Patient Comments: Fibromyalgia - Treatments

What treatment has been effective for your fibromyalgia?

Comment from: Coral, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia when I was 49. I am now 62 and still suffering. I had amytryptolened and anti-inflammatories, but I didn't like the side effects. Over the years I have tried to cope with the pain without any meds, but it is very difficult. I have a friend who has given me massages, and they really helped. She also makes up oils to massage into painful areas, which I administer myself and they are very helpful. I walk about an hour a day in total. I try to keep going, but it isn't easy at all and can get me down a lot of the time. It helps to keep smiling and have a positive attitude, but it doesn't take away the pain.

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Comment from: meowth, 55-64 Female Published: March 15

I used the over the counter drug SAM-E...religiously over 3 years for my fibromyalgia. I used the brand that only contains 200mg enteric coated so it doesn't upset the stomach. It took 3 months to feel the effects. I took 2 in the morning and one no later than 2pm in the afternoon. When I started getting my energy back, I cut back to 1 in the a.m. and one in the afternoon. I went into remission and only every so often now does it flare up. I continue to watch my activities so I don't overdo it...that's when I feel it most. I work part time but no more than 6 hours a day or I get achy and fluish the next day.

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Comment from: Fe Fe, 25-34 Female Published: February 22

I am 31 and found out I had fibormyalgia just in September 2010. I've been dealing with pain for years everyone I told thought I was making it up when I explained my body pain. I found out I was 2 months pregnant in November. Now I'm 5 months and I hurt like hell, and there is no medication I can take or nothing I can do for my pain. I will take the pain for my baby.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

I had a very good doctor who helped me out a lot with my fibromyalgia. I read online a lot and found several new remedies which he would evaluate, seeing which methods we should try or not. One day I came in and asked for a prescription for Medical Marijuana. It's been 7 months now of smoking while taking 2 Ibuprofen and 2 Tylenol 3's for my pain.

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Comment from: JEWEL10, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis and none of the medications (tramadol, Lyrica, gabapentin, Flexeril, Celebrex) have helped me. I still have to work 8 hours a day in housekeeping at a local hotel. I love my job but am in constant pain. The only relief I get is from narcotics. It's like pulling teeth to get a doctor to prescribe them. I have changed my diet to fruits and veggies, daily exercise nothing works!

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Comment from: Bags90, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 27

I am a 54 year woman. I have had fibromyalgia for about 15 years. The best thing I ever did was to investigate massage for pain relief. I went to a Balinese masseur who specialized in eastern medicine. He used to laugh at me because of the pressure he had to apply to my body for me to feel any relief. Then he started using a technique called 'chinese cold wind treatment.' This is when a metal type loop is rubbed over affected areas which immediately produce a red, blood type rash and the pain just as quickly rises from deep within the muscle to the surface. You are left looking like a zebra and the marks fade to yellow-type bruising but for me it was instant pain relief. I simply could not believe it. No drugs, just this treatment, plus gentle exercise have helped me to keep it at bay. Plus diet (limited caffeine and acidic foods).

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Comment from: QuriousGeorge, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 26

I am a 60 y/o ADD male. I have had fibromyalgia symptoms for as far back as I can recall, this includes clinical depression, irritable bowel syndrome, etc. My pain tolerance is moderately high, and very high tolerance to drugs of most sorts. Good resistance to insect bites/stings. Two weeks ago I had a couple of vertebra fused using a piece of my hip bone. Last week I was stung on the finger by a wasp. The swelling lasted for three days vice the usual 30-45 minutes. It seemed triggered fibromyalgia attacks for five days several times a day at an unbelievable intensity. I cannot remember ever having that intense pain from any cause n my life. Just wondering how a wasp sting could trigger that.

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