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abbygirl1919 - July 12

My fibromyalgia as gotten worse and before now simple meds like aleve or advil would work but now it wont. The pain is really bad. Im on welburtin now which is an antidepressent I heard cymbalta and lyrica were good drugs but i have no insurance and they are really expinsive. What other drugs are good for the pain I will be calling my doctor tomorrow so I would like a heads up.


Stacey373 - July 12

Hi abbygirl! I love your name! My daughter's name is Abbey!
anyways...I don't have insurance either...we lost it because my husband has been laid-off for over a year now. So I'm paying cash for everything - doctor appts and meds. For pain I take Norco 10/325 which is just a really strong vicodin/hydrocodone.
My local pharmacy has a prescription program that I was able to get on. I only paid $5 and now my prescriptions cost me about half the regular cost. And some meds like flexiril (muscle relaxers) are on the $4 list so that's all I have to pay for those.

Anyways...Just wanted to let you know that you should check the pharmacies in your area (try both the big chain stores and the privately owned ones)and ask if they offer this same type of program. The pharmacy I go to is in a very small town and is privately owned and they still offer this hopefully others do too! And I think comparatively speaking the hydrocodone might be the cheapest of the prescription pain meds.

I Hope you can get what you need so you can feel better, Take Care of yourself, Stacey :o)


Noca - July 12

You could try Nortriptyline and Dilaudid. Both are cheap medications that help with pain.


Fantod - July 12

abbygirl919- Only certain classes of prescribed medication work for Fibromyalgia (FMS). OTC remedies do not and you run the risk of damaging your stomach and liver. All of the pharmaceutical companies offer consumer assistance for people who can afford their medication. You can find the information on their websites. Ask your doctor for samples too.

I use Cymnbalata which addresses both the pain and depression that usually accompanies FMS. It works pretty well. The newest drug on the market for FMS is Savella. It has been used in Europe for decades and was approved for use in the USA by the FDA in 2009. Personally, I am not a big fan of Lyrica. One of the most common complaints seems to be rapid weight gain which most rheumotologists are not proactive about when the problem becomes apparent. You should also be on a sleep aid like Amitriptyline. FMS interrupts the deep sleep cycle with short bursts of high intensity brain activity. Your muscles need deep sleep in order to repair themselves from the days activities. No deep sleep means higher levels of pain which rapidly becomes a vicious circle.

I hope that my comments are useful to you. Take care and good luck.


LAWANDA - July 12

i tried the savella and it made my blood pressure and pulse go up really high. my regular doctor put me on 3 different blood pressure meds and it was still high. finally i got sick of it being high because i had to take it everyday and i stopped all of my meds. the savella was the only new one. once it stopped it, by blood pressure was back down to normal within a couple of weeks.


abbygirl1919 - July 13

Thanks guys! I went today and my doc put me on mobic which is an anti inflamatory and robaxin which is a muscle relaxer. I asked about cymbalta and he doesnt like that drug. I told him i was taking perkacets for a few days and sometimes they help but not all the time. He said he didnt want to start me on habbit forming drugs yet and wanted to try this first. He is aware i have no insurance and took that into consideration about the meds he put me on which i really liked.


Fantod - July 13

I'm not sure why your doctor would put you on Mobic. There is no inflammation associated with Fibromyalgia (FMS). I take Mobic because of advanced osteoarthitis. As a rule, it is not prescribed for FMS.

I certainly do not agree with what the doctor told you about Cymbalta. It is one of three drugs used to treat FMS. If I had to choose between Lyrica or Cymbalata, it would be the latter every time. All drugs have side effects associated with them. As an FMS patient, treatment options are limited. They should all be explored and the doctor should leave his personal opinion at home unless there is a an underlying medical condition that might cause a problem when using a particular medication.

Also, there are still plenty of doctors out there that think FMS is a figment of our collective imaginations or are not up to date on the latest treatment protocols. I suspect you may be dealing with one of them.

I know that you are in a difficult situation not having insurance. However, your FMS is not being treated properly. The longer a chronic pain cycle goes on, the harder it is to manage or stop. I would call your local hospital physician referral service and ask them if any of the staff rheumotologists do pro bono work or if there is a free or low cost clinic where you could see one. The sooner the better. In the interim, I hope that the muscle relaxers help. Take care.


Stacey373 - July 14

I have to seems that your doctor is completely ignoring the fact that you are in pain. The meds he put you on don't do anything for pain and I don't understand why he would give you an anti-inflammatory for FMS. Did he actually give you a reason for that?

I would try finding a new doctor. I'm not sure how easy that would be when you don't have insurance, though. I've been seeing my doctor for a couple of years or so WITH they had no problem seeing me without it and I just pay cash for each visit. I don't know if a "new" doctor would be so willing. But it's worth a'll never know until you start asking.

There is quite a bit of controversy over prescribing addictive pain meds for FMS patients. Some doctors don't believe they work, and even if they do, they don't think the risk out weighs the benefits. I would definately try to find a doctor that is more willing to prescribe pain meds. As Fantod said, the longer you don't treat the pain, the harder it is to stop the pain cycle.

I honestly don't know what I would do without the Norcos. I clearly remember what life was like before taking pain meds, and I don't ever want to go back to that life again! I probably am addicted to them...but who cares! Without them, I can barely get out of bed and do anything....with them, my life is actually some-what normal. there are days they don't help at all...but I have more days than not that they do help me. For me, the benefits definately out weigh the risks and side effects!
I really hope you can find a doctor that is more sympathetic and willing to do what it takes to help you feel better. Keep looking and don't give up! Take Care of Yourself, Stacey :o)


Marilyn - September 3


Do the Norcos cause drowsiness? Or do you just adapt to it?

I have so much Vicodin and Flexeril at home because I seldom take them (although I'm averaging about 1 Flex per month). That's because they wipe me out for almost 20 hours sometimes. I've never taken them long enough to find out if I can adapt without going to sleep.


Stacey373 - September 6

Hi Marilyn - Norco and Vicodin are basically the same thing. They are both hydrocodone...Norco is just stronger than Vicodin. My Norco is 10/325mg and Vicodin is usually 5/525mg. The Norco has twice as much hydrocodone in it and less Tylenol.

If you can't take the vicodin, you probably can't take norco either. Hydrocodone has never made me sleepy...actually they sometimes do the opposite to me.

As for the flexeril....when I first started taking it I couldn't wake up in the morning because I was SO overly tired. So I started cutting them in half and took them that way until I got used to them. you can even try to cut them in 1/4 and then gradually step up the dosage as you get used to them. Might be kind of hard to do cuz they are so small, but it's worth a try!

Eventually I get used to everything. My body becomes very tolerant easily. I now take 2 whole flexerils every night to sleep. and I still wake up all night least I have been for about the last 2's driving me nuts!

Have you tried cutting the Vicodin in half and taking them that way? Might be something to try until you get used to them and they don't make you drowsy.

hope this info helps you...Take Care, Stacey :o)



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