Hi, i'm new and looking for info

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by missboo, Nov 12, 2002.

  1. missboo

    missboo New Member

    my family doctor diagnosed me with fms today. he didn't do the test for the 18 tender points, but I have fatigue, heart palpitations, TMJ, muscle weakness and pain, sleep apnea, muscle spasms, etc. Does this sound accurate and should I look for a specialist - if so what kind?

    also, he prescribed ultraset in addition to the many other meds i'm on. is anyone familiar with this drug?

    i was very relieved to read alot of the messages and know someone else feels like i do - even though it ain't a great way to feel:(
  2. missboo

    missboo New Member

    my family doctor diagnosed me with fms today. he didn't do the test for the 18 tender points, but I have fatigue, heart palpitations, TMJ, muscle weakness and pain, sleep apnea, muscle spasms, etc. Does this sound accurate and should I look for a specialist - if so what kind?

    also, he prescribed ultraset in addition to the many other meds i'm on. is anyone familiar with this drug?

    i was very relieved to read alot of the messages and know someone else feels like i do - even though it ain't a great way to feel:(
  3. totteacher

    totteacher New Member

    Welcome to the board!!! You'll learn lots if you hang around here! I also have fms. I was diagnosed about 2 yrs ago. At first my family dr. thought that I had rheumatoid arthritis but referred me to a rheumatologist. The rheumy diagnosed fm--mainly from the tender points but I also had muscle aches, tiredness, and unrefreshing sleep. If you wish to see a specialist I think a rheumatologist would be the next step. I know there is a good dr. list here--at least there used to be!

    Sorry, I don't know anything about ultraset. Is it for pain? There are so many different meds taken by people here so hopefully someone can help you with that. Also there are many supplements that can help too.

    Hope you will find lots of help and info here. Just ask and you shall receive,lol! Also check out the chit chat board. There is always some silliness going on there--and when you're feeling down, that can sure cheer you up!

    Take care,
    totteacher
  4. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    Hi MissBoo, welcome to our world! It does feel good to get a definate diagnosis, even if its not something we want to hear, at least it confirmes we are truly sick with a 'name' to it!

    Your symptoms sure sound like Fibro, I have had all that you mentioned except the sleep Apnea.

    I don't take meds, but I did find you an article from the "Home" page here on recent research on Ultracet. Hope this is some help to you.

    Again, welcome to our board, and hope we hear from you often.

    Shalom, Shirl


    _____________________________________________________________ ULTRACET


    FDA Approves New Medication for Pain Relief - Ultracet
    ImmuneSupport.com

    10-04-2001


    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Ultracet (TM), a new centrally acting prescription pain medication. Ultracet, comprised of 37.5 mg tramadol hydrochloride and 325 mg acetaminophen tablets, reportedly provides long-lasting pain relief and flexible dosing. Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc. will market the product in the United States.

    Ultracet combines Ultram (tramadol hydrochloride), a leading prescription pain reliever, with acetaminophen, the most commonly recommended nonprescription pain treatment. Clinical trials demonstrated that the combination offers better pain relief over either medication alone. In the trials, Ultracet consistently began working faster than tramadol alone, and pain relief with Ultracet lasted significantly longer than with acetaminophen alone. Ultracet is indicated for the short-term (five days or less) management of acute pain.

    "Pain is one of the most prevalent medical symptoms in the United States," said Warren A. Katz, MD, chief of Rheumatology at Presbyterian Medical Center/University of Pennsylvania Healthcare System in Philadelphia. "Millions of people suffer from acute pain without relief, in part because their medications don't work or have side-effects that interfere with treatment. With Ultracet we have a product that offers effective relief and a positive side-effect profile."

    Ultracet is a centrally acting analgesic that controls pain via different mechanisms of action than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), the most commonly used pain medications. Ultracet is not an NSAID, and is not associated with potentially life-threatening gastrointestinal ulcers or bleeding that can occur with NSAIDs and the newer Cox-2 NSAIDs. In addition, Ultracet does not compromise the efficacy of certain antihypertensive agents, like NSAIDs and Cox-2 NSAIDs. Ultracet can also be prescribed in sulfa-sensitive patients. The most frequently reported side effects with Ultracet were constipation, somnolence (sleepiness) and increased sweating.

    Ultracet should not be used concomitantly with alcohol. The use of Ultracet in patients with liver disease is not recommended. In addition, acetaminophen may cause liver damage.

    Cases of abuse and dependence on tramadol have been reported. Tramadol should not be used in opioid-dependent patients. Since tramadol can reinitiate physical dependence, Ultracet is not recommended for patients with a tendency to drug or alcohol abuse, a history of drug or alcohol dependence or a history of chronic opioid use. Patients with a history of severe, life-threatening allergic (anaphylactoid) reactions to codeine and other opioids may be at increased risk and therefore should not receive Ultracet.

    Please see the full prescribing information for more information on Warnings, Precautions and additional Adverse Reactions that may occur, regardless of drug relationship.


  5. Roxi

    Roxi New Member

    Sorry you are in our boat but glad to have you! Your doctor sounds like a good egg to give you pain relief right off the bat. Give him a little more time. If you later think you need better help I agree a rheumatologist is best but ask the staff before you schedule if he/she has FM patients. That way you might be able to find out if he/she is sympathetic to our plight!
  6. grannycfs

    grannycfs Member

    Hi there.... I tried Utracet but went back to pure tramadol. Since I have osteoarthritis and FMS, I need to be on an NSAIDS (ibuprofen) rather than acetaminafen (Tylenol). Tramadol (Ultram) is very effective for my FMS pain thank goodness.
  7. EllenComstock

    EllenComstock New Member

    Hi and welcome to the board:

    Sorry to hear you are in the same boat we are with the FM diagnosis, but I think you will find the people here to be very helpful and supportive.

    I was diagnosed with FM in June, but have actually been on Ultracet since early this year. I also have endometriosis and my regular doctor gave me Ultracet to help with what I thought was endometriosis pain (although I wondered why I was having pain in strange places for endo). After awhile I noticed it wasn't helping as much. Maybe I was becoming immune. My fibromyalgia specialist then doubled the dosage and it is helping more with the pain now. I can take it every six to eight hours, although I don't take it that often. I try not to take any more medication than is necessary. I haven't noticed any side effects.

    Thanks, Mikie, for the article on Ultracet. That was good to read.

    Ellen
  8. kadywill

    kadywill New Member

    Welcome! Sorry you have this to endure, but you have an excellent support group here! I take Ultram~~I don't need the Tylenol in the Ultracet because of liver damage. I think you'll enjoy being here~~My Rheumatologist helps me with my meds for the same symptoms you've described!
    Love,
    Kady