Thanks everybody for your suggestions. I actually went ahead and cut the pills in half for now. They still make me a little bit speedy, but they do help with the lack of concentration. I will discuss with the doctor at my next appointment whether or not I should be on as high of a dose as he prescribed. Unfortunately, it seems I always seem to have miserable side effects at first with any medication.
I'm going to see how my next appointment goes, and if I still feel that he is unwilling to help, I will have to look for another doctor. The problem is that I no longer have health insurance. It seems many doctors want to run and rerun tests, which I am unwilling to do because of the cost. My doctor right now at least understood that unless he has a specific illness or problem that he believes may a problem, I'm not doing anymore testing. I think it is hard for a healthy young man, even a doctor, to understand how dibilitating these health problems can be. I know his concern is the future health problems so many medications can cause. And I realize that is a risk. But I am 24. I would rather enjoy whatever life I may have than have a longer miserable one. I cannot imagine live another 50 years feeling the way I do sometimes. Thankfully, I seem to have pretty short lived flare-ups. A few days tops. So when he is making me choose between pain medication and medication for cognitive thinking, I have to choose whether to deal with something that occurs a few days a month and something that occurs on an almost daily basis. I'm not sure he understands that when I say I'm feeling ok it means I only have a few isolated sore spots and aches instead of hurting so badly I can't walk from one room to another, or pick up my son. That I want to be able to make plans with friends, and I can't because I have abolutely no idea how I'm going to feel a few weeks from now, let alone tomorrow.
Chutz, I'm not a single mom, I have been with my son's father for five years. Unfortunately since I'm not working, he has to work alot. He's pretty good for the most part about helping, but I know it sometimes gets frusterating for him that he is trying to rearrange stuff at the last minute based on how I'm feeling. And I love the earplugs idea. I have actually thought about it because I have such a hard time getting good sleep, and it seems everytime I try, my son wakes up in the middle of the night. My boyfriend normally will get up with him if I'm not up to it, but I can't go back to sleep until my son's calm (which can sometimes take a while). I think I might go ahead and get some for those nights that I just really need to sleep!
And now, since I have done so much complaining, I should add that I bought some rediculously expensive skin care stuff last weekend, and it is working wonders! It has totally cheered me up when I have been feeling down lately!