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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 21, 2010
  • 07:48 AM

June 21 2010 I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and depression for the past 4 yrs.
Had the symptoms for much longer. My pain has increased this past yr. to a point that I am left in tears!! I recently went to my pcp and asked for an MRI, and they said I had arthritis in my lower back and hip as well as my wrists and hands.

I have sharp stabbing pains on my right side that shoot down my hip to my thighs and into the front shin and behind the knee. I cannot walk when this happens. I hurt so much that I stay exhausted and my nerves are getting to a place that I am shaky and easily upset.
I am on gabapentin, and lortabs as well as calcium citrate vit d and daily vit.
with celebrex in the am and lexapro twice daily. Started l tryptophan as well and take flexeril at nite.
I am in awful constant pain. can anyone help?

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  • Hi.. i may have this wrong but i think i heard during a specialists lecture to other doctors on fibromyaliga (which is on youtube, which i think was posted about 1 yr ago on the very latest scienctific developments of FM), that you can take the approved fibromyaliga drugs together and they work even better taken together in conjuction. I know there are 3 different drugs which have been approved, i see you are on one of those. (As i said, im not completely sure if im remembering the lecture right so your doctor needs to check). Cymbalta is one of those drugs......... At the very worst. i know someone who was having morphine injections (she had FM and CFS).
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  • I just looked up the third drug for you... it's Milnacipran (was approved for FM last year so your doctor may not be familiar with it). best luck
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  • oh i just noticed i confused Pregabalin with gabapentin and that they arent exactly the same. The following info should be of help to you :) as gabapentin has been modified and has a successor drug (Pregabalin) which works even stronger. It's the pregabalin (Lyrica) which was approved for FM. So get your doctor to swap you to to Pregabalin. "Pregabalin (INN) (pronounced /prɨˈɡæbəlɨn/) is an anticonvulsant drug used for neuropathic pain and as an adjunct therapy for partial seizures with or without secondary generalization in adults. It has also been found effective for generalized anxiety disorder and is (as of 2007) approved for this use in the European Union. It was designed as a more potent successor to gabapentin.Pregabalin is marketed by Pfizer under the trade name Lyrica. " http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyrica
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  • I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia several years ago and the best thing you can do is get some exercise in small doses, go for a walk or some type of activity. I know it sounds hard but it will help. You might also keep a food diary and see if a few days after you eat certian foods you body aches worse than others. I recently found out I have celiac and what I was eating was causing more pain some days.
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  • June 21 2010 I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and depression for the past 4 yrs. Had the symptoms for much longer. My pain has increased this past yr. to a point that I am left in tears!! I recently went to my pcp and asked for an MRI, and they said I had arthritis in my lower back and hip as well as my wrists and hands. I have sharp stabbing pains on my right side that shoot down my hip to my thighs and into the front shin and behind the knee. I cannot walk when this happens. I hurt so much that I stay exhausted and my nerves are getting to a place that I am shaky and easily upset. I am on gabapentin, and lortabs as well as calcium citrate vit d and daily vit. with celebrex in the am and lexapro twice daily. Started l tryptophan as well and take flexeril at nite. I am in awful constant pain. can anyone help?I have fibro too. What has helped me is to eliminate sugar. I use Thermacare heat patches for my back. Massage really helps. I go to a chiropractor which also helps. One of the most important things is to stretch. Research any medicines you are on. I hope you have many pain free days soon.
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  • Hi I too have fibromialgia. I find magnesium helps me. YOu need a good naturopath. I am at the moment doing an elimination diet which basically cuts out most things...I have found my muscles improved. I'm on day 6 and on day 12 I start re introducing things. Sound too hard?? I am also a type I diabetic. Believe me if I can do it YOU can too.
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  • I also have fibromialgia. I have some of the best doctors locally treating me though. I got started on gabapentin but the dosage made me sick. I learned that I need to start off taking small ammounts, and late increasing to a dosage that is actually helpful.
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