Posted 6/12/2014 12:02 PM (GMT -6)
I call the first year after diagnosis "the learning curve." I am not alone in this. It takes at least twelve months, if not more, to figure out medications, personal management, diet, sleep, mood, and exercise. There are ups and downs, and rarely is the first thing tried the final solution. Boy, it's frustrating.
Even afterwards, old medications stop working, new medications are tried, lifestyles change, and further illnesses are detected. Our health, and the treatment plan we use to manage FMS, changes. I guess what I am saying is that this is for the long-term. Many people need several medications.
I usually give new meds three months, and then do a benefit/deficit analysis. For instance, tried cymbalta (6 years ago), and upped it to a beneficial level. Stayed on the drug eight months during the titration up. I learned that the side effects did not lessen, and that there were few benefits, no pain management. So, I titrated down under the supervision of a doctor. However, three months after adding a muscle relaxer, the negative side effects had disappeared and the benefits were immense.
Suggestion-keep a file of medications, your responses to them, and the dates started/stopped.
Ulcerative Colitis 2003, Fibromyalgia DX 2005, Crohn's 2013, Enteropathic arthritis, 2013. Family History of Fibro--2 out of 3 siblings diagnosed. Started SCD-June 2013. *There are three kinds of people in the world: ones who see the glass as half-full, ones who see the glass as half-empty, and others who see a big crack in the side which is leaking all over their %$#@# foot