using xanax for fibromyalgia

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   Posted 8/4/2012 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Re: Fibromyalgia
Many people have talked about how when a doctor has experimented with different medications in order to find the one that works for Fibromyalgia, (and they finally do), if it fits into a certain narcotics category they immediately want to change it.
I believe this sequence of events happens because some of the narcotics based medications are more closely watched by the DEA, and the doctor believes if he dispenses it, it may jeopardize his Medical license.
That is exactly whet happened to me . My Doctor put me on Carisoprodol, Tramadol, Gabapentin, Nortripyline, Lyrica, Prednisone, and Vicodin.
When I was on Vicodin, (which was the last one and seemed to be helping the most)
he told me I was to begin to cut down on it, and he was leary about continuing it.
I finally became so disgusted, I begged him to send me to a hospital Pain Management clinic. He finally did.
I figured my doctor would no longer have to deal with the medications he was reluctant to give me.
I am now at a Pain Management Clinic that deals in dispensing narcotics based medications. (Be careful about the pain Management clinic you attend, as some only deal in non narcotic based medications.)
I am now on low dose Oxycodone, and low dose Methadone.
It hasn't taken away all of the pain, but has sure helped more than any of the other drugs I took in the past.
I also don't have to worry about a doctor who is going to tell me I
have to quit the protocol. I believe the DEA is more liberal with the doctors who work in pain management.
I have never used Xanax for Fibro, but it makes sense to me that it would help. If your muscles are relaxed, and it helps you to sleep better, it follows that it should help. Much has been written about how poor sleep agrivates Fibromyalgia. I am going to discuss it with my Pain Management doctor at our next appointment.

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   Posted 8/4/2012 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Paxil has helped my pains.
When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

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   Posted 8/5/2012 4:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mesicktoo,

I also take a low dose oxycodone. And it helps tremondously. I also take xanax, but am going off of it because i have been on it for about 20 years. I am getting older too and it can mess with your thinking after this many years. Though it has not yet. I am down to .25 twice a day from 1 mg 4 times a day... It does relax me though. I don't know if I will go off completely, but it is time for me to drop down.

I am glad that xanax helps you. It isn't a bad drug. It is abused though. Sorry to say.

I hope that you continue to feel good. Good luck with the meds. And the pain clinic. Do they make you do any physical therapy there? My step son was going for his back and here they kept wanting to do spinal injections. He finally stopped going. I think the injections were hurting him more than helping him. I think you are right, there are different types of pain management clinics.

I hope your day is going good. Keep posting and welcome to the forum. Oh and there is a thread called "fibro 101". It is a very good thread, it is the fist thread on the forum. Please do check it out.

Hugs, Karen
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