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Fibromyalgia Syndrome

Aug 21, 2011 - 1 comments








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!

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by DeePeake, Oct 17, 2011

Good that you live life as intended and make sure nothing gets you down - Author unkown hits the nail on the head!

Best wishes from a fellow FMS and osteoarthritis sufferer in the UK


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