Hi Eric! For me, less is more. I cannot tolerate the new fibro miracle drugs or narcotic pain killers. I would rather have the pain, but everyone is different and some fibromites get relief from different combinations. I just take Advil and Tylenol, magnesium and fish oil and yes...some days that's like trying to put out a raging fire with a glass of water. But the stupor and agitation I get from cocktails of meds is just too much for me to handle mentally. (the hubby begged me to get off Lexapro). I do take 5mgs of valium at night for Restless Leg Syndrome. 21 pills a day is a lot of drugs! I would think all the interactions alone would make you feel like crap, but that's just my experience and opinion. I hope you find something less toxic that works for you, and a doctor that will take the time to figure out what you need to control this disease without adding more and more drugs.
Hey Eric- I understand what you are going through. I myself am 32 and have been dealing with this for about 2 1/2 years now. My doctors also put me on a bunch of meds for a long time, but my family noticed a difference in me. They said I was not the same person. about a year ago, when my husband and I started talking about a plan to start a family, I decided that I wanted to be med free for at least 12 months, so the next day I started weaning myself off all the meds. It was very hard, because you get so use to taking them, but I knew it was something I had to do. Many doctors told me that some of the meds are ok when having a baby, but I am a teacher and am afraid that these doctors are just looking at the physical and not behavioral or learning aspect. I have had good times and bad times as far as pain go during this time off meds. I try to stay active (light exercise. I found out water aerobics works great for me), keep my stress down(leave work at work and only do as much as my body and mind allow me to), ask for help & delegate things, do alternative things (massage), and listen to my body. I have learned what works for me and what doesn't. I know what affects and triggers my body (humidity, stress, cold weather, lack of sleep). I do have flares now and than (am just getting over a really bad one that lasted about a week and a half), but I am willing to live with those once in awhile. I do have pain, but have learned to deal with it. I do take over the counter anti-inflammatory stuff when it gets really bad. I am not saying that being med free is for everyone. It is a personal choice and who knows someday i may need to go back on some meds, but as long as our plans are to start a family, I feel it is the best thing for me. I have learned a lot from my body during this process and now know what is good and not good for me. This was not easy for my family or I and we all have had to be very patient and show great perseverance. It really SUCKS having something like this at a young age. I often get frustrated. I always try to remind myself someone else has something worse. I swear for me I had to go through all the stages of bereavement to really except this. I also have been diagnosed with food allergies a year ago, which has made things even harder. I often wonder why one person has to go through these two difficult things, but I someone does and I just happen to be the lucky one..hahaha. Well, I just realized this is a long post, but I hope you got something, other than my rambling, out of it. I guess, all in all, what I am trying to say is you need to find out what works best for you. I hope you have a great day and good luck with everything.