Hi! I'm new to this section & have a question about pain relief?

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   Posted 10/20/2009 8:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone! I am not new to HW, as I was diagnosed with Systematic Lupus, Lupus Nephritis, and Antiphospholipid Antibody syndrome about 3 years ago. Recently, maybe the past year or so, I have been feeling more down lately and had been having episodes where my body ached for days. My rheumy told me that fibro is often intensified with depression and it can be commonly found in lupus patients as well. All of my muscles feel tight and I am slow and achy to move all over and especially my upper back and neck. I just feel stiff and it takes a lot of mental and physical effort to get things done.

So on to my question, I have always taken oxycodone for my leg pain (I have had 3 blood clots) and klonopin if I have anxiety...I'm wondering are either of these things best for fibro pain? I can take my oxycodone for the fibro pain but I'm wondering if Klonopin might help relieve the pain better because it would relax the body? Thoughts on this and any other tips/things that help I would greatly appreciate it! xxx
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Post Edited (misscali415) : 10/20/2009 9:17:51 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/20/2009 9:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Every case of fibro is different. What works for me may actually make you worse. Pay attention to how you feel when you take the Klonopin, see if it helps the fibro pain. There are some antidepressants that are prescribed for people with fibro that are supposed to help with the pain. Since you are having problems with depression, it may be worth talking to your doc about switching.

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   Posted 10/20/2009 10:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Misscali!

And welcome to the fibro family. You already know what a great support system there is on Healing Well but wait til you meet the 'family'! This is a great bunch of folks who will quickly come to your side whenever you need us, and I know as a member you will find yourself doing the same.

As far as the two medications, like dagger said...we are all so different that you are likely the only one who can tell for you. I take oxycodone for the fibro pain plus a collapsed disk I deal with. I've never taken Klonopin but I have had muscle relaxers many, many years ago and it basically put me to sleep.

Have you read our Fibro 101 at the top of the page? There's lots of great information and many links in there. You might find a few things that will help you deal with your pain. As you read and learn about your 'newest' disorder you will slowly find what works for you.

One thing you might do to see what works best is to keep a pain journal. Below is a link to a free one you can copy. You fill it out each day with things like your pain level, what your activity is during the day, medications you might have taken to help reduce the pain, did it lower the pain and how much..etc... If you were to try one medication for, let's say a week while filling out the journal daily, then try the other, you will likely get your own answer. Please do check with your doctor first before trying any change in your medication routine. As you already know, we are not doctors and only give suggestions based on our learning and experiences.

Hope this helps,

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   Posted 10/21/2009 6:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Misscali,

I am glad you hopped over to check out the fibro forum. I posted with you on the Lupus
forum. This is also a wonderful forum, lots of caring and supportive people.

I am taking a SNRI Savella for fibro pain and it is also used to treat depression. In the
US it isn't marketed as a depression medication even though it is a Serotonin booster.
Flexeril which is a muscle relaxer helps me when I'm flaring.

Exercise and relaxation therapy are very important. Relieving stress lessons pain.
If you don't find time to exercise, your muscles end up more stiff and sore. Remember
to pace yourself.

Glad you came by, there is always someone here who cares!

MCTD, Fibromyalgia, Raynauds, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Degenerative 
 Disc Disease, Hypertension, Migraines and Pseudothrombocytopenia MEDS: Methotrexate, Savella,Flexeril,Diltiazem, Boniva, Vitamins 

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