The way I understand the whole NSAID thing is that although FMS is not an inflammatory process, one may have arthritis or something else that IS inflammatory, that causes pain, that triggers flares of FMS.
I went off of all NSAIDs for many years, and a PM doc that I saw as a consultant when I needed surgery a couple of years ago suggested I try ibuprofen during that time. I did and it seemed to help a lot. I still take it twice a day. I also take methadone three times a day, and oxycodone as needed for BT pain. I tried stopping the ibuprofen and my pain levels went up again, so I am back on it.
I took the antihistamine which was the primary ingredient of Sominex, and had to keep increasing the dose for it to work. I was taking 4-5 fifty mg. pills. The side effects of a dry mouth finally made me ask my doctor for something else.
Amnesia around the time one takes the pill is fairly common. I keep it on my night stand and take it as I get ready for bed. Usually, I do have vague memories of conversations with my husband around bedtime.
I keep all my meds in a different room, and fill a daily pill box. My husband has been with me and has noticed no strange behaviour like you had. That would scare me too.
I hallucinated while taking one of the older sleep aids, chloral hydrate. I knew it was a hallucination and then remembered why we stopped using it on patients, this was a fairly common side effect.
I went from 10 mg. every night, to 15 mg. every night. My doc is wonderful, she rocks. She was so patient as we went through various drugs. Finally after a couple of weeks, she just said "Hey, the ambien worked, lets just try a little more of it."
I do my things also, exercise for an hour a day, sitting in the hot tub for 20 minutes just before bed, no reading or TV in bed, etc.
I take a Vit D3 pill, 2,000 units, every day, my doctor did check my blood level and it was in the lower but normal range. She told me that much would not hurt me. It has not made any difference in my pain levels at all.
If your doctor has done a test and told you that you do not need it, why don't you believe him?
Can you record the Yoga on TV? Or, maybe buy your own DVDs?
I was already stretching when I did that with belly dancing classes called "Shimmy", then I could use them whenever I felt like it. Later, I bought DVDs with other instructors. I have been doing an hour or more a day for about 18 months now. Then I started doing weights too, as my body had gotten horribly out of shape.
Anything to distract me from hurting is a good thing. Funny movies is a great suggestion.
I agree with you completely. Back when I was first diagnosed, they had me limit my activity so I would not hurt as much. Now, my doctor treats my pain and I am much more active than I used to be. I exercise over an hour every day. My doctor told me "No one should limit their activity due to increased pain", she adjusts my meds as necessary.
Do not limit your activity any more than you absolutely have to, I lost upper body strength like crazy, I don't know if I will ever get it back again. Better to not lose it to begin with. We know more now than we did back then in the mid-1990s. I don't blame my doctors at all, they were doing what they knew to do. But now we know better.