Aug 21, 2011
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia Syndrome back in the mid 1990's and was given amitriptyline for it a few years later. I went on a vitamin and supplement regimen which kept the pain to a tolerable level for four or five years. Then I started with Elavil/amitrip for about five years before that wasn't working too well and I was placed on Effexor XR. NOT a good drug.
I was on Effexor XR for about five years until the first part of 2011 when I moved and the price [thank you ObamaCare] went from $25 a month copay to $80 a month copay and I said "NOPE" and went off of it cold turkey. Oh, the side effects! Not something I ever want to live through again. I do NOT recommend it for the faint of heart. Would I cold turkey again? Probably, but I don't suggest others do the same. Effexor XR screws up your brain chemicals.
All that to say, either I've 'out grown' the FMS or I am so used to it that I'm unaware how much I hurt.
I have arthritis in my neck, back, hip and knees and bone-on-bone in my knees ... so I may have FMS pain which is secondary to the rest of my aches.
I still get around, do my stretching exercises, walk my dog, kayak and generally make a nuisance out of myself online ... Twitter mostly about politics and FaceBook with family and close friends.
My diet still consists of vitamins and supplements and I eat healthy most of the time ... and yes, I drink wine and beer which is supposed to be prohibited because I take meds for High BP, Thyroid and Cholesterol ...
The purpose of life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave with a well-preserved body, but rather to Slide in Sideways, completely used up, yelling and screaming, what a ride! — Author Unknown
And I'm doing my best!