• over 2 years ago

    Fibromyalgia and NSAID allergy

    I was diagnosed last year with fibromyalgia. I am repeatedly told to take NSAIDs for the pain and inflammation. I get hives and an upset stomach from them so am unable to. I have tried tramadol but it gives me migraines. I am sensitive to aspirin as well. Acetametaphin does not really work either. I'd be better off eating sawdust at this point. Anti-depressants thus far have made me aggressive, given me gut rot or are just not hitting the mark. Alprazolam is at a minimal daily dosage and not helping either. I just finished physical therapy and shall soon be starting pain management. Am I suppose to be seeing a rheumatologist or a neurologist besides the orthopedics? What are my options for treatment? What are some alternatives? The winter seems to worsen symptoms. Any suggestions to improve mobility on hard days is greatly appreciated. I also have wheat and corn allergies if that pertains to any medications.

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  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Fibromyalgia and NSAID allergy

    I have fibro and acid reflux issues. You might talk to your doctor about Celebrex. I had to try others for my insurance to allow it, but taken with food I don't have issues and it aids in my pain. I'm also taking otc Zantac for my heartburn. Unfortunately, I can't take other Nsaids with the Celebrex so Tylenol is left for when I have flairs. I have also been prescribed Flexeril, a muscle relaxer. A rheumatologist should be a good answer. I am afraid personally of Lyrica because of the reported side effects, but with any medication you should look into what the side effects are and be aware.
    Winter is hard for me. You might consider an electric mattress cover that warms your bed. I have one and can't use it at the moment because I am afraid of it on my new mattress cover for allergies. I only needed level 1 because it's quite warm. If you have other conditions that are affected by heat like diabetes or etc - I wouldn't recommend it. It really makes a difference though. Heat therapy helped me a lot. Epson salt baths also soothe your aches. I usually needed to drink plenty of fluids afterwards.
    I take a Magnesium/Calcium/Zinc/D3 supplement too, Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer.
    I hope you find some relief. It's an infuriating condition, and everyone is different. You have to try some things and see if they work for you.
  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Fibromyalgia and NSAID allergy

    My Naturopathic started me on low dose Naltrexone and it changed my life. My flare ups are cut down and I don't have the constant ache that I've had for 20+ years.
  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Fibromyalgia and NSAID allergy

    I would definitely see a rheumatologist. They can run tests to see which medications work best for you. NSAIDS will not help without the proper meds. I'm currently on 4 different prescription medications for my myalgia and fibromyalgia. I also have had celiacs and addisons disease for the past 14 years. Now I have hashimotos and osteoarthritis along with the rest. A good rheumatologist will be able to assist through the proper blood tests exactly which meds are the best for your situation. Good luck, its a painful way of life but you can still enjoy life with the proper care.
  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Fibromyalgia and NSAID allergy

    I"ve had fibro for the better part of 30 yrs (maybe longer but I didn't know what it was). Lidocaine patches & hydrocodone are the only things that work when I have a flare up. And warm epsom salt bath or hot tub. I too have my doubts about Lyrica--I'm on cymbalta. But I have found that even though I take about 5 meds at bedtime, there are times I can't sleep and my fibro is unbearable and nothing helps.
  • 6 months ago

    RE: Fibromyalgia and NSAID allergy

    I am so sorry to hear about what you're going through. I can't claim to be an expert at all, but I reckon you could try and do all the natural remedies like staying active and eating clean. I've heard from some friends that relaxation and meditation help a lot. It's not medication but it could work? Wishing you all the best and hope that you've gotten some help from the forum here.