does elavil work well for anyone with fibro
I’ve been taking amitriptyline for around 3 weeks and I do feel a lot better, although this 3rd week my fibro symptoms have flared up more again so I may ask my Doc if it can be upped slightly. It doesn’t knock me out like others say which is a good thing I guess but it means I sleep better, but not amazing!
It is supposed to help us get Stage 4 sleep. It was the very first fibromyalgia med prescribed for me 25 years ago when I got this. Not much available back then. But if it doesn't work for you, you may want to try different tricyclic antidepressants like Doxepin and Pamelor. I took them all. Pfffft.
If it's Amitriptyline, then yes, it works for me, it does help with my pain, but unfortunately it makes me very drowsy. I sleep for hours, which is great, with helping me to sleep ... but not for 20 hours, 😩 it can knock me out so I miss days, so not so good, and that's a very low dose too xx Just changed over to nortriptyline which is a bit better, but still leaves me very sleepy xx 😁 🤗 best of luck to you xx
I'm taking it and I find no difference. My Dr has me on it for a 3 week trial.
I started taking amitriptyline, co-codamol or codeine, when I had agonising pain in my right toe, (with bunion pain/arthritis), that's what it was initially prescribed to me for, and it completely knocked me out taking 25 mg. I was highly spaced out and I remember going to town shopping with my daughter, one day, and she was so embarrassed by my behaviour. I didn't think I was that bad, she refused to go shopping with me again. I don't remember what I did wrong, I was obviously, high, but apparently she said I was just totally spaced out, as if on drugs; well, I was on drugs, :) I was new to taking this kind of medication, and I didn't realise it was going to make me feel that way, but the doctor did advise, take it on a night time, which I usually did, apart from this one off, oops!!
I usually always take it on a night time but my toe was sooo!! painful that day, well anyway, I'm now taking it to help me sleep & pain for my fibromyalgia.
I sometimes take two tablets, I'm totally knocked out, so it does actually help me to sleep, (it did help with the pain in my toe by the way), but I can sleep up to 15 to 20 hours the following days. It just totally makes me housebound. Yes it really helps with the pain but I think it's because I'm totally knocked out unconscious, hence the reason why I can't feel the pain, so in that respect, it's great, but it's not good when you can't have a life whilst taking it.
I read that nortriptyline is a better substitute because it doesn't make you so drowsy/drugged up, so I've just recently started taking nortriptyline and that has also started to knock me out again too, unfortunately, it's taking me a long time to drop off to sleep, but I'm on a very low dose, and it's the following day where I'm falling asleep in the afternoon, it's early days, so time will tell xx🤗😜xx