Dear Pamela Neckpain: It's always great to hear from you because whatever ails you you are upbeat and positive. I am trying to remember what Linament I used when I lived in US (Florida,s Gulf Coast, beautiful little drinking village with a hugh fishing problem). Just my attempt at humour. Anyway, now that you mention it, I don't think I was able to get either of those rubs there either. I would go to a Livery Supply like the Tractor Supply Store and get some horse linament. Or if that puts you off there is a rub made especially for Fibro sufferers available at most pharmacies. It's the camphor that burns so try to avoid that. Also they make those little patches "salonpas" are available at most pharmacies. Also the Therma Heat wrap(cheaper if you buy walmart brand), for days you have to be out and about.
The antidepressant I was referring towas Zoloft/ Sertilene, is the generic. Apparent several high profile overdoses which occured in the past two years involved a combination of Too Much methadone with some Sertilene added in for good measure.
Yes, although in tremendous pain, the methadone worked extremely well, except all I wanted to do was walk in the park or along the beach. I did work for my room and board for this couple who owned a motel, by cleaning for them, which I did very well but they were very greedy, and when I said I wasn't going to be at their beck and call 24/7 they presented me with a hugh bill. In Fl. The Inkeepers act packs a lot of weight, so in order to avoid being arrested, I had to forfeit my little truck, an 02 Rodeo, which I loved, to cover that bill. That left me with a 1985 Crown Victoria, only seven of eight cylinders firing, no muffler, and the tranny was slipping. Unbelievably, that car (which had belonged to my grandfather) got me home. Except, once I got home there wasn't really anyplace to live so I lived out of my car. You see, I had been corresponding with two friends from here while planning my trip home, both of whom were willing to have me live with them. One, had made up a room for me and gave me a key and all. But, my dog was not welcome. My dog and I have been together for thirteen years, through thick and thin. She sleeps at my feet. She is part American Staffordshire Terrier, and part Rhodesian Ridgeback. An amazingly beautiful, loyal, protective friend. So, no dog, no me. The other was a fellow who used to babysit my boys when they were in their early teens but he had a hugh drinking problem and when he was drunk, he was beligerant. So, no refuge there. So it goes. Although university edcated, with tons of experience and success workig with ÿouth at risk", I wasn't in a position to get a job in my field. I was too sick, homeless, and had lost all confidence in myself. So I took a job at a recycling depot, physically demanding, but mindless. I even got fired from there. Because I was living out of my car, they thought I would steal from them to finance a trip back to Florida. Also the job involved lifting 100lb. bags of tin cans etc. up over my head, with Fibro, it nearly killed me. Then I got a job with a construction company which I quit when my Dad got sick with pneumonia, his wife, my stepmom developed kidney disease, and Dad was diagnosed with alzheimers. Thank-goodness, I live in Canada. It's not great but there is a safety net. I applied for, and recieved provincial disability assistance, get my medicines paid for which is hugh, and get a little housing allowance, and about $100.00 a month to live on. I have been here for two years, caring for my Dad in a house I rented with my disability. He contributes to bills, electricity, gas, and food. his wife left him with a hugh mortgage on the house they'd been living in, and although it's falling down, wet, full of mould (which is toxic to me,) and uninhabitable, he still puts out $400 a month towards that debt. She also left him with a hugh bill for a truck they'd been leasing and a hugh Visa bill. That we can't do anything with at present except watch it grow. Forgive me for my longwindedness. I now take tylenol 3 two tabs up to three times a day but always run out a couple of days before months' end and that leaves me adrift. I'm there right now. They do manage my pain along with the amyltriptilene two hours before bedtime. I take valium at bedtime as well. These past five days I've slept pretty darn well. That makes all the difference in the world. Thank-you
Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Facet Joint Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, menopause, Migraines, Chest Pain, Anxiety and Depression/BiPolar II
Synthyroid .075mg., estradiol.5 mgs., Amyltriptilene, 100mgs, bedtime, Tylenol 3 PRN (six-eight, daily), Valium 7.5mgs. daily prn. Flexeril, prn (not so helpful), Zoloft,150mgs., Zomig approx. 12 per month, prn., Meds for High Blood Pressure, vary.