Hi Joie. It sounds to me like you could really benefit from an extended relief pain medication. Not just a Vicodan here and there, but 'round the clock medicine. I was on Percoset for the back/foot/body pain and I was riding the pain rollercoaster all day long and it DRAINED me, physically and mentally. Now that I am on Oxycontin, I have continuous pain control and I feel so much better. When we are in pain for extended periods of time, it alters your brain's ability to cope with life. You need some relief. Period. Nobody can think straight or function when they hurt all the time.
Have you ever tried amitriptyline? It is an older tricyclic antidepressant used for fibro and it really works for me. Also, a good SSRI is a great way to combat the depression and anxiety of fibro. Have you found a good pain doctor (I can't remember if you were going to see one or had already done so)? It doesn't have to be a "pain specialist" either....a good PCP can manage your meds just as well. Sometimes a primary care doc can actually be BETTER than a pain doctor because pain specialsts tend to view you as a drug seeker until you prove it to them otherwise. That has been my experience, anyway. They don't know jack about
fibro pain, either, or they don't think that it deserves their attention. They can sit on it and spin...
Keep your head up! You can find some relief, unfortunately some of us have to work at it harder than we should have to.
DX w/ fibro June 2009
DDD & annular tear at L5/S1
endometriosis since age 18, have had 5 surgeries to date
OxyContin 30 mgs 3 X day
Dilautid 2 mgs 1-2 X day for breakthrough pain
Elavil 25 mgs
Zoloft 75 mgs
Lunesta 2 mgs
Klonopin .75 mgs
Protonix 40 mgs
I am living in the body of an 80 year old......