Hi Javamommy, welcome to the forum! I'm sorry you are going through the
frustration of getting a diagnosis. Finding a good doctor who believes in fibromyalgia
is really necessary. Are you seeing a rheumatologist? It seems strange that your
doc would put you on Savella without a fibro diagnosis.
Checkout fibro 101, pg.1...top of the page. It is a wonderful resource filled with alot
of great info. Your symptoms seem to fit fibro, but there are other disorders with
many of the same symptoms...that is why it takes so long to get a dx.
Exercise is very important, inactivity makes you more sore. With 4 kids, I guess
you are always moving. Walking helps me. Heat is a fibromites friend, soaking
in a hot bath helps., also using moist heat...like the microwave rice heating pads.
I have been on Savella a year and it has helped some, but I suspect I may need
a dosage increase. We all take tollerate meds so differantly...what works for one
doesn't always work for another.
If you are not pleased with you doctor, DO find one that is very familiar with fibro.
Wishing you the best of luck. Glad you joined our family! Come back with any
questions or concerns. The people here are very caring and understanding.
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid. OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements