I have found my tens unit to be a lifesaver on the days I am really hurting. My sister(who also has fibro) just bought one at her local pharmacy and loves it!
I was taking Vicodin and Tramadol before for pain, but it was not helping my pain level at all. I now take Methadone and Vicodin in between. I wish there was another way for me to get relief, but I have tried so many things and nothing helps when I am having the bad flares.
The Methadone does help more. Some docs will not prescribe it though. As for the tens unit...if you have the money, you can pick one up today. I know there are alot of pharmacies who carry them. You can also get them online, but will take longer to get. I don't know if a doc can write a prescription for one and maybe your insurance will pay for it? Not sure, but it is nice to have.
Others will be along to give advice. Good luck & hope you get to feeling better!
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Thanks for all your input everyone! I went to the doctor today, and he has changed my treatment to something a little more aggresive. I am now taking 375mg of Lyrica instead of the cymbalta and he has also added Mirepex every day. I am also supposed to take Dexamethosone 3x per day along with my Tramamadol. I was also started on Flexeril which is a muscle relaxer and I take that 3x per day.I have worked really hard and lost 55 pounds so I hope the Lyrica doesn't make me gain weight, but I wil do anything in order not to be in pain. If anyone can tell me how they are doing on any of these meds, I would appreciate it. I had a little melt down when I got home and was talking to my husband. He was so supportive and understanding so I again today, Thank God for him. Thanks again, and I hope everyone wakes up and has a good day tomorrow. I am also going to check into getting a TENS unit. I had no idea you could get them at the pharmacy. Take care, Sheri
So glad your doc is trying some different meds. I have heard good things about Lyrica, although I stopped taking it after 6 months because they didn't help me much and I gained too much weight while taking them. I've heard others say they didn't gain weight, so guess it is different for everyone.
My sister got her tens unit at her local pharmacy in town. The one she got looks almost like mine. I didn't know you could get them there either. Maybe only certain places. You might want to call around. I hope the tens helps you. It really has helped me.
Good luck with the new meds. Let us know how you do.