I have finally found a med combo that works for me. Unfortunately for me, there is so much stigma about
long-term narcotic usage that I am afraid I won't be able to be on it much longer. I take 30 mgs. Oxycontin 3 X's a day and 25 mgs Elavil at night for my fibromyalgia, and I am 90% better than I was a month ago!!! My whole body pain is much improved and the fatigue/flu feeling has been gone since I started the Elavil (amitryptiline) 3 weeks ago. I saw my primary care doc last week, and she asked if I was ready to start weening off the Oxy (I have been on it for over a year). I am NOT READY! I have no side effects from it other than constipation (that is managed by diet and stool softeners). I can drive, work from home, clean my house, be a mom....you basically would not know I was on such a strong pain med unless I told you! I take it exactly as prescribed, and sometimes I even have meds left over at the end of the month because I didn't need it! Addiction is not an issue with me, as I get no "high" from it at all, just pain relief. I am afraid that I finally found the magic combination and now it's going to be taken away from me and my life is going to go down the toilet again. My doc mentioned that if I get bad again while I am weening off the narcs, we can try Lyrica. Honestly, I have read a lot of really crappy side effects from Lyrica that I don't have with Oxy. So if the meds ain't broke, why mess with them just because they are narcotics?
So, I was wondering how many of you are on long-term pain meds? How did/does your doctor feel about
treating fibro with narcotics? I know that you can build up a tolerance, but since I have been on narcotics for over a year, wouldn't that have happened by now? I want to talk to my doc about
my concerns, but I am so paranoid about
looking like I am addicted or drug seeking or something. She totally trusts me, but I still worry.
(Jenny, I attempted to edit your signature. It was printed twice and I thought once automatically and once manually. For some reason both of them went away. I do apologize. If your sig shows up double again I'll see what I can do to fix it. We do try to limit sig lines to about
10 lines so we don't fill up the space we have. Thanks for helping out.)
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