A few replies in one message from Dally:
Sara Smiles:Thx for input as I am not ready to give up my Tramadol yet! and I must maintain my Imitrex as well so I will try to use caution. A few months back I spent some time in a "warm Water Pool" at a local pool, which was really nice and warm. I actually found that spending some time in that warm water and just floating and moving around was good for my body and my head. I will be joining a water walking program this fall just to use their 96 degree warm water pool a few times a week. I am not looking to swim ( I don't have the stamina!) but the movement and warmth are so good for your muscles and pain points. I do get regular PT for last 6 months which involves deep muscle/myofascial work on neck and back and it has had varying results. My Rheumy swears that this will be the fix. Sometimes great, others not so great. Depends so much on sleep! Just can't seem to get the right sleep for so long. Sleeping pills just don't do it for me. Maybe a month in Tahiti will do it! Anyway, good luck and do stick to some movement and try the water. We really don't have many choices except to keep on keeping on and trying the next hopeful option. Take Care!
Alicat:No apology needed! I just love the input. Makes me feel like I am not totally losing my mind. Glad you were able to figure out the Tram issue. Just downdose slowly, like maybe break your cap (get a pill slicer at drugstore) in half for a week and then quarters for a week. Take your system down slowly. I have always had to go that route as I am very sensitive to meds. And yes, time is the biggest issue as we sure do run out of patience with this stuff and it can make you so tired. I am learning the meaning of "patience" and humility. Talk about being brought to your knees.....not once, but many times. They say that is the time to say that prayer that you have been meaning to say. God bless.
HHH:I had a sleep study done in May and while I did not have sleep apnea or RLS, my Dr. told me that I wake or my brain wakes up 30 times an hour. HMMMM. Maybe that would explain always feeling like a truck hit me every morning and why I have turned into Linda Blair from the Exorcist the last few years. So, Cymbalta may be a blessing and may be a curse. I love having to wait at least 6-8 weeks to find out. I tried Ambien CR, pointless. Have now given Sonata a shot. Also seems pointless. Can't be too drugged our I can't function at 7:30 am when my 3 year old barges into my room with a demand for chocolate milk and Curious George. Perhaps a lobotomy would be the answer! Good luck. I hope your sleep study gives you some great input.
Bev: I hope that your updose helps you. It is so true how this condition can change constantly and disguise itself as other problems. Most of the battle is figuring out the most problematic issue you are dealing with at the time and try to go after it. Throw in my perimenopause/menopause and we really have a party!!! I am still not totally sure that I am actually a fibro sufferer or a chronic Myofascial Pain sufferer as the symptoms overlap so much. One Dr. tells me that they are the same and my PT therapist tells me she beleives they are different. Very frustrating. I only hope that in the next 10 years they can come up with alot more help for people suffering these conditions. Take Care of yourself and that wonderfaul family and husband!!
Happy Labor Day Holiday to all if I don't get back on......