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fibro and allergies/sinus problems
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arobin - August 1

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia about two and a half years ago. I have learned when a flare is coming on and it can be awful and last four to five days. I have had allergy problems all of my life and I get frequent sinus infections. I have just began to figure out that sometimes my flare begins like a sinus infection. I take tussionex when I have sinus infections. I have noticed that it helps me greatly with the pain. It works so much better than other pain meds with hydrocodone in it. I also feel like I am killing two birds with one stone because I get the pain relief, but I also get allergy relief. I am a sinlge mom and don't like to take more than I need to. I don't know if allergies contribute to the fibro, but I can function with the tussionex much better than some other meds. Problem is, because it is a narcotic, doctors are stingy with prescribing it. I just wondered if anyone else has the same problem or if they have found the same relief.


Fantod - August 3

You need to find a competent allergy and sinus doctor to address your chronic complaint in that department. If you are on antibiotics frequently, that is part of the problem too. Call your local hospital physician referral service and ask them the name of their top allergy specialist and then make an appointment.

Do you go to the dentist for cleaning and care regularly? Poor dental habits can really contribute to sinus and infection issues.

And finally, at the risk of sounding like a total narc, your tussionex idea is not a good one especially as a single mom. A parent should always set a good example. That includes making responsible choices when it comes to medications.
There are several pain medications that are helpful for the chronic pain of fibromyalgia (FMS). They include Lryica, Cymbalata and Savella. If you have not tried these, than you have not exhausted the available options. While you are on the phone with the hospital physician referral service ask them for a rheumotologist and/or a pain specialist with an interest in FMS. The chroic pain that FMS causes is very debilitating and can bring us all to consider making a bad decision when it comes to our health. I realize your post was written out of curiosity to see if anyone else has had the same experience. I just want to be sure that you know that there are other options than the one you seem to be proposing. Take care.


arobin - August 4

I have a rheumatologist and have tried several of the things above. They all make me very sleepy and emotionless. I don't like to feel not like myself. I also have an ear nose throat doctor. I've had two sinus surgeries in the past three years and my dentist is a family member. I haven't had a cavity in 21 years. I have read that guaffinessin can be beneficial to fibro. It's not a good idea to mix some antihistimines with muscle relaxers and/or pain medication. I do set a good example for my kids. I'm the only parent they have. They don't see their dad at all. I was just asking if maybe someone knew something that I didn't with the antihistimine that is in the cough medicine. I can't take anything during the day that makes me drowsy because I am driving a lot. I am looking for one medication I can take at night that will help me with fibro, pain, and allergy relief. I am also diabetic and cannot take some nose sprays or anything that has cortisone in it. I rely on sinu rinses during the day. Like I said, I just wondered if anyone had the fibro and allergy problems and maybe there is something out there that can help the two at one time. I am a little sensitive to the "good example" statement. I know you mean well, but we lived with a mean drunk for too long so I am used to being cautious and the responsible one. This is just like everything else. I have doctors and listen to them I just usually have to use my own head and figure things out for myself. I would much rather take one dose of something long lasting at night than take several things during the day. Mixing is never a good idea.



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