Medication- Normal Reaction?

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   Posted 11/12/2009 9:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello! I am new, I will tell you a little but about myself before I go into the meds junk.
I am 25 and have been having the worst pain in my hips for 2 years. Agonizing pain. Then I started to have joint pain that migrated through different joints. At the same time I started to have headaches and severe fatigue. I saw my family doctor and she gave me a referral to a rheumatologist.
I saw the Rheumy 1.5 weeks ago. She diagnosed me with Fibro and wrote me a prescription for Lyrica and Cymbalta. I was to take Lyrica for 1 week and make sure I didnt have reaction and then start Cymbalta. I have not started Cymbalta because I thought I was reacting negativly to Lyrica and thought I would give it a few more days.
I was upset about the diagnoses anyways because she just looked at my prior medical records and didnt ask me anything. I dont know what her diagnoses is based on.
Since on Lyrica I have become barely functioning. I have never felt pain in my body like I do now. I have to take 3 baths a day to get through the pain. I can't so anything around my house or take care of my family. I was in pain before but I was able to function. I also have swelling in my hands and feet and have had severe food cravings. I also am sensitive to the touch. I can barely be touched without being in pain.
I read that these are normal side effects. Does normal mean I live with them? Or call the Dr? I want to get rid of my pain but to be honest, I felt WAY better before taking this crap. How long would it take to kick in anyways?
I just want to crawl in a hole right now. Thanks for any advice.

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 11/13/2009 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi 1ofakind, Welcome to the forum, I am so sorry you are hurting. You will find there are a
wonderful group of caring supportive people here. Make sure you read fibro 101, the first
thread on page one. There is great information for the fibromite.

I am surprised you recieved a diagnosis so quickly. Have you had bloodwork done?
Usually one of the first steps is to have CBC, CMP, sed rate, thyroid, CRP and ANA testing
done to eliminate the chance of having any of the Connective Tissue Diseases, such as Lupus,
Scleroderma, Polymyositis, RA and MCTD. Fibro has some simular symptoms.
Did your rheumy do a tender point exam?

Your pain level will probably vary due to weather, stress and the meds you are on. We all
tolerate medication differantly. I couldn't tolerate Cymbalta so I was put on Savella with
no problems. I also take Flexeril, a muscle relaxer that helps me when I'm flaring.

Exercise is important, it is good for stress and pain reduction, If you are inactive you will
become stiff and hurt all the more. I see you are taking hot baths, I'm a big believer in that.
Heating pads and bedbuddies are great too.

Definately call your doctor and let her know how your medication is affecting you.

We all have good and bad days. You will learn what works for you through trial and error,
Learning to pace yourself is very important, even on days you feel good. Let your family and
friends know when you need help. You can still lead a happy life with some changes.

Glad you have joined our fibro family. Keep posting we care!

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

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   Posted 11/13/2009 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, and welcome!  Robin gave you some great advice.  There are many on this forum that couldn't tolerate Lyrica because of the side affects so you definitely are not alone.  You probably should call  your doctor and see if they have another suggestion for you.  Some people do have good success on Lyrica but I think more do not like it.
I use ibuprofen with food, extra strength Tylenol, malic acid/magnesium supplements and vitamin D supplements for pain and fatigue.  There are links about that in the Fibro 101 thread that Robin directed you to.  Also, it's good to keep moving and doing gentle stretching exercises and find a gentle exercise that suits you.  For me, it's walking.  It helps keep the blood flowing and the muscles more flexible.  Water exercise is another good one if you have access to a pool.  But, if you sit or lay too much, you will be stiff as a board.
I'm so glad you found us and joined our fibro family.  Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you.  Read back posts.  There is a world of information in them.  Also, you might want to type in "Lyrica" in the google Custom Search at the top of the forum and you will see all the posts written concerning Lyrica.  That could help you decide what you want to do too. 
Be sure to let us know what you do.  We really do care.  I hope to hear more from you soon.
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