Hi Tooyoung: I am so sorry to hear about
your pain... and your job situation. As a new poster here, I have a few ideas, and maybe they will help. First, get some sleep. I know this is easier said than done, but if you have to take a sleeping pill for a few days, it is worth it. I have found that when things get really really bad, a few nights of good sleep help take the edge off. Second, I do think SSRIs help...I have taken 100mgs of Zoloft for a while now, and without it the pain and fatigue are worse...not a whole lot worse, but some worse. Finally, and I know this controversial, at my lowest point I took low dose prednisone--5 mgs--for about
two weeks, then 2.5 for another week. This is NOT a long-term fix, but it helped me a bit.
Good luck and hang in there, and I am curious if people have any ideas about what I have said...