Hi, Eric, and welcome! I just wrote a post on the Weaning off SSRI's thread. It does seem that the doctors have a pocketful of meds to pass out. Now, I'm not a doctor and this is only my opinion. My doctor has wanted me to take SSRI's, Lyrica, and Savella, and I wouldn't do it.
I have been able to control the pain using ibuprofen with food, extra strentgh Tylenol (generic), malic acid/magnesium supplements, and vitamin D supplements. These have helped me with pain and fatigue. I still have pain but it's under control and I can live my life the way I want to. Yes, I have flares, but that is to be expected with this illness. I know I won't be pain free but I am having an enjoyable life in spite of fibro and I have no side affects to deal with. I also feel very comfortable getting behind the wheel of a car.
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum. There are links to good information about fibromyalgia and you will learn a lot there. You will find links about malic acid/magnesium supplements and vitamin D. It seems many with fibro are deficient in these. They don't help everyone, but they sure have helped me.
I hope your doctor has run tests on you to rule out other illnesses first. It's important to have a good rapport with your doctor. They should listen to you, too. After all, you are the boss. You are paying them to try to help you but your thoughts should be taken under consideration.
Be sure to keep moving. If you sit or lay too much, you will be stiff as a board. Gentle exercises really help. I walk and swim as my exercise. I also do stretching exercises. There is a link in Fibro 101 with some good stretching exercises that really do help.
I'm so glad you joined in, Eric! Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you. I hope to hear more from you soon.
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