I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia after suffering many injuries and surgeries as a carpenter. I went to neurologists, orthopedists, rheumatologists and a pain clinic for years and was given every kind of opioid, antidepressant, and things like Lyrica which were of little or no help, and so many side effects I had to quit them. My wife finally took me to see a functional medicine doctor who, after I stoppped taking all those awful and expensive medications, put me on a simple daily bedtime dose of 4.5mg Naltrexone HCl. I noticed a difference the first morning after. It has been two weeks now and the severe debilitating pain is almost gone, the GI problems, sleep problems and fatigue are almost gone, too. This had to be compounded for me at the pharmacy because Naltrexone only comes in 50mg tablets.
You can check out the studies on Naltrexone for Fibromyalgia at Stanford University Medical Center. There have been studies done all over the world with this drug and it has been very successful, as with me.
Beware geting reimbursement through your insurance company; they are not familiar with procedures for reimbursement for compounded prescriptions. I am in the process of that battle now, but the medication only runs about $30/ month. That may be a small price to pay for the relief!View Thread
I can't say this strongly enough...if you are suffering long term medical problems, and the therapies tried by your doctors aren't working for you, get yourself to a doctor of functional medicine...it is cutting edge, and treats by getting to the root of bodily dysfunction, unlike traditional medicine which seems to use a bandaid approach of just covering up symptoms by cramming expensive and dangerous drugs down your throat.
I found real help with my pain, without the opioids, muscle relaxants and antidepressants, and for severe cardiac risk factors for which the statins just weren't effective and caused severe cramping. Try Googling "functional medicine" to find a doctor in your area.
I wish you all the best in your search. Don't give up! This has been an eight year trek for me, and I am at last able to have some quality of life.View Thread
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