Hey there Gina!!
Welcome to the Forum!! So glad you found us!!
4 KIDS.. geez, I don't know how you do it!! I only had one and that was a handfull. Now I have 3 step kids but they're all grown and gone.
I noticed you mentioned swelling on some of your meds. Do you mind me asking where you had the swelling? As for the weight gain.. I hear ya. I just got on new meds in Jan. and I've gained about 15-20 lbs. I'm at the highest weight I've ever been, too and I'm not in the least bit happy about that!! But I must admit I am feeling better. I still have bad days but at least I'm not having a bad day EVERYDAY! So now I'm trying to get out and get a little more exercise. Wish me luck! LOL, you know how THAT goes. I've never taken the meds that you had problems with, either (my med list is as seen below). Apparently alot of fibro sufferers or fibromites have problems handling meds so I guess you'll have to try something else.
As always Sherrine, one of our Forum Mods, has given you great advice. I just started taking Vit. D so I'm not sure how that's going to go,, but I know it can't hurt. It seems a lot of us with fibro are deficient of Vit D. Alot of the fibro family is having good results from taking it.
My GP is my fibro doc. I haven't seen a rheumy, but of course if my doc recommended it I would. A lot of our fibro family members see rheumies though and are really happy with them.. some .. Not so much. But some rheumies have a good idea of what fibro is all about and some don't. We've found that it all depends on the doctors. Some believe in fibro and some don't.
I hope you'll join us in our Koffee Klatches..they're designed to give our members an opporturnity to share a little about themselves and take their minds off of the fibro for a while. We also have virtual parties now and then .. and they are a ton of fun.
Keep posting and learning. Since I've been on the forum I've learned A LOT!! We learn for those that share their experiences so don't be shy.. share, vent or just say hi... we're always here for eachother because we really care about eachother.
Again.. I'm glad you found us and hope you'll join in.
Fibormyalgia, 4x Lyme Disease Survivor, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Dyslexia, 2 Lumbar Disk Herniations, Allergies, Bi-lateral Carpal Tunnel, Psoriasis.
Meds = Elavil, Tramadol, Xanax, Lipitor
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