chronic pain and fibro

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   Posted 8/25/2009 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
confused  hi. when i read most of the posts on the chronic pain site, almost everyone has back, neck, knee, shoulder or similar types of pain. are there any of you out there who suffer from chronic pain due to fibromyalgia? and if so, what tends to be your protocal for treatment for the pain?

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   Posted 8/25/2009 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
My wife has fibro and most of the time 60 mg daily dose of Cymbalta keeps it in check. She also take a multi-vitamin and calcium supplements, both of which also seem to help. Sadly though she does get flair ups during that time of the month due to the major hormonal shifts that go with it and she just pushes on the best she can as her doctor won't prescribe her any BT pain meds.

(She would love to try Lyrica but our insurance won't cover it as it is still too "experimental".)
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

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   Posted 8/25/2009 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Jim, thanks for responding. im sorry your wife has fibro. i know that must have some impact on you as well. im on lyrica, but im on so many other things because i have so many other illnesses, im not sure if it works or not. i do believe i feel some better on it. i cant believe your insurance wont pay for it since its been determined to be the 1st med. to help with fibro. maybe they will change or there may be a generic that comes out eventually. sometimes the squeaky wheel gets the grease. i would push my insurance to cover this med. you may even go to mediation. at any rate, im glad your wife is able to "push on" and not let this illness rule her life.

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   Posted 8/25/2009 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Cbear,
I'm not sure I've posted to many of your threads (nothing personal - sometimes I just get burned out and can't read any more posts!), but I did want to mention there is a fibro forum on Healing Well also. You can get there easily by going to the Quick Jump menu at the top of the page. You can still post here, but if you're looking for more specific help/support re:fibro you might want to post there also. Several people post to more than one forum, me included!


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   Posted 8/25/2009 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
cbear PAlady is right the Fibro forum is wonderful. I go there and post for my hubby. He was taking Savella but he couldn't handle all the side effects so hes weaning off the medication. He also takes Ryzolt and is having some good outcomes from it in regards for the pain. Its the first codiene that is non narcotic. He tried a few other meds but they are going to look at more possible ones next week. I have heard good and bad about Savella which is the third approved med for Fibro. Its not tolerated to well but they have threads galore on the fibro forum chatting about it.

Wishing you well
Kidney Diseases and Disorders
39 yr young female with,
Chronic Kidney Stones, PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), Chronic Kidney Failure, Severe Hypertension, Urological RSD

Also CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and Sleep Apnea

Hopefully NO MORE........

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   Posted 8/25/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks Palady and LLPLUV for responding. i have posted in the fibro site and also the bi-polar one. i have so many illnesses that overlap its sometimes difficult to know which room to go to. thanks for the suggestion and maybe ill post a new topic about the same thing on the fibro site. they may have some other ideas. thanks again. my best to both of you!

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   Posted 8/25/2009 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Cbear I think most of us have multiple illnesses and can post pretty much all over this forum lol. When I first came onboard and discovered HW it was at the crohns forum. Thats forum literally saved my life, I was clueless about crohns. I was educated extremely well and learned above all I was not the only one with it and did not have to suffer in silence. Just skip around to whatever helps you here. Hugs.
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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