Medication and Fibromyalgia

I promised you all a list of the medications I have tried to help with with my Fibromyalgia symptoms, bearing in mind it took 2 1/2 years to get diagnosed, what I will also give you is MY opinion of the negatives vs positives of these and side effects, remembering we all have similar symptoms but we are all different and no two people are exactly the same. So please respect my run down as this is personal to me.  

I do believe Fibro can be controlled but my degenerative disease and Spondylothesis cannot, with that said I do believe I can slow down the spinal degeneration, after all it’s my body and it reacts to my mind.

Here goes, please bear in mind in other countries some of these drug names are different so please look them up on google ūüėė:-

Co-Codamol – good short term medication for pain, gives feeling of well being when first started and created intense constipation and sleepiness.  Physically addictive and must be weaned off as make you feel like you have flu.  Made me grind my teeth.  

Tramadol – best painkiller I have ever used, make you feel absolutely out of your head when you first use and driving or working was impossible.  Worked very well but became immune to effects after long term use.  Weaned off too quick first time and felt like I was dying, hallucinated and felt suicidal.  2nd time I weaned off them I did so very slowly over 2 months and coped much better.  I now take 1 occasionally and hope to never use long term again as physically very very addictive.  Caused dry mouth, confusion, daydreaming, constipation and intense itching to start with.

Lyrica – not a bad medication but gave me  bad brain fog and concentration issues. Did not work as well as Tramadol.  Asked to come off them as affected my work.

Gabapentin – worst medication I have ever took in my life and I would never take again.  Pre operation they were quite effective but after developing Fibromyalgia they were awful. I felt suicidal, brain fog was so intense I could not even remember my own date of birth, struggled to hold a conversation and as doses were increased was severely depressed and was scared to be left alone.  I wouldn’t give this to a Fibro sufferer as there are much better treatments out there.  I didn’t realise how bad they affected me until I stopped.  Yes nerve pain has increased but at least my mental health and memory are very good again.

Amitryptyline – a very good tablet to help with insomnia.  But again I am physically addicted to them so having to take 2 months to come off them.

Oramorph – brilliant short term painkiller for extreme pain; PMT and migraines.  Not to be used regularly.  

Citalopram – a fantastic anti depressant, this tablet not only helped me cope with recovering from major surgery but helped with pain relief as it lifted the black cloud that hung over me.  But very physically addictive, still weaning off these and it’s been 4 weeks now and I’m down from 20mg to 7.5, down to 5mg this weekend.  Again cause dry mouth, brain zaps when you move your eyes, lucid dreams and increase anxiety for the first 2/3 weeks.

Duloxetene – cane off this as the lucid dreams got do bad I could not sleep.  Now I don’t think this is a bad medicine at all but again you have to be weaned off with your doctors supervision so quite frankly I don’t want to take this and let it affect my already fragile nervous system and brain!

Diazepam – great for muscle spasms and panic attacks, not effective for long term use.  You can be affected when stopping and weaning must be done slowly.

Zopiclone – brilliant sleeping tablet but probably the lost addictive on the list as long term use will stop you from sleeping normally when you stop worse than any other sleeping tablet I’ve tried.  I still use these and take 1 a week, for example if I sleep for 1, 3, 3, and say 2 hours on 4 nights I become exhausted and risk an accident on the road or sick leave at work. Bi take a zopi and can get 5-6 1/2 hours sleep in one night.

Laxido – to combat Tramadol and co codamol constipation.  One sachet a day works very gentle and is a life saver, but any laxative no matter how mild is not good for long term use.

If I think of any more I will share.  All these tablets mask symptoms we suffer withFibromyalgia and  what I want to do is treat the symptoms and reduce their affects on my quality of life not just mask them with more pills.  ALL these pills have side effects and have created other issues. All these pills affect our nervous systems and that is why I am completely coming off them.  I will keep you posted as to how I get on ūüĎĆ

Please read this link for more information on any of these pills and for my USA followers you will see the other brand names. 

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Author: Maz Brown

Hi there, I am a busy mum who had found a new lease in life by completing my diploma in Hypnotherapy and NLP and led a successful part-time online hypnotherapy business, preparing personalised online recordings and using tried and tested NLP techniques as homework for my clients. I found out I had advanced degenerative disease in my spine over 10 years ago and needed a fusion in March 2014, it was then that things got really weird. It took me over 2 years to get diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and that is when the fun started........

2 thoughts on “Medication and Fibromyalgia”

  1. Interesting to read this info on meds, I have tried Citalopram, Amitriptyline and Naproxen I’m currently on co-codamol and Duloxetine. Naproxen didn’t work for pain but co-codamol takes the edge off, I only take it when I really have so put up with pain until I can’t bear it as I don’t want to get addicted and can’t be doing with the constipation. Citalopram was brilliant for depression and made me very brave but the side effects like dry mouth, hallucinations at bed time and bad dreams made me wean off it over a 6 week period. Amitriptyline again gave me a dry mouth, hallucinations and bad dreams but I did actually sleep, took 6 weeks to wean off.
    I then went 6 months with no meds except the odd co- codamol and tried controlling symptoms by diet and supplements but caved in after 6 months and went onto Duloxetine which helps a little with pain but I now can’t sleep so taking Nytol 50mgs from the chemist which helps a little. Supplements I’m taking are magnesium malate in the evening, prescription D3 daily, high dose B vitamins twice a week. would love to hear what supplements you take and if you think they help ūüôā

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing Debbie this kind of information is like gold to us fellow Fibro Warriors. I am like you I do not like taking meds as they end up giving some side effects and I feel when you have fibromyalgia the side effects van be more extreme. Supplements are something I am going to talk about today as I am trying the holistic approach but boy can I feel a difference in my body but funnily enough my mental health is getting stronger. Follow the blog and this weekend I’ll get into supplementation x

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