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Hi all,

I cannot believe this pain. I am newly diagnosed with fibromyalgia and I feel so hopeless when it is like this. It is hard to even pinpoint the pain. It is like someone flipped on the "pain" switch on my body. It is through my arms, originating at my elbows. It is in my shoulder blades and upper back; hips, buttocks, and legs. I think the only place that doesn't hurt are my feet. Motrin and Tylenol do not touch the pain and I cannot take anything like Vicodin, codeine and prescription pain meds as I am either allergic or highly sensitive. I went the whole weekend like this (nights are the worst) and I am wondering what others do. I will be calling my rheumatologist when they open this morning to ask about options.

I have been on 50 mg of Lyrica, just once a day for about 3 weeks now. That was enough in the beginning, yet now the pain is tripled. I just took 75 mg and that has helped a little. Is anyone else on Lyrica? How much do you take? I wonder if you build up a resistance and keep needing more as time goes on.

Sorry for all of the rambling--I have had maybe 2 hours of sleep and feel utterly overwhelmed.

Kim
[QUOTE=a_starr;3380215]Percocet 10 mg 4 times a day as needed from my pain mgmt doc. It is possible to become dependent or addicted to it though. I have to get mine filled each week to make sure that i don't take too many.


Thanks Starr. I wish I could take Percocet, Darvocet, Vicodin, codeine, etc. but I am either allergic or cannot tolerate. I am glad it works for you.

Thanks Sunny. The Flexeril worked wonders. I slept really well, but did wake up a little groggy. And I only took half!! I am so sensitive to drugs that there is not a whole lot I can take. I see you are located in CA. Are you northern or southern?

I hope you are all doing well today.

Kim
Oh Kim we all "feel" for you. Before bed I soak in a hot tub...put your fave bath & body scent in and think lovely thoughts. After, get out and put your silkiest nightie on and take an ambien. I wouldn't sleep without it because my legs hurt so bad at night.

I've just started on Lyrica and I take 150 mg. a day (50 3 times a day). It has worked great so far...especially with the leg pain at night plus has helped with my horrible fatigue and even cut my appetite! I also take 300 mg ultram a day.

I won't take narcotic pain relievers....been there, done that with back pain and surgery three years ago. In fact, once during a flare my husband insisted I take a vicodin (he has back problems) and it didn't even seem to work. Maybe I've built up a tolerance and I got really sick to my stomach.

When you're in a flare, don't feel guilty if you take it easy for a couple of days. Things will get done eventually and try not to push yourself. Rest seems to really help during my flares and of course, become friends with your heating pad. It really helps my achy spots. Hope you're feeling better soon. Pain management should help you through this tough time too. Good luck! Kate
[QUOTE=kate26444;3380433]Oh Kim we all "feel" for you. Before bed I soak in a hot tub...put your fave bath & body scent in and think lovely thoughts. After, get out and put your silkiest nightie on and take an ambien. I wouldn't sleep without it because my legs hurt so bad at night.

I've just started on Lyrica and I take 150 mg. a day (50 3 times a day). It has worked great so far...especially with the leg pain at night plus has helped with my horrible fatigue and even cut my appetite! I also take 300 mg ultram a day.

I won't take narcotic pain relievers....been there, done that with back pain and surgery three years ago. In fact, once during a flare my husband insisted I take a vicodin (he has back problems) and it didn't even seem to work. Maybe I've built up a tolerance and I got really sick to my stomach.

When you're in a flare, don't feel guilty if you take it easy for a couple of days. Things will get done eventually and try not to push yourself. Rest seems to really help during my flares and of course, become friends with your heating pad. It really helps my achy spots. Hope you're feeling better soon. Pain management should help you through this tough time too. Good luck! Kate

Hi Kate,

I think the Lyrica is helping me as well. Even though the doctor said to go up to 300 mg yesterday, just 150 mg really helped me through. That along with the Flexeril. The heat from a hot bath worked wonders as well last night.

I have to work on the guilt thing. I have been out on disability for three months since I started going downhill with my health. I keep thinking I need to do more. I have three kids and they keep me busy. Everything is such a chore living out where we are as it is 45 minutes to the nearest supermarket. By the time I get there, I just want to go home!! I don't remember how I used to do all of this and work full time. Just the drive to work alone would be too much at this point.

It is nice to meet you!!

Kim
You can also trying taking just a quarter of one of your Flexerils, if the grogginess is really bad. If your pill is big enough where you can cut the half in half that is. Some of them aren't big enough to be worth the effort.

I hear ya on the narcotic sensitivity stuff. They work for me, but keep me from sleeping so I won't take them. If I'm really desperate I'll take half of one of my dad's Vicodin and a whole Ambien. It's been awhile since I've been that desperate though. He has chronic pain from back surgery, so there are always narcotics in the house if I get really truly desperate.

Even when you can't jog, if you can just get outside and walk at a steady pace for 15 minutes that'll help loads. I can't jog or run because of mis-aligned knees and hips, so I walk. I'm lucky enough to be a member of a gym with a padded indoor walking track, so I can go walk no matter what the weather's like.
[QUOTE=Grapedy;3380505]You can also trying taking just a quarter of one of your Flexerils, if the grogginess is really bad. If your pill is big enough where you can cut the half in half that is. Some of them aren't big enough to be worth the effort.

I hear ya on the narcotic sensitivity stuff. They work for me, but keep me from sleeping so I won't take them. If I'm really desperate I'll take half of one of my dad's Vicodin and a whole Ambien. It's been awhile since I've been that desperate though. He has chronic pain from back surgery, so there are always narcotics in the house if I get really truly desperate.

Even when you can't jog, if you can just get outside and walk at a steady pace for 15 minutes that'll help loads. I can't jog or run because of mis-aligned knees and hips, so I walk. I'm lucky enough to be a member of a gym with a padded indoor walking track, so I can go walk no matter what the weather's like.


Hi Grapedy,

I smiled when I read your post as it is so hard to cut my Flexerils in half (mine are 10 mg). I think if I tried to cut it in quarters that it might disappear entirely!!

With the narcotics, sleeping pills, ect., my body reacts so strangly. It might be due to the fact that I have orthostatic hypotension and they make my blood pressure drop. I am not sure. I am glad I am finally finding a mix of meds that are working.

I actually took a little jog today and am feeling OK. Doubling my Lyrica has helped so much. I think you said it doesn't help you and I am sorry about that. It is so weird how drugs affect different people.

When were you diagnosed, by the way?

Kim