Hi, I'm new to this forum, but not to fibromyalgia. I was "diagnosed" with fibro. about twenty years ago, after suffering from horrible neck strain & a terrible headache that "never went away". I had every test imaginable done to try to find out the cause of the pain, went from doctor to doctor to doctor (I'm sure you all know how that goes), and they couldn't find the exact cause of my pain. In the years since, I've suffered from "allover" muscle pain (burning & numbing type pain), from the top of my head to my toes, so to speak. Nothing that the doctors gave me helped, and I was at my wits end. I was a miserable person to be around, because of the pain. Because I was sick & tired of being shuffled around from dr. to dr., after about five or six years, I just quit trying to find out what was causing the pain, and decided to "learn to just live with it".
On a fluke, about fifteen years ago, I happened to be at my family doctor's office for a checkup (non related to the fibro), and I started talking to my family doctor about my chronic pain & told him that nothing any dr. had ever prescribed had helped at all. He mentioned that a few of his patients had chronic pain (for which nothing had helped), and he put them on an anti-depressant, Effexor XR, and it really helped them. He thought that maybe I had a lack of seratonin, and that my brain just couldn't turn off whatever trauma caused my initial pain twenty five years ago. Well, this theory seemed a little crazy to me at the time, but I decided to take the Effexor XR...I waited weeks & weeks, and no improvement. Just when I was about to give up on it (after about 6-7 weeks of taking it), it must have kicked in, because it was like a miracle for me. My fibromyalgia (or whatever it may be) pain subsided and eventually went away.
About two years ago, I decided that maybe I was fine and could stop taking the Effexor XR, so my doctor slowly took me off of it. I was fine for about six months, then the pain came back. So...I went back on it, and again, the pain went away.
You're probably wondering why I'm telling you this long story...LOL...
well, unfortunately I now have no health insurance...so, for financial reasons, I had to stop taking the meds. I seemed okay, until about a month ago, I was vacumming the kitchen floor (with a heavy vacuum), then mopped it, and that must have set things off...like a flare-up.
I started exercising (walking) on my treadmill a few weeks ago (trying to lose weight & get healthier), and stupid me, overdid that by running for a few minutes at a time (and the bottoms of my feet have been hurting for a week).
It didn't dawn on me that any of this could have been related to the fibromyalgia and stopping the meds., until my husband said something to me about it this morning.
I'm not sure what to do...my prescription has no refills left (without dr. approval), and I haven't been to the doctor in over a year, so I'm sure they'll want me to come in. Without insurance, I simply cannot afford any of this.
I apologize for rambling on and on...but, has anyone else gone through a similar situation? If so, what did you finally do to alleviate the pain?
I'm usually not one to complain (hard to believe that by this post, huh?), and I am a very optimistic, cheerful person...I just want the pain to go away. Thanks so much for listening to me rant on and on!
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