Because most drugs have several potential side effects, I would suggest researching (internet, pharmacist, doctor, etc.) those related to Neurontin.
Hair loss is one of the many possible symptoms of fibromyalgia. Since the onset of my fibro, both my hair and nails have undergone drastic changes. What is left of my hair remains brittle. Although I have no bald spots, my hair has very much thinned out. I have resorted to wigs as they really help my self esteem. My finger nails have vertical ridges & my toe nails have what appears to be white marks that look as though I've taken an emery board over their tops (best explanation I can offer).
I take no drugs other than daily aspirin for arthritic pain & as a prophylactic.
If you learn that your hair loss is not a side effect of any drug, speak to your doctor about having your thyroid checked.
Hello fibroinsd, I'm a vegetarian & rely on other sources of foods for iron including unsulphured blackstrap molasses. I never cared for molasses but knowing the nutritional benefits (iron, calcium, potassium & magnesium), I came up with a great way to tolerate it. I add it to unsweetened Almond Milk (a highly recommened food by Dr. Oz) & the taste of the molasses is really disguised.
I think Dr. P left the site a while ago. Although he & Caprice will be very much missed, let's not let this interfere with the tremendous support we provide for one another.
As RosieLou suggested, let's try to take over the various roles held by Caprice. She offered so much optimism while suffering as much as any of us.
Dr. P's shoes will be harder to fill as he was a medical doctor however, he answered so many posts in the past & covered numerous subjects that keep coming up, so let's continue to refer to those. They haven't been deleted, have they?
With or without their support, we need one another so let's not let yet another obstacle get in the way of our managing this condition.
I believe all the WebMD communities have lost this professional support but as with all other changes in life, we must accept & move on.
Nancy B, promise us you aren't going any where, please. That goes for MiMi & many other regulars whose names just aren't coming as quickly to my foggy mind.
I, too, have urinary frequency, which started about the same time as my fibro. I know it has something to do with the fascia or muscles in the bladder area because when I stretch, I feel the tight pulling sensation in that area as well as other fibro-stricken areas of my body.
I was relieved to see that this is commonly listed as one of the many symptoms of fibro. This is not to say that one shouldn't rule out other conditions when acquiring a fibro symptom.
Hello Ib707, Because you seem pleased with this doctor in other ways, I feel it's best that you discuss this issue with her. It's hard to find a good doctor. I think you will feel better in hearing what she has to say.
Giving your doctor the benefit of the doubt along with all other people who don't live with chronic pain, it's really hard to understand just how one suffers, especially so with Fibro as it involves so many symptoms, many of which are strange. Prior to your acquiring this condition, could you have imagined the pain (& the many other symptoms that go along with Fibro) that you now endure? I know I could not & therefore, I give others a bit of a break when it comes to relating & understanding the condition. That's not to say that those who care for us (including doctors) can't feel compassion towards us.
Your doctor helped you in being awarded SSDI & that indeed is a sign that she has your best interests in mind.
Hello reed1946, Is it osteoarthritis (OA) that you suffer from along with fibro? If so, it's a common combination. I have both & the fibro exacerbates the pain of the OA.
We all respond differently to treatments but I will share with you what helps me:
1) keep your weight down; unwanted pounds place a burden on joints with OA. 2) warm water pool therapy; the body is more flexible in the water & can move in ways that are too difficult on land; I have been able to postpone hip replacement surgery because I visit the pool daily. 3) I'm not big on meds but do take two aspirins a day; I eat well & take many vitamin/mineral supplements - some that may help with our condition: magnesium, vitamin D, calcium, glucosamine condroitin, 5-HTP (helps with sleeping), vitamin C, L-Lysine. 4) try to stay positive.
WebMD also has an osteoarthritis community which you may want to visit as well. These websites are a form of therapy for me in that it's so nice to share our problems with others who understand. Become as educated as possible on these conditions by researching online, etc.
Hello csshughes, Do you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? IBS is one of many possible Fibro symptoms & is characterized by either constipation or diarrhea & sometimes both. Many medications (especially those for pain) can cause constipation as well. Could this be a possible culprit?
You don't mention your age but if you are over 50 you should have a colonoscopy performed.
Has there been any change in your diet? There are many good sources of fiber. If you aren't familiar with this essential nutrient, please research this.
Last but not least, please speak with your doctor about this. It is often tempting for us who suffer with Fibro to attribute any new symptom to Fibro however, we should not make this assumption so readily.
Many of us have become educated on the subject of Fibro through websites such as this community. There is so much information on the subject so please take the time & educate yourself on this very complex syndrome. Most of us learn more about Fibro online than in any doctor's office.
Welcome aboard. This website has been an ongoing help to me & many other who suffer from Fibro.
Thank you all for your kind words & advice. I'm feeling better today & hope to be back at the pool tomorrow.
I am so grateful for this community. It's important to have something to look forward to & this is one of the tops on my list. My best form of physical therapy is the pool & this web community is my best form of head therapy.