• 2 months ago

    Fibromyalgia

    Hi, I am a 61 year old man, diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2009. I take a muscle relaxer, also Effexor for depression. I have tried different pain meds, but so far the side effects out weigh any relief I may get. I am working full time right now, but I will be taking early retirement at 62 in February 2018. However I will continue to work part time as I have worked for my employer 18 years and enjoy what I do. But it is getting more difficult with the Fibro. My Rheumatologist told me to try Tai Chi, which I intend on doing. I think I will also look to see if there is some supplements that may help, without any side effects. I am at the point now where my quality of life is so poor, do to Fibro, any help would be appreciated . God Bless

Responses

  • 2 months ago

    RE: Fibromyalgia

    Hello.

    I am sorry you are going through this and fully understand. You can read my biography by clicking on my username to see how I have managed moderate to severe chronic pain for over 40 years.

    Supplements that help me are glusomin complex and ceylon cinnamon. Turmeric is also reported to help with chronic pain.

    I pray you find answers and relief soon.

    Blessings,
    -Dave
      • 2 months ago
        Hi Dave, thank you for the info. I read your bio. , and now I feel very foolish complaining about the pain and stiffness I have from Fibromyalgia . Because I'm sure it's nothing compared to what your dealing with. its just so hard to enjoy life when your always in pain. But I still try to think positive and keep a smile on my face, as I know there are people out there worse off then me. In the mean time I keep trying to get all the info about my condition and I will be retiring at 62 in February 2018 , but I will continue to work part time as long as I can. And I've been with my employer for 18 years and I like what I do.
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Fibromyalgia

    I've been living with back pain since 1999 and had 2 surgeries and multiple spinal injections. Not sure which made me worse. I gave in to using pain meds because my pain was just too great. Life is way too short to suffer with pain and you have to try all the different pain meds out there until you find one that works for you. One of my back pain issues is called Arachnoiditis and it sucks!

    Not all pain meds are bad...
      • 2 months ago
        Very sorry to hear about what you are going through. Yes I agree with you about the meds. I am still trying to find something to help with the constant pain and stiffness from Fibromyalgia. Another thing that is upsetting to me , is that know one understands what I'm going through. Not even my family. And that makes me feel even worse. It is so nice to be able to vent these issues with people that can relate. God Bless, and Keep The Faith
      • 2 months ago
        That is so true about no one knows what we are living with. How we live with it. How we deal with it. It's horrible living with pain. If it weren't for finding doctors who prescribe these pain meds I would not be alive today. Finding my doctor's was a difficult task too. Doctors don't like to deal with patients like to who need these meds. Most don't understand what we are dealing with either. It really sucks that there is no cure to this pain I have. It can only get worse...
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Fibromyalgia

    Hello ! l have had fibromyalgia for over 16 years the best Remedy is walking and living in a warm climate helps. My doctor told me you have a choice either take the medication or move somewhere that is warmer . So l moved and l do feel alot bettet. I have more good days now and I have bad days but since I moved its been helping me a lot. There were days that I could not get out of bed, All I could do was cry and call my husband to help me. Try Exercise it really helps.
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Fibromyalgia

    I used Effexor for my depression for years until I heard about Cymbalta. It treats both depression and fibromyalgia. I have now been taking Cymbalta for 2 years and I feel so much better.
      • 2 months ago
        Sorry! I forgot to say that I also suffer from fibromyalgia...I was diagnosed 4 years ago.
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Fibromyalgia

    I've had Fibro since 1992. I was prescribed Nortriptyline and it did wonders for my migraines and Fibro. No side effects. Good Luck. BW
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Fibromyalgia

    I am so sorry to read of your situation. I too have Fibromyalgia, along with Osteoarthritis, Pancreatitis and too much more to list. I am a 71 yr old female, married for 50 yrs with two adult children. As you said, others, and I include my family, do not really understand what I go through everyday, 24/7. I finally found a wonderful pain mgmt. Dr a couple of yrs ago. I do take prescription pain meds, and the Dr closely monitors my usage. He also does occasional injections in my most painful areas. I have found, as most of us do, that my tolerance level for pain has become much stronger over the yrs. I strongly suggest that anyone in this horrible situation see a pain mgmt Dr. As for day to day surviving, I try to look my best, laugh a lot and not complain too much. I guess though, that prayer has been my biggest help. It's nice to correspond with you & others who understand. Hope this helps. Bless you.
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Fibromyalgia

    Each day can be a struggle for those of us with daily pain, and each person's approach is different. If you live in an area where there is a support group for chronic pain sufferers, join! Create a network of people you can call on to assist you when needed, even if it is a shoulder to lean on. I do Tai Chi 3 days a week, and find the calming and meditative quality to be beneficial. Let go of being hard on yourself, and accept your "new normal". I don't do pain meds at this time because the side effects wreak havoc with my other issues. Good luck!
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Fibromyalgia

    had you ever tried researching natural healing/pain therapies?