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   Posted 3/4/2009 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   

I have had chronic pain for many years, but was just "diagnosed" with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue about 3 years ago.

I have an appointment next week to see my family doc, adn want to talk to him about getting a prescription for myself...and I am scared to death. I'm afraid he will look at me like I am a drug addict...or look down his nose and tell me I need to stop trying to practice medicine.


(Please read the forum rules before posting. Taking medications prescribed to others is not only dangerous but illegal. We care about your well being so please talk to your doctor about a prescription for you. Oh, sorry I lost your purple.smhair )

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   Posted 3/4/2009 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I really don't have any suggestions because every patient is different and every doctor is different.  I do know that I too take hydrochodone(vicadone) every day.  One pill, thats it, but it really helps me get through the day.  My doctor and I have a relationship and she knows now that I really hate taking any meds and knows my feelings on addiction.  I hear from one doctor you don't treat fibro with narcotics and others that see it as an option.   I too have chronic pain with my fibro diagnosis, so just keep talking to your doctor.  Hopefully you have a doctor that will work with you.  My heart goes out.  I am very appreciative that I am able to take something that helps me through the day.

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   Posted 3/4/2009 3:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Donniesgirl,

First of all, welcome to the forum. I guess that you could tell your doctor that you had some vicodin left over from a previous prescription and that you tried it and it helped you. I don't think it would be wise to tell them that you took somebody elses prescription. But now I am telling you to lie and that isn't right either. But I take norco, which is a stronger vicodin and it does help me so I know how you feel. It does give a little burst of energy when taken in low doses. I hope that you are able to get what you need.

I can't believe your doctor told you to take acai juice. It seems not too long ago that they found something wrong with it. I can't for the life of me remember what it was. But something was going on. It may have been in the berry itself. I have tried a couple of the juices and they didn't do a thing for me, plus they are very expensive.

We have a thread called fibro101 which has a lot of information on it. You would benefit I am sure from reading it. Also it talks about a supplement called malic acid with magnesium in it. I take that along with vitamin D3 and it works well for me, even with the medications that I take the malic acid/magnesium really helped. And it is not expensive at all.

I hope that you feel better soon, keep posting and let us know how you are doing.

Take care,
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   Posted 3/4/2009 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Why don't you say you posted on a forum and some other people with the same symptoms as you found it helpful and could you try it?

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   Posted 3/4/2009 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for the replies.  I will use the advice you have given.  I think I will take some printouts from this forum and others I have found to show my doctor.  Also, I will check out Fibro 101!  :) 
I appreciate your thoughts!
DonniesGirl  ♥ 

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   Posted 3/4/2009 11:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi DonniesGirl!

And welcome to our family. I too hope you find that your doc is compassionate and easy to work with. I take narcotic pain meds and it's the last thing I ever thought I'd have to do. I hate taking them but the pain is so bad that there really isn't a choice. I do know that I'm very lucky tho to have a doc who is up to date on fibro, as well as treatment of chronic pain and he CARES!

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   Posted 3/5/2009 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Chutzie...I hope that I see some understanding in my doctor during this coming visit. If not, I'm afraid I'll have to find someone else.
Thanks for your post!

:) DonniesGirl
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   Posted 3/5/2009 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi DG,

Just wanted to pop my head in and say hi and I hope you have success w/ your Dr.  Perhaps I missed something along the way, but did your Dr ever offer meds to help you w/Fibro?  If not, why not??  If your doctor isn't willing to help you with your fibro, it might be time to move on. 

When I was dx'd the Dr gave me several options for care and told me that I would have to visit him every 3 months for rechecks and to see how I'm doing on my meds.

I think just throwing out a diagnosis without follow up is irresponsible of you medical provider, if he/she didn't offer to do so.

Just my opinion.

Take care,


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   Posted 3/11/2009 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I went to my family doctor today, and filled him in on the Vicodin issue.  He flat out said "No" to prescribing it to me.  He basically said he wouldn't prescribe it for fibromyalgia to anyone, even though I told him it had worked wonders for my life!  I have felt better taking it than I have in years!  He said that he didn't want me to have 2 problems...having fibromyalgia, and being addicted to a drug.  So....he gave my Lyrica, which I took this afternoon, and feel like I have taken two Xanax (which I am also prescribed, but rarely take).  I could lie down right now and go to sleep! top it off, I looked at our insurance and they won't allow me to have greater than a 30 day prescription, because it is a controlled substance, and he has written the prescription for me to take 2 per day!  :(
I'm am very discouraged.  I have an appointment with a rheumatologist in a few weeks, but have already seen one a few years ago to no benefit.  I'm wondering if I should try to find a pain management clinic?  Any advice?
Thanks so much for caring,
DonniesGirl  cry
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   Posted 3/11/2009 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know if you have trouble sleeping at all but taking a med. that will help you get a full nights sleep can really help. I take amitriptyline myself. Maybe that's a place to start ? I also take a drug called tramacet, my doc. informed me that it is NOT habit forming because I said to him exactly what yours said to you, Don't need more problems.

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   Posted 3/11/2009 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome to this wonderful place. I was taking lyrica and the sleepy part does wear off after awhile. good luck. My dr told me she would not perscribe any thing that is habit forming to any one with fibro.
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