Hi Boop, Please let us know how your hearing goes. I'm waiting for a hearing to be scheduled. Allsup is representing me, and I have full support from my doctor. I pray that you will win. Fibro hinders work enough, and I have other physical problems as well.
A memory foam topper helps me sleep better, so more good sleep means less pain. I also take Amitriptyline, Gabapentin, and Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant, for pain. I just turned 49, and between fibro and diabetic neuropathy and diabetic retinopathy, I had to stop working. So now I'm waiting for an SSDI hearing to be scheduled. I understand some of what you're going through, and I pray that you will find something that works to lessen your pain.
Hi Bette, I know what you mean about pacing ourselves. I've noticed that I feel weak every other day when getting housework done, taking short walks, or whatever. So I walk then plan on just resting the next day. So far it's working for me. I have neuropathy in my hands and feet, so that is what mainly limits me as the drugs I take for fibro usually take away the pain fine. The weakness is my main issue right now, so that is worse the the normal sleepiness caused by my meds. I hope you're feeling better soon!
I would not take Cymbalta. There are older meds that have worked for me. I take Amitriptline, (sp?) flexeril (generic) and Gabapentin. These meds control my pain. In other words, you may want to try other meds first. Drowsiness is the only side effect I have from these.
I have had horrible side effects from blood pressure drugs, so I pay more attention now to the list of possible side effects of any drug I take.
Welcome to our support group! I'm sure others will chime in soon. I think your concern is valid. Praying that you find what works for you,
Hi, I'm sorry to hear of your pain! I'm sure you will get lots of advice on this site. The people here are friendly, helpful, and kind! Mimi mentioned Stop Pain Spray and I think she said you can get it at Walmart. Also you may want to check out Walmart's prescription drug list and see if your meds are on the list. If you tell them that your insurance won't cover your meds, they may be able to let you buy the meds there, which is a lot cheaper than other pharmacies. In the meantime, I'm praying for you!
Thanks for the info, Meg. I pray that your appointments go well and aren't too uncomfortable! I have numbness in hands and feet, and I think it's side effects from a bp drug I was on. I stopped taking it and now it's a waiting game to see if there is any improvement. My balance is totally off, and now I've fallen 3 times, so life hasn't been easy for the past month. The doc said I will need to see neurologist if I don't get better soon. So here's hoping it's just side effects. When I was first diagnosed with FM, my lab tests showed inflammation in my body that has never been researched (high sed rate), and they also found antibodies. I have Vetiligo (sp?) and the doc said that's from my antibodies attacking the cells that cause pigmentation, or something like that. That was before I got FM.
Very true, Nancy! The older I get, the more I realize that we each have to cope with life and make adjustments that others may not understand. I think I have finally let go of my need to be understood by certain folks. Lowering my expectations helps me not to be constantly disappointed.