Does taking new medication increase pain?

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I have just been diagnosed as having Fibromyalgia. I have had achey knees, and hips and pain in my neck and shoulders, restless legs forever it seems, but I hurt my lower back about 3 months ago, and it was suggested I saw the chiropractor. He spent quite some time with me over a period of 8 weeks. He was concerned as my severe pain was not responding. Initially, he thought that because I have hypermobility syndrom and that was holding back the treatment, then he started investigating what I now realise were the trigger points, all of which were painful to a very light touch, sending pains rockerting down legs and arms.

I was told to see my Dr after his diagnosis. I saw my Dr on Moday this week, she agreed that it might be fibro.She said that I was displaying the symtoms, that stress was a major factor, although I don't necissarily 'feel' stressed, but I have a disabled husband, whose health is quickly declining, so I must 'be' stressed, but have learned to hide it!

18 months ago, I lost my voice for 7 months and 2 years previously, my voice went for 8 months. Don't know if anyone else has had this happen?

Having seen my Dr, she precribed citalopram for me. I am not good at taking medication, but agreed to give it a go. I do feel very sick after taking them, but that is not what is worrying me, since I started, and bearing in mind it has only been 3 tablets, my pains are almost unbearable. I feel really awful, every where is so painful,even my fingers hurt. My usual fogginess has increased so much I lose thread mid sentence. The only plus side is I do now sleep for 3-4 hours straight.

I really wanted to ask does it happen with 'new' medication, or is this something I should just work through, or should I go back to my Dr sooner than the 2 weeks I had originally been asked to? I do hope someone will get back to me as I feel 'very at sea' just now. I am off work and just feel awful! 

Thanks for taking the time to read this, it has helped to write it down.

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    Hi PiliPala

    I can sympathise with you regarding the pains. Every pressure point hurts that one wishes it would just away.  Unfortunately, it's here to stay.  We just have to find ways of dealing with our pains daily.  What might work for one may not necessary work for another. 

    If you are concerned about the meds do go and consult with your GP.

    You will find what works for you soon.  Do keep calm and positive and share your thoughts here. biggrin

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      Thanks Bea70.

      I have just been for a massage, and although the process is painful, the after effect is marvellous - my neck and shoulders are less stiff, it won't last, but for now it's lovely! 

      I may book a telephoe appointment with the GP tomorrow just to check on the meds.

      Thank you for taking the time to reply, means a lot biggrin

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    Hi Philipa, I have just read through what your wrote, I sympathise with your symptoms they sound very similar to mine I have fibromyalgia and lupus,

    I will be honest with you I have no answers as i'v still to find releif myself, but every new medication Iv had over the years has taken a while to build up in your system

    Your obviously are under a lot of stress looking after someone who is ill, sometimes we just get on with things and think we think nothing of it as we would not not do for our loved ones,

    And your right writing things down and someone listening helps,

    I can only say give it a try then go back, but if your very sick go back earlier

    Big hugs, hope you get an answer soon xx

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      HI leona18728

      Thanks for your reply, it's good to know there are people out there to speak to! I will take your advice and keep with it, but perhaps I will speak to about the sickess before my next appointment.

      Hugs appreciated and returned, thanks.biggrin

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    Sorry stupid phone!!

    I completely feel your pain and suffering. I too have joint hypermobility syndrome and fibromyalgia. I recently read in an article that they see fibro pains and jhs pains as the same so we have it d

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    Sorry stupid phone!!

    I completely feel your pain and suffering. I too have joint hypermobility syndrome and fibromyalgia. I recently read in an article that they see fibro pains and jhs pains as

    the same so basically we have it doubled!!

    I am going to give loads of vitamins a try. However at the moment I am currently on a lot of strong medication which I hope to stop as soon as it helps at the minutes but first I have built my muscles up by doing short walks and exercise (hypermobility doesn't help as every single bone in my body cracks EVEN RIBS)

    I hope you find a medication that suits you. Even give vitamins a try too. I feel for you Goodluck with your journey and always come on this everyone has made me feel completely welcome and everyone is helpful.

    Lots of love and hugs from Victoria in rainy glasgow xxxx

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      Hi victoriapxx

      Thanks for your reply, although we can't help each other lessen the pain, it's good to know that someone else understands!

      Even though I am realatively new to the label given to all the pains I have felt for years, I have started reading all I can, and the one thing I am interested in exploring is diets and supplements. Vitamin D seems to be an important element. I have to say, I am lucky enough to spend 2 weeks in the summer in the hot sunshine in Malta, that is the only time I feel less painful, I won't say pain free, but much better. Obviously, relaxing helps and it is probably a combination. I intend increasing my vitamin D.

      Thanks for your good wishes, all the best to you too. Let me know how you go with the vitamins etc. 

      It's lovely to be accepted here. Hugs to you too  from Ceri in a cold but dry Pembrokeshire

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    Hiya PilipalaB, poor you, I'm really feeling for you right now...it's terrible when you first get diagnosed, but usually that's the start if learning to live with it..I would definitely go back to you dictir if you feel it's not helping...however saying that..flare ups are really painful and you might be going through one right niw..that's maybe why you think the pain is increasing with the meds.,,stress free..is the key...it's horrid for Fibro sufferers...just magnifies all the pain and discomfort.....heat is excellent for pain lots if hot water bottles etc...
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      For some reason I couldn't type anymore words on previous post...as far as your medication is concerned..only your doc can help you there, but I must say personally speaking, it dis get better, there is light at the end of your pain tunnel..I've had Fibro for over 22 years now, I manage it really well., it dies go into a remission like, then I just get flare USO..quite bad at times, but better than having it 24/7...this did take quite a while to get to this stage....trouble with Fibro us that there us so many different Symtoms..some gets some others get differing ones..then there's the tiredness..I get a great nights Iain free sleep now...that way I can handle anything that Fibro throws at me the next day..I take Amitriptilyne 25 mg before  bed..that's it for prescription meds..the rest is supplements..especially magnesium and vitamin d3, double the recommended dose..I also take a osteo aoanadol...it's just paracetamol but a tad stronger and slow release, my specialist recommended I take 2 three times a day...really help, don't build up in your system either....do hope  you get your pain sorted really soon- that is tiring in itself......have a lovely day...be blessed..:-) xxx. Keep blogging..we are all sufferers..lots of encouragement and loads knowledge from experience is gained....
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      Hi christine26761

      I will take your advice on the hot water bottles and give that another go, the chiropractor has been persuading me to ice up until now, and while it is effective (I think) it isn't comforting! Backto the heat I think!

      I am just very confused as to what is causing what just now, but I have realised i need to accept it and try and work out what will make life better and less painful. 

      Thanks.

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      Heat for pain...cold for swelling..

      Fibro is very confusin...just such a lot of symptoms..I've had it all these years and I still hear of new syptoms...try the heat and try to relax..it always helps..be blessed, hope you have a painless day...I'm in Australia  and it's quarter to 11 am here...I'm just going to start cooking....we have our main meal about 1 o' clock..because I don't move around too much..I try not to have my main meal after that...I don't want to go to bed with all that food just laying there and fattening me up.lol..be blessed.:-) xx

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