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multiple meds/still in pain
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reggiek911 - December 14

Can anyone tell me or is there anyone else that has this problem. I take Cymbalta,Wellbutrin,Lyrica,Hydrocodone,MS contin and still having pain!I have been going to pain clinic for about 3 years and they have given me all kinds of different combinations of drugs, and now are telling me this is the best they can do. I am starting to look at dietary changes and mild exercise, but the bottom of my feet throb and feel like they have been beat, so I cant do to much. I just dont understand with all these meds how I can still hurt?


Noca - December 14

When treating chronic pain, the goal is never really to attain 100% pain relief. If you attain 40-60% pain relief, its considered a successful treatment.


Canada17 - December 14

I encourage you to research dietary influences on your pain. I have had a lot of success with eliminating problem foods from my diet (success being less pain, but a hard time at accepting giving up favourites).

Potatoes, yeast, white flour, and white sugar are huge contributors to my pain. I felt a remarkable difference in pain levels and fatigue levels after just two weeks.

Check out the Diet forum, there are threads in there which I have posted complete lists of foods I've eliminated.


Fantod - December 14

Hello reggiek911 - I'm just going to throw some ideas out here for you to consider.

Have you been tested for a vitamin D deficiency? If not, a simple blood test is needed. Another possibility would be a gluten sensitivity. It is possible to be sensitive to gluten without having full-blown celiac disease. The most accurate way to test for this is using a stool sample. Either of these will cause widespread pain.

If you use ANYTHING containing artifical sweetner including Splenda get rid of it. Also avoid deep fried food, and lunchmeat (nitrates). These items will probably increaae your pain level. If you need an artifical sweetner, use Sun Crystals or Truvia which are made with the nontoxic Stevia plant. They can be found in any grocery store.

Have your feet been been checked for plantar fascitis? This is common among people with Fibromyalgia (FMS) and can be quite painful. It is a simple fix which includes medication and orthotics for your shoes.

As far as exercise goes and factoring in the problem with yur feet, I'd suggest a swim class for arthitics. This would be suitably low impact with a slower pace. Your local hospital physical therapy department or the YMCA should have classes. You will probably need written authorization from your doctor to participate.

I hope that my comments are helpful to you in some way. Take care.


axxie - December 16

There is no doubt that pain on any level is unpleasant and disrupting. It is only natural that our first response to it is to want to eliminate it as quickly as possible with whatever means are available. But I think there is a problem with how we are taught to view and deal with pain.
The body is very wise. We need to honor this wisdom because sometimes pain can be a signal that we need to change something in our diet, environment, lifestyle or our relationships. In this way, pain can be a great motivator. If we listen closely to our pain and pay attention to our body and our states of mind, our discoveries may guide us to what we need to do to reduce our pain.

I have found that some of my own muscle and joint pains, as well as depression and anxiety, have been triggered or made worse by food allergies, certain chemicals and by nutritional deficiencies. I eliminated wheat and refined white sugar and became free of the anxiety attacks and severe depression that crippled me since mid-forties. By correcting a magnesium deficiency, I reduced chronic muscle pain by half. My pain has also taught me to become more outspoken and expressive, to get more sleep, to exercise according to my needs and to decrease stress. Pain has taught me to live more consciously within my limits
Learning to live with pain is a difficult process. It is not a recipe that is the same for everyone. It does, however, require a commitment to ourselves and a willingness to confront and challenge our social conditioning. We must give ourselves permission to feel without labels, judgments or time limits. We must let go of societies expectations and listen to our internal wisdom. It is important to support people in their efforts to listen to their internal wisdom and to validate their findings.
Saying all this, my friend, you should look into what others have given you as ideas and try some of the suggestions.

I sometimes think, that too much pain pills, gives you more problems. I have been in your boots and now try to live with less pain, and less pain management in pills. Whatever you do, do not quit your regiment, you need to talk to your doctor only after you have made the commitment to yourself, that you need to make changes.


bmcgovern - December 16


Have you ever tried using any natural medicine to help with any of the pain. I do not take any prescriptions. I get side effects and all the chemicals they put into those medicines i don't like. I just take natural. I have changed my diet and it really does help. I cut out Red Meat, Sugar, White Flour, Greasy Foods, Dairy. This has helped me not have so many flare ups. They do have water aerobics at any fitness center also. Have you ever tried working out on the bike that shouldn't be to bad cause your sitting down.
I hope this helped.
Good Luck.


reggiek911 - December 16

Thank you every one for your input, I got a lot of great ideas from you all. I think the splenda may be causing some of the problem, I drink 6-8 diet cokes a day. I dont really eat fried foods or that much meat- I do eat too many sweets(candies)I have been encouraged from your suggestions. Has any one heard of 042 Fibro? I had heard it was at CVS/Walgreens, I live in Atlanta and they had never heard of it. I think it is a supplment. Once again, thank yall it is good to finally chat with someone who knows what I am talking about.


Fantod - December 16

reggiek811 - You might also consider having a sleep study done to see if that is part of the problem. Fibromyalgia (FMS) interrupts the deep sleep cycle with short bursts of high intensity brain waves. Your muscles need deep sleep in order to repair themselve from the days activities. Nonrestorative sleep means higher levels of pain which rapidly becomes a vicious circle. You should already be on Amitriptyline or some other sleep aid to assist with this issue. But, that might not solve the problem if there is something else going on too.

And finally, if the pain clinic that you go to seems to think that there is nothing else that they can do, find someone else and get a second opinion. A fresh set of eyes never hurts. YOu can go opnline to the National Fibromyalgia Association website and register. Then you can see a list of fibro-friendly healthcare professionals in your area.

The amount of diet soda that you drink daily is appalling. I think that once you eliminate all artifical sweetner from your diet, you will feel much better. Take care and let us know how you are doing from time to time.


Fantod - December 17

reggiek911 - I'd like to share one more piece of infornation about artifical sweetners. They actually make you eat more which may explain your aweet tooth. My nutritionist told me that quite some time ago. Take care.


1joyjoh0624 - December 17

wow! I am also taking Cymbalta, Lyrica and Flexeril. but WOW! the other meds aren't approved for Fibro. i am currently seeing a pain management doctor and receiving trigger point injections. this doctor does not beleive in adding additional meds but going after the trigger points in your body to relax the muscles. i have just started and have a long way to go before relief. but this is an alternative maybe you could ask about.


1joyjoh0624 - December 17

many Fibro sufferers have Sleep Apnea. I use a CPAP but it hasn't cured my Fibro unfortunately. but this was a good suggestion as Sleep Apnea can be dangerous.


Fantod - December 17

ijoyjoh0624 - I don't think that the treatment plan your doctor is using is necessarily correct. I have had trigger point injections too. They broke the pain cycle in my lower back. Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a very complex condition and trigger point injections while very useful are not the whole answer to treating FMS.

I would go to the the National Fibromyalgia Association website and register. Then you will be able to see a list of fibro-friendly healthcare professionals in your area. Your current doctor is putting you through a procedure that has short term benefits at best. And, what are they injecting you with - cortisone? If so, you should know that it causes tissue damage with repeated treatment. It should only be used every 6 months or so.

I think that a second opinion is the best option for you. Take care.


axxie - December 17

reggiek911, well no wonder you have so many problems, eating and drinking junk food will do that to you. I hope you have taken many ideas and that you will implement them. Eating sweets for a treat one or two piece might pass, but doing it everyday and drinking all those colas just will not cut it out. You need to start with eating two healthy meals a day. You can start small, it doesn't have to be, big meals, and this should help you stay away from the junk food. As time will pass you will feel much better and think clearer. I promise you one thing, when you got that down path, you will feel 100% better, and might be able to ease out on your pain medication. Chicken, salad, plus fruits and healthy glass of orange juice at noon, should keep you full. Instead of reaching for candy, why don't you reach for an apple, orange, any fruit or veg that you can eat.

Good luck to you and I do hope you follow the suggestions on this board.



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