• 4 months ago

    Fibro meds need adjustment?

    I've had fibro for years. Unmedicated for a long time, only medicated for 2.5 years. On gabapentin and amitriptyline. When I miss two or more doses, excruciating pain reminds me why I'm on meds. They had to keep upping my meds until I was at 2400 gabapentin and 50 amitriptyline.

    I go through depression fatigue. I don't get sad, I just literally sleep as much as 22 hours a day. This happens 3-5 times a year and lasts a week or two. Then I also get episodes of insomnia at about the same frequency. In normal times have a hard time falling asleep, but also a hard time getting up.

    For the last like,.. 2 months straight I've been in a fatigue depression. I am literally sleeping my life away. Most days I get up for work. Sometimes I'm just toooo tired, even after 12 hours of sleep. I've also had a slow steady increase in aches and pains. I reached a point I was taking 800mg ibuprofen, and an Aleve several times a day too.

    I told my doctor about my tiredness. He told me to quit the amitriptyline and see if that helps. I did. By the third day I was laying in a ball of pain. I started back up. Next visit I told his associate I had noticed how much pain the amitriptyline took away. She just upped it to 75 mg in hopes it would relieve more.

    I also take vitamin d and b complex. My main doctor said there's no proof vitamins work, to save my money. But, I seem to think these two give me some energy.

    I've also got this horrible sweet tooth and weight gain since I started these meds. I mean, every day on my way into work I have two slices of cheesecake. Because "OMG I'm gonna die if I don't get them. They will make me feel soo good."

    And they do. For a brief moment. Then right back to normal. Come lunch I'm getting cookies or ice cream. The cravings are unbearable, like it's crack.
    I'm 5'2" and weigh 215.

    I don't think my doctor deals with fibromyalgia much. I think he's trying, but I'm open to any suggestions. Which I would lay before him, of course. He's told me that medicine changes all the time, and if I read or hear about anything I think might help, to let him know. I greatly appreciate that he isn't letting pride get in the way of my care. If anyone out there has some suggestions please help. I specifically need to know if any medicine changes can increase the quality of my life.

    Thanks in advance for all help.