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mamanan
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   Posted 11/20/2008 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't know what to do. I'm on 15 mgs amitriptyline right now, my doctor is raising my dose very slowly. I just started the extra 5 mgs a week ago, b/c at the last visit I was complaining of not sleepign well again. I'm sure I get more sleep than many of you do, so I guess I shoudln't complain... anyway. When he first increased my dose, my headaches went away. This last increase, even more of my facial pain went away; it used to be in the background since startign the drug, now I hardly feel it. The strange thing is, durign the day I usually feel pretty good. Today I hurt in the upper chest and back, but I know that was from putting up Christmas decorations yesterday. But at night, I wake up from pain and aches, I'm always rolling over, I wake at the slightest noise, or when i am sleepign, I'm always dreaming, or I feel liek I'm only dozing. My doctor told me I coudl raise my dose to 20 mgs, but I am already having a hard time getting up in the morning. I take my dose around 9PM, so I'm good and tired by the time I go to bed about 11PM. Shoudl I take it even earlier? But I don't want to crash too early, evening is my only down time. Also, when I work, I sometimes don't get home until past midnight. Those days I take my dose just before I leave work,a s it takes me 1/2 hour to drive home. I'm scared to take it earlier than that b/c of the driving. How do you figure out when the benefits outweight the negatives? I don't know if I shoudl raise it again. Woudl I get a better sleep? Will I be able to get up in the morning? Will it help with the nighttime aches?

Well, now I'm off to take dd to play in the snow. If I can only figure out a way for her to keep her mitts on, before she loses a finger to frostbite ;)
It's been nice catching up! (((HUGS)))
Waiting for appointment with rheumy (March 2009) to get an official dx. waiting, waiting, waiting....
Taking malic acid/magnesium combo, what a life saver! and amitriptyline


getting by
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   Posted 11/20/2008 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mamanan,

Why don't you try increasing your dose on a night when you don't have to work the next day. That way if you are groggy in the morning, you don't have to risk driving or worry about it so much.

I am happy that the elavil is helping you some. It is always such a relief to have the pain fade into the background, isn't it?

I hope that you have a nice day today

Hugs, Karen
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packrat
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   Posted 11/20/2008 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm on 25 mg of amitriptyline right now. Tried to take it up as that didn't always do the trick but I couldn't tolerate the dry mouth, eyes and sinusitis and the grogginess. So now I combine the 25 mg with .25 mg of clonazepam which works most of the time. The clonazepam also seems to help with my restless legs.

Cheers...
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Fibro, anxiety, depression, high cholesterol
Citalopram, clonazepam, amitriptyline, crestor
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