• 24 days ago

    Minimal pain and symptoms

    I was diagnosed two years ago. I take Effexor for anxiety which also helps to keep my pain/symptoms to a minimum. I am wondering if anyone else lives without flareups or pain monthly? I can go for a month without the pain. However I do not sleep thru the night. I will get a flare if I consume too much sugar or experience trauma. I am not complaining of not having alot of pain many days, but do wonder if anyone here was diagnosed and has a lighter case like me. Believe me I have had flareups where I felt like I was hit by a truck


  • RE: Minimal pain and symptoms

    Fibromyalgia does not have a specific symptom set that is common to all patients with this diagnosis. In some patients it can be very minimal and in some patients it can be debilitating. It sounds like you are a strong person and are coping very well with a difficult disease. Its good to identify the triggers of the flareups and stay away from them. Keep a positive attitude through the difficult times, and best wishes for your health.

  • 7 days ago

    RE: Minimal pain and symptoms

    Bless you! That's kind of how it starts in the beginning. I still have days that aren't too bad but feel more like chronic fatigue. Sleep deprivation will be with you probably night after night. I'm having some some success with melatonin. I might be able to sleep 5 or 6 hours before waking. I notice full moon is a problem. I'm an old EMT. We used to joke about it but it isn't funny. Things are just more weird during full moon. I've been on pain management for about the last 14 years. I don't know if I would do that again or not. With all the hype about it now. My Dr is getting a lot of guff from the Feds and had cut the strength of what I was taking in half and will cut it to 1/3 of what I was taking to meet the Federal Mandate. Just to get them off his back. I just want to scream. Sort of like being in school and the 'mean' kid does something bad and the whole class gets punished. I was doing pretty good on the high dose but now not good at all and it's going to get worse. I've had FM for more than 30 years. In the beginning the Doc's scoffed about it. Some still do. Stay active. I've had 37 surgeries. Most a result of arthritis. I'm now 70 and life is difficult. Find a support group and join. God Bless You it's a wicked disease. Maybe they will find a cure or something that will help. A tired old EMT.