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Is your FM family member a drug abuser?
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buster1 - May 11

There is a member of my family who now has FM after 10 years of smoing like a chimney, abusing sleeping pills, oxyconton, and other pain medicines. She also is taking several antipsycotics. Could FM be the result of years of stripping your body of nutrients like potassium and sodium, which are essential for nerve communication and soft tissue health. I may anger a large portion of FMers who just were unlucky in getting this disease. I just want to know how many brought on FM because of major drug addictions. My other thought is that maybe these antipsychotic medications may be causing the removal of essential nutrients and thusly FM.


tnichel - May 12

Not likely. Most of us weren't taking any kind of psychotic meds before being diagnosed. I'm sure you've looked at what brings on fms...or the reasons thought to be the cause. I have not found any correlation with a heavy drug addiction. Does your family member have another medical condition?
Either way many of us have such high levels of pain it would shock the average person the amount of meds or tricyclis we need to function. You can check numerous posts on this site. No one I've come across ever said they battled addiction before their diagnosis (not that an addict would admit it). I hate to say it but maybe she's given up and given in to the easy way to feel better. Have you or other family members offered her support or tried to understand how fms works? That should be the first step to getting her help if she really needs it but's it's easy to judge and look in when it's not you with the condition. UI would be concerned about the oxycontin sense it's habit forming. There's plenty of pain meds available that are not habit forming. Maybe she should see a pain mgmt. doctor who would oversee all her pain meds and monitor for rx abuse. That would take care of getting different meds from different docs. Good Luck!


Fantod - May 12

buster1 - I can certainly understand your frustration with your family member. However, I am wondering just how much you understand about the causes of Fibromyalgia and having to live with it.

Fibromyaliga FMS) is a disorder of the central nervous system that causes widepread, chronic pain. The mechanism that causes it is not understood. For some people, a traumatic event like an accident will bring it on. For others, it just happens and can not be pinned down to an attributable cause. FMS is recognised by the National Arthitis Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control. It is not a figment of our collective imaginations.

FMS interrupts the deep sleep cycle with short bursts of high intensity brain activity. A lack of restorative sleep means higher levels of pain. Your muscles require deep sleep in order to repair themselves from the days activities. This rapidly becomes a vicious circle. Sleep medication is a crucial part of treating FMS.

Some people require narcotics in order to control their pain levels. Other people do well with the standard treatments like Cymbalata, Lyrica or Savella. Everyone with FMS is different with a different set of symptoms. There is no standard when it comes to treating this syndrome.

Speaking for myself, I have never been and will never be (God willing) an addict. Frankly, I would not wish this health issue on Hitler. It is totally debilitating. At 56, I am completely disabled and no longer work. There is no way that I can adequately make you understand how hard FMS is to deal with on a daily basis. Imagine having to live with the worst case of flu that you have ever experienced 24/7 with no end in sight. Or, put a clothes pin on the end of your finger and see how long you can stand the pain.

If your family member is as out of control as you portray there are options. And, I agree with tnichel - has anyone offered this poor soul any support or help rather than criticize? How about doing a family intervention with the aid of a professional who deals in chronic illness? A phone call to your local hospital physician referral service would identify a pain specialist and/or a counselor with an interest in FMS. You can also go on the National Fibromyalgia Association website and locate a fibro-friendly doctor in your area.

And, as for your theory that all of the drugs that this person has ingested brought on FMS is ridiculous. If anything, she was probably already deficient in one area or another prior to any of this happening.

I just completed a very complicated holistic blood test that revealed that I am completely deficient in just about every amino acid the body requires to function. Based on my medical history, the doctor feels that my whole body chemistry has been out of whack since birth. FMS does run in families. My father has several of the associated conditions (Raynauds, GERD, RLS) but not FMS. I was the lucky one.

I hope that my comments clarified some things for you. Take care and good luck.



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