Hi, Everyone -- I'm new here, but looking for a good fibro forum!
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia back in 1996, after a number of years of pain and fatigue --- by a rheumatologist doctor. I had never heard of fibromyalgia when he diagnosed me, and I was surprised to find that the spots he pressed (the tender point check) were extremely tender and sore to the touch.
Anyway -- I am now 51, and just returned to my classroom after the summer, where I teach high school English. I only had the kiddos for two days this week, and I should add that I LOVE the kids!! Always have, and this is year 28 for me in the classroom! ") Anyway -- They started back to classes on Thursday, and then all day Friday I had a headache and my arch-enemy FATIGUE started setting in!
I dread fatigue --- it is my worst enemy, as I teach with a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and I hate feeling drained, fatigued, and like I just have to sit down awhile! Classes are 90 minutes long, and it is go-go-go most of the time.
All day today, Saturday, I have tried to rest up some, and take it easier, with my sweet husband helping with usual weekend chores and laundry and such.
My doctor has suggested trying Lyrica, but after reading about the side effects, I'm not so sure. I had had pretty good success with Cymbalta, but it made me more depressed, I felt! I immediately started feeling better without it -- I am on Effexor for depression/ and also some menopause help. Right now I have Tylenol 4 for pain, and that does not help much most days, even at the higher doseage I am on now.
Do any of you take Lyrica?? What has been your experience?? What else works for pain? A few years ago I was on Vicodin for the pain, and it did work, but over three years of it it didn't work much unless I took a lot --- and it was hard to get OFF of it when I decided I just had to! Very addictive. So now I am in pain often and get headaches, back and neck pains every day....
What helps other fibro sufferrers?? I'd love your advice and suggestions. I do try to pace myself and sit at my podium when necessary --- oh, and I am not overweight -- I am a Weight Watchers lifetime member and keep my weight steady and trim. Still, the pain deters me from my workouts many days!
Thanks, new friends. I am eager to hear from you!