help someone...I know how debilitating this disease can be and I know how many doctors don't even believe it's a real disease.

Andi