Am I normal?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by smokiebones, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. smokiebones

    smokiebones New Member

    Is it normal to still feel pain even with the meds?
    In one day I take:
    140 mg Lyrica
    1 - Cymbalta
    10 mg xanex
    50 mg amtriptline

    My doctor had me on naproxin and 25 mg of amtriptline a day until I went to his office a crying mess. That was about 3 or 4 months’ ago. That's when he prescribed the meds I currently take.
    The pain I feel ALL over seemed to lighten up a lot at first. Now I am noticing my horrible headaches are back on a daily basis. My legs and back are back to hurting daily too. Things I didn't even know I have hurt! Is it that I have gotten used to my meds and they are not working anymore?
    My concern is that I might have to take higher doses of my meds and I am already so tired. I get to work at 7 and around 9 I get so tired. I have actually fallen asleep at my desk, not good! Then I take lunch at 11, I do ok until about 2 that is when I want to fall asleep again! I have not been DX with CFS just FM but I have a feeling they go hand in hand. I try to rest and relax when I get home but you know a mother’s work is never done.
    So should I go back to my doctor and let him know how I feel, or should I stick it out for a while? I do not want to put my self in the position for flair up. However, I have to work. I can’t get fired for sleeping at my desk either.
  2. marti_zavala

    marti_zavala Member

    None of these are helpful to everyone for pain. Some people swear by Lyrica and some by Cymbalta. I am uncomfortable that you are on both. I won't address the anti-depressants because again, they help some people and don't help others. Timing is everything - are you taking them at night? the last two of your list can make you sleepy.

    Cymbalta did not help me, Lyrica did but I was unwilling to live with side effects and risk.

    Here is what I do for my FMS pain - 400mg magnesium, 1200mg malic acid, some calcium, some gentle stretching. If it is really bad, then I take 1 tsp baking soda in 8 oz of water. All of these are to help with the lactic acid. If it is still bad, then I take a 1/2 of a muscle relaxer (since now they are spasms - and then I take 1 50 mg tramadol and take an epsom salt bath - for sulphate and magnesium, not for the relaxation but that helps too.)

    Of course, you can't do some of that at work, so you may need a stronger pain medication. Cymbalta and lyrica are mostly for nerve pain and may not be addressing your muscle pain.

    Try the list above, if it doesn't help, get some pain medication. If you doctor won't help, get a new doctor or ask to be sent to a rheumatologist or a pain mgmt specialist.

    I agree that you have to protect your ability to work but do try to get some rest at home. You are working two jobs, you know.

  3. TXPeach

    TXPeach New Member

    The amitriptyline may be making you sleepy. What time of day do you take it? I take 25 mg at bedtime, and I usually sleep very well, and I am not groggy in the mornings.

    I'm not sure about the other meds you are taking since I don't take them, but I do know that the amitriptyline may be causing daytime drowsiness.

    Best of luck to you. Hope you are feeling better soon!

    God bless,
  4. smokiebones

    smokiebones New Member

    I take:
    70 mg Lyrica
    1 - Cymbalta
    .5 mg xanex
    in the morning and then

    50 mg amtriptline
    70 mg Lyrica
    .5 mg xanex
    at night.

    Thanks for the advice, Marti I will try some suppliments thanks.
  5. razzilou

    razzilou New Member least as normal as any of us!

    I don't make time to post often, but I'm going to try to participate more ~ we have to support eachother!

    You might ask your doc if you can change the time of day when you take some of your meds ~ of the ones you list, only Cymbalta is NOT sedating.

    I take all of my Lyrica (150mg.daily) between dinner & bedtime and when I've taken Elavil in the past, only at bedtime.

    In the fifth year after my dx, I no longer got pain relief from Tramadol/Ultram & had to start taking Tylenol w/Codeine which has worked okay for 2 1/2 yrs - I've had Fibro for seven years now.

    You may have to increase your pain medication over time, most of us have ~ hopefully in the next few years, we'll get better research & better non-narcotic meds. Until then, we just do the best we can and try to work with docs who understand the illness . . .

    Good luck to you!