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Posted By : JudyBluEyes - 5/5/2017 9:52 PM
Hi, I was recently diagnosed with fibro, but I've had the symptoms for quite some time (like years), but I didn't really know what fibromyalgia was. Anyway, my doc wants to put me on Cymbalta, but I don't know if I want to take another drug every day. And I'm very sensitive to drug side effects. So I'm looking for alternative ways to deal with pain. I have been using ibuprofen/acetaminophen (taken together) for general pain, and Roboxin for spasms (flexeril knocks me out too much). It works pretty well, and I can just take it as needed, not every day. Right now I'm going through a calm period - yay!! But I know the pain will be back, it always comes back. So I was wondering if anyone has some experience with alternative ways to deal... thanks!

Posted By : Sherrine - 5/6/2017 5:50 AM
Hi, JudyBlueEyes, and welcome! I also take ibuprofen with food and Tylenol and I take one tablet of Robaxin twice a day and that has made a significant difference in my pain. But I add vitamin D3 and magnesium malate to the mix. I take all of the above every day..at least twice a day and up to four times a day depending on my pain.

I also walk daily as a gentle form of exercise and I pace myself when doing things. I do Trigger Point Therapy on myself and get a gentle massage once a month. All of the above have helped me live a full and enjoyable life in spite of Fibro.

Be sure to read Fibro 101...the first thread in the forum. There are links about vitamin D and also magnesium malate and how these work in the body to help with pain. All of Fibro 101 is good so do read it.

I'm looking forward to getting to know you better. Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you. Hope to hear more from you soon.

Sherrine

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Posted By : JudyBluEyes - 5/6/2017 9:24 AM
Hi Sherrine! I've been taking vit D and magnesium for a while. I read the Fibro 101 and ordered some magnesium malate from Puritans. I'll be 62 in July and also take blood pressure meds and statins. I take coq10 and it helps with the pain from the statin. about two years ago I had some crazy hypery feelings and my bp shot way up, like 200/100!! So my doc lowered my thyroid (I had Graves in my forties and did RAI and the endocrinologist kept my thyroid at the very high end of normal) and started me on bp meds, but then my cholesterol shot up... it's always been on the high side, but it went up over 300! The statins made my pain 10 times worse, but the coq10 (I take Ubiquinol) helped and the statins lowered my cholesterol over 100 points in six weeks so I didn't want to stop them. My problem with ibuprofen is that it can raise your bp with long term use, and I want to get off nsaids even though my bp is under control with meds. The thing I read about Cymbalta is it can raise you liver enzymes, as can statins and tylenol. Sometimes I think I read too much about all these drugs and ignorance IS bliss. LOL

Posted By : Ljm2014 - 5/6/2017 10:00 AM
Hi,

Stretching is really important to me..so far i have not found a muscle relaxer i can use..so taking calcium/magnesium helps at night and stretching..

I sit with heat on my back in the evening..

I get a fair amount of relief with topical pain relief. Since i am also med sensitive and cannot take lots

Lj

Posted By : Sherrine - 5/6/2017 3:40 PM
I used to be on BP medication but then I lost a lot of weight and now my blood pressure is perfect. I know many who have BP problems who don't have weight issues either.

I am 70 and am also on statins. I too developed more pain so I take 100 mg of coq10 twice a day. My cholesterol has always been good but I'm diabetic so my doctor wants me to keep my cholesterol very low so that's why I take statins.

I also take krill oil and that does help a little.

I've been on ibuprofen for 30 years and it hasn't affected my blood pressure...just my being overweight did. My blood pressure generally runs 110/60 even though I'm taking ibuprofen. But, Fibro isn't considered an inflammatory illness so you might not need the NSAID's. I do because I have several inflammatory llnesses but fibro isn't one of them.

Lj's suggestion of stretching is a good one. I do that too and it just helps keep me more flexible. And quite a few members use the rubs too.

Stay away from Dr. Google. He can do you in. You can become anxious about what you read, have more stress and the info may not be accurate. I have a wonderful board certified doctor who keeps on top of things and runs blood work a couple of times a year. If I started having problems with what I'm doing, I would know it.

I also keep a positive attitude and that helps me almost as much as medication. It gives me peace and far less stress and that helps a bundle.

I hope you find exactly what works best for you. What I do works good for me and I live a pretty normal life now in spite of Fibro. I always keep in mind to pace myself though. That's where I primarily can run into problems.

Sherrine

Forum Moderator/Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Glaucoma, Scoliosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

Posted By : JudyBluEyes - 5/6/2017 10:43 PM
Thanks for the advise Sherrine and Lj! I've decided to go with my docs recommendation and start the cymbalta and see how it goes. I too have taken ibuprofen for many years, first to slow down my abnormally heavy periods and then to deal with degenerated discs in my lower back and neck. I never had a problem with my bp, it was always on the low side until a couple of years ago when it went haywire. I don't even know if the ibuprofen had anything to do with it.

I've tried stretching, but I have to be really careful. For some reason when I stretch it causes my muscles to spasm if I don't do it just right. I'm thinking of asking my doc about physical therapy again which helped when I had knots and spasms in my upper back several years ago.

Anyway, thanks again for the good advise. I've decided to relax and take my doc's advise.

Posted By : Ljm2014 - 5/7/2017 9:30 PM
Hope you will share how you do.

Physical therapy always helps me when I go, but I get a very gentle therapy.

Sometimes they will give me stretches that somehow bother me , but if there is one that hurts, they can back up and give you another version until you can do the more advanced version.

Heat is good to help the muscles relax.

Posted By : JudyBluEyes - 5/12/2017 8:44 PM
Well, tried the cymbalta, not doing it. Made me feel like a zombie, like I was walking around under water, couldn't think straight and took three days to feel normal again. I need to be able to work and can't work like that! Decided to try alternative methods, like cannabis - the high cbd, low thc variety, not really into getting high. LOL. I've been looking into it and it sounds like a good bet for me. And luckily I can get it here legally. Also trying 5-htp, starting with 50mg before bed. See how this works. Just can't do these crazy drugs.

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