Relief for Fibromyalgia

@Mommamea (1215)
United States
October 31, 2006 2:10am CST
I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and the medications don't seem to give me any relief. Have any suggestions?
3 responses
@Cabrea (14)
• United States
17 Nov 06
I know that Celebrex works for me and also Tramadol, so far anyway, also Allapurinal helps-if I quit that for a week I can't hardly move. Water aerobics seem to help too if you have access to a pool. I know it is a nasty thing to have, but I keep thinking there are things far worse too.
@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
17 Nov 06
Thanks for all the comments and advice. I just went to a Pain Management clinic on Wednesday. He is a very good Doctor so far. He is looking further into my pains. I am going on Monday for a Spinal tap to check for Multiple Sclorosis. He just wants to rule it out. I am also scheduled for a MRI again on Wednesday. I had a panic attack on the first one and could not finish it. I found a place for an Open MRI and after the Doctor looked over the films he needs me to go for the regular one so I will have to be sedated. He put me back on Lyrica 150mg twice a day. I have had a reaction to him jumping the dosage after not having taking it for over a week. I also was taking a muscle relaxer Zanaflex. I guess I will find out in the next few weeks what my program will be. I will definitly check into the water arobics.
@bam001 (941)
• United States
20 Nov 06
I used zanaflex for a few weeks, but I cannot stay away when I take it. Right now, I am working full-time. More and more of the people that I hear from that have fibro end up not being able to work...this scares me a lot. I tried Celebrex a couple of years ago, before the diagnosis. I take tramadol now...it does work, but we are working up to a higher dose, because it wears off after about 3 hours.
@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
23 Nov 06
I am on zanaflex and have found the same thing about being away from home. I am still in the process of tests and everything else to get to the point I am able to function normally again. I am 39 and not able to work not only because of the pain but also because I never know how the meds are going to affect me that day.
@rracers89 (3246)
• United States
15 Nov 06
My mother in law was just diagnoised with this 2 weeks ago after months and months of testing for everything under the sun. Her doctor has her on muscle relaxers,naproxin which I think is a pain pill and sleeping pills. He told her to get plenty of sleep and had her join a gym to do LOW impact water arobics. She needs to quit her cleaning jobs also he said that her body cant take the stress of all the kneeling,bending and lifting. I am going to show her all your suggestions she's researching diff things online about it.
@bam001 (941)
• United States
17 Nov 06
I have been doing water aerobics to help my fibro pain. It really does help. It sounds like your MIL's doc is doing about the same thing my docs have done for me. Keep reading on the topic, there is more and more new info popping up everyday.
@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
17 Nov 06
I hope everything works out for her. I have had a fight with mine. I understand the work thing as well. I have not been able to work for over a year. I have always worked and been very active. I am now depressed because of all of the problems. She will need your support. I know my husband and children have helped me alot. I am 39 and I shouldn't feel like I'm 100. Good luck to her and I will continue to post information as I get it.
• United States
14 Nov 06
I have Fibro and I hate it! I find that if you use heat on areas that hurt it helps. But you know with this we hurt all over so I would have to roll my entire body in a heating pad LOL but that is not possible. Hot tubs, hot showers, massages and understanding helps. I have been suffering with this for 8 years now and I know how frustrating this can be. I take no meds and sometimes it is really bad but I did find that Ahhhloe Ice works and also the cheap massage rub like polar ice is soothing on the chest and back at night and it helps me to sleep.
@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
15 Nov 06
I thank you for understanding the pain. Wow! 8 years. I was diagnosed Sept. 2005. I was put on Nuerontin as well as different pain relievers, muscle relaxers and a sleeping pill as well. I finally quit taking them last week. My phylosphy is if it doesn't help with the meds then don't take them. I haven't been able to work since before my diagnoses and that is driving me crazy. I try to move around, stretch, exercise (very little) and keep going but it is difficult. I do have some Wonderful friends who understand but then there are others who can't see the picture. They feel you should just overlook it and keep going. Thank you for the info I'll be going to get some of those products to try to get some relief.