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Canamia
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   Posted 9/9/2009 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   
hi im kinda new here and tho im unoffically diagnosed w fibro im on all treatment for it (pt/massage meds cymbalta and soma) and i fit the description perfectly aside from my rhuematologist saying i dont quite have enough tender spots tho all the ones in neck chest and shoulder area i do have. And my pain dr says shes only seen one "true" fibro pt in 10+ yrs! i cant believe that but she just put me on soma today cus i mentioned it to her that im not getting relief from cymbalta after about 5 months and im wondering what every1 elses exp. Is w soma? did it help? how much did it take etc thanks in advance guys :) oh and my pcp tho not an expert on fibro thinks im having beginning stages of it

Dagger
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   Posted 9/9/2009 10:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Everyone is different and has a different reaction to meds. What helps me may be awful for you. You really won't know what will work best for you until you try it.

Good luck.

FMsaddenedspirit
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   Posted 9/10/2009 5:44 AM (GMT -7)   
HI Canamia,
I am so sorry you are having a hard time... I think we all do at times... most times that is..
I do take Soma... yes. it does help with the musical spasms. in my sholder blades. and helps some with the neck pain. right now I take about 3-4  a day... along with my Perc 10/325 6-7 a day . I have to admit I am having problems with my pain Meds working very well as I have been on them for years now. Its time to add in a longer lasting med I and My Doc have been discussing this for about 6 months. LOLO.. I keep going back and forth. one time I'm like help and then the next time I'm like.. no I think I can manage... but I'm in a mess right now and think its time. I just hate to have to add one more med you know.
 
I hope you and your Doc can figure out a combo that will work for you ... its hard I know.
but keep being strong and never give up the fight. I think we all get to a place at times where we can barley make it . but then we must over come....
 
best advise with Fibro though is keep moving .. light exercise and stretches is so important.. otherwise you start to lose your musical .and the pain will increase. Ya been there and still fighting ..
 
this is a great group of people , lots of support , good advise. and best of all every body really does care.
 
its like I say ... my Fibro family ..
 
Take care my dear.... Soft hugs.  turn   turn
 
 

Spirit ~


tyno3
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   Posted 9/10/2009 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   
How can one get a PCP to hear you, when you say, the mild narcotic he prescribes isn't doing the job. My PCP refuses to go beyond even the mildest narcotic pain med. I explain, he says "No". If I run out early, which I always seem to do, as sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and need a tablet to get back to sleep, due to pain, or else I end up, not sleeping, at all. I get so tired of it all. I also get migraines for which I am prescribed Zomig, a triptan, costs $100. for 6, and I need eight to ten as I get about 6 migraines per month, and once they take hold, it takes sometimes two tablets to knock it out. I am supposed to see him tonight to get a paper signed to get more than 6 per month. I also need muscle relaxers, and I sure hope he doesn't yell at me. Signing off now. Best o you all.
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Canamia
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   Posted 9/10/2009 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you all so incredibly much! you are all so wonderful. So far soma helps but she only gave me 2 a daay for 6 days to try it out and it works for a little bit but last night it was so awful i could barely walk! this site is like a God send!

tyno3
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   Posted 9/11/2009 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I decided a few days ago, to try melatonin, at bedtime. It helps, however, I awaken at 3 AM. That's probably b/c I go to bed so early (8PM). I had been taking klonipin, however, that helps with anxiety, for sure, but not so much with sleep. I had also been prescribed amyltriptilene but wake up hungover with tripping over rug, spilt coffee, cranky, etc. So, anyone else; weighing in on melatonin, and/or sleep solutions?

Statgeek
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   Posted 9/11/2009 10:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Canamia,
I read the title and thought it said some experiences. haha I have taken Soma and I hate it. It relaxes my brain too much and I would rather have my senses about me. zanaflex helps me. I take it at night and it helps me not to tense up while sleeping. During the day, stretching, breathing, visual imagary, help some too.
Sue

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   Posted 9/12/2009 10:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I just got a script for some Soma. I'm suppose to take one 3 times daily, but I take maybe one every 3 days. I hears alot of stories of people getting dependent and/or addicted to it, and I try to stay away from all meds that have that potential cause I'm weird like that. I have not really find a muscle realxer that helps yet. They either dont work or have too many side effects, but so far soma doesnt seem to cause anyting too terrible, but I'm still being careful. I've been doing alot of reading on Soma and all I've heard so far is how addicting it is, espcailly when taken together with a narcotic pain med. I guess I'm just paranoid, I live in a town full of addicts who are dropping dead like flies (and alot of them seem to have Soma in the mix), so I guess I have a reason to be paranoid. But I guess as long as I'm careful with dosing I'll be fine.

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getting by
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   Posted 9/13/2009 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I take soma and it really does help. I don't care if it is addictive, because I will probably always have to take it. I don't take as many as prescribed, but I do keep it in my system and it really helps.

Best wishes for a wonderful day.

Hugs, Karen
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Canamia
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   Posted 9/14/2009 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
ive found so far soma is the ONLY muscle relaxer that helps. I agree with getting by even if it is addicting i will prob have to take it to get by as best i can and even soma isnt helping fully but it helps a lot more than anything else ive had. I just have my loved ones keep an eye on me to make sure i dont take more than necessary so no overdose chances yano? if you are careful i dont see the problem. I appreciate all of your responses you guys truly understand!

Statgeek
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   Posted 9/14/2009 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I took an oxycodone (aka percocet) today because my pain was a 9 out of 10. btw: I don't count labor pain or the one hangover I had from the 9th circle of hell. Those are over 10! :)

There were some deadlines at work and I worked until midnight Sunday night, then went in early this morning to finish it. Forgot my regular meds yesterday and today. All that added up to one big flare. I would have taken two if I needed to. Now, about 3 hours later, I am awake and feeling very off, but with a lot less pain. Sometimes it is hard to tell which is the lesser of the two evils. Thankfully, if I pace myself, switch activities back and forth all day from sedentary (computer etc) ones to moving ones and do my usual self care things, I usually don't get this bad. Sometimes we are in a quandary of what to do. Glad I could come home after the deadline and go to bed for awhile.
Sue

Canamia
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   Posted 9/14/2009 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
ive found doing too much makes me worse too. As much as soma helps me when it doesnt help or wears off the pain comes back ten fold :( i usually rate my pain between 6 n 7 but only because i do count my two kidney stone experiences! the pain from that was the worst pain i could ever imagine and im sure this fibro thing didnt help those times! needed surgery for one. But when my pain acts up like now even w soma its about 8.5~9 i just wish my pain dr believed i have it my pcp does but pain dr thinks too many ppl r diagnosed
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