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mrs artavia (@mrsartavia)

Managing fibromyalgia

Bones, Joints & Muscles | Last Active: Jan 28, 2022 | Replies (117)

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I have been living with RA and Fibromyalgia for the past 3 years. I hate that I have to take a handful of meds everyday and sometimes I get very frustrated with it all. I see a Rheumatologist and I think the med mixture I am on is working pretty good. I take Cymbalta- if you have any bit of depression, these dx will make it worse, cymbalta helps with chronic pain- Plaquinil and Sulfasalzine for the RA, Gabapentin for the Fibro, of course then my BP went up and I had to go on a med for that as well. Now I have had to have a total hip replacement due to OA seems I can’t win.

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Hi, I too suffer from Fibromyalgia for the past 20 years plus. You mentioned the drug Gabapentin, this name came up recently somewhere ( I’m not sure if it was while I was in hospital recently or maybe online I really don’t remember where, my memory is terrible!), anyway- next you mentioned high blood pressure….
Was the high blood pressure in relation to the Gabapentin?

I’ve never been offered anything for my Fibromyalgia ( docs don’t seem to care about it around here where I live:/), and I desperately need something to ease the pain as I also have a bucket load of other medical probs including several auto-immune plus other medical conditiions and diseases which mostly all cause me pain.
I’m on morphine meds ( oxycontin and ordine- liquid morphine, but not prescribed for fibro of course). I just don’t know where to turn or what to even ask for so I thought that depending on your reply to my question that maybe gabapentin might be a good place to start?
By the way, I’m in Australia and Fibro isn’t given the attention that its given in the US:/
Soft, gentle hugs for you and for all of us who suffer pain, ,

My Rheumatologist gives me soma 350 mg 3 a day if needed. The generic name
is carisoprodol an is for muscle pain. Narcotics will not help a
fibromyalgia attack but this will. But be careful taking it. The less the
better. You system gets very used to it then it won’t work. Gabapentin is
really good in combination for overall pain and Fibromyalgia. Your on some
really strong narcs and I would think you would have to cut back on those
some before adding more meds. Just my opinion. briansr