Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Treatments – What Works Best and What Doesn’t? (Part 3)

Treatment – Pain Killers

Part 3 – This is the third in a short series of articles listing information on Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Treatments, and the effectiveness (or not) of each one. Many of us who have been diagnosed for a while have tried a few different drugs before finding the one that works best for us. These articles share my experience with each chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia treatment I’ve tried. I’ve kept the articles short, purely so they don’t end up leaving you bored and all ‘ho-hum’.  But if you have any questions, or would like to share your own experiences, please list them in the comments section below.  It’s always helpful to hear other peoples stories.  Did you miss part 1 of this article?  – Or part 2?

NB:  I’m not a doctor or a medical professional.  Below are descriptions of my own experiences with medication and treatments for Fibromyalgia and CFS.  Just because some things haven’t worked for me, it doesn’t mean they won’t work for you

Diclofenac

I’m very fortunate with the doctor I have.  He will not prescribe painkillers for me willy-nilly. I’m fine with that because my mother was addicted to painkillers for over 40 years. She started off with tablets called distalgesic (I’m not sure they even make them any more), which were pretty strong.  She eventually went on to tramacet, tramadol and diclofenac and had absolutely no compunction about taking pills at all.

I don’t like taking pills.  Probably because I saw how easy it was for my mother to become addicted and because they stick in my throat.  Honestly, even the smallest ones. But my doctor used to prescribe diclofenac for me and they would help with deep aching pain in the neck, hips, fingers etc. They are in the NSAID family (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and are tiny little brown tablets that I could actually take without choking. I never overdid them.  Just two 50mg tablets in the morning and I would miss them out completely if I only had mild, or no pain, that day.  They didn’t help the fibrofog though, (a debilitating symptom of fibromyalgia that makes it almost impossible to think straight), but then I don’t know of anything that does.

Naproxen

I was so disappointed when the doc stopped prescribing diclofenac for me.fibromyalgia treatment I told him I might just sit down in a field of poppies somewhere and inhale.  What?  If it worked for Dorothy…

Apparently, a report published by the British Government found diclofenac can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. He replaced them with Naproxen and ibuprofen gel, both generally good for pain.  But not good enough for that deep, burning, pain that comes with fibromyalgia and ME.  

I will use Naproxen if I get inflammation in my eyes, or, for pain in my fingers and toes. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. For me, Naproxen isn’t strong enough as a chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia treatment, and not good for anything more than mild pain and inflammation. The Naproxen gel I use for mild, localised pain like an achy hip, lower back or neck.  So, for enough chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, Naproxen doesn’t get my vote

I have to confess that I missed the diclofenac so much that I bought some off the internet (I know, I know, I’m stupid.  Anything could be in them and all that).  So now, I get them from a legal and reputable source outside of the UK.

CoCodamol

I have tried the 30/500mg co-codamol (also called Solpadol) tablets and they sort of work. Let me explain… They are quite a strong medication and can take away some of the worst of the pain when you’re in a full blown flare up.  They are probably too strong for me though, as they actually make me a bit high. But you can’t function if you’re high every day and trying to get back to being healthy, right? Actually, having said that, some people probably can, I, however, cannot. So I only take them when I am desperate and nothing else will work.

Other Types of Pain Relief

I haven’t yet tried Tramadol, tramacet, MST or Low Dose Nalextrone. I will research them in the weeks ahead, and if they look viable as a short-term solution for breakthrough pain, or, a long-term solution for generalised pain, I will give them a go and let you know how I get on.

As always, if you have experience of anything I’ve mentioned above, or have other suggestions, please let me know in the comments below.  Or email me on mojo (@) fibromyalgiame.com

Mojo

Wonder woman (...well I thought so!) to blunder woman after diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and ME

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