Hi June and welcome to the family. I was on amitriptyline for anxiety before I was dxd with fibro, it is the samething as elavil. I tried to cut back almost two years ago and went into a horrible burning two week flare so went back up and won't be doing that again. It is really hard to get off of it. Guess I will never know just how much it helps with pain but I do think it helps. I also take xanax for anxiety and to sleep at night.
I tried neurontin for a few days and didn't like the way it made me feel but I have a medphobia and the slightest side effect and I'm off a med.
I have vicodin and was taking a little of it when the pain was really bad but when I upped the dosage to what my doc said to take, which was only a half of a 5/500 pill, it made the anxiety a lot worse. I spent a day with my body over reacting to every sound it heard and that was it for me with the vicodin.
So I'm back to only having tylenol. I do get my liver enzymes checked every six months cause I take 4000 mg a day. I know there are days when I lose track of what I have taken and probably take an extra dose.
I use heat in any form, try to keep stress down but that is impossible sometimes, I keep my muscles stretched which helps, use lidoderm patches on my hands for osteo arthritis which is worse than the fibro at times and my DH gently massaging my shoulders and back helps a lot when these are the worse areas. I also distract myself by doing something that takes my mind off the pain.
luv and hugs