I am posting this on both the Arthritis forum and the Fibromyalgia forum:
Yesterday I saw my PCP for my bi-monthly check-up ( I also have ADHD and he oversees those meds). My new rheumatologist had already sent him a letter about my fibromyalgia and RA and explained his goals. My PCP doctor was so good and understanding and he praised the rheumy for Dxing the fibro. I guess my PCP focused primarily on my ADHD and depression and hadn't considered fibro. Anyway, the two docs are actually working together and for the first time in YEARS I am optimistic about my health!
My PCP prescibed gabapentin 400 mg at bedtime. Amazingly I slept from 11 PM to 9:07 AM! I didn't even wake up ONCE! I can't remember the last time I slept ALL night. I was so ecstatic about my good night's sleep that I even put on make-up today!!! Because I am an artist and usually wear paint-stained t-shirts (I work from home on murals, etc...) it's been MONTHS since I put on make up when I was just heading down to my studio!! I actually feel like maybe the road back to a normal life is in sight. Thank God! Just the thought of living in pain with fibromyalgia and RA and having pain like I had for the past few weeks was so depressing I spent most of my time lying around and crying. I was so afraid that my hands would stay as useless as they had become during this flare. Thankfully, I was able to start painting again this week and that alone helps boost my mood.
Having these two things- RA and fibro- really complicates running a mural and faux finish business, for sure. MY husband and I spent a chunk of money starting the business just this past winter and I was terrified that I wouldn't be able to continue! Naturally, that alone added to my depression because the financial responsibility for everything fell on my husband. Three years ago we built a new home and although we can scrape by on just Dave's income, my income provided the little extras. In the past 9 months since I've been unable to work, the strain of it all is taking it's toll. We really should sell this house and buy a smaller one that is a ranch on one floor but we have put so much love and sweat equity into this home that leaving it would be heart-breaking. I'm sorry... I am running on and on... I wanted to just say that today I feel more hopeful and optimistic. Sleeping all night long doesn't seem like a big deal to most folks but to those of us with rheumatalogical conditions it's a real GIFT!
So my question: is anyone else currently taking gabapentin? My PCP also prescribed depakote ER 250mg qd that I must start next week. ANyone use this combination and have any success with it or is this something that only folks with fibromyalgia take?
Again, thanks so much for being here!
Holly in PA
Dear Lord, please help me to be the kind of person my dogs think I am!