I've been really lucky here in Mesa, AZ. My internist didn't understand Fibro, so she sent me to many specialists and she coordinated them, (and their ideas), for me ! I have had Fibro for as long as I can remember. I take Melatonin to go to sleep, and Amitrip. to put me in a deep sleep, (REM). Together they give me a good sleep. I also take Zoloft and Xanax in sm. amounts each night. (I have gone down to .05 of the Xanax as I am having a time convincing my doctors that I really, really am MUCH better off with my panic attacks when I take Xanax.) I got off the Oxycodone w/o a problem, but I REALLY appreciate the help Xanax gives me !! I am finally, at 80, feeling like I can live fun life !! I must say one of the surprises for me has been m balance. I had my jaw joints rebuilt for the 2nd time & I lost my hearing as the surgeon moved my Eustachian tubes. I now have hearing aids and my balance has improved 100% !! I should have gotten hearing aids as a child !! I can finally ride a bike !! (I'll be 81 this month !! :) ) Yeah !!!
That's the only med I take twice a day. Only 10mg. I've been on it for years, along with diet, exercise and natural herbs and vitamins.
When I first started treatment for Fibro (about 12/13 years ago) I was on a small dose of Amitryptaline. I think like 25mg once at night. It did help a bit with the insomnia and pain, but eventually I needed different meds because I just kept on getting worse. Worth a shot to see if it helps ya.
I always battled with sleep once I got sick..I was happy with 4 hours.
About two years ago it got so bad that I literally would be up for 4 days straight..my boyfriend was really worried, I kept saying “I just have to hit a wall and crash” didn’t happen. I found the best sleep Neurologist in the country, I started worrying myself because at 4 am I’d look at all my medication and thought, it might kill me but if I take them and sleep than I don’t care if I don’t wake up. I went to see her and she diagnosed me with severe chronic insomnia and prescribed me amitriptyline. I was pissed that she essentially just gave me an antidepressant but after only one night I was a different person. I can say without a shadow of doubt, amitriptyline saved my life.
I’m surprised on how many different reactions were posted, really shows how meds treat people differently.
Maybe ask for a trial to see how it reacts to you. I could go on and on about how much of a Miracle it is..but it’s good to find out for yourself
I take Lyrica as gabapentin never helped me and after trying Cymbalta, Savella, Elavil and others Lyrica became the only thing that helped. Well, yes, it is pricey. My script without insurance costs $900 and my insurance doesn't cover it so I went straight to Pfiser the makers of Lyrica and applied for their assistance program. It is based off of family size and income. So for a family of four if you make less than $100,000 annually, you get the medication for free through them. Your doc submits the application and script, once approved they ship three months supply to you and so on for 12 months and then you must reapply. This has saved me so much stress because now I always have Lyrica and like I said, ti is the only med I found that actually helps. It lessens my pain by almost 50 percent. Check their assistance program out if you want to switch back to Lyrica. Gentle Hugs Warriors.