Hi and welcome. I use lyrica and antiflammatory and they really help but I also had to go on narcotic partch as I cant swallow pain killers as they make my colon bleed, but it is good because the narcotic patch virtually takes it away.
As for tiredness most day I sit in a couch and constantly nod off even though I get up everytime I wake and I do something but most days the tiredness rules. Maybe meds but could also be cronic fatigue which is common with fibro. sue2z
Glad that you joined us! I can totally relate to the fatigue as I believe that is how my fibro started. I had the crushing fatigue long before the pain introduced intself. Check out the Fibro 101 thread...there is some good info in there. You may also want to check out the info on malic acid/magnesium supplements which help some of us improve our pain and energy. If you are interested in taking them, check with your doctor and/or pharmacist to make sure there are no contraindications with any of the meds you currently take. There is also some prescription meds that some use for energy (Adderall, Provigil for example). This disease can really knock the wind out of you and there are a lot of adjustments that I have had to make. I have had to learn to pace myself and learn what my new limitations are. Overdoing can really set you back and leave you with even more fatigue and pain. I can't really help answer your question about the amitriptylene as I have not taken that particular med but I just wanted to welcome you!
Hi & welcome!
You don't have to apologize for not having anything wrong other than Fibro. That is bad enough! I have finally gotten meds that help with my pain, but the fatigue is really bad. I fall asleep at my desk at work all the time now.
Maybe your Rheumy will be able to give you something to help with energy. My sister (who also has Fibro) is taking Provigil & it has really helped her with fatigue and energy. I couldn't get it from my Rheumy because of some of my other meds. I took Lyrica for approx. 6 months, but didn't have very much luck, just gained alot of weight. I have read where it has really helped others, so just depends on the person.
Read the thread (2nd from top) Fibro 101. It has some good information and advice. I hope you are able to find something that helps you. Hang in there! You'll have good days and bad.
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Hi, Shutzhund, and welcome! I'm so glad you joined in! You have come to a great place. We have wonderful people that have good ideas to help you live a full and enjoyable life with fibro. I guess I'm a day late and a dollar short! Everyone has filled you in and led you to the Fibro 101 thread. You will learn a lot and we will help with any questions you have. Hope to hear more from you soon!
Hi Schutzhund and Welcome!
I got fibro about 7 months ago and along with that, depression. They put me on Zoloft and that helps with my fatigue and I drink a couple cups of coffee in the morning. I try to take a couple rest periods throughout the day. I too used to have "tons" of energy so this has been frustrating for me also as I can only do "so" much in one day.
I have not been able to return to work since this hit and have applied for Disability. I had a very good job, with great people, good benefits and was just at a point where I was going to buy a townhome- and than the rug got pulled out from under me.
We never know what life is going to throw at us but I know it could be worse. The Lyrica sounds like it is working for you and maybe with other meds you'll be able to find something that helps with the fatigue- so don't give up hope yet on your goals. You may be able to achieve them, just not as fast!
The group is great here and with "support" it makes a difference in how you feel too, I know it has for me. Nice to meet you!