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Is It The Fibro Or Is It The Medication?

Is It The Fibro Or Is It The Medication?

Hello I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this game show-esque dilemma, where you aren't sure if a new symptom is the fibro or just a side effect from a medication. So I'd like to know what symptoms that everybody aren't quite sure of, maybe we can figure these things out together. I personally can't tell headaches apart, is it fibro or is it the meds?

over 5 years ago
A MyFibroTeam Member

Well while the doctor's are trying to fix a leak in the plumbing sometimes they burn the house down. Sometimes medicine does more harm than good but we honestly can't tell. I'm not 100% sure if side effects of medicine stay with us or go away. I don't think any of us want to get sicker while wanting to get better, it's almost like a catch 22. Maybe I'm reading into it too much, but it's certainly something to think about. I started taking a new medicine and for once haven't noticed any major side effects, but I'm not sure if there is something going on, will I really know? Maybe fibro has made me paranoid lol

over 5 years ago
A MyFibroTeam Member

I have increasing trouble concentrating, absorbing information, and forgetting things that are worse some days more than others.i also have depression, and I take a ton of medications...so the symptoms could be from depression, fibro fog, or meds. Clueless. Good question!

over 5 years ago
A MyFibroTeam Member

Yea good question....ok...i hate takin meds but got very depressed so hada change from duloxetine ➡sertraline...just had ben on duloxetine since doagnosed in 2013&felt my body had become immune 2em &neded restart..take antiacid drug..other than that occasionally codrydamol when not at home wth heat pad..
Symptoms-
No concentration
Pain neck shoulders..lower back..hips..knees..wrists..elbows..hands.
If stand still 4 any longer than couple of minutes my body goes in2 spasm...use crutches 2 steady myself & wheelchair if sv til go shoppin etc..
Throat feels blocked all time..hard to swallow
Tingling in fingers..legs...ankles..etc (extremeties)
Pressure headache at back of my skull
Waxy ears every morning after lying down on side
Forget words....conversation....no concentration
Feel body weighs 50stone
1stone 9lbs on since on sick wth no exercise
If exercise loss my walkin & av severe spasms
Pee all the time...cannot hold it..
Ok....lets c wots goin on in tis faulty body..pity wasn't as simple as getin motd&serviced xx

over 5 years ago
A MyFibroTeam Member

I understand your dilemma, my muscles in my chest tighten up some times and you can feel like your having a heart attack. I do not have high blood pressure but I do not know all of the hidden conditions related to Fibro. It has happened so many times that now I know the symptoms, but if this ever happens to you, please seek medical help because the symptoms are similar.

over 5 years ago
A MyFibroTeam Member

I had once made a list with 4 different categories : Weight - Age - Fibo - Liver (had to have part of liver removed, pre fibro), to try to determine what was the cause of my ailments. For me, most of my ailments can go in each one of these categories (except liver).
My dr thought most was becuz of weight. But I wasnt overweight until after having fibro.
I hope u have better luck trying to figure it out :-)

over 5 years ago

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