The psychiatrist is a great idea. My pain doctor sent me there when he realized that the 6 meds I was on were still not doing the trick.
The psychiatrist found out why I had gained 40 lbs. in 6 months. He helped me find out which of the other 5 meds were some help and which were just a needless expense and one more chance at drug interactions.
Let's face it, FM is a neurologic disorder. Most of the meds we take work on the brain. There is no shame in seeing a psychiatrist. Fibromyalgia is a real, physical disorder. We have to be willing to take all the help we can get. And say thank you.
First of all, killing yourself is not an option. Life, no matter how much pain it entails, is too precious a gift to refuse.
Now, get on the telephone and find another doctor. If you've been dealing with a rheumy, try a neurologist. Try a physiatrist. Try another family practicioner. Offer to sign a drug contract saying you will get all your pain meds from that doctor. Promise to only use one pharmacy.
Have you tried the Duragesic/fentanyl patches? You can use a low dose of them for as long as they work. Then you can go back to the oxycontin. You will find that you no longer need as high a dose of the oxycontin. By alternating between the two (oxycontin and fentanyl) you are less apt to build up a tolerance.
Are you open to something different? I found that accupunc-ture worked on my back pain. I had to stop when my scalp was sensitized, but, if I could, I would go that route any day.
There are better days ahead. You just have to look for them.
Elle, it's great that the Savella is working for you. Since it is, you need to have your OB/GYN test and adjust if necessary your hormone levels. It would be a shame to stop a med that is actually helping you when they are so few and far between.
Would you believe a 93 year old woman I did pool therapy with was still getting hot flashes! She refused hormone therapy and toughed it out. Me, I feel rotten enough from FM to not need any other stressors. Imagine 40 years of night sweats. Not me.
I wish the Savella worked for me. I'm so glad it works for you.
I did hydrotherapy in the hospital pool for 10 years. Then I became sensitized to heat. The pool was no longer an option, I get disoriented when it's over 73 or so degrees in the house (or outside--there goes retirement in Arizona), and my showers are now much cooler.
They were great while they lasted, and these warm water exercises allowed me to continue working long enough to earn my teachers' retirement system disability. That meant a great deal, since I had been the family's major breadwinner.
If you have the option of warm water exercise, give it a try. You will find you can stand longer without low back pain, your knees and hips are not screaming at you, and the others in the pool with you are a great support group of people who understand pain.View Thread
I've found that if I apply my lidocaine patches before I do something that I really have to do, but know from experience is a flare causer, I can somethimes prevent a flare. I especially like to use them before a long car trip. They're also good if you get sick and know from experience that your cold (or whatever) will trigger a flare. My script is for 3 patches, and I cut two lengthwise to cover my spine and cut the third to fit any current hot spots. I truly believe this can prevent flares. Hope it works for you! I think this works by short-curcuiting the first twinges of pain before they magnify.View Thread