Hi and welcome to the forum. It is great that you are helping your wife find answers to
help with dealing with symptoms of fibromyalgia. If you haven't already check out fibro
101 on the top of page one, you will find some good information for a fibromite.
All of us respond to medications differently. Research is showing that fibro pain is the
result of differences in the way the brain and spinal cord process and transmit pain.
People with fibro have higher levels of glutamate, a neurotransmitter that increases pain
transmission. They also have lower levels of norepinephrine and serotonin that reduce
pain level. A big advance in research was that substance P and nerve growth factor chemicals that increase pain transmission are 2-3 times higher in the spinal fluid of fibro
I take Savella(SNRI) 50 mgs 2xdaily and use cyclobenzaprine a muscle relaxer for flares.
It seems to be trial and error for all of us when looking for pain relief. The pain is never
really gone but the meds take the edge off.
When it comes to exercise, it is a must! You become more stiff and sore if you don't move,
Excercise also helps with stress and stress can add to pain. Pacing yourself is important.
Somedays I can walk 2-3 miles, other days I'm lucky to go a block or two, There is no
way that you know what you will be able to do the next day. Flares can come on for no
reason too. Most of my flares are either from stress, overdoing or weather.
Heat in any form is afibromites friend. I enjoy long soaks in a hot bath and most of us here
have a bed buddy or heating pad.
I'm into doing relaxation therapy on a daily basis. Deep breathing exercises, listening to
music and I have a massage pad. Keeping busy to distract pain really helps too.
Sorry I couldn't help with answering the question about
Wishing you and you wife the best . Good luck to both of you!
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid. OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements