I have had a lot of health problems too. One thing in your post stuck out to me- Ambien CR. My doctor had me taking it daily for over a year because of sleep problems. I had a sleep study done during that time, and I NEVER entered REM sleep?!?!
At a certain point, I decided that my meds weren't helping, and that I wanted to start going off of some of them (with my doctor's guidance). One of the first ones I stopped was the Ambien CR. It was rough for a few days... but my pain DECREASED significantly. I was less exhausted too. I would highly suggest talking to your doctor about trying that. Taking Ambien long term can inhibit good sleep, and just knock you out... then your body doesn't get REM sleep, and the human growth hormone isn't produced enough. This causes your body not to regenerate its cells like it should.. so you end up in more pain. So, it's just a thought of something you may want to try.
Sometimes those of us with multiple syndromes get put on a million medications... that only work for a small percentage of people. No one really knows how they interact with each other, because they are studied independently, not used together. If the meds aren't actually making you feel better, I would really stop to consider whether or not you want to take them.
Personally, I've decreased my meds by about half. I still have a lot of problems, mind you, but at least I don't feel really overmedicated. (ever have trouble even remembering which ones to take at what times because there are so many??) I did get some relief as I went off of them. Just make sure if you decide to go down that path, to include your doctor. It can be dangerous to stop certain drugs too quickly... it's a process.
Not that I'm good at taking this advice, but sometimes exercise, warm baths, and eating healthy can be beneficial too. Easier said that done when you are so tired and in so much pain, I know.
I hope that you are able to find some relief.View Thread