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2/7/14 5:42 P

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I am taking a trio of supplements that work really well for me, better then prescription meds did and they aren't piling the weight on.Sam-e,5-htp and St.John's Wort. Also melatonin, and cyclobenzaprene at night. I do take a percocet rarely. I have started exercising 50 - 90 minutes 7 days a week because that is the only way I can lose weight(so I don't also develop diabetes).I have to schedule a nap into my day and I find that helps keep the pain under control. At least for now I am going to continue with these supplements and see if they can help me in the long run. I am retired so I have the time to schedule a nap most days. emoticon

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2/7/14 4:40 P

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I have been on Lyrica for years & it has been a lifesaver for me. It has also made me gain a lot of weight. I take an anti-inflammatory & muscle relaxer as well. I was on clonazepam for years also but decided it was a contributing factor to my memory loss. I prefer a much more natural approach but I was at a point of desperation & gave into the meds. I am gradually building back into a natural approach. I got off the clonazepam & now take melatonin because of waking up so much during the night. It has worked wonderfully for me. Water aerobics was fantastic too. I had less pain & lost weight so much more easily. I think I'll be going back to that. Hope everyone dealing with this awful condition finds a resolution that works for you! and may we all have the determination to stick to our goals! emoticon

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12/29/13 6:18 P

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I wouldn't be able to move or work without my prescription meds. They help a lot, especially the pain patch which really helps my fibro and back pain.

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12/28/13 5:50 P

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I took myself off my fibro meds because they were so expensive and I was determined to feel better without them. I notice when I do not eat a lot of sugar I do not ache as much! I also have learned that the more active I am the better I feel...that does not mean I am super active! I procrastinate on exercising and sometimes just don't do it... but I do want to feel good and lose wieght so I am hoping to become more active...without the meds.

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9/27/13 5:45 P

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Hi,

I take anti-anxiety medications (clonazepam & alprazolam) and they seem to help the most especially when the pain is really bad because they make you sleepy if you take them together. I also take Tramadol, muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatory med, an anti-depressant and something to help me sleep. When I got fibromyalgia, I also became super sensitive to prescription drugs, so no narcotics which is probably for the best. Lyrica, Cymbalta and Savella didn't work for me at all. I take a lot of vitamins too. I also take Melatonin, because I get these unbelievable cravings for sweets. I asked a doctor recently and he said that was because of the SSRI's in the anti-depressant. He didn't know what dose to give me so told me just to start with one and if that didn't help increase it. It really does cut down my cravings. I could eat a half-gallon of ice cream in one day before I started Melatonin. I have lost a couple pounds and know I would need to work really hard to lose more. My metabolic rate is probably incredibly low that my body doesn't burn the calories.

I would like to know about the hormones. I have heard this used as a treatment. Are there any side effects to the drugs they used when you take hormone medication?

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6/30/13 8:10 P

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I take Lyrica for my pain. I've been taking Lyrica (300 mg. daily) for the last 3 or so years. Two months ago, my doctor raised my dosage to 900 mg. daily due to me not having much relief from my pain at 300 mg. However, I gained almost 40 lbs. in approximately 12 or 13 days. I'm truly struggling trying to get my weight back down. I went back to my doctor and he gave me water pills because he said at this dosage you could gain excess weight, and a ton of it. Does anyone else have this problem?

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3/17/13 2:37 A

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Hi,
I was reading your message and wondered what graston massage is? I've had a wonderful massage therapist in the past but since being diagnosed with fibromyalgia I can take it anymore. I've tried a couple of times and she is super supportive but it was just too much to take.

Any input you have would be appreciated!

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3/14/13 8:48 P

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I hope you get the help that you need! emoticon

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3/7/13 4:33 A

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The meds I take are important and I need them, but they do not always do anything for tbe pain. The doctor has said that if I start taking too many over the counter meds (tylenal, ibuprophen, and aleve; he will prescribe a low dose pain med for me. I think I am at the point of needing the pain med. Without the meds I am on, I would be totaly debilatated.

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1/19/13 5:24 P

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I use a whole range of natural and chemical assistance. I know that I would not be able to do anything without the meds which I take. I was so debilitated. I try to walk when I am feeling that I can but, truly, I can do more for myself than I have been able to do in years. I am thankful for the medicine.

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1/17/13 1:04 P

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I don't take meds as I believe in a holistic approach. It took many years to self-experiment with what worked without meds. I find that natural light really helps so I try to keep the house full of sunlight when possible. As far as depression goes, I sought therapy and took up meditative walking. Within 6 months my hormone levels were back to normal; my Cortisol levels alone where over 1000 points above the maximum healthy range. Another thing that has helped was to focus on something positive when I first wake up and then again as I lay me head on the pillow at night- give thanks and be thankful for 3 things- anything. I also found that getting a hobby was helpful too. After reviewing a lot of research and talking with my doctors, I realized that I needed to be apart of my solution and thus, I needed to change my outlook. Being a survivor of abuse and sexual trauma, the PTSD was almost debilitating for years, I eventually stopped working as a result. Fast forward to 6 yrs later and my life is healing, happy, positive, and mostly pain free. I still battle immune issues so I've constantly got a cold in the winter, but I've been able to make changes without meds. The bonus is I don't have to worry about side effects and chemical interactions. Just something to ponder- sometimes the answer isn't in a pill but within us.

The power of Positive Living allowed me to delievery my baby without pain meds which is huge considering my right hip is twisted and that's my biggest pain hot spot along with the low back. It can really be inspiring when we give ourselves more credit for the power we hold within.

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1/14/13 5:18 A

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My doctor did give me percocet also but it was not helping the pain yes i see why
he does make sure you are no taking too much med
because the kind of med you are taing is very adictive
well we can only do what we can as long we try to do something , every little bit
help

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1/4/13 6:30 P

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I am on Relafen and an antidepressant that is similar to Cymbalta. I would not be abe to walk more than 100 feet without them -no kidding. I go to a Chiropractor every two weeks for Adjustments, srt (traction) and graston massage. I just started accupuncture again.

I have found that since I started meds I can tolerate 30 minutes of aerobic exercise without causing a flare up. If my legs are giving me a lot of trouble I can "walk it off" This is incredibly painful but it does work.

Swimming or water aerobics aare the best exercises for me.

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1/3/13 10:44 P

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Percocet 5/325mg. I have fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative disc disease and my ankle joint needs reconstructive surgery. There are days when I feel like I can barely move. I am grateful that my rheumatologist gives me pain medication. I only take it when I have really bad pain days and I have noticed that with far less pain, I can do things including exercise like yoga. I know narcotics aren't for everyone and they need to be used with caution (my doctor has an aggressive drug screening program where you get randomly called into the office to provide a urine sample for testing to make certain you aren't abusing your medication). But, this medicine really helps me, especially when I have not had results with other pain medications.

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Abilify 10mg. I take this in addition to my Cymbalta. My depression was not well controlled on a couple different antidepressants. The combination of Abilify and Cymbalta helps me to get out of bed in the morning. I noticed a huge improvement in my depression when my doctor prescribed the abilify. The best way that I can describe it is that I feel like I have a bit of extra "lift" in my spirit. I also feel more emotionally stable whereas before I could cry at small things happening (like spilling a drink...you know, life's minor little mishaps).

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1/3/13 10:20 P

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Better sleep patterns or less pain or depression can contribute greatly to a person's desire and ability to exercise. Tell us what medicine and dose you take and how it affects your ability to feel better and/or be more active.

Michelle from Florida
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