Posted 10/28/2012 9:13 PM (GMT -6)
Preliminary dx of fibro last month, I go back to the rheumy tomorrow to get blood work results, but I'm not expecting anything different. No inflammation, mild degenerative disc disease, no rashes.
I had a sudden onset of pain in my wrists late August and it moved into muscles, elbows, knees & feet.
Anyway, last month the rheum started me on gabapentin. One week 100mg 3x a day, then 300mg 2x a day. I'm on day 9 of the elevated dosage and I don't feel any different at all.
Today I'm having a bad day. We won tickets to see ZZ Top on Saturday, but it was just general admission, meaning no seating. I was apprehensive, but decided to try & go instead of staying home feeling sorry for myself. Luckily, a security guard, for some random reason, upgraded us to the reserved seating area and we got to see the show third row from the stage. I was there in the chilly weather from 5-12. I was one huge cramp by the time we left, but it was a great show. Then today my SIL invited everyone over for dinner. Screaming kids, chaos, my 19 month old joining in... I'm worn out. Now everything just hurts & feels bruised. I know i need to learn my boundaries, it's just so hard to come to grips with. I was hopeful the meds would do something, but I feel no different at all. I'm hoping the hydrocodone will take the edge off tonight, I need some relief.
I'm just venting here, I have no insight or real questions. Or maybe I do.... A girl I know told me to ask my doc about elavil or topamax because she had some good results from those. Any opinions?
She said to ask for ambien, flexeril for the stiff days and zeleflex (something like that) for spasms when needed. Right now I rely on klonopin for the anxiousness & it's muscle relaxant qualities when needed, and major days are medicated with 2-3 hydro 5/325's with a benedryl chaser. I seem to have a high tolerance to meds. The impression i got from the rheum is that he is not a fan of narcos, and being without them as a back up scares me, even if they only seem to work 50% of the time. I hope i can also keep my klonopin too.. It can cut my anxiousness but leave me alert enough to work. It's not often but when I need it, it's a blessing. Otherwise, I end up with a stiff jaw from clenching it like yesterday (city traffic kills me).
My friend also recommended vit c, krill oil, probiotics and Epsom salt soaks. I bet ahot tub would do me good... Too bad insurance won't buy me one of those! She said to resist lyrica & cymbalta if I can, she said she just could not work on those two...she was dumb and totally non-functional. I feel that way now:( I still fear losing my job & being useless to my family & daughter.
So sorry for the long post, I just needed to clear my head.