Post Edited (Sherrine) : 8/15/2008 3:04:13 PM (GMT-6)
Another reason for tooth loss is certain medications cause dry mouth, which in turn can cause tooth decay. I lost four teeth due to Elavil, which cause me severe dry mouth.
I am currently on Vicoprofen, the generic for it and have been taking it for about ten years, the SAME DOSE. It helps me to manage my pain, doesn't take it all away, but makes it manageable.
Breath, I'm not on Methadone. I have been able to control the pain with ibuprofen, Tylenol, and malic acid/magnesium supplements. There are some members on here that are taking the high potent pain killers, though. Everyone is so different with fibro and with how they tolerate pain. For me a positive attitude really helps me tolerate the flares. I know I will be better...I'm just not sure when. I also don't keep taking various medications to try to be pain-free. I don't want the side affects, the dizziness, etc. I'm happy to be able to control the pain and be able to live my life the way I want to. I don't let fibromyalgia dictate what I will and won't do. I just find ways around it. I like to look at all my blessings and focus on things other than how I feel and that helps the pain fade in the background.
We definitely do not judge people by what medications they are taking. We know the problems of fibro and how each handles it is between them and their doctors. My doctor wants me to try some different medications but it is my choice not to. I'm stubborn and would rather deal with the pain. But that's just me. I totally understand when other can't do that. Some have more pain than others with fibro and some have higher tolerances to pain, too. We all understand that, unfortunately. I'm glad that you have gotten relief with the Methadone and I do hope you can wean yourself off it eventually. Maybe we can help with ideas that have worked for us in easing our pain. That's what is wonderful about this forum. We all really care about one another and want to help in any way we can!
I did start taking malic acid/magnesium supplements last December and they have really helped me with pain and fatigue. Others on here have tried it and most of them have been helped too. It is inexpensive and it may be worth a shot to try it. I will bump up the thread about it. Read the thread and see what you think.
If you take calcium I would suggest that you take Citracal with D. Citracal is calcium citrate and it is the most easily absorbed by the body. I took Caltrate (calcium carbonate) for 20 years and still ended up with osteoporosis! I wasn't absorbing the calcium! I learned the hard way so I'm passing on this information to anyone that will listen to me.
I hope you start feeling better. Have a nice evening!