Anxiety and fibromyalgia

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   Posted 2/22/2018 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Recently had a visit to a new podiatrist who was going through my medication list. I do have a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. He questioned whether or not I was on medication for anxiety. When I replied that I wasn't, his comment surprised me. He said that I was his only patient with fibromyalgia that was not on medication for anxiety. I haven't had much time lately to be on this forum, although had in the past. Therefore, was wondering if there was any up to date information on this as to the percentage of people with fibromyalgia who also take medication for anxiety. Thank you.

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   Posted 2/22/2018 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
What difference does it make about the percentage of people who take anxiety meds with fibro? If you don’t need it, dont take it. I’m glad that you don’t have to take anxiety meds. I don’t take anxiety medication or even antidepressants for that matter. I only take things that help with my pain and I keep as active as possible. My only prescription medication that I take for fibro is a muscle relaxer.

I think many with fibro are over-medicated. The thing is that doctors don’t know what is causing this and fibro patients are grasping at straws for relief. For the fibro patient, it’s important to accept the illness, do things to keep you living a fairly normal lifestyle and...I don’t think I would be getting my fibromyalgia advice from a podiatrist. It doesn’t matter what his other patients take, and he should know that. It’s YOUR doctor, who knows your situation, that would be suggesting prescription meds. If you are having problems, a board certified rheumatologist, who deals with fibro patients a lot, would be a great choice.


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   Posted 2/22/2018 7:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Have never taken anything for anxiety, but the past year was a tough one and i dreamed about it 🤔

I am also medication sensitive, so meds scare me..i do take some ..but when i get anxious , it increases my pain..and i use an acupressure mat , which i find calming..

There are alternative medicine ideas for reducing anxiety that help

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   Posted 2/23/2018 4:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had fibro for nearly twenty years and since I was so naive back in the early 2000's, I was willing to try just about any medication, including anxiety meds (I don't have anxiety), my rheumatologist wanted to prescribe for me. None of them helped. They only caused me side effects. It was fortunate most of the meds cost me nothing. She sent them home with me in sample packets.

I wonder sometimes if some of those meds made my health conditions worse or caused new ones.

Good luck to you.

Post Edited (almost medfree) : 2/23/2018 4:08:52 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/23/2018 7:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the replies. I guess the commentary from the podiatrist made me question if there was a link between fibromyalgia and anxiety that I wasn't aware of. Fortunately, Sherrine, I do have a rheumatologist who I can see and have typically enjoyed reading your common sense advice. Thanks again.

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   Posted 2/24/2018 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmmm...all this mast cell stuff is intriguing - there are so many threads they are working on to try to help us. It's always comforting to me to see more evidence that we haven't been forgotten by the research community!

I've never been on meds for anxiety, but I have been on a benzodiazipine, Klonopin, for sleep. (My new doctor had me switch to Trazodone because Klonopin can contribute to Alzheimers! Egads!!)

Antidepressants, anticonvulsants, I've been on several, but not specifically for anxiety, no. It's always for my pain, whether they're focusing on the sleep component or the nerves....yep, sometimes I do feel like a guinea pig, and I hate it, but you gotta do what you gotta do! It would be nice to be able to have a glass of wine once in awhile, but with all these meds, I haven't been able to do that since about 1998!

Oh hwell. Things could be worse smile

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   Posted 2/26/2018 3:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I have to echo Acheybody. "Hmmm...all this mast cell stuff is intriguing". Thanks Rockon. I have never tried a benzo. Maybe it's something to think about. But I would probably have to fake having anxiety to get it prescribed! And maybe this is a silly reason to hold back from trying to trial some benzos: I would hate to encourage my doctor to think this is all psychosomatic. I don't ever get that vibe from him, but maybe he is a good actor. It's sad the terrible medical distrust that I developed eventually, in the course of all of this.

Given your warning about mast cell activation syndrome being so new, and doctors not understanding it yet, I sure don't feel confident that the topic would get a warm reception. And could I explain all of this science? I doubt that I have it under my belt like you do.
Rock. Hard place. Trudge on.
But thanks again. Who knew I would be trying to understand studies one day? And kind of succeeding?

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   Posted 3/4/2018 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
If it's not broke don't fix it. Well, that's my thoughts anyway. It's amazing how so many health professionals think they know more about you than you do.

I'm happy, I laugh, I enjoy my family and friends and I have hobbies that I do. Does that sound like depression? But, because I don't sleep well and have pain I'm depressed. That from the Dr. who DX'd me with fibro(not the first, though) and CFS.

Ok, rant over.
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